23 October 2021
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E-mail:
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Pre-arrival Guide

CLIMATE IN SAINT PETERSBURG

In St. Peters­burg, a city locat­ed in north­west­ern Rus­sia, the cli­mate is con­ti­nen­tal, with freez­ing win­ters and pleas­ant­ly warm sum­mers. In win­ter, snow­falls are fre­quent, as well as rain­fall in sum­mer. The wind often blows, although it calms down a bit in sum­mer.
Here are the aver­age temperatures.

AVERIGE TEMPERATURES (www.climatestotravel.com)

St Peters­burg

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

O

N

D

Min (°C)

-8

-8

-4

2

7

12

15

13

9

4

-2

-6

Max (°C)

-3

-3

2

9

16

20

23

21

15

9

2

-2

Min (°F)

18

18

25

36

45

54

59

55

48

39

28

21

Max (°F)

27

27

36

48

61

68

73

70

59

48

36

28

STUDENTSLIFE

HOUSING

Uni­ver­si­ty pro­vides hous­ing facil­i­ties to SPSFTU stu­dents and staff. Stu­dent res­i­dence is com­posed of ful­ly fur­nished dou­ble and triple rooms of var­i­ous com­fort level.

Each res­i­dence pro­vides rest room and laun­dry. Some of them have a gym. All build­ings are locat­ed in close prox­im­i­ty to pub­lic trans­port, shop­ping cen­ters and SPSFTU campus.

When set­tling in you are to sign a liv­ing agree­ment and get acquaint­ed with cer­tain rules to be fol­lowed. To find out more about the university’s dor­mi­to­ries, please check the link below: http://en.spbftu.ru/campus/

STUDENT CARD AND DORMITORY PASS

A stu­dent card is a doc­u­ment that proves your sta­tus as a stu­dent of SPSFTU. It gives stu­dents the access to the uni­ver­si­ty libraries, sport facil­i­ties and dis­counts in some muse­ums and shops of the city.

Upon arrival at the dor­mi­to­ry, you will be giv­en a dor­mi­to­ry pass. Accom­mo­dat­ed stu­dents will be let in only if they show their dor­mi­to­ry pass.

It is com­pul­so­ry for stu­dents to car­ry their stu­dent card and dor­mi­to­ry pass with them at all times in order to access ser­vices pro­vid­ed by or through the University.

HEALTHCARE AND INSURANCE

It is strong­ly rec­om­mend­ed that all stu­dents have med­ical insur­ance for the peri­od of study­ing (most­ly for one year, lat­er they pro­long its valid­i­ty). It allows to save mon­ey and get med­ical assis­tance in pub­lic med­ical insti­tu­tions of Saint-Peters­burg. This pol­i­cy con­tains a memo with emer­gency phone num­bers in case of insur­ance event (ill­ness, injury, etc.) and a list of med­ical insti­tu­tions where you can get med­ical assis­tance free of charge.

REMEMBER! You will not get free med­ical help with­out the insur­ance policy.

BANKING AND FINANCE
The offi­cial cur­ren­cy in Rus­sia is the Ruble (Ruble), which is abbre­vi­at­ed as RUB. Each ruble is divid­ed into 100 kopecks (copecks). There are the fol­low­ing ban­knotes: 10 rubles (also a coin), 50 rubles, 100 rubles, 500 rubles, 1000 rubles, 2000 rubles and 5000 rubles.

ATMs are wide­ly avail­able. There­fore you may with­draw rubles from a Russ­ian ATM using your for­eign bank card.

The doc­u­ments need­ed to open a bank account in Rus­sia are pass­port, visa, and reg­is­tra­tion paper which pro­vide your res­i­den­cy information

The exchange rates are avail­able on Bank of Russia’s web­site: www.cbr.ru.

In Rus­sia, it not advis­able to car­ry much cash, so we rec­om­mend that you open a bank account and obtain a pay­ment card. It will allow you to use cash dis­pensers (ATMs). You could also use traveler’s cheques.

We cau­tion you against chang­ing mon­ey with strangers on the street. The safe option is to change mon­ey only in banks or offi­cial exchange points

USEFUL TO KNOW

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

As any oth­er city in Europe, St. Peters­burg has a well-devel­oped sys­tem of pub­lic trans­port, with bus­es, trol­ley­bus­es and trams link­ing all parts of the city. Please learn the pub­lic trans­port routes beforehand.

Pub­lic trans­port stops only in autho­rized places. As a rule, there are spe­cial plates (with let­ter “A” for bus­es and “T” for trol­ley­bus­es and trams) that have num­bers of routes. Pub­lic trans­port is avail­able from 5.30 a.m. to midnight.

It is very con­ve­nient to use the under­ground rail­way sys­tem (metro) which has five major lines. There are also sub­ur­ban trains oper­at­ing from 5.45 a.m. to 0.40 a.m. The metro clos­es for entrance at 0.30 a.m. Please note that junc­tion sta­tions have two names—one for each line.

The pub­lic trans­port fare:

o metro—60 rubles;

o bus­es, trol­ley­bus­es, trams—50 rubles.

You can also pur­chase an elec­tron­ic month­ly tick­et (smart card) for one or more types of transport.

CATERING

There are over 3 can­teens and cafes at SPbSFTU’s premis­es that serve full-fledged lunch­es. The city also has a vari­ety of bistros, cafes and restau­rants where you can enjoy nation­al cuisines, includ­ing Russian.

o Lunch at uni­ver­si­ty cafetery — 150 rubles;

o Coffe at uni­ver­si­ty cafetery – 70 rubles

o Big­Mac in Macdonalds—135 rubles.

BRIDGES

  1. Peters­burg is often infor­mal­ly called North­ern Venice, since the city is locat­ed on over 30 islands linked to each oth­er by over 300 bridges. The peri­od of sum­mer nav­i­ga­tion is from late April to Novem­ber, and draw­ing bridges are one of the most spec­tac­u­lar attrac­tions for St. Peters­burg visitors.

The timetable of bridge openings:

o Alek­san­dra Nevskogo—2:20 to 5:10 a.m.

o Birzhevoy (Exchange Bridge)—2:00 to 4:55 a.m.

o Blagoveshchen­sky (Annun­ci­a­tion Bridge) —1:25 to 2:45 and 3:10 to 5:00 a.m.

o Bolsheokhtinsky—2:00 to 5:00 a.m.

o Volodarsky—2:00 to 3:45 and 4:15 to 5:45 a.m.

o Dvortsovy (Palace Bridge) —1:25 to 2:50 and 3:10 to 4:55 a.m.

o Liteyny—1:40 to 4:45 a.m.

o Troit­sky (Trin­i­ty Bridge) —1:35 to 4:50 a.m.

o Tuchkov—2:00 до 2:55 and 3:35 to 4:55 a.m.

HOLIDAYS
The state hol­i­days are time off from stud­ies for school­child­ren and stu­dents. Banks, busi­ness cen­ters and some shops might be closed.

Pub­lic holidays:

o 1–10 January—New Year

o 7 January—Orthodox Christmas

o 23 February—Defender of the Father­land Day

o 8 March—International Women’s Day

o 1 May—International Work­ers’ Day

o 9 May—Victory Day

o 12 June—Russia Day

o 4 November—National Uni­ty Day

SPSFTU stu­dents espe­cial­ly love the fol­low­ing unof­fi­cial holidays:

o 19 Sep­tem­ber — Forester’s Day

o 25 Jan­u­ary — Russ­ian Stu­dent Day (Tatiana Day)

27 May — St. Peters­burg Foun­da­tion Da