Apartment Rental Guide
for Saint Petersburg
What To Look For In A Russian Apartment
Saint Petersburg suffers from inflated hotel prices and the lack of mid-range accommodation to cater for its visitors. To rent an apartment in Saint Petersburg Russia is uncomplicated and the apartments (flats) for rent in Saint Petersburg offer a much needed and convenient alternative - but do you know what to expect from St. Petersburg apartments for rent?
This Saint Petersburg Russia apartment rental guide is presented in the
form of questions that you really should know the answers to, prior to
booking self-catering or serviced apartments in St. Petersburg Russia,
an explanation is also given as to why it can be an important
Q. Does the Saint Petersburg apartment (flat) have an independent modern boiler providing a reliable source of hot water for bathing and/or heating?
Legacies from the Soviet days - hot water for bathing and heating, for the majority of apartments, in St. Petersburg is still supplied from huge district boiler stations.
Apartment rental during summer months: For some unknown and illogical reason during the hottest season the local authorities always shut down these boilers – for the whole of St. Petersburg! This annual act is supposedly for maintenance but the hot water supply to apartments in St. Petersburg is cut off for several months!
Apartment rental during winter months: Once again without independent heating you are at the mercy of local authorities – they have control over apartment heating in St. Petersburg. If there is a late summer, and the heating comes on - you will fry, if there’s an early winter and the heating is off and you will freeze.
It all sounds unbelievable but this is how it works! Ensure your chosen apartment in St. Petersburg Russia has its own boiler.
Q. Who owns the
apartment or manages the apartment rental company in St. Petersburg
"Western managed" is a phrase used to express that there is a non-Russian somewhere involved with the apartment in St. Petersburg, or at least the company dealing with it. It sounds disrespectful but if you do want customer service then this factor is important.
Q. Are there any recent
photographs of the St. Petersburg apartment? (Every room if possible)
The terms "Western" or "Euro" renovation, are used to describe that the apartment (flat) in Saint Petersburg has been gutted of any ex-Soviet style decor and totally re-modelled. However, landlords, and property management companies tend to liberally use it if the apartment has had any slight alteration from its original decor.
Q. Does the apartment for
rent in St. Petersburg Russia have an inventory?
While its standard practice to rent apartments in Saint Petersburg Russia as furnished don’t assume the apartment has all the expected basic items; ask for a full specification of the apartment’s interior.
Beds - because of the restricted sizes of many Saint Petersburg apartments, Russians tend to use temporary foldout divan beds – these can be extremely uncomfortable. For a good night sleep it’s worth ensuring there are adequate proper beds.
Q. Does the apartment have modern double-glazed windows? And do they have anti-mosquito nets fitted?
Windows and their fixtures obviously play a very important role in both winter and summer.
Mosquitoes (read about mosquitoes in St. Petersburg) are a nuisance and generally find their way into apartments via open windows. This is not the case if there are appropriate mosquito nets or screens fitted on all opening windows. It’s worth verifying that there is protection and that they are in a good state of repair i.e. no holes
Q. Do the bedrooms face the street or a quiet court yard?
It’s great to get a centrally based apartment unless you are a light sleeper. St. Petersburg streets are noisy throughout the night. Although good glazing will eliminate the majority, it could still pose a problem for some.
Q. Does the apartment in St. Petersburg Russia
a secure entrance?
Many entrances to apartment blocks in Saint Petersburg are left wide open to abuse - stray dogs to the passing drunkard use them!
Q. Exactly where is the apartment
rental in St. Petersburg Russia and is the location classed as a nice
Every city has its very bad, bad and good areas, St. Petersburg is no exception. Streets are long and may start in a nice neighbourhood but end in a nightmare.
Q. What level is the apartment on, and does the apartment block have
a working lift?
Apartment blocks in the centre of Saint Petersburg can have up to seven floors, that’s a lot of steps.
Q. Is the apartment in Saint
Petersburg Russia fitted with suitable light
St. Petersburg Russia experiences White Nights - a period when it never gets completely dark. If you’re a sensitive sleeper this could be difficult.
Areas of interest: Apartment for rent, Hotels in St. Petersburg, Real Estate in St. Petersburg