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Turkey known officially as the Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary representative democracy. Turkey locates between Europe and Asia as a bridge, therefore has a very diverse culture.  More information about history and culture please visit

The currency is the Turkish Lira. The Lira is subdivided to 100 Kuruş. Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Kuruş. 1 € is more than 2 Turkish Lira.

Cost of living
Cost of living is below European levels. Therefore, European visitors have a high purchasing power. For example, the cost of a mineral water is about 50 Kuruş which costs lower than 50 cent. Dinner with local wine in a restaurant typically costs about 20 € per head. Grown fruit and vegetables in bazaars are extremely cheap. 1 kg tomato costs 50 cents in summer. Some more examples are given below

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20 €
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 5 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4 €
Cappuccino (regular) 3 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0,5 €
Milk (regular), 1 liter 1,5 €
Fresh White Bread (500g) 0,5 €
Eggs (10) 3 €
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 7 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 5 €
Apples (1kg) 2 €
Oranges (1kg) 1 €
Potato (1kg) 0.80 €
Lettuce (1 head) 1 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.5 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 9 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5 €
One-way Ticket (local transport) 1 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1,5 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.75 €
Gasoline (1 liter) 2 €
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 90 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25 €
RENT (Per Month)
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 250 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 180 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 350 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 250 €



It is driven on the right side.

Public transportation

Inter-city public transportation is done generally with buses and planes and in some cities with trains. The intra-city transportation is performed also by buses and dolmus (smaller bus). Some big cities, such as Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, have metro systems, trains and ferries.

Working Hours

Government Offices: Daily 8:30am – 12:00am; 1:30pm – 5:30pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Banks: Daily 8:30am – 12:00am; 1:30pm – 5:00pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Shops: There is not a certain working hours
Shopping Malls: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Postal Systems

The General Directorate of Post and Telegraph Organization is easily recognizable by ”PTT” and “Turk Telekom” signs. Major post offices are open daily like governmental offices and most offices are closed on weekends.


Official Holidays

Republic Day – 29 October
New Years Day – January 1
Sacrifice Festival
National Sovereignty and Childrens’ Day – April 23
Ataturk Commemoration & Youths and Sports Festival – May 19
Victory Day – August 30
Feast of Ramazan


Prepaid cards for cell phones are available from TurkcellAvea and Vodafone which are the main operators in Turkey. Most exchange students choose Turkcell with the student’s tariff “Kampuscell”. In order to obtain a prepaid card as a foreigner the passport is needed. Foreign phones have to be registered within 1 month at a Turkcell/Avea shop. Otherwise the phone will be blocked for Turkish SIM cards. Also, as a short-term solution, phone cards like “Alokart”, “Ucuz Hat” are cheap and useful for international calls. Additionally, Türk Telekom offers numerous different options. It is wide-spread and easy to find.

Important Service & Telephone Numbers

Police: 155
Fire: 110
Emergency: 112

Living in Ankara

Ankara is the capital of TURKEY which is a holder of many Anatolian civilizations in ancient times.
Climate in Ankara is a typical continental climate: summers are hot and dry, winters are cold and snowy.

Ankara offers many opportunities, having numerous malls and offering many well-known brands. Additionally, Ankara has many bazaars where different things can be found. Furthermore, in Ankara Castle-Ulus you can find numerous kinds of traditional stuff which are generally hand-made.
Some shopping malls : ArmadaForum AnkaraCEPA,ArcadiumOPTIMUMKarumAnkamallGordion

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