Founded in 1703, St. Petersburg is known as the Northern Capital and cultural center of Russia. But there’s more to our city than museums, theaters, and beautiful sights. It’s also one of Russia's largest industrial, educational and scientific centers. Whether you're coming here to study or work, you’re sure to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Russia's most European city. 

ITMO University’s main campus is steps away from Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg. Learn about the city’s past, present and future as you make your way through once secret passages and peruse interactive exhibitions. Take a walk along the Neva River and take in the beautiful panorama of drawbridges, the Hermitage State Museum and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Sports fans will enjoy the close proximity to major stadiums, while gourmands can explore local flavors at numerous cafes.

Cross over Tuchkov Bridge and find yourself on our campus on Vasilievsky or Basil Island. Framed by rostral pillars, the historic Spit of Vasilievsky Island was once a harbor that fueled the economic growth of the city. Now it’s one of the most photographed architectural ensembles, anchored by the magnificent Old St. Petersburg Stock Exchange. Whether you’re craving an afternoon filled with art and history, or an espresso in an outdoor café, this part of town offers an exciting blend of academic excellence and urban culture.


Situated in the northwest of Russia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg boasts the proximity to Estonian (158km) and Finnish (200km) borders.

Besides astonishing historic landmarks of the Northern capital, one can easily find beautiful places in the Leningrad Region suburbs. Visiting the gardens of Pavlovsk, the palaces of Gatchina, the fountains of Peterhof, and the castles of Vyborg can make for a perfect one-day trip.

Like Moscow, St. Petersburg is in the Russian time zone 2 (MSK), with an offset of GMT+3.


— How long has it been raining?

— Since 1703

The climate of St. Petersburg is humid continental, with freezing winters and pleasantly warm, cloudy summers. Snowfall is frequent in winter, just as rainfall in summer. 

Winter sets in from late November to late March and is characterized by long nights, snowfall, and chilly winds. January and February are the coldest months, with temperatures dropping to -8°C. Warmer weather usually lasts from April to October. The temperatures vary between 15°C and 23°C in June, July, and August.

In 2019, the city enjoyed 271 sunny days with a total of 1,500 sunny hours. 

So, when packing your suitcase for St. Pete, check the calendar and choose what to take: an umbrella or the warmest coat you have (maybe both).

Public transport

St. Petersburg has an extensive public transport network. There are 5 metro lines, 37 tram routes, 46 trolleybus routes, and more than 400 bus routes. Nearby towns can be reached by suburban electric trains.

ITMO University’s locations around town make it easy to explore the city and enjoy it at any time of the year. They’re easy to access by public transport and are usually within walking distance of metro stations. 

Useful links

Discover the variety of cuisines the city has to offer in this Lonely Planet St. Petersburg guide. Don’t forget about cool vegan places.

Take advantage of our financial info to plan your trip without extra costs.

Visiting St. Petersburg for a short program or a series of lectures? Get a new experience and check out our handy weekender guide of what not to miss. Find out which museum to go to today.

Do you swear, love buckwheat, or have you ever travelled the Trans-Siberian railway? If no, don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to do it like Russian!

From concerts and exhibitions to interesting facts and events in the city, you can also get all the information you need at the City Visitor Information Bureau.

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