European Grounded (Schuko) adapters are used in Turkey, so depending on where you’re from, you might need to bring an adaptor.
Istanbul experiences all four seasons. The city’s hot and humid summer season begins in mid-June and lasts through to mid-September. From October to March, the city can be rainy and windy. During the winter (from December to February), Istanbul’s coastal regions experience mild snowfalls but higher areas such as Sarıyer experience a harsh cold and heavier snowfall. You are advised to bring your swimming suit and cap for the summer but also your raincoat and warm clothes for the wintertime.
Contemporary clothing is widely accepted and there’re no rules or restrictions whatsoever; however, in order to avoid unwanted attention on public transportation or places of religious worship, it is best to dress modestly. If you’re traveling to different regions of Turkey it’d be very helpful to simply ask a Turkish friend about local customs including dressing.
Housing expenses on campus differ between 5500 ₺ to 31000₺. For dormitory fees, you can visit://dorm.ku.edu.tr/#fees. Expenses made for class material may vary between 500-600 ₺. At the dining hall, a student meal menu of 3 items is 8.5 ₺. Public transportation costs are around 2.5-4 ₺ per trip. A taxi from Taksim to campus is around 85 ₺. For more information, you can visit: //www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Turkey&city.
Yes, the dorm fees are the same for everyone.
The dorm rooms are equipped with a bed (with mattress cover), a wardrobe, a nightstand, a desk and a chair, a desk lamp per person and a mini-fridge. Upon request, the dorm management can also provide you a pillow and a blanket. Bed sheets are not provided.
The shared bathrooms are equipped with toilet cubicles, sinks, foam soap and paper towel dispensers.
There are laundry machines, tumble dryers, and electric irons in the laundry rooms located in every dorm building.
The single and double rooms are cleaned once a week, whereas rooms for 3/4 people are cleaned twice a week by the cleaning staff.
On the main campus, each building has a kitchen equipped with a stove, a microwave, a sink, and cupboards. In the West Campus, there is one common kitchen equipped with the same appliances.
Dormitory regulations state that students are not allowed to keep and use gas furnaces, electric stoves, toasters, irons and similar electrical and gas devices in their rooms. See the dormitory guidelines and regulations at //dorm.ku.edu.tr/
You need to bring your passport, at least 8 passport size pictures, ATM/credit cards, and your marriage certificate if you are coming with your spouse.
Your visa must correspond with the purpose of your visit/stay. Please go to the respective menu on //ico.ku.edu.tr/ for specific visa info. If your engagement with Koç University will be longer than one month, please consult with the International Community Office at email@example.com about your residence permit application.
Insurance is a must for anyone in a foreign country; however, there are specific official requirements for each type of foreigner at a higher education institution. For this specific info, please visit the respective menu on //ico.ku.edu.tr/
All mobile phones used in Turkey need to be registered with the government. It costs around 1500 ₺. Unregistered phones will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls within 120 days. You can also buy another mobile phone here, brand new or second hand, and refrain from paying any fee for registration. You will receive instructions and assistance about mobile phone registration during your orientation at KU. You can check out our Newcomers’ Guide to learn more about the process as well.
There are several operators and plans in Turkey. Three major GSM companies in Turkey are AVEA, Vodafone and Turkcell. They constantly promote their deals and you can find out what these deals are on the community section of our website.
Yes, credit cards of Visa, Maestro and Mastercard are widely accepted. American Express is also sometimes accepted. You should contact your issuing bank or financial institution to notify them of your travels. You must enter a 4 digit PIN number to use a credit card in Turkey. If your card works with only your signature and you do not have a PIN number, you might want to ask the vendor first if they accept signature to make the transaction. For more information you can visit: //www.turkeytravelplanner.com/details/Money/CreditCards.html
Yes, it is necessary to open a bank account if you receive stipends or have a scholarship. Even if you do not, it is still recommended that you open a Turkish bank account so you can get a Turkish credit or debit card, and avoid paying international transaction or banking fees.
You can open a bank account after you obtain your residence permit/work permit and foreign ID number. It is highly recommended that you open your account at Yapi Kredi, which has a branch on campus. If you need a local bank account urgently please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Yes, there is a wireless network named KU for which you will be provided with user info upon your enrollment as a student or employee. For computing related questions, you can always email email@example.com (you will receive a response within 24 hours).
Students cannot be employed.
There is a student club named KU Volunteers which you can join. You can check our Volunteering Off-Campus page for more information.
Other volunteering options:
– Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG – Community Volunteers Foundation) Website: //www.tog.org.tr/?lang=en
– Türk Eğitim Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TEGV – Educational Volunteers) Website: //www.tegv.org/en
– TEMA – (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) Website: //tema.org.tr/web_14966-2_2/index.aspx
Full-time graduate/undergraduate students, exchange students who will purchase private health insurance in Turkey or pay the residence permit card fee, researchers who will work at Koç University for 6 months or more, and interns.
All you need for a tax id application is your passport and an application form that’s available at any tax office. You can simply apply for a tax ID and obtain one within minutes from any tax office. You can find more info and download the instructions sheet for Sariyer tax office at /resources/tax-id/
You can use the website Medigo: //www.medigo.com/en. This site provides a price estimate, the location, a contact person in the clinic, and easy communication with the clinic through a short online form.
– Great Au Pair. This site provides the information of au pairs, nannies, babysitters, pet sitters, housekeepers, tutors, and senior care, along with reviews on them.
– Nanny Turkey. This site lists its principal services as connecting clients with nannies, babysitters, caretakers for seniors and patients, maid services, holiday nannies during a vacation in Turkey, maternity nurses, and many more listed on their homepage: //www.nanny-turkey.com/istanbul/index.html
Sarıyer Municipality has an English website, which can be accessed here. It has news related to international events in Sarıyer.
On the main street of Sarıyer, there are many pharmacies on both sides of the road. However, if it is not the usual working hours or if it’s a Sunday, you’ll need to find the pharmacy on duty. There is a website that lists all the pharmacies on duty according to the date, along with their addresses and their places on the map. You can find the link below.
Makas Kuaför – Sarıyer: After the end of the main street of Sarıyer, turn right and follow the main street parallel to the sea. After walking for a few minutes, you will see it on your right.
Gökhan Akyıldız – Sarıyer: On the main street of Sarıyer, it is to your right when you’re walking towards the port. Behind the Şehit Mithat Yılmaz St. Bus Station.
There is a dry cleaning service on campus. It’s located in Student Center right across from the elevator on -3rd floor.
There are also other options in downtown Sariyer:
– Dry Center – Kanyon & Cevahir: There is a dry cleaning place called Dry Center inside the malls Kanyon and Cevahir.
– Dry World – Sarıyer: As you’re heading towards the sea from the main street, turn left onto the Kudretullah Efendi Street and you will see Dry World.
The closest market is Migros within the campus. However, several grocery stores are available in Sarıyer along the Şehit Mithat Yılmaz Street.
There are ring shuttles that go between the two campuses, with hours that vary according to time of the year. The schedule can be found online. These shuttles will have a sign on them that says Batı Kampüs (West Campus). For shuttle schedule, please check here.
There are also minibuses that pass from the West Campus station every 15 minutes.
There are minibuses that take off from the university, going to Sarıyer. From Sarıyer you can take other buses or minibuses to various locations in the city center or to the Hacıosman metro station which is a very easy way of transportation.
Please visit our page for instructions on transportation for each airport in Istanbul.
Regular public transit card is a special electro-magnetic smart card that allows passengers to use for any type of public transport in Istanbul. You can find the details and how to obtain an anonymous card at //ico.ku.edu.tr/resources/transportation/ and //istanbulkart.iett.gov.tr/en/istanbulkart/pages/menu/427
There is a bus stop inside the university from which the bus 154 takes off. There is another bus station just outside the school’s main gate and another one near the West Campus from which several other buses pass.
Martı Taxi and Sarıyer Taxi are close to both campuses. You can call a cab from the following phone numbers:
– Martı Taxi: 0212 341 11 84
– Sarıyer Taxi: 0212 342 13 14
The student cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also provides a la carte options. The daily menus are published on the Koç University mobile app, as well as written in Turkish and English in the cafeteria. In the student center, there are various restaurants that serve different selections such as home cooked meals, burgers, wraps, pasta, salad, and dessert options. There are similar food options in the S building in the dorms area.
No, along with many options of international food, Turkish food is also sold on campus.
Macrocenter offers grocery delivery via their website.
Migros Virtual Supermarket
Migros offers delivery of a wide variety of products and provides many options for payment, including paying at the door.
Migros Virtual Market has an application for smartphones which you can download for free.
Yemeksepeti.com The most popular food delivery page, yemeksepeti delivers food from almost every restaurant. You don’t have to provide any credit card info as you can pay at the door with cash or credit.
Yemeksepeti also has an application for smartphones which you can download for free.
Although there aren’t any specifically vegan/vegetarian restaurants on campus, most restaurants and cafes provide vegan/vegetarian options. There are some gluten-free foods sold in markets like Migros.
Yes, there are kitchens in the dorm areas and there is a grocery store on campus. However, you need to bring your own cooking equipment such as pots, pans or dishware.
The campus has a gym which includes a multi-purpose court, running parkour, squash and racquetball court, fitness center, aerobics and dance studios, table tennis section and a climbing wall. There are two open-air tennis courts, one open-air football field and an indoor ice-skating rink. The outdoor pool is on the main campus and the indoor pool is located at the West Campus.
You can find the facilities’ working hours in the following link: //ogs.ku.edu.tr/facilities-management/working-hours. You can find the ice skating rink working hours in the following link: //ogs.ku.edu.tr/facilities-management/ice-skating
There is a Health Center within “S” building (Housing Management Office) that is open 24/7.
The emergency room is open 24 hours, every day of the week. There are three policlinic shifts: 07:30-12:00, 13:30-17:30 and 18:30-07:30. On Sundays, the morning policlinic shift starts at 09:00 instead of 07:30
The library building is open 24 hours every day. The reference services are open from 8:30 am. to 10:30 pm. Any changes to the working hours, such as during vacations or national holidays, will be announced through email.
The library has many quiet areas for studying and also has study rooms which you can book to study with a group. There are study rooms under each dorm in the main campus and there are several bigger study rooms on the West Campus.
The campus is accessible for people with disabilities and the Accessible Education Office is working to improve the facilities offered for student with special needs. Special needs students are also given priority in dorm rooms, with guaranteed housing in an easily accessible building.
There are ramps throughout the school grounds, including the entrances to the dorms rooms in order to facilitate wheelchair access. Also, there are textured paths throughout the entire campus. Classrooms and exam locations are arranged in accordance with their accessibility for the student. According to the student’s needs, a battery-operated wheelchair is provided to facilitate access on the school grounds.
There are several emergency numbers for each occasion however there is no guarantee that English will be spoken. Police: 155 Fire: 110 Ambulance: 112. It is better for you to call campus emergency numbers and your mentor first. Emergency in campus: 1122
No, there are only restrictions for visitors (they are not allowed after 11 PM). Students can come to or go out of the campus at any time.
No, the campus is not open to the public. Only people affiliated with the university and their guests are allowed.
No, the dorms do not offer such service. There is no place for guests to stay on campus.
Yes, if you notify security on campus, they will allow guests to come in.
The legal alcohol consumption age is 18.
The Student Code of Conduct states that “Students cannot possess, consume or transport alcoholic beverages on campus, in any university-owned buildings, or on university property. Public intoxication and/or driving under the influence is prohibited. Possession, use, sale or attempt to obtain any illegal substance is considered a grave violation of the Code of Conduct.”
You can find the detailed information regarding students’ rights and responsibilities in the following link: //vpaa.ku.edu.tr/en/academic-policies/student-code-of-conduct/
We have an emergency response team comprised of students and they are responsible for attending to your medical needs. You will be given their contact information upon arrival.
Emergency on campus: 1122
You have to show your Koç ID card at the entrance of the Main and the West Campus. You also might need your Koç ID card for on-campus facilities such as booking a study room, borrowing a book from the library, or getting a locker at the gym etc.
Yes, you can join both the trainings and the teams. The University has basketball, tennis, skiing, snowboard, rowing, volleyball, handball, football, soccer, fencing, waterball, swimming, step, table tennis, and ice hockey teams.
Yes, there is Sevgi Gönül Cultural Center (SGKM) organizing art events such as concert, theatre, opera, ballet, performance arts and etc. You can see more at //sgkm.ku.edu.tr/en
You should check your KU mail frequently since the announcements regarding academic life as much as the social life on campus are made through emails.
You should also check out the university websites (i.e. ico.ku.edu.tr) and your emails frequently for announcements.
Yes, the campus is fairly LGBT friendly. There are also student clubs promoting LGBT rights on campus.
The Suna Kıraç Library has subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. You can also find them at the market Migros on campus.
You can also use Press- Reader with your KU creditentials on campus for free.
Yes, there are classes with the code ARTS, there are media and visual arts classes, there is also a Pilates class with 1 credit.
You can check the academic calendar for semester dates and holidays: //registrar.ku.edu.tr/academic-calendar
You can withdraw from a course until the end of the withdrawal period online through the KUSIS system.
The Koç Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT) provides academic tutoring for most subject areas, workshops for basic academic skills etc. The academic tutoring can be either one-on-one or in a small group of students and it is based on walk-in format, so no appointment is needed. You can visit their website here.
There are Turkish classes offered in KU. The tutoring center on campus, KOLT, also offers conversation circles for informal foreign language practice, including Turkish. ICO’s Local Friends Program is also a great way to learn some conversational Turkish and culture from a local student. You may also check out the following link to see more options: https://ico.ku.edu.tr/learn-practice-turkish/ Other than that you can try some of free language learning sites online or smartphone apps, such as Duolingo.
The Pandora bookstore on campus brings the books that are required for classes. You can also check the library before buying the books but since the library only has a few copies of required course materials, you might not find it there. You can get the course packs from the Copyland Store on campus in the Student Center.