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Tomsk scored 74th position in the Best Student Cities 2018 ratings, second best in Russia after Moscow, and 17 places up compared to 2017.


Tomsk is a city in Western Siberia, the administrative center of Tomsk region. It is situated on the right bank of the River Tom, 50 km from the place of its confluence with the River Ob.

Area – 300 

Population — approx. 560,000 

Leo Tolstoy Street in Tomsk runs along the meridian 85 degrees east. 

Tomsk is an industrial center.

Tomsk is an industrial center. Its leading spheres are the oil and gas industry, instrumentation, energetics, engineering, pharmaceutical and food industries. 

The largest enterprises are Vostokgazprom, Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk, Tomskneftehim, Polus SPC, Sibelectromotor, Tomsk Electromechanical Factory, EleSi,Micran APF, Virion NGO, Tomskhimfarm, Tomskoe Pivo JSC, etc. Also, a candy factory and bakeries, and poultry farms operate in Tomsk. 

Tomsk is an educational, scientific and innovation center.

Tomsk is an educational, scientific and innovation center. There are six state universities in the city (TSU, TPU, SibMed, TUSUR, TSUAB and TSPU), three non-state universities, nine branches of nonresident HEIs, 11 scientific and research institutes of the SB RAS and SB RAMS. There are six business incubators, centers of commercialization, technology transfers and other elements of the innovation infrastructure.A special economic zone for technology was opened in Tomsk in 2006. 

Tomsk is a cultural center.

Tomsk is a cultural center. The city has museums of local history and art, art galleries, exhibition halls, the Tomsk Museum of Wooden Architecture, Museum of the History of Tomsk, Memorial Museum “Remand prison of the NKVD”, museums in universities, and the Siberian Botanical Garden. 

Spectators can visit the Theater of Drama, Theater of Young Spectators, Theater of puppet and actor “Skomorokh”, chamber theater, theater “Versiya”, and the theater of living puppets “2 plus Q”. The Philharmonic has an organ hall, there are several cinemas and there is a Palace of Shows and Sports. There are Orthodox churches, a mosque, a synagogue, a Catholic church and a Lutheran church In Tomsk. National-cultural autonomies and centers of national culture were created – about 25
associations in all.

A modern athletics arena "Harmony", indoor ice-court “Crystal”, 17 stadiums, 22 swimming pools, 35 ski lodges, 2 rowing bases, a ski jump, 6 tennis courts and about 500 gyms operate in Tomsk. The “Trud” stadium holds home matches of Tom FC – the club in the national league.

The main sight of Tomsk is wooden architecture.

The main sight of Tomsk is wooden architecture. The city has preserved a unique array of wooden buildings, which transform whole areas into an open air museum of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are wonderful stone buildings – Voskresenskaya Church, the main buildings of TPU and TSU, the Research Library of TSU, House of Science, House of Officers, City Hall of Tomsk. The University Park, stone bridge over the River Ushaika and the White Lake are also among the many sights of Tomsk. 

Original monuments have been erected in Tomsk: the monument to A.P. Chekhov stands at the waterfront of the River Tom. There is a monument to the patroness of students St. Tatyana, and monuments to Happiness, Baby in a Cabbage, Wooden Ruble and Home Slippers. 

In Tomsk…

  • The first university and the first technological institute in the Asian part of Russia were founded here
  • The first power station and the first TV station in Siberia were built here
  • The first public library and the first botanical garden were opened here
  • The first Symphony Orchestra in Siberia was created here
  • The first technological park in the USSR and the first business incubator were opened here
  • The first innovative strategy in Russia was adopted here
  • The first innovative forum in Russia started its work here