Shopping in Irkutsk

While Irkutsk is a very affordable city there are still many ways to shop that can save money while maintaining quality. I am very frugal and am able to stay within my budget every week...

Holidays in Russia: Histories and Official Days Off for 2018

Russia’s long and eclectic history has created a calendar filled with diverse holidays. Some are federal holidays, marked with national celebrations and mandated days off. Others are of lesser importance, marked in private, in passing,...

My Budget in Irkutsk

My Budget for Irkutsk Fall, 2017 Irkutsk is a very affordable city especially in comparison to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and American cities. Most students in Irkutsk can live on average of 30-50 dollars per week....

My Fall Budget for Kyiv, Ukraine

My Fall Budget for Kyiv, Ukraine PCON Program, Fall 2017 Whenever I prepare to move to a new city, I always have a general idea of how much my monthly expenses will be. Most of...

Free Laundry at MGU!

Free Laundry at MGU Сектор Б / Sector b MGU Main Building / Main Dorms Monday – Friday, Sunday, from 9:00 – 12:00; 16:00 – 23:30 Closed Saturdays Free of Charge!   MGU offers two...

Sick in a Foreign Country? Here’s what to do!

Sick in a Foreign Country? Here’s what to do! Fall 2017- Kiev, Ukraine   When preparing to study/move abroad, the excitement is overwhelming. You’re preparing to enter a new culture and you’re prepping yourself for...

In Memory of the Warsaw Uprising

The Minute Warsaw Stood Still Marking the Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Every August 1st at 5:00 PM Place: Any Busy Street in Warsaw Walking around Warsaw on a daily basis, I have not become...

My Budget in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is theoretically a perfectly affordable city—cheaper than Moscow and big cities in the US—but it was pricier than I expected, and I had to watch my spending more than I did in Bishkek. The...

My Budget in Bishkek

I have generally found Bishkek to be a really cheap city to live in (with the caveat that I’m from New York, and I find most cities to be pretty cheap!). I’ve often been surprised...

My Student Budget for Moscow, Summer 2016

Note: When this article was written, the conversion rate was $1 USD to 65 RUB. Hello everyone, I’m Jack. I studied with SRAS’s 2016 summer language program in Moscow. Living here can be expensive or...

Planning Your Moscow Student Budget

Moscow Student Budgets I spent about $100 a week on food and incidentals Prior to arriving in Russia, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect in terms of the money I’d be spending on a...

Velobike Rental System in Moscow

Moscow’s Velobike Rental System 500 Locations Across Moscow 160 Rubles + At first glance, Moscow does not seem like it would be the most cycling-friendly city. Considering the current reconstruction projects dominating much of the...

Cost of Living in Vladivostok

Cost of living in Vladivostok is cheaper in almost all cases than similar items or services in the Southeastern United States. The downturn in the value of the ruble over the past two years has...

The Cost of Living and Apartment Hunting in Warsaw

On basically every front, living in Warsaw is extremely affordable for students. The prices for nearly everything here are drastically lower than in the states, and the dollar goes pretty far in zloty. One of...

University of Warsaw Library

University of Warsaw Library Library Card: 10 PLN Hours vary – see below BUW.uw.edu.pl Acquiring a library card for the University of Warsaw Library may be one of the best investments you can make while...

Transportation in Warsaw

Poland offers a broad network of public transportation with Warsaw serving as the central hub.  Traveling to and around Warsaw is simple whether you arrive by plane or train.  Warsaw’s international airport (Frederic Chopin) has...

New Year in Vladivostok

Without having given it much thought up until the end of the semester, as decorations began to go up around town and talk of the holidays began, I realized that this would be my first...

Laundry at Moscow State University

Laundry at Moscow State University Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 Cost: 100 rubles/wash or dry, 250 rubles for drop-off service (1 load washed and dried) When you...

MSU Go! iPhone App

MSU Go! Free Apple Application On November 14, 2014, Apple released a new application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad called “MSU Go!” The app is available in the App Store and on iTunes. The...

Finding an Apartment in Moscow

At the end of my term as a participant in the SRAS NGO and Cultural Internship program in Moscow, I have decided to continue my stay in Moscow independently. As just one part of my...

Moscow State University Library

Lomonosov Moscow State University Research Library / Научная библиотека Московского Государственного университета имени М.В. Ломоносова Ломоносовский проспект 27 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Closed Sunday Cost: 50 rubles for library card Perhaps one of the...

Guide to Radio in St. Petersburg

Radio has been used since the early 20th century for art, entertainment, social value, information sharing, political purposes, and more. Alexander Popov, a key player in the invention of radio, made his discoveries in Kronstadt,...

6 Ways to Beat the Heat During a Russian Summer

Russia isn’t known for being a particularly warm country, but summers can see many areas of Russia warm up to over 90 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. St. Petersburg, nestled on the northern coast of the...

Coming Soon: The Moscow Ring Railway

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, upcoming events, urban changes, and history. One of the truely exciting things occurring in Russia today is the amount...

The Do’s and Please Dont’s of Turkmenistan

Let’s face it everyone, Turkmenistan has a reputation that precedes it. The country has often been associated with the trope of the eccentric “hermit kingdom.” Characteristics such as extreme cults of personality surrounding their leaders,...

Why is the Metro…

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, their upcoming events, changes, and history. The following are two interesting entries from a...

Kyiv Metro

Kyiv Metro / Київський метрополітен (or Київське метро) Opens daily between 5:30am and 6:00am (depending on the station) Closes daily at midnight Fares: 2грн ($0.25) per trip Unlimited half- or whole-month plans available: half-month: 48...