Arrival & Accommodation | Siberian Federal University

Arrival & Accommodation


After you have finished the admission procedures, there are just a few final arrangements left before departure. This guide will provide you with tips of advice for the preparations.

TIP 1: Make sure that you are bringing with you all the needed documents, which are listed below

  1. Application form.
  2. International passport (copy) valid for at least 18 months after the date of entry to the Russian Federation and migration (landing) card.
  3. Medical certificate on absence of contraindications for study in Russia issued by the official medical care authority in your country of residence. Medical X-ray certificate valid on the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
  4. HIV certificate issued by the official medical care authority in the your country of residence.
  5. Copy and original of the document which certifies the earlier education received (with the list of the taken courses, credits received and grade point average), duly prepared for nostrification.
  6. 12 matte photos, 4 by 6 centimeters.
Notes: Originals of the documents specified in items 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be delivered by the applicant to the university promptly upon arrival.

TIP 2: Consider purchasing medical insurance and mind the medicines

You are legally obliged to have medical insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay on the territory of Russia. Insurance can be purchased at your home country but it should be valid on the territory of Russia. It is also possible to get medical insurance in Russia — this can be done from a local health insurance company. Upon request the University may recommend to you a few reputable local health insurance companies and to arrange your meeting with their representatives. Be sure to bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medication you currently require. These medications may sometimes be difficult to acquire in Russia. Read more about conditions

TIP 3: Think about the money matters

The ruble, or rouble, is the currency of the Russian Federation. Normally, international credit cards, like Visa and Mastercard, are commonly accepted for payment, yet in some situations you may need cash. In Russian Federation US dollars, Euro or any other currency is an illegal payment means under the law. It’s better to have some cash (around $400 US or Euro — just enough for initial expenses: transport, accommodation, food) when you come to Russia and the rest on your credit card. Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted in exchanging the cash into the local currency. If you have your cash in any other currency, it might be really hard to find an exchange office and the rate won’t be in your favor. It’s better to bring common currencies for local bureaus de change: US dollars, euros or Chinese RMB.

TIP 4: Learn about your accommodation

International students are accommodated at the University’s on-campus dormitories. SibFU provides comfortable residence halls with en-suite block of rooms for 4 or 5 people. Dormitory room-blocks have:
  • showers;
  • washing machines;
  • fridges;
  • electric cookers;
  • microwave ovens.
Please be advised that the University doesn't provide single-occupancy accommodation for students. While using electric appliances & gadgets please be aware that standard voltage in Russian is 220w and a socket may differ from the one you routinely use at home, which means you may need adaptors to get access to an electric circuit. For accessing a University dormitory you will be given a personal dormitory pass. Whenever you enter the dormitory, the pass is required by a receptionist. Please make sure that you always keep the pass with you and do not lend it to anyone else. With this document you can enter the dormitory 24/7. There are certain dormitory rules, such as not coming too late, no noisy parties, no smoking, no alcohol or drugs, etc., you will have to follow. These rules are the same for all student dormitories. Visitors are admitted on your invitation from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm only and cannot stay for the night. Visitors should have an ID which will be taken by the receptionist when they arrive and will be returned to them when they leave you. If you find the on-campus accommodation rental rules too strict & you are feeling rather like renting accommodation off-campus, you can rent a flat via one of the real estate agents that are available in Krasnoyarsk. You will be offered translation support in negotiating with an agent. Please be advised, however, that renting a place off-campus is the most expensive option and may cost up to 350 US dollars per month.

TIP 5: Mind the weather in Siberia

Winter: Siberian winter may be really very cold (-30…-35°C), so be sure to bring these warm clothes in order to avoid having health problems:
  • warm thick coat;
  • warm socks;
  • warm winter sturdy boots;
  • scarf;
  • warm hat;
  • thick gloves.
If you have no possibility to buy these clothes in your country, please make sure you allot enough money for purchasing them locally. The choice will be varied. Approximately, full outfit will cost you around 15000 rubles (coat (7000 rub) + boots (5000 rub) + hat, scarf, gloves and socks (3000 rub)). Summer: The weather in summer in Siberia can be rather unpredictable: hot days with 30…35°C and cold rainy days with 10°C. That’s why remember to take not only t-shirts and shorts but also:
  • rain coat;
  • umbrella;
  • sweaters;
  • jacket for cold days.
Otherwise, you can also buy the staff locally. You will have access to a gym and a swimming pool during your time at SibFU. If you exercise regularly, be sure to pack appropriate clothing.

TIP 6: Consider ways of notifying safe arrival

As soon as you arrive at SibFU, you will have various opportunities to notify relatives and friends of your safe arrival. International students and staff support office will help you to purchase a SIM-card of a Russian mobile network provider and get to the library, which gives international students access to computers and unlimited Internet connection. If you plan to bring a laptop, it is best to install Skype equipment before leaving for Russia. It is a very helpful and cost efficient way to notify your family of safe arrival and communicate with family and friends in your home country.


Dear international student, welcome to Krasnoyarsk and Siberian Federal University!

Living and studying with Russians is your chance to learn the Russian language and culture and to develop new international friendships and cross-cultural understanding. We hope you will make the most of your experience! If you have questions, please contact the International students and staff support office (OISSS, We are happy to assist you in any way we can.

When you arrive in Krasnoyarsk you have to check in at the Protocol Office the sooner the better. According to the existing legislation an international visitor has to notify the Federal Immigration Office about his/her accommodation within 3 days:

660041, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 79/10 Svobodny prospect (Library building), room B1-03

How to get to SibFU

Depending on the transport you have chosen, you will have to get to the University either from the Yemelyanovo Airport or from the railway station

  • Yemelyanovo International Airport is the major airport in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia, located 37 km northwest of Krasnoyarsk. You may get to the city:
    • by bus: there are express buses which will transfer you from the airport parking area in front of the central building of the airport to the city. It will take you about 100 RUR 40-50 minutes to get from the airport to the city bus station;
    • by taxi: a taxi from the airport costs about 1000-1200 RUR, depending on the time of the day. Please, order a taxi at the information desk of the airport. You can pay by VISA/Mastercard;
    • by SibFU transfer bus: in the beginning of every term OISSS arranges a free bus for new students. Contact us to get the information about the schedule:
  • The Krasnoyarsk railway station is easy to access as it is located in the city center. Never take a free standing taxi from the railway station as you will most likely be 2-3 times overcharged. It makes more sense to use apps such as Uber

The SibFU may arrange a transfer from the airport or railway station for the students who arrive in groups.

On-campus accommodation

All international students are accommodated at the University’s on-campus dormitories. Virtual dormitories tour

Accommodation issues are coordinated by the School you have been admitted to. SibFU provides comfortable residence halls with rooms for 2 to 5 people, who share bathroom and kitchen spaces. Food should be bought and cooked by yourself or you can also eat at the University’s café. Living at the University’s dormitory allows you to be more independent and to make more friends. However there are certain dormitory rules such as no noisy parties, no smoking, no alcohol or drugs and etc., you will have to follow. These rules are the same for all students’ dormitories.

If you wish to rent an apartment in Krasnoyarsk, please consider rental rates and consecutive expenses. An approximate rental charge for one room apartment is 15000 RUB. What is more, staying in SibFU’s dormitory will help you to escape tons of paperwork for alien registration (another important document obtained after registration at both SibFU dormitory and the Protocol office), whereas not many apartment’s owners will be willing to help with that.


International Students Recruitment Office (ISRO)
e-mail: admission [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
phone: +7 391 206-27-79
phone (WhatsApp, Viber): +7 950 971-22-06
address: 82A Svobodny pr., Office 4-47, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russia

International Student and Staff Support Office (ISSSO)
e-mail: oska [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru
phone (WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat) + emergency calls: +7 902 966-13-60
address: 82A Svobodny pr., Office 2-27, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russia


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