What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
Housing in St. Petersburg is at a premium, and as such is both difficult to find and very expensive. Families with children generally opt to live in compounds outside of the city center, while those without children seem to prefer living within city limits.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Petrogradskaya Storona, the Golden Triangle, the area around St.Isaac's Cathedral, Tavrichesky Garden Area and the Fontanka River area are all exceptionally popular among expatriates. They all have beautiful buildings, many of which are newly renovated, and are all within a short distance of great nightlife options and lots of lovely parks and greenery. These areas are also home to most of the nicest restaurants and cafes in St. Petersburg.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Expats generally opt to rent.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Yes, it depends on the owner but 10 to 20 per cent of the rent on average is paid up front.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Water and gas are generally included in the rent, though electricity might be excluded. Ask your landlord.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
It is recommended that you live in a housing area with either a coded security system or a security guard. Additionally, it is safer to live in apartments above the ground floor.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
Current is 220 Volts, 50 Hz. The plug shape is similar to the standard European plug, but slightly thinner. You can, however, purchase an adapter to make it fit.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
International business is growing in St. Petersburg. This means the rental prices are constantly changing; contact Crown St. Petersburg for a better idea of current costs.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.