While Nizhny Novgorod is a regional center for culture and while the university itself supports a number of international programs, most visitors remark that Nizhny Novgorod has the feeling of a city "trapped in time;" that few residents speak English and the city feels decidedly un-Westernized. If you are looking for a culturally immersive experience in a place that has a bit of a warm, small-town feel, this location is for you! It's also just an overnight train from Moscow, meaning that choosing the greater immersion offered at LUNN doesn't have to mean missing the grandeur of the Russian capital!
Location LUNN is located 15 minutes from the city center by foot, or 5 minutes by bus or trolley.
Campus/Student Life LUNN is a relatively small university and so you will start seeing familiar faces. However you will need to put some effort into meeting locals. The instructors here act as mentors and they can help. It also helps to do a home stay instead of the dorms.
Dorm Details Dorms are located on campus. Kitchens are shared with the floor. Expect to have a roommate. Rooms contain desks, beds, and wardrobes. Linens and towels are provided. The dorms do have lockdown hours (curfews). Internet options can be found in our Guide to Electronics in Russia or our Nizhny Novgorod City Guide.
Home Stay For a more immersive experience (and additional cost), our more adventurous students often elect to stay in a Russian home. It's not for everyone, but it is an experience! Limited availability.
SRAS Support at LUNN Maxim Furmanov, Coordinator of the International Affairs Office at LUNN, is a member of the SRAS Team, and is available to answer any questions about the academic program and housing. SRAS coordinators are always available by cell phone to answer any questions, discuss any concerns, or help in the event of emergency. All arriving students on SRAS programs are given a practical tour covering LUNN, how to use Nizhny Novgorod's public transportation, and where to find food and other necessities. Upon enrolling with SRAS, students receive a detailed guide with specific information on where to find the facilities, food, laundry facilities, etc.
University Facilities Laundry facilities are available. There is a small workout room (with limited hours). There are several cultural centers, including an American Cultural center that welcomes volunteers.
Campus/Near-Campus Food There is a cafeteria on campus as well as several food stands. You will find other food options not too far from the university.
Nearby Attractions This section coming soon.
Summary: Pros and Cons Pros: cultural immersion, close-knit community feel, dorms are on campus, city is easily navigable, location makes train travel to other cities – including Moscow – manageable.
Cons: city is not as large as some other locations, so you may have to try a little harder to find entertainment.