Travelling to Turkey

Students are expected to arrive for their program no later than one week prior to their program start date. Arriving one week earlier will allow you to settle into your new university and Istanbul. We do not recommend arriving too early since you will need time on your visa while waiting for your residence permit.

University Address

It will be helpful for students to have the university address handy prior to their trip:

Koç Üniversitesi, Rumelifeneri Yolu 34450
Sarıyer/İstanbul/ Türkiye
Phone: +90 212 338 1000


During the summer months, air temperature can go up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), highest recorded temperature in Istanbul was 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). During winter months, the temperature is around 10 degrees (50 Fahrenheit) with much colder nights, lowest recorded temperature was -15 degrees (5 Fahrenheit). We occasionally get some snow but it’s not more than 10-12 days in a total winter period. In the springtime, especially between April-May and September-October, there is a very comfortable climate with around 15-25 degrees (59-77 Fahrenheit). Average temperature in Istanbul, in a year, is around 14 degrees (57 Fahrenheit) with average relative humidity of 76%. Average rainfall is 787 millimeters a year (31 inches). 35% of the rainfall occurs in winter, 23% in spring, 14% in summer, and 28% in autumn. Generally, northeastern winds prevail in Istanbul (Poyraz in Turkish), with a long term average of 3,2 meters/second (11 feet/sec). Strongest wind speed recorded until today is 42,4 m/sec (139 feet/sec). Summers are dominated by northeastern winds (Poyraz), winters by northwestern (Karayel) or northern (Yildiz) or southwestern (Lodos) winds. Most foggy period for Istanbul is from March to May.

What to Pack

We recommend packing the following items while coming to Istanbul:

Seasonal clothing

Prescription drugs and painkillers

Basic bedding items

Unfitted sheets for your first day

Personal items

Spare eye glasses if you’re using one already

International driver’s license

Documents required by your specific program or department

Basic toiletries

Power adapter for electricity in Turkey

Laptop and chargers

List of important dates

Printed copies of your orientation schedule

What Not To Bring

Large Appliances

Very expensive electronics

Irreplaceable paperwork

Dishes or Cutlery

Sports Gear (KU Athletic Center provides these for free)

Duplicate Items