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Relocation and Accommodation Tips

Relocation

When moving to St. Petersburg, we recommend that you avoid bringing large or heavy furniture, so you can save on the costs of high customs duties and taxes (EUR 4 per kg of gross weight). Russian Federal Customs Service Regulations exempt you from additional customs payments if:

1.   the gross weight of your goods does not exceed 31kgs;

2.   the customs cost of goods does not exceed the equivalent of 1000 euros.

Goods for private use can be sent internationally, customs free, via relocation companies if:

1.   the gross weight of goods does not exceed 31 kgs;

2.   the customs cost of goods does not exceed the equivalent of 1000 euros.

The list of such goods can be found on the website of the Russian Federal Customs Service (see Appendix 4). 

Generally, international appointments are paid a relocation allowance, which is a lump sum designed to cover expenses associated with the settling-in of  tenure-track and postdoc hires at a new location.

Some companies, such as 2Amovers, provide relocation services and advice on customs procedures. Companies like Move One Inc and Troika Relocations  provide settling in services, including property screening and accompanied property viewings.

Renting an apartment

The university does not provide direct assistance in renting an apartment, however, some trustworthy estate agents and relocation agencies which have English-speaking staff can be recommended: Move OneEvans.

The most popular and reliable rental agency in Russian is CIAN. If you have someone who can help you contact Russian-speaking agents, you may be able to find an apartment via this agency.
Rental prices depend on the different requirements you have for your accommodation. The number of bedrooms, location, parking facilities, interior design, and security features are some key factors influencing the price. 
You can stay at the our University's hotel  - price of accommodation.

Household emergency

There are several ways of protecting yourself against the risk of unpleasant household incidents requiring the help of certain specialists (such as plumbers, electricians, pest control teams, etc.)

1.   Ensuring there is a clause about resolving these situations in the rental contract. The landlord should bear responsibility for troubleshooting issues regarding plumbing, electricity, gas, etc.

2.   Signing a package agreement with a real-estate agency which includes 24/7 support and problem-solving for the apartment. This type of package is naturally pricier than a regular service.

If a problem arises, you should contact your coordinator at HR Office first, explain the situation and ask for help in dealing with the problem.


 

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