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International Academy of Art has built in Saint Petersburg and a member of Education Ministry of Russia, this academy is directed and operated with a group of professional and popular Russian artists in different courses and fields.
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Accommodation


The participants have the possibility of living in a Students' Hostel which is located in St. Petersburg,We can accommodate our students in double and single rooms. Meals are not provided by the Hostel. Living in this city you'll have more possibilities for rest and sightseeng tours. 
All the rooms are clean and have necessary conditions for rest and study. Participants should specify the preferred variant of accommodation in the enrollment. We can not always accommodate a student according to his/her desire as in summer, for example, St. Petersburg hotels and hostel / dormitory sometimes have no vacant rooms. Please, inform us of your desire to live in our hostel as earlier as possible. 
Most student live in dormitories provided by universities, and this is the least expensive option. Other options include home stay (great for even more immersion and a look at Russian life!) or renting an apartment alone or with roommates. The program organizers can generally assist with the first two options, but apartment rentals is more specific. We would recommend staying first in the dormitory while looking for an apartment, if you are interested in finding a roommate. Be sure to inform your program organizers of your housing plans as it can sometimes be an issue with your visa registration (which is tied to your residence).
 

Student Dormitories

This is a very basic kind of accommodation and it allows to save a lot of money and provides an easy way to meet a lot of young people.
The quality of accommodation really depends on the university. In St. Petersburg dormitories are quite good and can be compared to the ones in American universities (though in Russia they are much less expensive). If you're staying for 3-4 months it is just too much headache and expense to run around for an apartment, so getting a dorm is the best option (unless you find a shared apartment).
If you're planning to stay longer than a year, then you can still get a dorm room for a month or two and directly when you arrive to Russia start looking for an apartment or a roommate to share an apartment with.
The price is usually about $100 per month for quite a small room with catering facilities and showers outside. 

Homestay

Allows you to get the feel of what life in Russia is like, but may be slightly expensive for what there is, because most homestay owners (in St. Petersburg especially) are used to charging $10-$15 per night for a room. 

Finding Roommates

Until recently, there was not a single roommate matching service in Russia and the few people who lived together sharing a flat would find each other at work or at school. So it wasn't a very popular way of accommodation for foreigners, because you can't get to know someone before you actually get to Russia, and once you find someone.

Renting an Apartment Alone

This is the only option that will allow you complete privacy. Renting an apartment in Russia is not as cheap as most people think. Plus, you'll have to pay a service fee to the real-estate agent who finds it for you (usually, 70%-100% of one-month rent). If you want a decent western-style apartment in a good comfortable area in St.Petersburg , it will cost about $1000 per month. If you agree for a compromise (that is, something not completely awful and not necessarily central), then you may be able to settle for $500 US per month, if you know how to bargain.

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