Living Costs

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There is no doubt that Turkey is the perfect place to enjoy a quality education and a relatively good quality of life. What makes it even better is that Turkey offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs comparable to other countries.

Estimated Cost of Living

An average international student in Turkey will spend about 400-500 USD a month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transportation and telephone costs. Books and administrative fees are approximately 100-150 USD per semester. Remember, though, that this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and which degree course you attend. You should seek further information on living costs from your institution directly.

General Costs per semester

Housing                 : 1,500 - 2,000 USD (including room deposit)
Food                       : 1,100 USD
Transportation     : 300 USD
Books                     : 150 USD

Food

Student menu                            : around 5 TL
Bread                                           : 1 TL
Water (per lt)                             : 1 TL
Fruit & Vegetables (per kg)     : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Pasta & Rice (per kg)                : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Sugar & Salt (per kg)                : around 2 TL
Tea/Coffee (a cup)                    : 1 TL / 5 TL
Beer                                             : various from 3 TL to 10 TL

Miscellaneous

Cinema ticket     :          15 TL
Concert ticket    : from 25 TL onwards
Haircut                : from 10 TL onwards

Transportation

Bus ticket for students                                   : 1.5 TL
Minibus ticket from Taksim to Kadikoy      : 5 TL
Taxi from Taksim to Besiktas                       : 8 TL

Conversion Rate:

1 EUR = 2.5 TL
1 USD = 1.8 TL