Registration and BSK card

In this article you can find the most useful information about the documentary part of living in St. Petersburg.

Registration

An international citizen entering Russia must be registered at the address of his/her actual stay. It may be worth mentioning that the registration in the city is done several times:

  • when you enter Russia first time;
  • upon visa extension;
  • each time you stay in a hotel or hostel in SPb;
  • after visa extension each time you return to SPb from another Russian city (again, if you stay in hotels or hostels) and from abroad.

If you rent a private place, make 100% sure that the owner agrees to proceed with your migration registration and does it promptly upon the establishment of the contract but no later than 6 days since your arrival* (on the 7th day the procedure must be fully completed meaning that you must have the registration paper on this day) – it will not be able to extend your visa until you do not obtain the migration registration paper. Thus, any delay with it will automatically lead to a delay with visa extension.
*Moreover, a delay may lead to extra expenses and in the worst cases to fines and deportation.

An owner may fail to know what migration registration is (миграционный учет). If that’s the case, when discussing the matter, outline that you want the owner to go with you to MFC (МФЦ, multifunctional centers) or one of the departments of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (отдел МВД) with your passport, migration card and the contract to register your arrival (поставить на миграционный учет). As a result you will receive a strip of A4 paper which you will have to scan in our office and always have with you (or its copy) together with the migration card.

Student public transport card

BSK

You can apply for the card once you receive a notification from the International Office. It costs 1205 rubles monthly (+250 rubles to issue a card) and includes 100 rides by metro with unlimited number of rides by buses, trams and trolleybuses per month.

Exchange students with Russian passports shall bring and provide the International Office with their foreign passports in order to receive BSK. You can get it only with your passport (the copy of your passport is not welcomed in the Metropolitan and may cause a lot of unnecessary unpleasant arguments) and preferably, but not necessarily at all, with your student ID. If you plan to order BSK card, it is better to do it (both to apply and receive it) before you leave your passport in the office for visa extension or after you have your passport back.

Temporary BSK-kurs

There is also an option of getting 45-days temporary card (временный носитель «БСК курс» = vremennyi nositel’ BSK-kurs), passport is a must. It is valid for 45 days and costs 80 rubles (reimbursed after 45 days upon returning the card to Metropolitan).

Ways to apply

Each of the described below ways starts with the step of checking if your data is in the metro database. It is fine if you are not found in it from the first try; just address the office to re-upload your data.

Here is a short instruction how to get your BSK:

WAY 1:

  • Take your passport and a photo 3*4 and approach any window in any metro station.
  • Make sure they have your data in the database (it might be a good idea to ask your Buddy to translate for you).
  • If you are in the database, apply for the card which you will receive in 10 days in the same metro station*.
  • If you are not in the database, either call the office during working hours (sometimes they can solve the matter right on the spot) or email them (in this case you will have to go to metro on another day).
  • You will need your passport when applying and getting the card.

*You can ask for a temporary card for these 10 days.

WAY 2:

  • Take your passport and approach any window in any metro station.
  • Make sure they have your data in the database (it might be a good idea to ask your Buddy to translate for you).
  • If you are in the database, apply for the card online (the web-site is in Russian). You will need your passport at hand while applying to see the spelling of your name in Russian.
  • It will take 10 days to issue a card and you will need your passport to get it*.
  • If you are not in the database, email them, your data will be re-uploaded within 2 days.

*You can ask for a temporary card for these 10 days.

WAY 3:

  • Take your passport and approach any window in any metro station.
  • Make sure they have your data in the database (it might be a good idea to ask Buddy to translate for you).
  • If you are in the database, apply for the card in the office ЗАО «Транскарт» (ZAO “Transcard”) with your passport. Again, it’s better to ask your Buddy to help you with it as people do not speak English in that office. Location: Chernoretsky pereulok, 3 (“Ploschad Alexandra Nevskogo-2” metro station, turn to the right when you exit the station and look for a high porch). Working hours: every day 09:30 – 19:30 Tel.: 301 97 74; 350-11-29; 610-06-94. There you make a picture and take a receipt for the payment (the card costs 250 rubles).
  • Go to a bank to pay the receipt. The closest bank office is Открытие (Otkrytie) located at the Hotel Moskva, Alexandra Nevskogo square, 2 (entrance from the Neva embankment).
  • Come back to “Transcard” with paid receipt and get your card.

WAY 4:

Podorozhnik card

Until you get your student ID, you can buy tokens or tickets each time you use public transport. Also «Подорожник» (“Podorozhnik”) transport card may be an alternative if you are not planning to use public transport very often:

• Price for card – 60 rubles.

• You can put any sum of money on it.

• Use it to pay for all means of transport (but not in all minibuses).

• You can buy it and charge in metro.

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