Study Abroad in St. Petersburg: Housing and Meals


During the first week you will live in the residence hall to get accustomed to the program, then choose from two housing options: Residence halls or homestays.

Residence Hall

Reside in the residence hall for Russian and international students. Students live in 2-room suites, two students per room, with a kitchenette and bathroom in each suite. From here itís a 10-minute walk to the nearest Metro stop and then a 25-minute ride to the city center.


Living in a Russian homestay is a great way to become integrated into the culture of the country and learn Russian. However, you must be open minded and flexible in order to get the most out of your experience. Students are usually placed with a single woman, often a widow without family at home or a divorced mother with one or more children. Students may be placed on their own or in a double room with another AIFS student. Homestays are limited and subject to availability. Students must sign up for the homestay option on application.

Due to recent changes to city registration laws in the Russian Federation, AIFS and the St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University cannot guarantee that homestay accommodation will be available. The possibility of living in a homestay can be discussed with the Resident Director on arrival.


You will receive an allowance to subsidize the cost of breakfast and one other meal (lunch or dinner) Monday through Friday. This is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of meals in expensive restaurants.

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