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Bank Account

Opening an account

We recommend that you seek advice from your bank before you come to the RF. You can ask their advice about running a bank account in the RF, what methods of transferring money are available and how much it will cost. You may also want to ask if your bank has any special relationships with banks in the RF, and if you can use your cash card in RF cash machines.


It can take at least two or three weeks to open a bank account, so you will need to ensure you have enough money with you for this period. There is often more than one type of bank account available, so make sure the account you choose is the right one for you.

For the most simple accounts (with no credit facilities), you’ll be asked for the following documents:
·        National passport with a notarized translation. Banks in the RF must, by law, carry out checks on your identity and so cannot always open an account for you. Please note that on any documents or cheques your name must be written exactly as it appears in your passport.
·        Visa to RF
·        Registration coupon / Valid residence permit 
Please contact the Faculty and Student Support Office to find out what other documents you will need to open an account as well as for the details on the procedure for obtaining a bank card.

Which bank should I choose?

You can choose one of the following Russian banks for your salary account:

·        VTB24

·        Sberbank

·        UralFD (See  details)

Please see the details of applying for a bank card in the listed banks by clicking the links above and choose the bank most convenient for you.

ATM Machines

Since some ATMs do not have an English interface, here is a list of possible ATM phrases:

Основное меню 

Main menu

Вставьте карточку

Insert your card

Введите пин-код

Enter your PIN

Неправильный пин-код

Incorrect PIN













Снять наличные

Withdraw cash

Другая сумма

Other amount

Подождите, пожалуйста

Please wait

Деньги считаются

Your cash is being counted

Недостаточно денег на счёте

Insufficient funds

Остаток счёта


На экране

On screen





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