Student life

Social life, accommodation, food and healthcare system


Both public (KYK) and private dormitories (dormitories) are available for students who will study in Türkiye. The student can choose any hostel according to his financial budget and date of application.

The monthly payment in state hostels varies from 120 to 250 TL. This includes 1 meal per day, utilities, laundry, etc. other fees are included.

In private universities, monthly fees vary between 500-2000 TL. These prices vary according to the room, city and number of people in the room. High-speed Wi-Fi in the dormitories, bed linen change every 10 days (sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, blankets, pillows and blankets), domestic drinks, canteen, tea, laundry, exercise room, table tennis, PS, cinema room, health center, kitchen, recreation and study rooms, cargo services, storage for your bags and luggage, garage and 24/7 shuttles from the university and various parts of the city are at your service.

Hostels are protected by private security companies 24/7 with cameras and private security.


One of the most important problems for a student who wants to study abroad is deciding where to stay.

For foreign students who want to study in Türkiye, this is not a big problem, because you have many alternative accommodation options. Almost all universities have their own dormitories.

Before coming to Türkiye, you can apply to the universities you want to study about dormitory and accommodation conditions.

Apart from hostels, another option is to rent a house or a room. Rent costs vary from region to region, city to city. Hostels are usually cheaper than renting a house. House, room and other options are also available for Erasmus students.

Many cities have hostels or cheap hotels. If you are used to staying in hostels, you can also stay there. When you’re looking for a place to stay long-term, hostels can be a good solution with their honest ambitions.

You can easily spend the adaptation period by meeting people from your own country.

Healthcare system

The health system in Türkiye is controlled by the Ministry of Health.

For foreign students, usually non-permanent T.R. ID number is given and students benefit from government hospitals with these numbers.

Universities inform students about health insurance. Private universities cover special health insurance for students from the university budget.

Banks in Türkiye

Most banks in Türkiye allow international students to open accounts.

There are both foreign and local banks in Türkiye

Some of these banks are Garanti Bank, Yapı Kredi Bank, Türkiye Business Bank and Akbank. These banks definitely have a branch near where you are staying in any part of Türkiye. Usually, customer services of banks are provided in English and even in German. In particular, Garanti Bank is hiring English speakers in many of its departments.

Banks are usually open from 09:00 to 17:00. Some banks continue to provide services even during lunch hours, and some are active even on public holidays.

You will be asked to obtain a Tax Number in order to open a bank account. However, this system is not valid for every bank. It is possible to open a bank account with your residence permit in Türkiye. If you need to open an account to stay in Türkiye before your permit is issued, banks allow you to open accounts in Euro, Pound Sterling and American Dollars.

The US Dollar and the Euro are the most commonly exchanged currencies. It is possible to carry out payment transactions in many places with Visa and MasterCard cards.

Türkiye and its culture

Türkiye is a country with its own culture. It is possible to see traces of the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia in this culture.

It is a culture so blended and unique that it has influenced many cultures and been influenced by many. It is a very rich culture and it is extremely difficult to define it, because there is a need to explain the Turkish culture in a very wide area, from people’s social relations to customs, from superstitions to arts. The official language of the Republic of Türkiye is Turkish. Turkish is a language belonging to the Ural-Altaic language family. People shake hands when they meet. The hands of those who are older are kissed and placed on the forehead. The concept of family has an important place in Turkish culture. Hospitality is also an important part of Turkish culture. Soccer is the most popular sport in general.

Turkish Cuisine

Turkish cuisine has a wide range of delicious dishes. If you are a vegetarian, there are many vegetable dishes for you. Vegetables and fruits are quite cheap.

Turkish people love delicious food. If you visit small towns, you will see that people prefer home cooking. In big cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, you can see restaurants, cafes and places that are open until night. Student towns and other cities are full of cheap restaurants and bars.

Turkish cuisine in itself is the opposite of all cultures. It has a heritage of Ottoman, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean cuisine. You will never lose your appetite in Turkey.

An average daily meal menu is as follows!

Breakfast: Breakfast usually consists of a cup of tea (in Türkiye, a cup with a thin waist), Turkish cheese (kashar, white cheese), butter, eggs, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, jam, honey and cream. The Turkish word for breakfast means ‘before coffee’. Breakfast is usually between 7 and 8. Turkish breakfast is very rich and healthy, even for vegetarians.

Lunch: Usually corresponds to the time period from 12 to 2 pm. You can find a cafe or restaurant anywhere during lunch hours. The food season decreases or increases depending on the region.

There are many types of salad prepared with rice, which is more choice for dinner. Lentil soup, chicken, rice, etc. are the most common dishes for lunch. such foods are preferred.

Dinner: Dinner time is 18:00 and 20:00. There are also very delicious dishes for dinner. Seafood is very delicious and tasty. There are many types of desserts in Turkish cuisine. This is a broad topic that covers more later. Turkish coffee, dairy products, desserts, kebabs and snacks cover a wide range of topics.

On average, a student spends 300-400 AZN per month in regions (including food, accommodation, utilities and entertainment), and 500-600 AZN in big cities like Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, etc.