Only one currency can be used to pay at all stores and restaurants in Russia – the Russian rouble. The rouble is made up of 100 kopecks. Circulating coins exist in denominations of 5, 10 and 50 kopecks, as well as 1, 2, 5, and 10 roubles. The rouble is also printed on bills in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 roubles. It is possible to exchange roubles immediately upon arriving at the airport, though the exchange rate at such offices is not always the most favourable for tourists.
Most of the stores and cafes accept bank cards.
Those students who have budget and state-funded places get bank cards for student scholarship transfer. To do that students fill out applications at their Programme Office at the beginning of their studies. If a students has a fee-paying place then in order to obtain a bank card he/she needs to apply to a bank office. HSE University, Perm cooperates with Sberbank, Klookva and VTB or students may apply to any other bank they like. In order to become a bank client you shoud bring your passport and its translation into Russian. Please look over a bank's conditions carefully. Пожалуйста, внимательно знакомьтесь с условиями обслуживания банком. For using bank cards a fee is charged.
Currency can be exchanged at any bank branch in the city, but it is necessary to present your passport and its translaition for this. Near the Higher School of Economics, there are a number of banks along
For those who are in a hurry or simply forget their passport in the morning (which we really do not recommend doing), the simplest way of transferring money into roubles is at ATMs. All ATMs have a menu to select a language, and roubles can be withdrawn using any MasterCard or Visa card with a transaction fee.