Why Istanbul?

  1. 49 state  and private universities in Istanbul

  2. The quality of education, professional and casual job opportunities, the reasonable living standards, and the beautiful sea sights attract a large number of students each year

  3. A multi-cultural megacity with lots of events, concerts, and festivals all around the year, crowded but worth living in

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Average Living Costs

General Costs Per Week
  • Housing: 170-250 TL per week

  • Food: 85 TL per week

  • Transportation: 35 TL per week

  • Gas and Electricity: 25 TL per week

  • Internet: 10 TL per week

  • Other: 25 TL per day

Accommodation Costs
  • State Dorms: Free for students who have scholarships

  • Governmental Dorms (KYK): Fee is (200-340)TL per month per person with 3 times meals a day which is included in this price

  • University’s  Dorms: (600-1500) TL per month per person, students can eat in cafeterias 2 meals a day for a cheap price of around (3-4) TL

  • Private Dorms: (1100-2500) TL per month for a private bedroom and (600-1200) TL per person per month for a bed in a 7-bedroom. Some offer 3 times meals a day some do not.

  • Houses: for  (2+1) or (3+1) flats  the rent is (1000-3000) TL monthly and based on the neighborhood this price may change a little bit

Transportation Costs
  • Taxi : 3 TL/ KM with a start-up fee of 5TL

  • DOLMUS:  (3.5) TL

  • BUS: 1.25 TL for students, a single ticket is 5 TL and a full-fare card is 2.6TL

Utility Bills
  • Electricity: Minimum 120 TL per month

  • Water: Average 80 TL per month

  • Natural Gas: An average of 70 TL per month, this cost increases up to 250 TL during winter

  • Internet: Unlimited Wifi starts from 80 TL per month

  • Internet on the cell phones: 29TL monlthy for a package of 4GB internet,750 minute-talk & 250 SMS

Food Costs
  • Food And Resturants: the reasonable price starts from 20 TL

  • Fruits And Vegetable: it is recommended to purchase them from markets "bazaars" which are held on certain days of the week.


Attractive suburbs for students
  • Students usually prefer to stay in these regions Beşiktaş, Şişli, Kadıköy, Fatih, Üsküdar, Avcılar and  Sarıyer since most of the universities are located around these areas.

  • Students generally shop in these following bazaars as they can find anything there with a cheap price; Kadikoy sali pazari, Fatih carsamba pazari, Besiktas cumartesi pazari, Yesilkoy carsamba pazari and Dolopdere bit pazari.

  • In their free time, students visit; Rumeli Hisarı, Ayasofya, Topkapı Sarayı, İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzesi, Sabancı Müzesi, Yerebatan Sarnıcı, Rumeli Hisarı, Yıldız Sarayı, Üsküdar, Eminönü, Ortaköy.