Life Expenses

Although it varies according to your lifestyle and preferences, life is quite affordable for students in Turkey. On this page, you will find answers to possible questions that may arise in your mind about main expenditure items of an international student.

Tuition Fee/Contribution

Turkey is a unique country in terms of offering high quality education options with very low tuition fees compared to many leading countries in higher education. The lower and upper limits of the amount of contributions to be received from international students are determined by the government and net amounts are left to the initiative of universities. For this reason, the tuition fees in Turkish universities vary according to the type of university (state or foundation), the level of the program (undergraduate or graduate), faculty (medicine, dentistry, engineering, law etc.) and the duration of education. The prices are affordable in comparison to universities of similar quality in Europe or America. As of the academic year 2018-2019, the upper and lower limits of the annual education fees for some programs are as follows:

Yearly Minimum
Yearly maximum
Faculty of Medicine
1773 TL
77720 TL
Faculty of Dentistry
1482 TL
28035 TL
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
1158 TL
21335 TL
Faculty of Engineering
1161 TL
15285 TL
Faculty of Architecture
1161 TL
15285 TL
Faculty of Fine Arts
948 TL
19240 TL
Faculty of Law
939 TL
11550 TL
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
939 TL
11550 TL
Graduate Programs
774 TL

Tuition fees are paid before course registrations at the beginning of each semester. Each academic year consists of two semesters. Depending on your academic achievement situation, you can receive discounts or full exemptions at various rates. For contribution allowance/exemption opportunities, be sure to contact the


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Insurance and Health Expenditures

Health insurance for international students varies between 200-400 TL per year in private policies. These private insurers allow you to receive free health services in contracted hospitals within the limits specified in the policy. It is important that you also obtain an English copy of your policy and read the relevant articles carefully.

General Health Insurance payment is 980 TL  per year as of 2019. With this insurance you can get free health services in all state hospitals. In private hospitals you will need to pay varying amounts of contribution.

Daily Expenditures

Student discount is offered at Cinema, theater, museum, public transport, some book houses and restaurants. Let us remind you that Turkish Airlines offers attractive discounts and special offers to students.

You can see average prices of some basic needs below:

Book and Stationery Fees (yearly): 500 TL

Mobile Phone Bill (monthly): 30-100 TL

Transportation & Entertainment

Bus/Metro ticket (One way): 1.75 TL

Taxi (5 km): 25 TL

Cinema Ticket: 15 TL

Theater Tickets (State Theaters): 9 TL

Opera/Ballet Tickets (State Opera and ballet): 25 TL

Local music group concert 25 TL

A popular music group concert 50-100 TL

Football match ticket 20-200 TL


Bread: 1 TL

Water (0,5 lt): 1 TL

Milk (1 lt): 3 TL

Fruit juice (1 lt): 4 TL

10 Eggs 10 TL

White cheese (1 kg): 20 TL

Pasta (1 package): 2 TL

Chicken (1 kg): 10 TL

Red meat (1 kg): 45 TL

Apples (1 kg): 4 TL

Dining & Drinking Out

A meal in cafeteria (State University): 2-5 TL

Breakfast in University Canteen: 3 TL

Tea in University Canteen: 1 TL

Coffee in University Canteen: 3 TL

Toast in University Canteen: 3 TL

Omelet Menu: 10 TL

Sandwich (Vegetarian): 10 TL

Sandwich (with meat): 15 TL

Soup: 5 TL

Hamburger Menu: 20 TL

Kebab menu: 25 TL

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