Life in Istanbul

İstanbul ;

Istanbul is one of the world's most important metropolises, renowned for its historical richness, cultural diversity, and dynamic lifestyle. This enchanting city harbors a different story at every corner and exudes energy at every moment. The splendor of Hagia Sophia, the richness of Topkapi Palace, and the mystery of the Basilica Cistern are just steps away at any given time.

Istanbul also keeps pace with modern life. Divided between its European and Asian shores, the city stands out with skyscrapers rising in contemporary architecture. Modern shopping centers, stores of global brands, and contemporary art galleries reflect the dynamic life of the city.

Living in Istanbul means living not just in a city but within a cultural mosaic. This city, where history, culture, modernity, and people converge, offers a unique experience for everyone.

Cultural Life in Istanbul

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There are two airports in Istanbul. Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Anatolian Side, and Istanbul Airport is situated on the European Side. Istanbul Airport is approximately 33 km away from the city center, while Sabiha Gökçen Airport is about 50 km away.


Our university students can apply for a Student Card to receive discounted travel on İETT vehicles by following the steps outlined on the İETT website individually. For more information about the application process, please visit: [](


The currency of the Republic of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). Daily exchange rates are announced in banks and currency exchange offices. You can also follow updated information on the website of the Central Bank of Turkey. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely used cards. ATMs are available everywhere for withdrawing money. Yapi Kredi (a partner of UniCredit), HSBC, Garanti Bank, İş Bankası, Akbank, TEB, and Denizbank are among the most commonly found banks.


Istanbul has a temperate climate. Being a transitional region between the Mediterranean and Black Sea climates, it experiences a mild climate. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild and rainy. However, due to high humidity, the heat feels more intense and the cold feels colder. June is the hottest month, and January is the coldest. The longest season in Istanbul is typically autumn.


In Turkey, residential electricity supply is 220 volts, and European standard dual sockets are used. Turkey operates in the UTC+2 Eastern European Time Zone, but switches to UTC+3 during daylight saving time periods.


Emergency Numbers:

* Police : 155                                     * Fire Department : 110                *  Ambulance : 112