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Study in Moscow

By Staff Writer

Updated December 20, 2021 Updated December 20, 2021

QS Best Student Cities ranking: =25th

The capital of the world’s largest country, Moscow is a city of superlatives – most populous city in Europe, home to the most billionaires, site of Europe’s tallest building...student life in Moscow is certainly unlikely to be dull.

The 2022 edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking sees Moscow climb nine places to rank in the top 30, with the city offering a staggering selection of sights and experiences, from edgy modern art galleries and bohemian cafes, to the historic palaces and cathedrals within the Kremlin complex.

While it has a reputation for being an expensive place to live, Moscow may not come with quite as high a price-tag as you expect – and in fact, it appears in the top 50 of the Best Student Cities for affordability. High outlays on accommodation are offset by international tuition fees which fall in the mid-range (around US$6,000 per year), and relatively low daily retail costs. 

Moscow also achieves a high score - 14th in the world - for employer activity, reflecting the fact that domestic and international employers hold its institutions’ graduates in high esteem. The city is home to an impressive seven universities included in the QS World University Rankings 2022, including Russia’s highest-ranking institution, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

While the city appears in the top 80 for student view, there were plenty of positive comments from respondents in our student survey. One student commented: “Many activities and events happen during the year, the city is made for youth and student life”, while another said “You get to learn about different people and cultures.”

Would Moscow get your vote? Tell us why.

Internationally ranked universities in Moscow

World ranking University
78 Lomonosov Moscow State University
=281 Bauman Moscow State Technical University
=290 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)
=305 National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)
317 RUDN University
=319 National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)
=362 Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
=487 National University of Science and Technology (MISiS)
651-700 Sechenov University
701-750 Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
801-1000 Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
801-1000 Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology
801-1000 Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
1001-1200 Russian State University for the Humanities
1201+ MIREA - Russian Technological University
1201+ Moscow City University
1201+ Moscow Pedagogical State University
1201+ National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI)
1201+ Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy

More about Moscow

Moscow improved its performance in the Best Student Cities ranking significantly over the years. It now ranks in the top 50 cities worldwide for affordability, student view and employer activity - an impressive feat that earned it the joint 25th spot in the globe. Not only is it an affordable place to live and study in, it has become a hub of opportunities to advance your career after graduation.

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Lomonosov Moscow State University (78th)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


Why study in Moscow?

A centre of business and entrepreneurship

Moscow earned a great score for employer activity - and for a good reason. Thanks to a blend of world-class education and cutting-edge entrepreneurial endeavours, Russia's capital has become one of the world's largest hubs for business. This bustling city is perfect for those looking to live somewhere stimulating on a personal and professional level.

Explore the local culture

There's no better place to experience Russian culture than Moscow. Between tasty local foods (kasha and vareniki, anyone?) and attractions, you'll be spoilt for choice. 

And did you know Moscow is actually a really green city? From Gorky to Tsaritsyno Park - near Catherine the Great's former summer estate - and the Moskva river, there are plenty of natural sights to explore and familiarise yourself with.

High-tech city

Moscow is one of Europe's most cutting-edge capitals when it comes to technology. The city is full of WiFi hotspots all around - and underground on the metro too! -, which makes exploring and meeting up with fellow students easier.

Cost of studying in Moscow

Moscow ranks joint 31st as one of the most affordable cities in the world to be a student in. With tuition fees averaging US$6,000, the Russian capital is definitely cheaper than other top ranked European cities.

Rent in Moscow is on average 62 percent lower than in London, with a single apartment in the city centre amounting to US$909 in rent per month. Living costs are on the average side: Numbeo estimates that a single person's monthly costs without rent are US$593.

Life & culture in Moscow

Moscow boasts an incredible amount of world-class fine arts. From the Museum of Russian Impressionism to the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Moscow, the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and The Museum of the Russian Icon, students are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to learning about the local culture.

Life in the Russian capital is a blend of the new and the old. Depending on your preferences, you'll be able to enjoy the vibrancy of the new bustling parts of town or the more laid-back vibe of its suburbs and residential areas. 

Careers in Moscow

Moscow ranks 14th in the world for employer activity. The city is home to global giants such as Gazprom, Lukoil and Russian Railways, as well as of one of Russia's main inland port and several civilian and military airports. 

The Kremlin's biggest sectors include oil refining, manufacturing, film, metalworking and auto and aircraft.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in December 2021

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