safety tips

Dear students!
Lomonosov Moscow State University does it’s best for you to feel absolutely safe and sound during your entire stay at MSU. Nevertheless, there are several rules that one should follow in order to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
COVID-19 Prevention
If you have a 38-40°С (100.4-104°F) degree fever:
If you feel unwell or you need to see a doctor:

contact your insurance company 

If you are attached to MNOTs MSU (Lomonosov Moscow State University Medical Research and Educational Center)* as part of your insurance policy:

reception for students and doctoral students:


call a doctor for a visit in your place of residence:


* MNOTs MSU working hours:

Monday to Friday – 8am - 8pm; Saturday – 9am - 3pm;

Sunday is a day off.

In case of unfavourable epidemiological situation please avoid participating in different public events, entering public places, using public transport, medical facilities. In order to get medical help it’s better to call a doctor.
In public places (in the classroom, in the buildings and premises of Moscow State University, in public transport, etc.), be sure to wear a mask and gloves. Change the mask every 2 hours.
Wash your hands often with soap
Use hand sanitiser 
Try NOT to touch your face and particularly your nose with your hands
Put 1.5-2 meters (6 feet) of distance between yourself and other people
If possible avoid handshakes and hugs when meeting people
Monitor your health. At the first sign of coronavirus infection please isolate yourself and see a specialist.
Get vaccinated against the new coronavirus infection to protect yourself and others

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common signs:

  • tiredness
  • fever
  • cough
Less often:
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste and smell
  • diarrhoea
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
In severe cases:
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • impaired speech and motor disabilities

You can learn more about the new coronavirus infection here

General safety recommendations
Follow behaviour rules in public places
Always carry with you a charged mobile phone with emergency numbers, numbers of your relatives, friends or colleagues 
Wear only comfortable clothes and shoes that is adequate to the weather conditions and current season 
In case of emergency stay calm and act in an appropriate way 
Fire prevention
Unplug electrical appliances when not in use 
Be careful with matches and lighters. Keep flammable substances (oil, sprays) away from stovetop
Smoke only in specially designated smoking rooms
At the first sign of fire, call 101 or 112
After that, begin the evacuation. Take with you only the most necessary items (documents, mobile phone, medicines, money, warm and waterproof clothing, some changes of clothes, personal hygiene products, a supply of drinking water and food for three days)
Warn neighbours about the fire and help those in need
In case of fire, DO NOT use the elevator!
If the exit is blocked , DO NOT open doors and windows wide, plug the ventilation holes and door slots with a wet cloth
In case of smoke, move crawling and do not forget to protect the respiratory organs with a wet cloth
Go out on the balcony or open a window and try to attract the attention of passers-by or firefighters
In case of a small fire, cover the source of the fire with a wet cloth, pour water or sand / washing powder / earth from a flower pot, etc. on it
If one of your electrical appliances is on fire, first unplug it from the power supply and only then extinguish the fire
DO NOT extinguish electrical appliances with water!
If oil or other flammable liquids catch fire, DO NOT extinguish them with water, but cover them with a pot lid!
If your clothing catches fire, drop to the floor and roll slowly on the floor or try to put the clothing off
Safety in the place of residence
Follow the fire safety rules 
If you live in a rented apartment or hostel / hotel, DO NOT let the strangers in
DO NOT leave electrical appliances, gas or electric stoves unattended when switched on
If the elevator starts to move down rapidly, press the ‘Stop’ button as soon as possible and put yourself in a safe position. Squat down, lean your back against the wall of elevator car and brace your hands against the floor. You can also lie facedown on the floor and put your head on the bag.
Safety on the street
Before going for a walk, notify your relatives or roommates or leave a note at the place of your residence
Make sure you have a GPS with you (for instance, mobile applications like Google Maps, Yandex.Navigator, 2GIS, Citymapper) or a map of the city
Cross the road only at the pedestrian crossing. Before crossing the street make sure there are no cars approaching.
If you found yourself in a crowd, button up your clothes, take off a long scarf, stay away from glass windows, trellises, trees, pillars. If you fall, curl up on your side, cover your head with your hands. Get up with just one sharp movement - quickly pull up your legs, stand up with a single leap and start moving in the direction of the crowd.
For walks, choose mainly the daytime. When returning home in the evening, avoid unlit streets, deserted places, or walk in a small company.
What to do if I left my things in the metro?

Contact the information desk of Metropolitan and hold for a representative:

+7(495)539-54-54 or 3210

(for mobile phone call)

What to do if I left my things in the land transport?

Call Lost and Found office:



What to do if I lost my documents?
Transport security
When entering the subway, hold the doors, as they might hit a person walking behind
Hold onto the handrails when getting on the escalator. Do not place bags on the escalator handrails. On the escalator, stand to the right facing the direction of its movement so that people on the left could move freely.
DO NOT stand near the edge of the train platform
If you fell on subway tracks, DO NOT try to climb onto the platform by yourself. If the train is approaching and you can't move, lie facedown in the gap between the rails with your head towards the train (so that your clothes do not roll up), keep your head down and try not to move. If circumstances permit, get up and, without approaching the edge of the platform, run towards the direction of the drive to the beginning of the platform, look for a black-and-white pole and stand behind it. You are safe here. Now wait for a subway staff. They will come for you and get you out of the tunnel.
In case of a bus accident, use the emergency exits (windows). After getting out of the bus, move away from the scene of the accident as far as possible.
In case of an accident in a trolley bus or tram, try not to touch metal parts — they may be electrified
Natural hazards
In winter
Wearing warm clothing is recommended. A bit of advice: dress multi-layered!
Look out for icicles on rooftops. Walk on the sidewalk closer to its edge.
Do not wear slippery shoes. When the walks are covered with the glaze of ice it is recommended to step on the whole foot and hold on to the handrails.
In the spring and autumn period
Always carry an umbrella with you! Wear waterproof shoes and clothing (boots, raincoat).
In summer
In order to avoid heat exhaustion or sunstroke, wear light and light-colored clothing, a hat and limit your time outdoors.
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen
In hot weather please minimize physical activity
Stay hydrated
In a thunderstorm
On the street: avoid open space and tall trees, posts. DO NOT walk near metal fences, electrical power pylons, or under wires.
Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
In the home: close the windows tightly and unplug electrical appliances from the power supply
If you found yourself in car during the storm, stay there. Close the window and remove radio antenna.
If you are caught in a thunderstorm while riding a bicycle / motorcycle / scooter, place them on the ground and step at least 30 meters (100 feet) away from them.
In strong winds or hurricanes
Stay home
Close the windows tightly
If you found yourself in the street, take cover in a nearby building or in the nearest underpass
If you are in car, try to avoid overpasses and bridges, DO NOT drive or stop under the trees or billboards
Terrorist threat
Beware of suspicious items (unowned bags, boxes, toys)
DO NOT touch a suspicious object, immediately report it to the police or the person in charge. Get away from it and take others to a secure location.
In case of bombings, drop to the ground with your hands over your head. First, make sure that no explosion has followed and only then can you stand up.
If you are being taken hostage, DO NOT incite offenders to use weapons: do what you are told and do not refuse food, even if you don't like it.
Take off jewelry or any other expensive items or cover them with clothing, keep your documents hidden
Always ask for a permission before taking action. Requests should be made in a calm voice.
Take a safe seat in the event of possible shooting
Avoid staying in places where you may obstruct the observation of the premises through the doorways or window openings
Try to remember the appearance of the offenders
During hostage rescue operation DO NOT try to assist the security forces. Immediately lie facedown on the floor, cover your head with your hands and try not to move, pending instructions from security forces.
If tear gas comes into contact with the eyes, do not rub them, breathe through a wet tissue, blink frequently to cause tears. Show understanding for any actions of the security forces, because until the procedure of identification is undergone, any person will be treated as a potential offender. DO NOT leave the scene of the crime without permission.
Emergency numbers
Firefighting and Rescue Service (EMERCOM)
Telephone number: 101
Telephone number: 102
Emergency medical services (Ambulance)
Telephone number: 103
Emergency gas service
Telephone number: 104
Common emergency telephone number
Telephone number: 112
Lomonosov Moscow State University Department for Internationalisation
Address: Leninskie Gory, 1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
International Information Center - sector B, room 101
Тел: + 7 (495) 939-22-64