The Universiade Village is a residential neighbourhood which was constructed in Kazan to house athletes and officials during the 27th Summer Universiade 2013.
Prior to and after the Universiade, the Village serves as a student campus for Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University and Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. The complex may house 14,500 people. It is unique and the largest in Russia.
The Universiade Village is located in the Privolzhsky City District of Kazan, it runs alongside Prospekt Pobedy (Victory Avenue) or Southern Intracity Highway of the Big Kazan Ring and Parina Street from Mavlyutova Street to Orenburgsky Trakt (Orenburgsky Highway). The complex represents a large rectangular area which stretches from northwest to southeast.
The Universiade Village is within walking distance from the Prospekt Pobedy metro station. Bus number 47 and trolleybus number 8 are running in this city district.
The Universiade Village groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 10, 2009 with the participation of Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the Kazan 2013 Organising Committee. Initially, the Universiade Village was designed as a student campus, unlike most other Athletes’ Villages that later are transformed into commercial housing complexes.
The first complex of the athletes’ village was launched in August 30th, 2010. It included two clusters or 20 residential buildings with a total area of 187,000 square metres and overall capacity of over 7,000 students. The FISU-recommended accreditation procedure was tested during the move-in process. 1,142 people were accommodated within 8 hours and data about each resident were accumulated into a single electronic database.
Prior to and after the Games the Universiade Village serves as the largest and most modern student campus in Russia.
The first two clusters were handed over to Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. It is expected that the third cluster will be allocated to the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. The total number of people currently residing here is up to 6,000 students from 41 countries. Tatarstan’s students represent 64% of Universiade Village residents, 30% come from federal regions of Russia and 6% are international students that came to study in Kazan.Read more
The Universiade Village was officially opened on June 29th, 2013. It became home to athletes and other delegation members during the 27th World University Summer Games.
The Universiade Village’s infrastructure is well-developed. Its premises comprise a pharmacy, a medical station, a security guard station, a drop-off laundry service, a sports equipment rental centre, a hairdresser's, a supermarket, catering establishments, a post office, a service centre, a tailoring shop.
Moreover, there are all conditions for organising the Village residents’ entertainment. Roller skates, scooters and bicycles are at the residents’ disposal free of charge. There is a chess area with the large chess pieces for playing chessball in one of the premises’ yard. Volleyball and basketball courts and a football ground are located along the Flag alley.
The Universiade athletes are provided services not only in the Village’s residential area, but also at the Main International Centre. Accreditation centre and Main Operations Centre, Arrival/departure halls, Sport Information Centre, cafeteria, offices of FISU and future organising committees, rooms for holding meetings with the heads of delegations as well as Religius Centre are operating within its blocks.