How much it costs to rent a home in Russia? The cheapest and most expensive Russian cities for rentersRenting a home in Russia may be cheaper than you think. It’s definitely more affordable than in western countries. Besides, lots of apartments are leased fully furnished. You get kitchen utensils, pots, and other necessities. So, if you want to rent a home in Russia, it can be easy, comfortable, and affordable.

The majority of locals live in high rises within cities. The size of a typical dwelling is rather on the small side. A regular studio is about 30-35 square meters (320-370 square feet).

Russian rental market

Just recently, the federal portal “Mir kvartir” (“World of apartments” in Russian) compared costs of renting properties in Russia’s largest 59 cities.

The researchers found that the cheapest city for renters is Cheboksary. The most expensive city is Moscow, of course.

Studio apartments are the most affordable. Such a home includes a large living room and a separate kitchen but no bedroom. In Russia they call it “1-room apartment”.

Habitually, locals count the number of rooms in a dwelling rather than the number of bedrooms.

2- and 3-room residencies in Russia include 1 and 2 bedrooms correspondingly.

studio apartment

A typical studio includes a separate kitchen, hall, bathroom, and living.

Prices below are for a studio-type dwelling monthly (data by Mirkvartir).

Please note prices are for monthly rentals, not weekly. In Russia salaries and other payments are evaluated on per month basis.

Top 5 cheapest Russian cities for renters

  • Cheboksary: 5,751 rubles (92 US dollars)
  • Cherepovets: 7,001 rubles ($111)
  • Kursk: 7,096 rubles ($112)
  • Novokuznetsk: 7,342 rubles ($116)
  • Nizhny Tagil: 7,719 rubles ($117)

Top 5 most expensive Russian cities for renters

  • Moscow: 34,999 rubles ($557)
  • Saint Petersburg: 24,158 rubles ($384)
  • Sochi: 21,141 rubles ($336)
  • Moscow region: 18,733 rubles ($298)
  • Yekaterinburg: 16,570 rubles ($263)

The average monthly prices country-wide are 11,750 rubles ($186) for 1-room (studio) apartment, 15,423 rubles ($245) for 1-bedroom and 21,670 rubles ($344) for 2 bedroom apartments.

However, even though these prices don’t seem high, they may not be affordable for Russian girls on average wages. The majority of young women live with their parents until they are married even in their late 20s or 30s. Sometimes couples in a relationship decide to take a lease together. It would be highly unusual for a single lady to get a place on her own, unless she owns her home.

Renting a home in Russia

Cheboksary is the cheapest place to rent. There you can lease a small property for only 5,751 rubles (USD $92) per month.

Renting a home in Russia

It costs 34,999 rubles ($1,353) on average to lease a 2-bedroom residence in Moscow.




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I have my own experience of renting a home in a big city. Chistopol is my home town and renting prices always were medium here. To rent a 1-bedroom (2-room) apartment costs today 24000 rubles a month. It is a convenient variant for my family of three members. But in view of every day’s increasing prices for everything I can see that we won’t be able to pay more for renting.


In different cities rental prices are diffetent. The farther from the center of any city, the price is correspondingly lower, but of course there are exceptions to the rule.


In Moscow it is almost impossible to rent normal apartment for a reasonable price. But if you decide to go to another place, Kursk or Cheboksary – it is much better. But there people get paid less than in big cities.


In big cities it is very expensive to rent a place to live. We live in a small town where rental prices are lower. But many young people cannot afford to rent a home because they have low salaries. And that’s why they live with their parents. But I think it’s better to take a mortgage and buy your own apartment.