As it was specified in the university rectorate, this year 500 new studios will be put into operation for students, postgraduates and teachers. All of them are built in accordance with the concept, which absorbed all the best solutions that exist in the world. Forpost decided to find out in what conditions students of the oldest higher technical education institution in Russia live today, how much they pay for a place and what are similar international standards.
Let's start with China. A country with a population of one and a half billion simply cannot afford to house students one or two at a time. That's why 6-8 people live in rooms. The rooms are small, and the furniture resembles integrated solutions for children, allowing to save square meters. In other words, they are loft beds with desks at the bottom, where the kids "gnaw on the granite of science" in their free time from lectures and practical classes.
On the one hand, everything is as compact as possible, on the other hand, it is obvious that you can forget about privacy for many years to come. However, the rental fee corresponds to the entourage. Each student transfers an amount equivalent to 2 thousand rubles to the university's account every month. It is not cheap, but at the same time the indicator "price/quality" is hardly optimal.
In the Czech Technical University of Ostrava for a place in a room for three people, which is located in the "old" campus, built in the twentieth century, you will have to pay about 10 thousand rubles. Accommodation with one roommate is more expensive - about 12 thousand. For a room with a good renovation will also have to pay extra, its price - 14-15 thousand. Separate "amenities" are not provided, the kitchen and bathroom with a toilet are common for several double and triple rooms.
The dormitory for students of the Austrian Leoben Technical University is much more modern, it was built in 2017. Inside, there are 139 apartments with just over 200 beds. Most of the rooms are single rooms, but there are some that accommodate up to five people. The cost of rent, to put it bluntly, bites, especially when you consider that most of the guests are foreigners, often from developing countries. Each of them has to pay 30 to 40 thousand rubles a month.
The rates are similar in Finland. The only difference is that student dormitories there have long been unrelated to universities. The thing is that back in 1974, student unions united to independently control the quality and cost of housing. Thus, for example, LOAS organization appeared - it is responsible for the buildings where students of Lappeenranta University of Technology live.
Every first-year student applies for admission to the university, describing his or her preferences regarding the future place of residence. But beyond that, it's a matter of luck. Depending on availability, it can be a studio apartment or a room in a two- or three-bedroom apartment with a shared kitchen and bathroom. At the same time, the prices do not differ too much. In both cases, you will have to pay about 35-40 thousand rubles a month. Plus, most likely, you will have to buy furniture. There may well be no bed or table in the rooms, and no one guarantees students a full-fledged interior.
The dormitories of St. Petersburg Mining University are located in a variety of buildings, but exclusively on Vasilievsky Island, within walking distance of the academic buildings. For example, in the former furnished rooms of the "Turkish subject" Feolog Filippovich Theodoridi, at 38-40 Maly Prospect.
This house was built in 1905 in the Northern Art Nouveau style and handed over to the university after the revolution. The rooms there, as in Czech Ostrava, are mostly of the block type, but they are all in very good condition and equipped with all the necessary furniture. So the cost of living, which ranges from 2900 to 7400 rubles per month, depends not on the quality of repair or lack thereof, but primarily on the number of neighbors and some other related factors. For example, for a place in a room for three people with its own bathroom you have to pay 4900 (this year the prices have not been revised).
Gorny has built five new dormitories in the last 10 years, as they have become much more in demand following the introduction of the USE in Russia and the resulting increase in the number of non-resident students. All projects were initially aimed at a maximum of double occupancy in rooms with private bathroom and toilet. However, a kitchen was usually provided for one per floor. As, for example, in Nalichnaya, 46 or Shevchenko, 19.
Now the management of the university decided to implement a new concept, which absorbed all the best world trends. In fact, two new buildings are no longer dormitories, but academic residential complexes of studios. Each of them is a full-fledged comfortable apartment with its own kitchen, bathroom and all the necessary furniture for rest and study.
The building at 24 Nalichnaya Street houses 304 such studios. Of these, 200 are intended for students, and 104 for teachers or scientists. In order to get to the training center No. 3, where first- and second-year students have classes, you don't even need to go outside, the buildings are connected by a corridor. Another plus is the presence of a huge gym on the second floor. Both physical education classes and free individual training take place there. The students have at their disposal barbells, dumbbells, modern cardio and exercise bikes, as well as curved (caterpillar) treadmills, especially popular with crossfitters.
The cost of a place in this complex (it is already in operation) is 14 thousand rubles. Against the background of Western analogs and private offers from apartment owners on Vasilievsky Island, this is not that expensive. Especially if you take into account the quality of repairs, furniture (in most studios it is Italian) and plumbing.
The second apartment building, built in accordance with the new concept of the St. Petersburg Mining University, is located on the 14th line, 77. Now finishing works are being completed there. The building provides 196 studios for graduate students, 20 of them are family apartments. Additional amenities include a gym and a self-service laundry room on the basement floor, as well as a sports ground in the courtyard.
Thus, the first technical university in Russia today has the most diverse infrastructure designed to accommodate non-resident students. All of them can choose a place according to their tastes and financial possibilities. In any case, the living conditions will be at least good.
But of course, this is not an end in itself, but a part of the program aimed at creating a comfortable scientific and educational environment in Gorny, without which it is impossible to form a new generation of engineers and scientists. Many aspects are important here: beautifully decorated corridors and classrooms, the availability of modern laboratories with advanced instrumentation, the possibility of self-realization in creative work or sports in their free time. And, of course, comfortable dormitories, or, more precisely, academic residential complexes, where young people can relax and prepare for upcoming classes in a quiet environment.