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By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Novosibirsk for students

The unofficial capital of Siberia and considered Russia’s scientific center, Novosibirsk is Russia’s third-largest city by population, with around 1.6 million residents.

Founded in 1893, it’s one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and is the cultural and economic heart of Siberia, as well as a transport hub for the region.

Novosibirsk is home to one of Russia’s most respected universities, Novosibirsk State University, which is located in the world-famous research center, Akademgorodok (‘Academic Town’). 

In the survey used to compile the QS Best Student Cities ranking, one respondent shared what it’s like in Akademgorodok: “The atmosphere there is unique and amazing, probably the main reason for that is a huge amount of science centers and institutes, the university itself and, of course, the people.”

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Novosibirsk State University


Novosibirsk State Technical University

More about Novosibirsk

With two excellent universities featured in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2022, Novosibirsk is a great study destination for any student. The city scores extremely well for affordability this year, ranking third in the world due to its low cost of living and cheap tuition. The city also scores well for employer activity, indicating that the city’s graduates are highly sought after by employers in the area.

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

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Novosibirsk State University (joint 228th)



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Why study in Novosibirsk?

Low living costs

Students can benefit from Novosibirsk’s extremely low cost of living and affordable tuition. The city ranks third worldwide for affordability. 

Stunning surroundings

Novosibirsk is surrounded by nature, mountains and woodland – a perfect escape if you’re looking for a place to unwind after lectures. 

The weather

Students can enjoy the stunning, snowy scenery in the winter and surprisingly warm weather in the summer. 

There’s plenty to do

When you’re not studying enjoy wandering around one of the city’s many museums, monuments and galleries, watching some theater or eating in one of Novosibirsk’s numerous restaurants.

Cost of studying in Novosibirsk

With relatively low living costs and tuition fees, Novosibirsk appears on the podium for affordability in the Best Student Cities 2022, ranking third in the world.

Aside from the relatively low annual tuition fee costs (averaging at around US$2,900), students benefit from Novosibirsk’s extremely low standard of living.

Numbeo estimates a single person living in Novosibirsk will need around US$470 per month in addition to US$327 for rent. This is significantly lower than the majority of student cities and can account for the city’s exceptionally high score for affordability this year.

Life and Culture in Novosibirsk

Looking around the city, you’ll spot fine Tsar-era buildings and wooden-lace architecture similar to that found in nearby Tomsk.

If you fancy soaking up some culture, the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre is just one among many popular venues.

For scientists, there’s Novosibirsk Zoo – a world-renowned scientific institute as well as a tourist attraction. Or if you’re into something a bit more macabre, the unique Museum of World Funeral Culture might be of interest.

If you’re looking for a day trip, the Altai region is just outside of the city and is home to some of Russia’s beautiful greenery, making it a perfect place to unwind.

Careers in Novosibirsk

As the third-largest city in Russia and the economic heart of Siberia, Novosibirsk has plenty of employment opportunities for graduates looking for work. In fact, the city ranks an impressive 80th in the world for the employer activity indicator.

Novosibirsk is home to the headquarters of numerous Russian corporations as well as hosting many international firms including Nestle, Intel and Excelsior LLC. The city is often called Russia’s industrial capital and firms are often on the lookout for highly skilled graduates.

This article was originally published in February 2017 . It was last updated in July 2021

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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