Tuition & Cost of Living Estimates
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
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
Cinema ticket : 15 TL Concert ticket : from 25 TL onwards Haircut : from 10 TL onwards
Bus ticket for students : 1.5 TL Minibus ticket from Taksim to Kadikoy : 5 TL Taxi from Taksim to Besiktas : 8 TL
Working While Studying in Turkey
If you are either a prospective student who will be studying in Turkey or a current student who is studying in Turkey; it is quite possible that you wonder whether you can work legally while you are studying in Turkey. Many international students are willing to work while studying for a number of reason, like gaining an international work experience or to save more money. First things first, it is legal for international students to work. In Turkey, international students who are studying in university can legally work at most 24 hours/week. To be able to work legally in Turkey while you are still studying, you need your visa status to be changed a little bit and get a working permit. So, to be eligible to work while studying in Turkey, you need to apply to your country’s embassy or consulate in Turkey to make the necessary changes. It is a simple process, but still takes some legwork. It would not be so hard for international student to find a job in Turkey, if he/she is not too picky. Students can find a part time or full time job in a number of areas and industries. Turkey, especially Istanbul, is a business hub and there are thousands of foreign companies operated in there. The total number of foreign companies operating in Turkey is about 40,000; also thousands of Turkish companies are operating in foreign countries. International students would work in translation areas, especially to provide communication and translation services for the Turkish companies operating in their country or their country’s companies operating here in Turkey. Second, students would apply the jobs related to the major that they are studying; There are many international students who continued to work for the company that they started to working for when they were student. Third, student can look for so-called student jobs like working as translator or host or hostess at organizations, conventions, congress and fairs or working part time as fast food, restaurant chains. Fourth the university that you are studying, you can also go and see the international student’s office of the university that you are studying and tell them you would like to work and looking for jobs; they will be more than happy to help you. You may even end up working at your university’s International Students Office!