In Russia you can rent an apartment for USD 87 per month. Cheapest and most expensive Russian cities for rentersThe rating of Russian cities with the cheapest rent, compiled in April 2017, revealed the lowest price for a single room apartment to be around 5,000 ruble (USD 87) per month. Such prices are available at Yekaterinburg and Samara. The minimum cost of a 1-room unit in Moscow is at least 3 times higher—17,500 ruble (over USD 300). Rents, as well as wages, are paid in Russia monthly, not weekly.

Cheap rents in Russia’s major cities

The statistics is based on recent monthly prices of flats for hire offered in large Russian cities with the population over 1 million people. Naturally, the smaller is the size of the place, the less you will pay, except for resort towns.

There are 15 metropolises of this size:

  1. Moscow
  2. St. Petersburg
  3. Novosibirsk
  4. Yekaterinburg
  5. Nizhny Novgorod
  6. Kazan
  7. Chelyabinsk
  8. Omsk
  9. Samara
  10. Rostov-on-Don
  11. Ufa
  12. Krasnoyarsk
  13. Perm
  14. Voronezh
  15. Volgograd

According to analysts from the real estate portal Mir Kvartir, in Yekaterinburg an ordinary 1‐room apartment equipped with some household appliances is listed for only 5,000 ruble ($87). A small 30 sq m (322 square feet) flat can be found in Samara for the same amount.

  • Renting a basic flat is bit more expensive in Omsk and Ufa. In these cities the lowest price is 5,500 ruble ($96).
  • The cheapest homes in Voronezh, Krasnoyarsk and Rostov‐on‐Don are 6,000 RUB (USD 105). In the latter two cities, the size of inexpensive units was only 15 and 28 sq m (161 and 302 sq feet respectively).
  • In Chelyabinsk, 1-room unit is listed for the same price ($105). The size of this unfurnished flat was only 26 m2.
  • A residence in Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Perm, Kazan and Volgograd would cost you no less than 7000 RUB (about 122 US dollars) monthly.

Note: Prices exclude utility bills; apartments are in multistory houses or “Khrushchev-era” apartment buildings.

Most expensive Russia’s destinations for renters

No surprise that Moscow and Saint Petersburg are the most expensive Russian cities for renters. The minimum rate in the capital of Russia was over 17,500 RUB ($307) and in St. Petersburg—10,000 RUB ($175).

The lowest cost shared accommodation, a room in an apartment, was in Lytkarkino, Moscow region: 9055 RUB ($155) on average, Mir Kvartir reported in early May 2017. Life in the capital is costly. Although you may feel different about such fees than locals.

Previously we reported about cheap rents in Moscow, Russia, that are offered for $0 per month. There is a catch, of course: The hirer is expected to fit it out before moving in. Newly built apartments in Russia are sold as bare walls, without floor coverings, toilets, basins, or even paint. Offering $0 rent for a period of time, cash-strapped fresh owners bring their new homes to a livable standard.


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Of course, renting in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg is much more expensive than in other cities and towns. As for me, I suppose long-term renting to be useless wasting of money. It is better try to get your own place of living and spend money for your flat or house.


It must be mentioned that low prices for rent also mean a lower quality apartment. In particular, the less you pay, the less modern your apartment will be. So, I’d rather pay more (100 USD) and get a more attractive flat. But obviously, it depends on your financial abilities.


Personally I would like to live in Moscow. But I really don’t like the prices of this city. They’re so high! Yes, Moscow people have higher salary too but as for me it’s not enough to spend so much money on renting!


Rent in Moscow and St. Petesburg is quite high, but it’s understandable. Cause these are megapolises and accordingly life there is much more diverse. Lots of entertainment, jobs. In general, the infrastructure of big cities is well developed.


Hello is their any available flat to rent in red line Salarievo area because we are looking a flat to rent around 25,000 to 35,000 roubles amount thanks


how can i find a cheap rent?

Shashank Gurjar

Hello Alena ,
Thanks for all the details you have mentioned . But I checked the website you have mentioned which
The problem is it’s only in Russian language. So I do not understand how to read. What to do ?