Cost of living
All students have to pay for their accommodation and living expenses as well as their books and other study materials. The total monthly living expenses of a single student average from 10000 to 20000 rubles - depending on your spending habits. If you live with a family, you spend less money on food. Stores and markets in Kazan offer a wide variety of familiar foods at affordable prices. Please note that the cost of living in Kazan is still lower than in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
For rent in a student dormitory and residence hall you should budget about 360 rubles a month (in a single room). The rent for a flat is higher; it ranges from 15000 to 25000 rubles a month depending on the flat and the location.
Lunch at the student cafeterias costs between 70 and 200 rubles. The price depends on the lunch.
Single way ticket on local transportation costs 20 rubles. It is possible to get a prepaid travel card with a little discount.
All prices given in Russian Rubles
Meat/fish, kg From 250
Sausages From 150
Butter, kg 120
Milk, L 60
Cheese, kg From 300
Eggs, dozen 70
Sugar, 1 kg 50
Rice, 1 kg 40
Potatoes, 1 kg From 15
Fruits, 1 kg From 50
Mineral water, Pepsi 30-40
Shopping and entertainment centers you can visit are:
Souvenirs from Kazan reflects Tatar culture and ethnic colour. You can buy items with national ornaments and scenes from tatar folk tales, mosque figurines and many others.
The most popular souvenir, that each tourist want to buy, is tatar national male headwear "Tubeteika".
Tatar national handicrafts is especially known for its unique leather art and tanning. This kind of very soft, yet long wearing leather called "safyan". Using ancient technologies, craftsmen make amazing items from leather - shoes, bags, slippers, keyfob and etc.