Do not forget to make copies of all the important documents that you will bring with you and also the ones that you will leave at home.
Make sure that you get a certificate which allows your parents to deal by proxy with administrative matters in your country.
Phone, Sim card, international calling card
We suggest the following:
buy a Russian mobile phone (very cheap) with a Russian Sim card;
keep your own mobile phone but buy a Russian Sim card (your mobile should be unlocked in order to be able to accept a Russian Sim card). Do think of this in advance, because only some phones can be unlocked for free (in general when you have bought it more than 3 months ago), otherwise you will have to pay for this service and it can take time before your phone will be unlocked. Buying and topping up Russian Sim cards is very cheap. You can send messages to your Russian contacts and the contacts in your country. However, you might not be able to call your contacts in your country (it depends on the service provider), but you can receive calls;
buy an international calling card (it’s cheap) to call abroad. You have to call from a landline. You can use the phone which is at your disposal on the 2nd floor of the student hostel for foreign students. Your relatives can also call you on this phone.