Day #1 Tips
Have your acceptance letter handy when you first arrive.
In Turkey, universities have designated entrances manned by security personnel. You must be an affiliate or guest of an affiliate to enter the campus. Therefore, until you have your KU student ID, you will need to use your acceptance letter to show the security guards at the gate. Security guards might ask you to fill out a form and they do now speak English well.
Learn your housing details and address.
Upon signing the housing terms and conditions, the housing personnel will tell you your address details. If not already so, ask the staff to write down the address and other necessary information for you. You will need this for taxi drivers, opening your bank account, applying for residence permit or tax id and more.
Connect to the WiFi.
Dorm personnel will inform you about the wifi. Even if you might not have a working sim card in Turkey your phone’s internet will work and by getting online you can contact your friends, family and the international office staff at KU. The dorm staff will share with you the necessary numbers upon check-in. You can whatsapp message the ICO staff to ask a question or just say that you arrived.
Download these apps.
Yes, as simple as that. When you’re online you must download these very useful apps. 1. Koç Üniversitesi Mobil (classrooms, maps, transportation, eating, advisories) 2. Trafi (best transit app for Istanbul) 3. Sesli Sozluk (Turkish-English dictionary on the go)
Don’t forget to bring
unfitted bed sheets and a pillowcase (dorms provide blanket and pillow), pain killers, adapter charger for your mobile phone or other devices, US Dollars or Euros cash (accepted for most transactions)