Living in Kazan, Russia


Convenient and comfortable accommodation is a vitally important factor for the success of your training  at  the Institute of Social Sciences and  Humanities, Kazan.

Kazan is the capital of the  Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) and  one of Russia's largest cities. Its  history saw 1000 years passing by,  withstanding the aggression of the  Golden Horde, the conquest of Ivan the Terrible in 1552 followed by massacre, as well as forced Christianization of Tatar people and destruction of Mosques. It is a major industrial, commercial and cultural centre, and it still remains the most important centre of Russian and Tatar culture. In April 2009 Kazan got the legal right to 'brand' itself as the 'Third Capital' of Russia, the right being approved by the Russian Patent Office. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in the centre of European Russia. Kazan became the host city of the 2013 Summer Universiade.

The city has a beautiful citadel, which was declared the World heritage site in 2000. Major monuments in the Kremlin are the 5-domed 6-columned Annunciation Cathedral (1561-1562) and the Soyembika Tower, named after the last queen of Kazan and regarded as the city's most conspicuous landmark. Also the places of interest are the towers and walls, erected in the 16th and 17th centuries but later reconstructed.

Kazan outstands most of the cities in Russia by the number of educational institutions. Kazan State University was founded in 1804 and has had several prominent students, including Nikolai Lobachevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Lenin. Kazan is served by Kazan airport, which is located approximately 30 kilometers from the city center. Kazan has municipal transport: buses, trolleybuses and the subway. The railway system connects Kazan with the major cities as well as the most remote parts of Russia.


Living with a host family has certain advantages. It facilitates language skills as well as studying Russian customs and traditions. Besides you will learn very soon what Russian hospitality means; and in case you need any help, your hosts will never say "no" to you.
You will live with a family selected by the university. You will have your meals (breakfast, dinner) with them. When applying, please, give us as much information about yourself as possible, e.g. interests, sports, dietary requirements, allergies, etc.

Private Apartment

We appreciate your privacy and for those of you who would like to stay independently we can rent out a fully-furnished apartment. Usually we try to find these apartments also close to the city centre and at the short distance from our Centre. As any other type of accommodation it will have a separate bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.


Kazan as any other modern European city has a great range of hotels. The level of comfort and price, compared to other major cities in Russia, will be a pleasant surprise to you. In any hotel you chose we guarantee a modern room with all the amenities and hotel facilities and just 5-10 minutes walk from the Centre.

We need time to find accommodation for you so you should inform us 1 month before your arrival.

Travelling around Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Excursions

We can take you on a wide spectrum of excursions. The distance from Kazan to Moscow (and all the cities of the Golden Ring) and St. Petersburg is relatively short, in terms of other parts of Russia: 800 km and 1700 km, respectively. Kazan stands on the railway to Siberia and we can take you all the way to the Ural Mountains and even to the Far East if you like! Kazan itself is surrounded by unique historical sites and towns with a great past and not less fascinating modern life: Elabuga, Naberezniye Chelni, Niznekamsk…

We do organize group and individual tours. Our goal is to let you get familiar with as much of Russia as you possibly can while you are here, to lift “the Iron curtain” for yourself, get to know better our people, our culture, our past and present day. To find out more about the trips and prices, please, contact us: