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Catharina
02-06-2009, 16:51
Dear Moscow Expats - Please help me if you can!

My husband just found out that he is recuired to move to Moscow - fine! But there are soo much that I feel I need to know.

My current situation is:
Living in Stockholm, Sweden. I have two small kids and I will have to give up my job when we go.


Lots of questions:
Where should one live in Moscow when you have children?
Are there any good american (english speaking) kinder gartens? - What do they cost?
What prices can I expect on house/flat rent?
Where do I go to meet interesting women/mothers in my situation ;-)
Does one need a car when living in Moscow or would that only bring extra problem?
Anything I should think of or consider extra carefully?
What kind of expat package should we require?


Please help me! I have not done this before!

Margo
02-06-2009, 17:30
Hi Catharina! Welcome!
This is really a challenge to relocate and you have and will have many and many questions.
Try to search for threads by user Marmite here, he managed to invent long lists of similar questions and got many useful answers.
Good luck

Mirka
02-06-2009, 19:26
Hi there! I can connect you with some Swedish people here. PM me if you want more info :)

jeyla
02-06-2009, 21:20
hello :-) moscow is a great place to live and as much as i miss europe, i do enjoy it! i work with children and i've come accross the following resources that a lot of my clients find helpful

BWC british women's club
AWO american women's organization
IWC international women's organization

and then there's "children in moscow" which can be very helpful!

all their links are on my website but you can easily google them
Home (http://www.moscow-counseling.com)

good luck :-)

Mud
02-06-2009, 23:11
Hello Catharina and welcome to the Expat.ru forums!

Here are a few resources for you:

English Preschool Centers (from this site's Moscow Phone Directory):
Moscow Phone Directory :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://www.expat.ru/phonedir.php?cid=85)

The Family and Children forum (from this site):
Family and Children - Page 2 - The Moscow Expat Forums (http://www.expat.ru/forum/family-children/index2.html?daysprune=-1)

Child Venues (from this site):
Children's Venues :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://www.expat.ru/placeschild.php)

Children's Calendar (from this site):
Children Calendar :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://www.expat.ru/childcalendar.php)

Dining out with Children (from this site):
Dining Out with Children :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://www.expat.ru/dinningwithchild.php)

Survival Guide (from this site):
Survival Guide :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians (http://www.expat.ru/survivalguide.php)

The Driving in Russia forum (from this site):
Driving in Russia - The Moscow Expat Forums (http://www.expat.ru/forum/driving-russia/)


As you can tell, I use this site to find a LOT of information. I encourage you to search some of these threads to seek some good information. I also encourage you to Private Message (PM), (just click on the member name and then on "Send a Private Message To Member Name") any member who you feel might have helpful information.

There are many here who are willing to help. Just reach out like you are now.

I wish you and your family well with your transition and move to Moscow. It seems overwhelming, but it will all work out. Let us know when you arrive and keep asking questions in the meantime.

All the best!
Mud :)

Catharina
03-06-2009, 10:01
I stayed up all night yesterday looking through all the information...

It seems the best place to stay for my family will be north or north west, any tips on that area?

Catharina
03-06-2009, 10:07
It seems I can get much information on renatal costs and such stuff. But it is hard to know what the living costs are (I mean; getting around, food, basic clothing etc) What are the costs if you exclude housing, insurances, school fees... How much go I need to get my family throug ha month in Moscow?

Cheers

MissAnnElk
03-06-2009, 11:44
It seems I can get much information on renatal costs and such stuff. But it is hard to know what the living costs are (I mean; getting around, food, basic clothing etc) What are the costs if you exclude housing, insurances, school fees... How much go I need to get my family throug ha month in Moscow?

Cheers

That's hard to say as it depends on so many things.

We walk and take the metro . . . no car/driver. So that is cheap (I think I pay about 860 rubles for 60 metro rides . . . Under $30 US).

Groceries . . . depends. Very wide range depending on where you shop and what you want to eat.

I do find clothes from time to time, esp. during sale season. I have bought kid t-shirts, shoes and boots, winter coats, and assorted casual clothes for myself here. Husband recently bought a suit. But generally I wait to go to the US because it is so much cheaper.

gandalf
06-07-2009, 22:09
It seems I can get much information on renatal costs and such stuff. But it is hard to know what the living costs are (I mean; getting around, food, basic clothing etc) What are the costs if you exclude housing, insurances, school fees... How much go I need to get my family throug ha month in Moscow?

Cheers

What drives costs of living up here is housing above all. The rest is not so much more expensive than elsewhere in Europe. Driving a car is a nightmare (and the police is corrupt), so you should require a driver if possible and live near a metro station so that you are not dependent on using the car.

Niklas
08-07-2009, 22:42
What drives costs of living up here is housing above all. The rest is not so much more expensive than elsewhere in Europe. Driving a car is a nightmare (and the police is corrupt), so you should require a driver if possible and live near a metro station so that you are not dependent on using the car.
I agree that housing cost is the big difference from Stockholm. Also, dining out is more expensive while food in the supermarket is pretty close to Swedish prices. Unless you do as I do and sometimes prefer the Scandinavian products at Stockmann. That's a bit more expensive, but they have everything that you might miss from back home (except for Kalles Kaviar for some reason...).

If you would like any specific advice from a Swede, just send me a PM