Are you planning to settle in St Petersburg? Here is some useful information to help you find accommodation there.
St Petersburg, with a population of some 5,131,967 inhabitants, is Russia's second major city after Moscow, the capital city. It is also deemed to be Europe's 5th most densely populated city. St Petersburg is nicknamed the Northern Venice due to the presence of many canals across the city.
The city has a dynamic economy thanks to its maritime port, which is the Baltic Sea's second largest port after Primorsk. Other fields such as industry, research and education, etc., also contribute to its economic prosperity.
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St Petersburg is also known to be a historical and cultural city to its rich architecture, hence making it one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Note that St Petersburg was known as Petrograd and Leningrad respectively before 1991.
If you intend to settle in St Petersburg, you are more likely to find the best accommodation options around the city center. In fact, the most popular residential neighborhoods are found downtown. You will definitely find affordable housing units across the city center. However, western standard housing options are more expensive.
In general, most available housing options are furnished. However, sanitary equipment may be in poor condition. But you will also be entitled to a heating system for cold winters. It is best to get a booster installed as temperatures tend to go down during winter.
Unlike Moscow, lease terms and conditions in St Petersburg can be negotiated. For instance, you can discuss about the lease duration and the agency fees which are generally equal to a month's rent. However, other charges such as utility and telephone bills will be of your responsibility. These cannot be negotiated, especially as these have increased considerably over the years.
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It is best to search for accommodation through a real estate agency as it can be quite difficult to find individual offers.
To date, there is no official rent price grid in St Petersburg. But to give you an idea, you might need some US$ 650, that is around RR 20,000 to rent an apartment in a residential neighborhood. Rent prices, of course, vary according to different types of apartments, comfort level and facilities attached thereto.
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