Preparing for Travel

This section provides the University's international students and scholars with information for preparing to study and work at TSU.




As you are heading to another country, it is high time to think over a few things to prepare yourself. The Siberian winter is severe and long, so you need to stock up on some very warm clothing, including good headgear, footwear, coats and gloves. The average January temperature is about -19 to -21°C below zero, but sometimes it can be as cold as -30° or -35°C. Tomsk is rather snowy, so you'll need good and warm waterproof boots, with soles that are well-suited to snowy or icy sidewalks. By the way, waterproof boots, a raincoat, and an umbrella are necessary for autumn and spring, too, when it can also be windy and wet. The Siberian summer is relatively short and sometimes rainy; with the average July temperature of 19° to 21°C by day and 16°C by nigcht. Sometimes it can reach 30°C and higher. Before leaving your Tomsk room at any time of year, it is a good idea to always check the weather outside here and here. If you do not bring warm clothes with you, you can always buy things you need here in Tomsk. There are many shops and markets where you can find suitable clothing.





We also recommend you bring certain things you will undoubtedly need.



Personal hygiene items. For the first few months in Tomsk your body will need to get used to new conditions (dry air, moisture, snow, and frost when winter arrives), and that may cause temporary problems with skin, hair, and nails. It is recommended you bring a moisturizing cream, hygienic lip balm, masks, and possibly oils or lotion to help your body during this period.


Anything that would remind you of home. A change of lifestyle and place, and a great distance from your home, can lead to depression or loneliness. So, even if you are enthusiastic about your upcoming studies, we recommend bringing with you a few photos of your family, a souvenir given to you by friends, or a few items from your current home to your new home. These little things will make your new home, “homier” and more comfortable. 


A laptop or notebook, as modern education requires the active use of computers. Moreover it will help keep in touch with your family and friends.




You should be sure to inform the International Division and International Student Services Centre in advance about your arrival for an accompanied ride in from the airport or railway station. We can provide a person to meet you and to accompany you directly to the University. This service is available for you if you complete the following form and send it 10 days before arrival. Moreover we strongly recommend you to contact the International Student Services Centre even if you deced to get to the University on your own.




Your ability to pay for certain costs upon your arrival in Russia is important. Prior to your coming to Tomsk, you should make sure that you will have with you not less than 5,000 - 7,000 Rubles (the Russian national currency). This sum should be enough for your first one or two weeks in Tomsk. You should check the exchange rate between the currencies of your country and Russia, so that you can convert at least the equivalent of 5,000 to 7,000 Rubles for your initial expenses. The remainder of your funds could be exchanged after you arrive in Russia. Please pay attention to exchange rates in your country and in Russia, so that you will receive the most advantageous exchange rate. Be careful in using a bank card from your country, as there is a chance that it could be jammed in an ATM.