Finding suitable accommodation is among the most difficult parts of moving to Moscow. Some say, it is easier to find work than a decent apartment. Here is some advice on how to best go about the task.
Expats moving to Moscow have a choice between expatriate-only communities in wealthy suburbs and a more local experience in other Moscow neighborhoods. Families with children often prefer the expat compounds. These usually have international schools nearby, their own medical facilities, and plenty of green space. Other expats prefer the centrality of the Garden Ring or the slightly more Russian experience in other suburbs.
When deciding where to live in Moscow, take into account your office location, international schools for your kids and other daily necessities such as shopping opportunities. Commuting in Moscow is a very stressful and time-consuming affair. You don’t want to end up spending four hours in your car every day.