Find in this article useful information to guide you through your accommodation search in Omsk.
Omsk, which is found near the Irtysh river, is some 2,555 km away from Moscow. It is one of Russia's major cities with a population amounting to 1,160,670 inhabitants. Omsk is Western Ural's second biggest city, stretching over some 572,9 km2 . The city has been attracting expats worldwide for many years, in spite of its uncommon climate. In fact, temperatures in Omsk can reach 40°C in summer and -45°C in winter.
But still, you are likely to like your stay there due to the numerous opportunities it offers at different levels. Moreover, you should not have much trouble in finding accommodation there.
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Omsk's real estate market has been experiencing a real boom for a few years. Indeed, many real estate projects are currently undergoing across the city. Some 222 new housing units have recently sprouted, from the city center till the residential neighborhoods.
In fact, Omsk ambitions are to be one of the country's leaders in terms of real estate through the construction of new housing units, as well as through the renovation of old ones.
It is best to inquire on Omsk's different neighborhoods before settling there. The city is divided into five neighborhoods which are known as “okrug”. There are namely Leninsky, Tsentralny, Oktiabrskii, Sovietskiy which are found on the Irtysh River's right bank, and Kirovski, which is found on the left bank. Note that Leninsky is located at the south of the city center while Oktiabrskii is found in the east.
Sovietskiy, which is found in the northwest, has a population of some 256,100 inhabitants.
Like in most Russian cities, it is best to register with a real estate agency to find accommodation in Omsk. In fact, most Russian owners prefer to turn to real estate agencies when it comes to let their property as the service is free of charge. However, tenants are required to pay agency fees which are equal to a month's rent.
But you can also check out housing offers on general and specialized real estate websites. However, you are less likely to find “To rent” signs on vacant housing windows or balconies.
Rent prices in Omsk generally vary from one neighborhood to another and according to the housing unit's standing. Hence, you will need some RR 15,000 per month for a single bedroom apartment in the city center. For the same type of housing unit in the city outskirts, you will need some RR 10,000.
Moreover, you will need around RR 25,000 to rent a three bedroom apartment in the city center and some RR 19,500 for the same type of apartment in the outskirts.
The lease document will be issued in two languages, namely English and Russian. You are required to pay a deposit which is equal to a month's rent, as well another month's rent representing agency fees. Note that you will have to produce your passport, visa, as well as your immigration card to be eligible to the lease.
Finally, you will have to pay charges such as electricity and phone bills.