Staying with a host family is a superb chance to maximize opportunities for language practice and master the understanding of Russian culture.
Our homestays are visited by our accommodation staff and monitored by the regular students` feedback. We have been working with most of the families from the very beginning. They have been chosen for their friendliness and the warm welcome they give to all the students.
Homestays are located in the historical districts of the city and can be from a 20-minute walk to a 45-minute ride to the Institute. All the homestays are conveniently located to public transportation links.
Students can select a single or, if booking with a friend, a shared room. Rooms are furnished with a bed (or a sofa-bed), a desk, a wardrobe or a set of drawers. Bathroom facilities are in most cases shared with the family. Light laundry, towels and bed linen are provided once a week. There might be other students living with the same host family either from the Institute or from other language schools (especially during the high season). Yet we try not to place another student speaking the same language unless requested.
As the homestay accommodation is mostly chosen to improve the language through constant communication in Russian, we ask our hosts not to speak other languages apart from Russian. But, if requested, we can place the student in a family with speakers of English, German, French or other languages.
Students can choose a homestay with half-board or breakfast only. Usually, a continental breakfast is served – cereal/toasts/yogurt, tea or coffee. Dinner usually consists of soup or a main dish of fish or meat. Living in a family differs from living in a hotel and eating in restaurants. Students are usually offered the same food as the hosts eat every day and in the times when the family usually have meals. Though families are usually eager to meet your dietary requirements in case you are a vegetarian or allergic to some food – just state your preferences in the enrollment form and talk to your hosts when you arrive.
Please pay attention, that it can be rather difficult to find some special dietary foods in Saint-Petersburg, so in case if you need some special products (gluten-free, lactose-free etc.), you should buy them yourself or bring them with you.
Students staying with a host family will be given the keys to the flat, but they are usually not supposed to invite their guests and are asked to be back by midnight in order not to disturb the family.
For students who want to be more independent or who have very specific requirements, we can offer other types of accommodation, also available all year round.
|Prices (per week)|
|Single Room||Double Room*||Single Room
||Double Room *|
|230 Euro||195 Euro||185 Euro||155 Euro|
* available only for 2 students traveling together and arriving and leaving on the same dates.
We also propose a meeting service at the airport to take you direct to your accommodation. The benefit of this service is that after a long flight, you do not need to worry about :
- how to find your accommodation
- how to use public transport on your very first day in a new city
- how much money you will need to pay for a private taxi or public transport
If you don`t use our transfer, please, be careful and use only official city taxi.
Transfer Fees 2018 Airport/railway or bus station transfer
|Single||Shared (to the same accommodation)|
|40 euros per one way||25 euros one way per person|