Year of foundation: 1604
Population: over 500 000 people
Time zone: UTC +7
Climate: Winters in Tomsk are very cold winters and summers pretty warm, as it is in the rest of Siberia. Average winter temperature is about -19°C, and average summer temperature is about +18°C.
Tomsk is situated in the eastern part of West Siberia on the right bank of River Tom.
Tomsk is a scientific and educational center of Siberia. Today there are 6 universities, numerous research institutes, laboratories and design departments in Tomsk. According to statistics, every fifth Tomsk resident is a student
Tomsk is a nice and cultural city. There are many interesting historic, cultural and natural sights. Everyone can find their favorite place here, where they can be alone with their thoughts or spend time with their friends
There are many museums, clubs, concert venues and sport grounds in Tomsk offering entertaining and recreation opportunities to fit every taste. Just decide what you want, and Tomsk will help you make your dream come true!
Places to go
You can find many interesting and picturesque places here. This city is rich in monuments of wooden and stone architecture of the XVIII—XX centuries. Tomsk wooden “laces” are famous far beyond the Russian borders.
Places of worship
There are many old orthodox churches and chapels in Tomsk, as well as a Polish catholic church, two mosques, a synagogue and an Evangelic-Lutheran church.
There are 17 museums in Tomsk, including the Museum of Tomsk History, the Museum of Slavonic Mythology, and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Moreover, every university has its own museums, open for public, such as museum of zoology, paleontology, mineralogy etc., displaying collections of universities. There is also a planetarium in Tomsk where one can make interesting observations from an observation site.
There are three drama theatres, a theater for children and teenagers, a puppet theatre “Skomorokh” (it means “a traveling minstrel, a clown”) and a theater of living puppets “2Ku”. There is also an acting workshop “Oskolki” (“shatters”) and a student theatre “Kovcheg” (“ark”). In addition, there is a large philharmonic hall and a small concert hall where organ concerts take place. Tomsk is also proud of its symphony orchestra and the university choir.
Cafés, clubs, cinemas
Here one can find cafes, restaurants and clubs for any taste: there are more than 100 cafes, about 40 restaurants, and 20 coffee houses offering diverse menu. Students often go to night clubs (there are about 20 of them in Tomsk), where one can hear music of different styles and genres. Theme parties take place there and famous DJs come from various countries. One can watch all the latest movies in the three cinemas of Tomsk. There are various options for relaxation and entertainment satisfying all tastes: paintball, bowling, billiard, water pools, saunas etc.
Bookstores and libraries
The largest Russian chains of bookstores have their branches in Tomsk. Besides, there are small local bookstores which are really unique. Do not forget to visit a second-hand book-shop, where you will find many rare and extraordinary things and books!
Some organizations, cafes and hotels in Tomsk offer free of charge Wi-Fi access:http://wifi4free.ru/tomsk/hotspots/. Besides, a free Wi-Fi zone covers the main building of TUSUR as well as adjacent Novosobornaya Square, where students like to spend their free time in the park close to the fountain. The Business Incubator of TUSUR also provides free Wi-Fi access. There are many Internet cafes and cybercafés very popular among students.
The city-dwellers enjoy escaping the heat of summer in large and small parks of Tomsk. One can have a great time on the quay of the Tom River, where one can go roller-skating, enjoy fresh air, admire the view or feed pigeons.