Cost Of Living

Cost of Living in Istanbul

The cost of living in Istanbul is lower than in many other european cities, but it is higher when compared to the rest of Turkey. There are much more social activities to spend money on in İstanbul compared to the other cities in Turkey.

Usually students in Istanbul spend around 1500 ₺ per month, including accomodation, food and transportation expenses. However, the amount of money you will need depends on your life style. For example, if you plan to travel to different parts of Turkey, you will definitely need more money.


Listed below is a monthly budget in Turkish Liras to give you an idea of cost of living.

Accommodation: 400 – 1800 ₺

Food: 300 – 600 ₺

Transportation: 100 – 250 ₺

Miscellaneous: 150 – 400 ₺

Total: 950 – 3050 TL


A list of items with their average prices:

Student menu (average): 15 TL

Bread (200g): 1 TL

Water (per lt): 2 TL

Fruit & Vegetables (per kg): 1-10 TL

Pasta & Rice (per kg): 1-7 TL

Sugar & Salt (per kg): 2-10 TL

Tea/Coffee (a cup): 1.25-5 TL