The university provides accommodation for the students in there hostels, but the students are free to choose between staying inside the campus and outside the campus in separate apartments than the university hostels.
The advantages and Disadvantages of living outside the campus are many. Talking about the disadvantages, the major problem with living outside the campus is that the cold winter mornings and the rainy days pose a serious threat to your attendance in class and hence your academic performance . The comfort of the bed is often too overwhelming when compared to staring at the teachers during the morning sessions.
Distance is also a major challenge. Even after a thorough research on the flats in the locality, you could end up living in apartments which are sometimes more than 5 or 10 miles away from the campus.
The main advantage of living outside the campus is that you could live in appartments which pleases you with the best facilities compared to the limited facilities that a university hostel has to offer. You could also share apartments with friends hence divide the rent among yourselves, which can place you in a life of luxury at a price lower than that of what the university has to offer.
In order to live outside the campus, each year, you would have to inform your college authorities and the local police station under whose jurisdiction the apartment is located. And you would have to enroll your address in your residence permit and get it verified by the police officials.
Searching for the appropriate apartment is the difficult task of all. Approaching real estate agents is a very good option. But you should be proficient in Russian in order to work out a deal or else take a Russian friend with you. The agencies are likely to charge you with average service fees, usually ranging from half of the monthly rent or less. But the service fees is worth it since, the agents will be taking you on free visits to your “would be” homes, and can easily find you an apartment.