Accommodations in St. Petersburg, Russia

The choice of the right type of accommodation is an important decision as students typically spend more time at home than in the classroom. We understand that people have differing needs and interests. For this reason we offer several accommodation options enabling each student to choose the most appropriate type.

All accommodation offered by the school has been inspected by a member of staff. It is our accommodation officer's job to make sure that all our students choose the option, which fits them best. Some students prefer to stay with friends or would like to organise their own accommodation , which is fine. In that case however, we cannot provide our courtesy arrival transfers on Sundays.

Homestay

Our host families are not always a traditional married couple with a child/children. Above all we look for someone who is sociable, likes to meet new people and can give a warm welcome to our students. Our host families have time to talk to our students, be patient, understanding, careful and prepared to provide help with any problem that may arise during a student's stay in Russia.

A student's room is furnished with at least:

  • one bed or sofa-bed
  • wardrobe
  • desk with chair and light
  • a mirror (in a wardrobe or a separate one)

St. Petersburg Language CoursesThe rooms are clean and, by Russian standards, spacious. Bathroom and kitchen are shared with the family. All our apartments have telephone. Maximum travel time to the school in St. Petersburg 1 hour.

All our families and their homes are personally known to our accommodation officer. Families are inspected once a year. The standard of the families is monitored by questionnaires (entry and exit) given to students.

Students' wishes and needs such as non-smoking/smoking, allergies, vegetarian food, with/without pets etc. are taken into account as far as possible. Normally students should remain with one family for the whole duration of the course, even if things are not exactly the same as expected.

We allow students to change the host family during a language course but we require minimum one week notice.

Apartments

Shared flats

Those students who prefer to stay on their own but at the same time wish to experience a student atmosphere may choose our shared flat option. Our flats provide single bedrooms (usually 2-3), shared bathroom and kitchen. Bed linen, cutlery and kitchen equipment are provided. The flats are all equipped with one TV set, telephone, washing machine and vacuum cleaner. The shared-flat option costs the same as staying in a host-family, but without board.

Studio-apartments

Students who wish to live on their own can rent an apartment with the help of the school. We cooperate with a couple of reputable real-estate agencies and private landlords who rent out apartments of all kinds.

Studio apartments are selected prior to arrival according to the information (description and pictures) sent by e-mail. If necessary, an apartment can be changed after arrival but not earlier than one full week after arrival (fees apply).

Hotels

We offer a full range of hotels in St. Petersburg in all categories. The hotels below are the ones we specifically recommend, either because of their location and/or because they are very good value for money. If you do not find a hotel that will fit your needs from this list, we can provide you a list of additional hotels that are hear the school.

Kempinski Hotel
(5-star)

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Distance to the school: 30 minutes by public transport

This newly opened hotel (July 2005) certainly offers one of the best locations in the very heart of St. Petersburg, on the bank of the Moika River and right opposite the Hermitage and Dvortsovaya square. The original façade of the hotel's building was designed by Dutch engineer Basil von Witte in the middle of the 19th century. It has been faithfully retained while the building has been entirely reconstructed. The hotel is just two minutes' walk from Nevsky Prospect, close to all major sites and shopping centers.

There are 188 rooms and suites. The ground floor bar overlooks the Hermitage and the restaurant on the roof terrace gives spectacular views over the city center and the nearby Cathedral of the Savior-on-the-Blood. The hotel features two interior glass-covered courtyards and a fitness center is planned on the second roof terrace. Like other Kempinski hotels, Moika 22 offers luxurious interiors, comfortable rooms and great service. Rooms are equipped with a writing desk, high speed internet access, 2-line telephone, minibar, LCD TV, heated bathroom flooring, shower cabin, bathrobes and bath amenities.


The Nevskij Palace Hotel
(5-star)

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Distance to the school: 30 minutes walk or 15 minutes by metro

The Nevskij Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the historical, business and shopping areas of St. Petersburg within walking distance to the main museums, theatres and cathedrals. It is comprised of two historic nineteenth century buildings with a classic façade restored to its original splendour. With its completely renovated interiors and spacious, elegant rooms, the Nevskij Palace offers fine modern comfort. There are five restaurants, which are among the best in the city. Their Sunday brunch is legendary. The hotel offers the best conference facilities in the center; the largest conference hall can hold up to 200 people.

The complete reconstruction of the hotel finished in 1993. Regular upgrades and renovation works ensure that the hotel always looks as it had been opened just a few days ago. There are 283 deluxe rooms, including 30 suites and 15 smart rooms. All rooms are equipped with direct-dial telephone and voice-mail, satellite television, WiFi Internet, central air-conditioning with individual regulation, safe, mini-bar and hairdryer. Smart rooms are designed especially for the business traveller. They are similar to the standard rooms but are additionally equipped with mini-office facilities, including a desk, a fax machine, a functional lamp, a printer which can be plugged into a notebook computer and an ergonomic office chair


The Fifth Corner Business Hotel
(3.5-star)

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Distance to the school: 15 minutes walk

The newly opened modern hotel occupies a 19th century building located in a famous square in the heart of St. Petersburg known as "five corners". This area is the home of Dostoevsky's novels, typical St. Petersburg of the 19th century. Retaining the classical façade of the historical building, the interior was completely rebuilt to offer modern facilities and comfortable accommodation. All guest rooms overlook the square's historical buildings, some of which were home to Dostoevsky's main characters. The hotel itself is conveniently located, very close to the historical and business center of the city. It is a good choice for travellers looking for comfort and hospitality at reasonable prices.

All 30 rooms of the Fifth Corner Hotel are spacious (starting from 21 square meters), designed and equipped with modern furniture according to European standards. Each room has private facilities, shower tub, minibar, central air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial phone, most of the rooms have Internet access. The hotel offers continental breakfast. Business center, laundry and a round the clock reception service at the guests' disposal.


Kristoff Hotel
(3.5-star)

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Distance to the school: 15 minutes walk

A huge number of mini-hotels or pensions recently appeared in St. Petersburg, offering an interesting alternative to big Soviet era hotels. Kristoff is one of them, which opened in 2004. It is located next door to the Piaty Ugol, also in an old historical building. The hotel brings a comfortable home atmosphere and its friendly personnel will try to satisfy all needs of the guests.

The hotel offers 15 spacious rooms, well furnished and designed in classical style. All rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, direct-dial phone, wireless WiFi Internet connection and hairdryer. The Kristoff provides 24-hour security, luggage room and safety deposit boxes are available at reception. Continental breakfast is served at the restaurant.


Vesta Hotel
(3.5-star)

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Distance to the school: 30 minutes walk or 20 minutes by metro

A nice and cosy B&B hotel located in the very center, in a quiet courtyard right off Nevsky prospect with a caring customer-orientated approach. Convenient location in the very heart of the city makes most places of interest, shops and restaurants accessible by foot. The Vesta hotel offers very decent rooms at very decent rates.

All 17 rooms are equipped according to European standards. Designed in pastel colour with windows overlooking the quiet yard, the hotel rooms are good for work and leisure. Each room has satellite TV, with individually regulated air-conditioning, phone, private facilities and shower. Internet can be accessed in every room by dial-up connection through the telephone line. There is a well-equipped small conference room for 8-10 people. A continental breakfast is served in the nice lobby-café. There are 3 floors in the hotel, but no elevator.


City Hotel Comfitel
(3-star)

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Distance to the school: 10 minutes walk

Opened only in 2005, this new city hotel certainly has everything needed for leisure and business travel. Housing a typical old style building with large windows and high ceilings the hotel offers good modern comfort at very moderate prices. Although it is not located in the very core of the city, it is still quite close to the historical center which is easily accessible. Its proximity to our Language center makes it a nice option for our students.

The hotel features 33 rooms. On the ground floor there is a small nice restaurant & bar, reception and beauty shop. Every room has private facilities, hairdryer, TV, telephone, free access to the Internet. Safe cells are available at the reception. The hotel also has parking space and round-the-clock security. There are 4 floors but no elevator.


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