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Moscow for students

The 2019 edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking sees Moscow fall six places, to rank in 34th place.

The city is home to an impressive nine universities included in the QS World University Rankings 2020, including Russia’s highest-ranking institution, Lomonosov Moscow State University, which places 74th in the world.

The city also appears in the top 50 for student view, with plenty of positive comments from respondents to 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.”

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Best universities in Moscow - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 34th

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Study in Moscow Overview

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank 


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

Why study in Moscow?

Home to many top universities

Moscow contains nine prestigious universities, including Lomonosov Moscow State University, which ranks in 74th place this year.

Lots to see and do

Take a walk around Moscow’s historic city center and visit St Basil’s Cathedral and the Moscow Kremlin. Afterward, explore some of Moscow’s famous street markets and eat at one of the city’s many restaurants.

Steeped in history

You can learn about Moscow’s part in Russian history in the city’s numerous museums, or by taking a historical walking tour around the city.

An affordable city

You may be surprised to hear that the city ranks 42nd in the world for affordability this year, beating cities such as Bangkok, Valencia and Prague.

Cost of studying in Moscow

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, ranking 42nd this year.

High outlays on accommodation are offset by international tuition fees which fall in the mid-range (around US$4,500 per year), and relatively low daily retail costs.

A Big Mac in Moscow, for instance, costs the equivalent of US$2.29, while the same order in Paris would deplete your funds by US$5.14.

Life and culture in Moscow

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 city offers 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.

Find out more about what it's like to study in Moscow.

Careers in Moscow

Moscow achieves a high score for employer activity, reflecting the fact that domestic and international employers hold its institutions’ graduates in high esteem.

As Russia’s financial and economic center, the city attracts graduates from all around the world and is full of opportunities for fresh graduates.

To stay on after graduation, you will need to have a work visa, which will give you the right to work, get paid and live in Russia for the duration of the visa’s validity. You can find out more about how to obtain this here

Popular sectors for graduates include human resources, IT, business development and finance.

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