Student Life

Istanbul Commerce university students generally stay around campuses which are best location for students in terms of social activities, easy transportation access.

Students prefer to stay many  accommodation options  in terms of student hostels, flat share apartments and dormitories .

To find housing in a different country may be difficult while you are in your home country. Nevertheless we recommend you to start searching for a place to stay as soon as possible. So, the below list is prepared to help you.

Student dormitories

There is a variety of dormitory alternatives for every budget in Istanbul, Istanbul Commerce University have special agreements with dormitory establishments beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year. They are listed below.

Royal Aparts & Suits  (Boys Dormitory)

Royal Aparts & Suits has 30 bed capacity. There are rooms with single, double, triple, and quad beds. In each room there are study desks, wardrobe unit, refrigerator, internal telephone system, LCD TV, bathroom and toilet. There are also a  restaurant,  suitcase room, laundry room, copy center, cleaning service, 24 hours nonstop hot water and breakfast service. 24 hours security and internet are provided as

Santral Kız Yurdu (Girls Dormitory)

Santral Kız Yurdu (Santral Girls’ Dormitory) has 244 bed capacity. There are rooms with single, double, triple, quad, five and six beds. In each room there are study desks, wardrobe unit, refrigerator, internal telephone system, LCD TV, bathroom and toilet. There are also a study room for common use, computer room, sauna, solarium, restaurant, pocket cinema, suitcase room and laundry room. 24 hours security and internet are provided as well.

Konforist Öğrenci Yurdu (Girls and Boys Dormitory)

Konforist Suites have 237 bed capacity. There are 125 rooms with single, double, triple, quad beds as well as for handicapped VIP rooms. In each room there are working unit, wardrobe unit, kitchen unit, refrigerator, internal telephone system, LCD TV, shower bath and toilet. Konforist also has a study room for common usage, computer room, copy center, sauna, Turkish bath, fitness center, restaurant,  cafeterias,  hobby kitchen, mini market, pocket cinema, play station room, hairdresser, infirmary, suitcase room, laundry room and ironing room, parking garage, 24 hours security and intelligent card system, 24 hours nonstop hot water, heating and cooling system and Internet system as well.

Studio Santral (Girls and Boys Dormitory)

Studio Santral has 300 bed capacity and offers rooms for two, to both girls and boys. In each room there are working unit, wardrobe unit, kitchen unit, refrigerator, safes, internal telephone system, bath and toilet. There is also a room for the handicapped along with cafes, restaurants, kitchens for common use, lounge areas with TV, study rooms, library, recreational room, gardens, a mini market, a karaoke-playstation room, infirmary, suitcase room, laundry room and ironing room, parking garage, 24 hours security and intelligent card system, 24 hours nonstop hot water, heating and cooling system and cleaning services free of charge.

Erasmus Student Houses

Erasmus Student Housing Istanbul Organization provides fully furnished rental houses, rooms and ground services for Erasmus and for International Students. Being established in 2009, Erasmus Student Housing is one of the pioneers in İstanbul.

Our building and flats are located very close to the innermost heart of the city, Taksim;

  • 10-15min. walking distance to metro station,
  • 1min. to bus-station,
  • 10-15min. walking distance to major shopping areas Sisli & Nisantasi,
  • 10-15min. distance to Taksim & Beyoglu area by bus,
  • Very convenient by bus to reach Eminonu & Sultanahmet which is the grand historical district of the city.

  • Another housing option in Istanbul is finding accommodation from private agencies or directly from house owner. You can find your place from the most popular website

We advise you that before accepting an offer, read the rental conditions of the housing provider carefully!

Hostels in Istanbul

  • If, for any reason, you could not decide your accommodation before your departure from your home country, you can easily book a room in a hostel, and then you can find your accommodation while you are in Istanbul.

Cost of Living in Istanbul

The cost of living in Istanbul is lower than many other European cities. However, Istanbul has a high cost of living relative to the rest of Turkey. Students should be aware of that there are many social activities to spend money comparing to the other cities in Turkey.

  • Experiences also show that students in Istanbul spend approximately 500-1000 € per month including room, food and transportation. However, the amount of money you will need depends on your life style. For example, if you plan to travel different parts of Turkey, you will definitely need more money.

Below is an average monthly budget in Turkish Liras to give you an idea of cost of living.

Accommodation  : 400 –  1800 TL
Food                           : 300 – 600 TL
Transportation     : 100 – 250 TL
Miscellaneous       : 150 – 400 TL

Total: 950 – 3050 TL

A number of items with their average prices:

Student menu                            : around 15 TL
Bread                                              : 1 TL
Water (per lt)                              : 1 TL
Fruit & Vegetables (per kg)   : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Pasta & Rice (per kg)                : varies from 1 TL to 4 TL
Sugar & Salt (per kg)                : around 2 TL
Tea/Coffee (a cup)                    : 1 TL / 5 TL

Istanbul Commerce University is a city university rising above the historical and cultural texture of Istanbul, defined as the cradle of civilizations. Besides academic and scientific research, cultural and social activities are of great importance at our university. In this context, seminars, panels, conferences and symposiums, scientific discussions and various exhibitions and concerts, theatre performances and dance activities are organized at our university. Students have the opportunity to express and develop themselves at conferences, panels, interviews and artistic activities within the framework of club events. In the area of our university’s social life, there are tennis courts, basketball fields and swimming pools to color our students’ daily lives at Kandilli Cemile Sultan Social Facility of our founder’s foundation. Our students are also welcomed at the cafeterias and restaurants of Kandilli Cemile Sultan Social Facilities.

In addition to spring festivals, graduation balls, picnics, trips, etc. organized within our university, our students also take part in inter-university festivals, tournaments and contests in cultural, sporting and artistic fields within the scope of club activities. Our university clubs achieve important successes by organizing tournaments, contests, and festivals in Turkey.

Sports Facilities

Istanbul Commerce University offers the current sports facilities to enable students and the personnel to perform activities to improve their physical and mental development for a healthy life. Besides this, Istanbul Commerce University supports sports teams by employing professional coaches and trainers in order to produce outstanding performance in trainings and contests. ICU encourages sportsmen to behave in accordance with the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship at national and international contests.

Medical Facilities

In  health centers situated on our Sutluce and Kucukyali campuses, there is an emergency room, polyclinic, Psychological and medical consultations, medical dressing, treatment, examination and laboratory services are available to our students and staff free of charge. A full-time doctor, nurses, and two specialist psychologists are employed at our health centers. Health services are available until 17:30. The first dose of medicine is given to patients and the medicines required for continuation of the treatment are prescribed. All biochemical tests, complete blood counts, urine analysis, and treatment not requiring hospital care are carried out in our biochemical laboratory. In cases requiring hospital care, the patient is transferred to the nearest fully equipped hospital after first aid has been given.

Psychological Counselling and Guidance Center
This center has been developed to help students know themselves better, realize problems, and improve their skills in overcoming problems by providing a variety of support services, which include individual and group counselling and training, conferences, and seminars. Confidentiality, voluntarism, trust, cooperation, acceptance, the autonomy of the individual and subjectivity of dialogs are among the unit’s principles.

Psychological Counseling and Guidance Center in Istanbul Commerce University offers its service to all students and staff members of the university from 8.30 am to 17.30 am every week day.  Your  information  or  discussions during the sessions will not be shared without your consent. This rule of privacy will not be violated unless you indicate that you are planning on harming either yourself or somebody else in which case we are obliged to contact those who might be involved in the situation and/or a specialist.

In cases of emergency you may directly visit or call the medical center without your application form.
Contact information: 444 0 413 / 4472-4475

The Library and Electronic Resources

Our two libraries situated on Sütlüce and Küçükyalı campuses are information centers open for students, instructors and graduate students of other educational institutions and academics use by Istanbul Commerce University. Our libraries comprise in excess of 55,000 books and 140,000 additional e-books, an extensive collection of non-book materials including CD-ROMs, video and audio cassettes, and access to more than 25 different databases.

The publications in the library are in Turkish and English and their contents support the university’s academic policies and scientific research.

On Sütlüce Campus, a 3,360-square-meter, fully equipped library serves our students. This library has:

• A capacity of 124,200 books

• A night reading hall (95 square meters)

• 15 private working desks

• Media-tech archive and monitoring room

• Book discussion hall (66 people)

• A capacity of 256 lockers

• 4 group workshop halls

• A lounge for 42 people

Our libraries work on an open shelf system and the LC (Library of Congress) Classification System is used to classify resources. All library services, such as counseling, scanning publications, using available databases, lending books, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are offered to readers at the library. All information resources available in the library are transferred to computers via “Yordam Library Automation Software” and technical services such as loaning, extended loan, reserving, supplying, ordering, label printing and reader services are managed with the program.

Apart from periodical Turkish publications, we have subscribed to several databases to enable access to foreign-language periodical scientific publications in the electronic medium. In addition to periodical scientific publications, users are supported in their self-development through subscriptions to periodical culture and arts publications.

Data Processing Services

Istanbul Commerce University never hesitates to invest in developing and improving its data processing infrastructure. Data processing services offered to our students, not limited to those included in the list, include the following:

Internet: Our University provides service with two 60 MB and 15 MB Internet connected. These connections are operated on a reserve basis, so no interruption is expected to occur.

Mail and Web domain: E-mail addresses are created automatically for each student on the day of their enrollment and web domains are provided for students per their request.

Wireless Internet: Wireless internet is available in all areas of our campuses.

Student Automation: Our students can regularly check their grades through an automated system.

Network: It is possible to access information through fiber optic connections linking the campuses.

Labs: There are 18 computer labs for course and Internet use.


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