When many People all around the world consider traveling to Europe for tourism, work, study, or even residence. Turkey often tops the list of options for several reasons, alongside its relatively low standards of living compared to European countries and many Gulf countries.
About 7 million Arabs currently live in Turkey, other millions from Asian countries, and the cost of living in Turkey is what most occupies those who intend to travel there. In the following lines, we provide an overview of the cost of living there, to help you make your decision to travel and prepare for that.
Several criteria must be taken into consideration, including the number of family members intending to live in Turkey and the social level they live at, as well as the social and scientific orientation of the family.
In this article we will mention the average total cost of living in Turkey for the student and the family, then we will detail the average of each of these costs separately.
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We can say that the average living for students in Turkey ranges between
$250 and $500 depending on the student's standard of living
As for the family, a family of 5 needs an average of $1,000 per month
The average monthly rent for a two-room apartment in one of the coastal cities with a view of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey ranges between 800 to 1,200 TL.
The matter is relatively different in Istanbul, which is the center of trade and economy, and the first destination for Arab and foreign tourists in Turkey, as the standard of living, is relatively high compared to other cities, we review some of its aspects here
Turkish products canned, wrapped, and chilled is characterized by great quality and reasonable prices. Arabic products such as Arabic bread and other products that suit Arabic cuisine like the different types of rice and spices are available in commercial stores that display Arabic products.
The catering and hypermarket markets are spread in big cities, and cover various parts of the country through their chain of branches.
Such markets are characterized by cheap prices and a large abundance of exhibits, which are present in every neighborhood and are closer to mini markets such as A101, BIM, and ŞOK, which offers wholesale service, including Bizim and Metro, and there are chains of international stores such as Carrefour.
The cost of purchasing a complete outfit from local "Turkish" brands reaches 50 dollars
The cost of purchasing a complete outfit from international brands starts from 150 dollars
SGK state insurance for tourist residence permit cardholders:
$100 per month
Access to public parks is free for residents of Turkey
The cost of public transportation is a little high, especially in Istanbul, but the student has a special advantage in transportation prices, as they can make a student package that includes all public transportation at a price of
7 USD, which suffices for the whole month.
As for the student without the package, public transportation prices are almost half of their original price.
The taxi fares start from 1.5$ as the beginning of the fare, with an increase of 0.2$ per kilometer.
The least that can be paid for the minimum distance is 1.7$ (there is no distinction between student and non-student).
The municipal market and its prices are low and are often 40% less than the price in regular stores
Foreign electronic devices are very expensive, sometimes 30% to 100% above their normal price; Therefore, it is recommended to purchase all electronic devices from outside Turkey.
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