2014-11-04 13:56:51

It can be quite difficult for foreigners to find accommodation in Yekaterinburg. You will definitely need patience and proper planning.

Stretching over some 468km2, 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 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 neighbourhoods in particular.

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.

Neighbourhoods in Yekaterinburg

Before starting your accommodation search, it is best to inquire on the different neighbourhoods so as to determine where you would prefer to settle. Yekaterinburg has many cultural and historical neighbourhoods, as well as modern and high-end areas. In general, Zarechny and VIZ are the city's most popular neighbourhoods; particularly with foreigners. You are likely to find modern and luxurious accommodation options there, as well as various leisure activities.

Find accommodation

The 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 price in Yekaterinburg

Rent prices in Yekaterinburg are quite low, like in most Russian cities. You will need just US$240 to US$340 to rent a 50-85m2 apartment in the city centre. Rent prices, of course, vary from one neighbourhood 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.

 Useful links:

Official Portal of the city of Yekaterinburg
Numbeo - rents in Yekaterinburg

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