Ufa and Bashkortostan.
Ufa is a capital of Bashkortostan, a sovereign Republic in the Russian Federation, which covers a territory of 143,000 sq. km., it stretches over 550 km from South to North and 400 km from West to East.
•Ufa is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Russia. It was founded in 1574 and situated on the banks of the river Belaya. Ufa is located in the South-East European part of Russia in the South of Ural mountains, on the border of East and West and has a well-developed traffic system, which consist of railway stations, international airport, bus station and a number of roads.
•Bashkortostan is well-known because of his wonderful nature and they call it sometimes “second Switzerland”: high mountains and expansive steps, evergreen forests and a number of rivers (600) and lakes (800). That is why different kinds of tourism and sports are very popular here, for example rafting and alpine skiing. The climate is continental and the average mean temperature is 14 C below zero in winter (January) and is 20,5 C above zero in Summer (June, July), and is frequently over 30C.
•Numerous confessions including Islam, Orthodox, Catholic, Judaism etc. are presented in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Bashkortostan is multinational (Bashkirs, Russians, Tatars), but major part of population are Muslim. Ufa is well-known Islamic center in Russia and 6 mosques are welcome to receive visitors. Kurban, Ramadan and other Islamic holidays are widely celebrated in Ufa.
•Ufa is well-known political, economical and cultural centre. There are ten Heigher Educational Institutes, many museums and theaters, monuments, sportcomplexes. It has a great ballet and vocal traditions. The well-known singer Fedor Shalapin and ballet-dancer Rudolf Nuriev started there carrier in our city.
Life cost in Ufa
The cost of consumer goods in Russia is approximately 2100 roubles or 75 USD, in Ufa –2000 roubles or 73 USD. The cost of living in students hostels is 2,5 USD, the cost of one chamber apartment leasing in students hostels is 150-200 USD per month, the cost of apartment is 300-700 USD per square meter.
Near the university which is situated in downtown are many canteens, including the canteen of BSMU, cafes, where you can dine for 0,7-7 USD and a lot of bars and restaurants, where you can have your meals for a little bit more expensive.