Getting to Koç University Main Campus

Reaching KU Main Campus from the New Istanbul Airport

Taxi: Follow the signs for exit/ground transportation and see the taxi stop right outside the exit doors. You’ll be helped by a dispatcher immediately. The approximate taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to KU will be around 135-165 TL depending on the route and traffic conditions. Here is a sample route from the Airport to Koç University from a taxi fee calculator. If you’d like to pay with a credit card, download the Taxi App BiTaksi and pay using the app. If you choose this option, you must call the taxi via the app.

Obtaining an Istanbul Public Transportation Card (IstanbulKart)

If you do not want to use a taxi, you need to purchase an IstanbulKart. The card can be used in both public transportation or airport shuttle (HAVAIST). You can obtain your IstanbulKart from the 24 different IstanbulKart machines (BILETMATIK) on the lower 2nd floor at the airport (arrival public transportation floor) following the signs, the HAVAIST offices, and the contracted exchange offices at the airport.

The cost of the card only is 6 TL. You can go to the closest change office to get TL. You can then load, or ask the keeper to load in HAVAIST of contracted exchange offices, 20-30 TL into your card. For all public transit modes, you’ll use the card by tapping it to the readers.

Airport Shuttle (HAVAIST 13+ bus/ minibus/ taxi)

Airport shuttle is the most convenient and highly recommended option.

HAVAIST 13 to Haciosman CONNECT to one of the options below:

Duration: 1.5 Hour

Fares: 18,6 TL (The shuttle costs 16 TL and can be paid by either an IstanbulKart or a credit card).

Click here to view the timetable for HAVAIST- 13 shuttle.

When you arrive at Haciosman, you can use one of the following options:

Option A: (Recommended) Find the bus no 154 and tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. The fare per ride is 2,60 TL and it takes 50 minutes. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus.

Option B: Cross the street and take a minibus (pay cash to the driver 2,25 TL) with the KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ sign at the front windshield or side window. The ride takes 1 hour and those mini buses are available every 10 mins from 7AM-11PM daily.

Option C: Take a taxi right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting). The ride takes 21 minutes and costs appx. 40 TL. Only pay whatever the meter reads. Please do not bargain.

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Public Transportation (Bus H2 + M2 Green Line Metro + bus/ minibus/ taxi)

Public Bus H2 to Mecidiyekoy CONNECT to M2 Green Line to Haciosman Station

Duration: 1 Hour

Fares: 7.8 TL

When you arrive at Haciosman, follow the signs and exit through Otobüs Durakları (Bus Terminal). From here, you have several options to reach the KU Main Campus: 

Option A: (Recommended) Find the bus no 154 and tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. The fare per ride is 2,60 TL and it takes 50 minutes. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus.

Option B: Cross the street and take a minibus (pay cash to the driver 2,25 TL) with the KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ sign at the front windshield or side window. The ride takes 1 hour and those mini buses are available every 10 mins from 7AM-11PM daily.

Option C: Take a taxi right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting). The ride takes 21 minutes and costs appx. 40 TL. Only pay whatever the meter reads. Please do not bargain.

Click here to view the timetable for the H2 line.

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Direct

Taxi: Follow the signs for exit/ground transportation and see the taxi stop right outside the exit doors. You will be helped by a dispatcher immediately. The approximate taxi fare from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to KU will be around 150 – 170 TL depending on the route and traffic conditions. Here is a sample route for Airport-Koç Üni. from taxi fee calculator. If you’d like to pay with a credit card, download the Taxi App BiTaksi and pay using the app. If you choose this option, you must call the taxi via the app.

Multiple Transfers

Airport Shuttle + Subway + Bus/Minibus/Taxi: 

The airport shuttle is recommended for people with heavy luggage; however, it should be noted that ground transportation will be slower during peak hours (check the Istanbul traffic status map). Otherwise, it is a comfortable option.

Follow these steps:
  1. Purchase the Istanbul Public Transportation Card called “IstanbulKart” from a newsstand inside the airport (cost of plain card: 6 TL or equivalent foreign currency; if foreign currency is not accepted go to the closest change office and get TL) and ask the keeper to load 20-30 TL into your card.
  2. When exiting the airport from the baggage claim area and following the signs for the airport shuttle, you will see white buses with HAVATAS written in blue (see image) lined up in the middle lane outside the airport. There are electronic signs in front of the buses indicating the location they are going to. Take the one that reads TAKSIM. Upon boarding, tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. One person per ride fare is 14 TL. They also accept cash and give you a receipt. If you pay with the card, be sure to notify the fare collector or the driver. Arrive Taksim.
  3. Look for the Metro entry that is located right next to your shuttle arrival point and take M2 (Green Line Yeni Kapi-Haciosman) to HACIOSMAN (last stop in this direction).
  4. Exit the Metro station at the ground level and at the bus terminal find YELLOW bus 154 (tap your IstanbulKart to the machine, the fare per ride is 2,60 TL) to Koç Üniversitesi. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus and the name of the stop to get off on campus is “SAGLIK MERKEZI”. This is one stop before the last stop since it is close to the S building, where you must check into your dorm room or your off-campus apartment. OR: If there is no bus available, cross the street and take the minibus (pay cash to the driver 2,25 TL) with the front windshield or side window sign that reads KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ all the way to main campus. The minibuses are available every 10 mins from 7AM-11PM daily. OR: Take the taxi (appx. cost is 30 TL, only pay whatever the meter reads) right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting) and tell the driver KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ ANA KAMPUS

Public Bus + Subway(s) + Bus/Minibus/Taxi

Follow these steps:
  1. Purchase the Istanbul Public Transportation Card called “IstanbulKart” from a newsstand inside the airport (cost of plain card: 6 TL or equivalent foreign currency; if foreign currency is not accepted go to the closest change office and get TL) and ask the keeper to load 20-30 TL into your card.
  2. Exit the baggage claim area and reach the street where ground transportation is available. Across the street, you will see public bus lines and people waiting in the lines. Find the line for E10 (Express – business hours) or E11 (6AM-1:10AM) (fare 4,60 TL per ride for both lines). Reach the last stop on this route to KADIKOY.
  3. Transfer to Metro M1 Line towards Kartal. Get off at the next stop called AYRILIK CESMESI and transfer to underwater Subway Marmaray to Yenikapi station (Marmaray fares and hours).
  4. At Yenikapi transfer to M2 toward Haciosman. Get off at HACIOSMAN (last stop)
  5. Exit the Metro station at the ground level and at the bus terminal find YELLOW bus 154 (tap your IstanbulKart to the machine, the fare per ride is 2,60 TL) to Koç Üniversitesi. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus and the name of the stop to get off on campus is “SAGLIK MERKEZI”. This is one stop before the last stop since it is close to the S building, where you must check into your dorm room or your off-campus apartment. OR: If there is no bus available, cross the street and take the minibus (pay cash to the driver 2,25 TL) with the front windshield or side window sign that reads KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ all the way to main campus. The minibuses are available every 10 mins from 7AM-11PM daily. OR: Take the taxi (appx. cost is 30 TL, only pay whatever the meter reads) right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting) and tell the driver KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ ANA KAMPUS.

Students

Upon arrival to campus, you will be welcomed by security. Please be prepared to present a picture ID (i.e. passport) and a copy of your acceptance letter. Please note that the security guards speak little to no English. However, they will give you a card with directions so you can proceed to the housing office to complete your check-in procedures. Please cooperate with security as they might need you to fill out a guest form and check your ID in until you leave campus. Check-in and dorm/apartment key acquisitions for all students and non-student residents must be made at the main campus Housing Office located in S Building. Graduate students must also visit the main campus housing office to select their apartments from a draw (lottery style), sign their housing contracts, and pick up their apartment keys. Housing office personnel will assist graduate students in calling a taxi to take them to their off-campus apartment complex located within 5 minutes from main campus.

Undergraduate students will be shown their rooms and will be able to check in on the premises right away.

All new students must arrive on the dates specified on the academic calendar, the pre-arrival guide, and the housing department’s website.

Faculty Members

Entering the University: Security Gate on Main Campus

Upon arrival to campus, you will first be welcomed by security guards at the security gate of the main campus. Please be prepared to present a picture ID (i.e: passport) and a copy of your employment letter. Be informed, security guards speak little or no English, but they will give you a card with directions so you can proceed to the housing office to complete your check-in procedures. Please co-operate with the security guards as they might need you to fill out a guest form and check your ID in until you leave the campus.
To make things a little faster you can also give them a slip that reads “YENI OGRETIM ELEMANIYIM” (I’m a new faculty).

Retrieving Apartment Keys

New faculty must visit and retrieve their apartment keys from the Housing Management office on main campus S Dorm. Arrangements such as your check-in date, location, and features of your residence will be communicated to you by Human Resources and your faculty office in advance. Please stay in touch with respective contacts from these offices about these matters until your arrival. Once you sign your housing paperwork and receive your keys, the housing personnel will assist you to call a taxi and be taken to your residence. Faculty housing is available both on and off-campus. Off-campus apartments (KU arranged ones) are only a few minutes from the main campus. For any questions, technical emergencies or work requests you can email housing@ku.edu.tr.