We use the Moscow State University Dormitories as the program headquarters because of its superior location, near the class location and within the bustling MSU campus. But the MSU dormitory is not for everybody and there are other options described below.
We encourage students to do their own investigation into these and any other recommendations because we recognize the importance of personal taste and preference.
Program personnel stay at the MSU Dormitory because it is a convenient place to coordinate everyone to embark on the many activities and trips we schedule. Suites have a bath/shower plus a phone and refrigerator. Each suite will be supplied with sheets, blanket, pillow, towel and toilet paper. You may wish to bring a full sized bath towel, since the towel supplied is small. Western style toiletries and personal products are generally available in Moscow. For some electrical appliances, you will need a 220V converter and a continental-type adapter plug (two round pins). Most personal computers, cell phone and digital camera chargers, and many electric shavers now have built in current converters, so for these appliances you will need only a plug adapter but not a current converter. You may also wish to bring a small pot to boil water. You should not drink any tap water without first boiling it. Bottled water is available in University shops or nearby stores at a modest price. If you want to wash your own laundry, we also recommend that you bring a stopper for the bathroom sink (approximately 1-1/4 inches or 3 centimeters).
The housing provided in the historic and imposing main building at Moscow State University is convenient (within three blocks of the classroom building) and has good security with a guard at the entrance to the building grounds and another guard at the entrance to the dormitory building itself. However, students should be advised that housing in the dormitory rooms is not of the quality to which American law students are accustomed. The rooms are small and worn and the furnishings are sparse.
If you stay in the dormitory, it is possible that hot water will not be available for a couple of weeks during the program. During the summer months, the city of Moscow systematically turns off the hot water in each neighborhood for two to three weeks in order to clean the heating systems. It is likely that the hot water will be turned off for the first two weeks of June. In prior summers, students and faculty lived like Russians by boiling water and mixing it with a basin of cold water, and by visiting people in other neighborhoods where there was hot water. If you stay in one of the other facilities listed below, you will not have hot water shut off.