Have you decided to settle in Samara? But how to proceed to find accommodation there? Find the answers to your queries in this article.
If you have never heard of Samara, it is a place that you should definitely discover. With a population of some 1,172,348 inhabitants, Samara is known to be a city of opportunities due to its strong economic background, relying mainly on automotive and aerospace industries. But the city also attracts foreigners worldwide for its rich historical and cultural heritage, as well as for the various leisure and cultural activities which are available there.
Hence, settling in Samara should not be difficult provided you have found appropriate accommodation. Like most major Russian cities, Samara hosts a range of housing units for all tastes and at affordable prices. You just have to inquire about its different neighborhoods in order to determine which one would suit you best.
Samara consists of nine districts which are known as “Raions”.
Kuibyshev, which is found in the south of Samara and on the Samara River's left bank, consists of 5 micro-Raions as well as several villages.
Samara, which is found in the south-west, includes the city center, as well as Leningrad which used to host bread and cereal shops.
The Lenin Raion, fort its part, is deemed to be the city's historical and cultural center. It is particularly famous for its ancient shopping streets, as well as old mansions and wooden houses. You can also have a view of the Strukov Garden and of the Kuibyshev Square which is Europe's largest square.
The Railway Raion hosts the central railway stations, as well as the city's thirteen biggest factories.
October is another peaceful and cultural Raion where you can enjoy museums and green spaces, namely the University of Samara's Botanical Garden which covers some 40 acres of land.
The old Soviet Raion, which is found in the countryside, hosts green spaces and university campuses. Located in the north of Samara, the Industrial Raion also hosts the Youri Gagarine natural park, just like the Krasnaïa Glinka Raion which is found in the north.
As regards Kirov, it is deemed to be Samara's biggest district, including an airport, and some fifteen micro Raions.
To rent a single bedroom apartment in Samara's city center, you will need an average of RR 18,600 per month. But in the outskirts, you will pay some RR 11,200 for an apartment of the same size.
If you prefer to rent a well situated three-bedroom apartment downtown, you will need some RR 33,000 per month against some RR 23,000 per month for an apartment of the same size in the city's outskirts.
Like in most Russian cities, it is best to seek the assistance of real estate agencies to find accommodation in Samara. In fact, home owners are more likely to entrust their property to real estate professionals so as to comply with complex laws rather than to deal with individuals.
Moreover, to rent a housing unit in Samara, you will have to produce your passport, your visa, as well as your foreigner's registration card. If you are planning to stay there for more than three months, you also have to register yourself at the nearest police station to your place of residence. You may be accompanied by the landlord during this process.