Lomonosov Moscow State University. Facilities, Accommodation, Safety.


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Facilities, Accommodation, Safety



The University's hall of residence includes several students' quarters, - each accommodating students of a particular faculty or a subdivision of the University. The total number of students accommodated in the University hostel is about 15,000. Every student has a choice between single rooms in the Main Building and shared rooms for two or three in other dormitory buildings not far from campus. The living conditions in the hostel may vary in the level of comfort, the living space, additional conveniences and facilities (telephone, TV set, refrigerator), with the cost of accommodation being dependent on all these factors.

Each dormitory is guided by a security downstairs and there is a maid constantly on duty at each floor. There are common kitchens as well as several canteens and buffets offering inexpensive multinational meals. The Main Building also houses dry-cleaning service, laundry, hair-styling salon, libraries, food-marts, household stores, bookstores, gymnasiums, swimming pool, repair service, and travel agencies.

Every student of the University is guaranteed to get an accommodation. Accommodation fee depends on type of a dormitory and facilities provided, and varies within USD 30-130 per month.


Library of the Lomonosov Moscow State University is one of the oldest one among university libraries in Russia. It was founded in 1756. Textbooks from the University libraries are available for free.

Currently the library serves more than 60 thousand regular visitors. The number of visitors is as high as 1,8 m people a year; with lending at approximately 4 m. copies for the same period. There are 16 lending rooms and 60 reading rooms which can accommodate 3,300 readers. The library collection is available to all academic and scientific staff as well as students of the University.

The university library collection includes up to 8,5 m. academic and scientific publications - 2,5 m of which are books written in foreign languages. The library collection is subdivided into branches distributed among 15 buildings of the University. Every library branch section has a reading room, a branch section index and a thematic catalogue, a lending room and the information and bibliographic section.

The University library has a unique collection of rare books and manuscripts of more than 200 thousand storage units including medieval, Greek, Latin, French, German, Oriental and Slav manuscripts, the Russian manuscripts of the 18-19th centuries, archive materials of the 18-19th centuries, West-European incunabula and palaeotypes, the Slav and Russian early printed books, and rare Russian publications of the 18-20th centuries.

Food service

The food service of the University includes several canteens and buffets and snack-shops. In every University building one can have tasty and cheap food. The schedule of every eating-place is adapted to provide for the needs of everyone who would like to eat at any time between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Medical service

The University's polyclinics for staff and students is located on the campus. It is open daily and provides emergency treatment and general health care. There you can find general therapists as well as specialists in all areas of medical care including dentists. International students have two options:

1. Bring an international insurance policy (make sure it works in Russia) and use the clinics stated by it;

2. Purchase medical insurance policy at the University polyclinics or any other medical center.


Museums, recreation centre, student theatre and cinema hall provide almost everything that students would need for recreation and entertainment.

Four museums are functioning: Museum of Earth Science, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Zoology and Museum of Rare Books.

The Student Theatre of the University is the oldest in Russia. The first public performance took place on 26th January, 1756 staged by the students themselves. Since that time theatre activity of the University never stopped. The Theatre yields new names and new ideas. Many famous actors of Russia have been brought up here. The Theatre stages plays of Russian and foreign authors. The Student Theatre has successfully performed at many big theatre festivals of Europe and organised the first international festival of student theatres in Moscow.

The University Recreation Centre (DK) unites students and teachers of the University who come here to spend their spare time in all kinds of creative activity. At the beginning of every academic year DK announces enrolment for the Academic choir, chamber orchestra, piano, vocal and organ classes, opera studio, creative union "The Russian Souvenir", the Theatre of Old Music, Student's Theatre workshops, literary studio, school-studio of the modern ball-room dancing and other activities.

The main performance Hall of DK annually houses concerts of professional actors of various genres and the performances of the amateur creative unions. Foreign students also take part in amateur theatricals.

Sports and Recreation

The Lomonosov Moscow State University makes excellent provision for sporting and social activities. They cater for all levels from beginner to international level. The undergraduate students' curriculum includes classes of physical training. Along with it students are welcome to participate in a wide variaty of individual and team sports. There are nearly 30 sports sections specialising in different sports. The University Sports and Recreation Center includes the best baseball stadium in Russia, soccer field; and indoor/outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball, handball and tennis. The annual MSU championship includes interdepartmental competitions in thirty different sports. A number of University students and employees are members of national teams on different kinds of sport. Three of them became Olympic champion or medallists in Sydney 2000.


The Main University campus is completely isolated from the distractions of the city. It is fenced in on all sides and patrolled by internal security systems. In addition, every gateway into the campus and every building on campus is monitored by Safety Officers. The residence hall contains a security guard at the entrance and a safety attendant on each floor. Every resident is issued an identification card, which has to be presented to the security guard.

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