Here is some useful information to guide you through your accommodation search in Yekaterinburg, one of Russia's major cities.
Stretching over some 490 km2, Yekaterinburg is known to be one of Russia's largest cities. In fact, it is one of the country's main business hubs due to its economic development and prosperity. It has been attracting thousands of expatriates from across the globe over the years for the numerous opportunities it offers at all levels. If you have decided to settle there, finding accommodation will be one of your priorities. However, finding affordable housing units in Yekaterinburg may be a difficult task, in some neighborhoods in particular.
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Yekaterinburg is deemed to be a developing city. It should soon host a new large resort, as well as commercial and business areas and an extension over some 40 hectares of land. Moreover, the Sciences Academy of Russia should also be extended by some 1,200 hectares which should welcome, later on, some 350,000 more people.
Before starting your accommodation search, it is best to inquire on the different neighborhoods so as to determine where you would prefer to settle. Note that Yekaterinburg has many cultural and historical neighborhoods, as well as modern and posh areas. In general, Zarechny and VIZ are the city's most popular neighborhoods, particularly with foreigners. You are likely to find modern and luxurious accommodation options there, as well as various leisure activities.
Internet will be your greatest tool during your housing search. In fact, you can browse general and specialized websites to have an idea of the different types of accommodation options which are available in Yekaterinburg. If you are already in the city, you may also register with a real estate agency which will help you find accommodation according to your criteria more rapidly.
You can also seek the assistance of your friends and contacts in the region, with consular officials, etc.
Rent prices in Yekaterinburg are quite high, like in most Russian cities. You will therefore need some US$ 1,000 to US$ 1,500 to rent a 50 to 100 m2 apartment in the city center. Rent prices, of course, vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the standing and facilities attached.
If you have found accommodation through a real estate agency, lease formalities should not be complicated. If you have not yet moved to Yekaterinburg, you can still proceed by sending the required documents by mail. Note that you will need a notarized translation of your documents. Moreover, you will be able to settle the fees by bank transfer.
Make sure to check the lease documents and all related conditions before signing so as to avoid any misunderstanding.
Expat.com - Housing offers
Official Portal of the city of Yekaterinburg www.ekburg.ru
Numbeo, rents in Yekaterinburg www.numbeo.com
OrangeSmile - detailed map of Yekaterinburg www.orangesmile.com