Life in Astana

Campus Living

Living on campus is an important part of the educational experience at Nazarbayev University. Our residential facilities create an environment for students to study, socialize, become more self-aware and develop meaningful relationships, leadership, decision-making and communication skills.

An Overview of NU Residential Halls:

  • Over 80% of the student body live on campus.
  • There are seven residential halls (blocks) with three blocks planned for construction.
  • Each block has a resident assistant and block manager.
  • NUFYP students are assigned four to a room.

Campus Facilities:

  • Three canteens
  • Study and multi-functional rooms
  • Movie theater
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Yoga & Dance Room
  • 24/7 Medical Office
  • NU Counseling Center
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Barber Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Shoe Repair
  • Locksmith
  • Payment terminals
  • ATM machines
  • Water purification machines

Off-Campus Facilities, Resources, and Shopping

The city of Astana offers much beyond the university campus from a wide-range of shops, bazaars, world-class malls, restaurants and cafes, museums, parks and recreational facilities.

  • Restaurants
    Astana offers a wide-range of eating establishments.  The NU student handbook includes some of the restaurants and eateries most popular with our students.  Prices at these eating establishments can range anywhere from 1500 tg per person to over 4000 tg per person.
  • Cinemas
    Cinemas in Astana include Kinopark 3D cinemas (Keruen and Saryarka malls), Star Cinema 3D (Khan Shatyr mall) and Arman 3D (Asia Park mall).
  • Places to Go:
    Some places of interest in Astana which are favorites of our students include:

    • The Bayterek Tower
    • National Museum of Kazakhstan
    • Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
    • The State Theatre of Opera and Ballet Astana Opera
    • Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument
    • Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Alau (skating)
  • Bazaars
    In addition to the many famous malls in Astana, there are also many bazaars where students shop for groceries and other goods.  Some examples:

    • Saryarka
    • Artyom
    • Green Fair
    • Eurasia
    • Central market