Student life at St Petersburg University is diverse and full of events. In addition to classes, open academic and research seminars, conferences and lectures by renowned scholars, the University hosts over 300 student events each year. These include:
- International Festival
- Spring and Winter Balls
- Jazz and symphonic evenings and concerts
- Instrumental, choral and rock concerts
- student art festivals
- intellectual and board game championships
- KVN League Championship of St Petersburg University
- photo exhibitions
- guided tours of St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region
St Petersburg University supports student volunteer organisations that organise community clean-ups and environmental events, visit orphanages, and assist in various events at the University. There is also a staff of student teams, which includes four teaching teams, two construction teams and an archaeological team.
people take part in University competitions in 22 sports each year.
University students are multiple winners and awardees in international, national and student competitions in basketball, football, rugby, rowing, mountaineering, yachting, boxing, athletics, biathlon and other sports.