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Shopping Malls: There are malls in Istanbul that cater to every taste and in which one can find everything from toys to house wares to clothes and maternity wear. 
MetroCity in 1.Levent is the closest mall to campus, about 30-40 minutes drive. It has a Migros, many small appliance stores, as well as a Starbucks.
How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz) and get off at 1.Levent.
Akmerkez (http://www.akmerkez.com.tr with an English link) is located in the district of Etiler, about 45 minutes from campus. Akmerkez is one of the biggest and most upscale shopping malls. Also located in the mall are four movie theaters, a food court and café/bars.
How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz), get off at the “4.Levent Metro” stop and take a short taxi ride. Just say “Akmerkez.”

Profilo in Mecidiyeköy also has a variety of stores and at least seven movie screens.
How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “4.Levent Metro” stop and take the metro to the Şişli stop. Follow the signs to the Mecidiyeköy exit and then follow the signs to “Profilo.” It is located in a neighborhood behind the main street.
Also on the European side, the Galleria Mall is located in the district of Ataköy near the airport, and houses many shops and boutiques offering both local and foreign goods. Olivium in Zeytinburnu is an outlet center/discount shopping mall.

The other mall on the European side, Akmerkez, said to be one of the

biggest and most upscale shopping malls in Europe, is located in the

district of Etiler and, therefore, closer to campusAlso located in the

mall are four movie theaters, a food court and café/bars. -->On the Asian side, Capitol Mall in Altunizade and Nautilus Mall in Kadiköy also provide a variety of shops, food court and movie theaters.  
Superstores: Carrefour is similar to a Super Wal-Mart, and BauHaus is similar to Home Depot.  These two stores can handle all your initial needs when you first arrive in your new home.  They are always located together in a closed shopping mall with additional shops.  There are two on the Asian side, plus one on the European side close to the airport.

YOU MAY KNOW OF) --> IKEA is a newly opened furniture and housewares store known for good design at reasonable prices. Take the Fatih bridge across the Bosphorus and take the Şile exit.


Famous Districts: Two districts are famous for trendy designer clothing: 
Nişantaşı is about 45 minutes from campus on the European side. 
How to Get There: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “metro” stop and then take the metro to the Osmanbey stop.
Bağdat Caddesi on the Asian side.
How to Get There: Take the Kadiköy-Bostancı dolmuş next to the AKM in Taksım.



The Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapalı Çarşi: One of the oldest and biggest closed bazaars in the world, the Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapılı Çarşı is located in the old city of Istanbul near the mosques and the museums.  A trip to the bazaar is not only considered a shopping expedition, but also a visit through history. One can find a variety of jewelry, copper and brass goods, and small simple kilims, as well as priceless antique carpets. Located on the outskirts of the bazaar, near Istanbul University's main campus, is the special market known as Sarraflar where old books, prints, second hand books and all kinds of printed materials can be found. It is recommended especially for collectors of such items.  Spices and exotic food products can be found at the Mısır Çarşısı located next to the Yeni Camii in Eminönü right at the Golden Horn.

 

Big & Tall Sizes: Marks & Spencer’s carries slacks in “long” sizes, as well as the larger sizes.  There are Marks & Spencer’s Shops, at Profilo Shopping Mall, in Nişantaşi and on Bağdat Caddesi that offer clothing for both men and women, but the M&S at Akmerkez carries only women's clothing.  Beymen at Akmerkez features clothing designed primarily for tall people, but does not carry much in larger sizes for women. Profilo and Metrocity both have stores catering to larger sizes. For men, Dockers has a store in Akmerkez and are sold at Çarşı in Maslak.


Maternity Wear: Maternity clothes, as well as baby clothes, are available at most major malls. Mothercare is the name of a chain of stores featuring imported clothes and accessories for moms, babies and young children.  There is one in Nişantaşı, and another at Akmerkez.
Returns & Exchanges:  Stores in bazaars may not take returned merchandise or allow exchanges, but many of the major stores will allow exchanges with a receipt.  
Cash Price & Credit Card Price: Particularly in bazaars, the posted price on an article may increase by as much as 15% or more if you buy it with a credit card.  Conversely, the posted price may apply to credit cards, but if you pay cash, you can get a discount of 10% or more.  Sometimes you need to ask if there is a cash discount (“Nakıt indirim var mi?”). Many of the major stores offer cash discounts especially during the sales season.
Fiş or fatura” (“receipt or invoice”): Department and clothing stores will often ask you which you prefer. If you ask for a “fatura”, the salesperson will ask for your name and address to put on the invoice. 
VAT Refunds for Turkish citizens:  Save receipts and invoices for all medical expenses, education and books, clothing and food.  If your receipts total a certain minimum amount, then in January, under certain conditions, you can spend some time itemizing these expenditures using a special form and obtain a partial tax refund.  Directions are sent out each January by the University Comptroller's Office. 
Store Discount Cards: Migros, Gima, Champion, as well as many other larger or chains stores, issue their own cards. You need to fill out a form in the store to get one. When you check out, the cashier will say for example “Migros kartınız var mı?” (“Do you have a Migros card?”) With every purchase you earn points that you can redeem for merchandise in the store. You can check your point balance at the kiosk in the store entrances. Also some of these cards entitle you to discounts on selected purchases.
Online Supermarket Ordering: Two supermarket chains, Gima and Migros, have websites where you can place orders that will be delivered to your home. Their web addresses are http://www.gima.com.tr and http://www.online.migros.com.tr/pls/MIGMIG/Sanalmarket_giris. Unfortunately, both sites are only in Turkish. However, if you can get a Turkish speaker to lead you through it and if you write down everything you must do, it can be worth the trouble.
Generally, if you place your order before the late morning, you can get delivery by the evening. If you place the order the night before, you can have your items by late morning the next day. While this service isn’t very good for fresh meats and produce, it is great for keeping staple items in the house, particularly if you put the items you order on your “Favorites List,” which you can call up at a later time.
SHOPPING
Turkey is a country where you can find just about everything you want, whether locally produced or imported, designer or flea market. Large shopping malls are easy to reach within the city limits. Below are some samples of different districts and categories of shopping available. 


On campus:  the little Migros store is very convenient for groceries and cleaning products. 
Maden:
How to Get There: Taxi
Maden is a small village on the main road between the University and Sarıyer, marked by the BIM shopping market and a mosque. BIM is a limited, yet very inexpensive grocery store. There is a bakery (for bread) next to BIM, a butcher (Sizin Kasap – 218-3316 that delivers), a pharmacy (ezcane), a “kahvaltaık” (cheese, olives, honey, jam) seller, as well as a fruit and vegetable seller.
Sarıyer: 
How to Get There: KU Sarıyer shuttle, public bus 150, taxi.
There are many shopping options in Sarıyer.  The Sarıyer Market, on the main cross street in Sarıyer, has a wide variety of groceries. GIMA (with a small parking lot) is part of a major supermarket chain and is located on the water in the heart of Sarıyer.  There are many shops for bakery goods (see Gündüzoğlu for baklava, Göze Pastane and Ekmek for desserts and bread, Sarıyer Turşu for pickles, and Vehbi Et ve Tavuk Pazarı for meat and chicken). Sarıyer Muhallibecisi (across from GIMA’s entrance) is also famous for puddings and börek.
The Sarıyer Balık Panzer (Fish Market) is open daily and offers fresh fish at great prices.
Market Day (Pazar Günü)*: Every Wednesday is market day in Sarıyer.  Individual stalls are set up on the street to the right of the main street, and all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables are available, which are not only very fresh but low priced.   If you want to buy a lot, you can usually get someone there to help carry your packages back to your car or to the bus stop.  Just tip them a one million TL bill (about $.80). If you drive, it's best to park at the Belediye Otopark in Sarıyer, which is located on the right just as you reach the Bosphorus.  It costs around 2.5 million TL.  While many people park illegally on the streets, the traffic police often tow these cars away. 
Note: Remember that things are sold in kilos. One kilo is about two pounds. “Yarim kilo” means half a kilo, which is a little more than one pound.
*As of this writing due to road work in Sarıyer, the bazar has moved to a side street beyond the main bus terminal.

Transportation: KU Sarıyer shuttle, public bus 150, taxi.


ZekeriaköyZekeriyaköy: 
How to Get There: Minibus from Sarrıiyer (on the main street near Gündüzoğlu Baklava), taxi
Zekeriyaköy is approximately 10-15 minutes from campus. Zekeriyaköy “Çarsi” has a 2 MM (meaning a moderate size) Migros Supermarket that carries a good variety of groceries and fresh produce, as well as a pharmacy, delicatessen, fish store, pastry shop and other small stores and restaurants. The parking at the ZekeriaköyZekeriyaköy Çarsi is free, and traffic, unlike Sarıyer, is light. 
Transportation: Minibus from Sariyer (on the main street near Gündüzoğlu Baklava), taxi

Maslak: 
How to Get There: Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz)
3M (largest size) Migros, about 20-25 minutes from campus, is similar to a Wal-mart in that it carries a wide variety of goods, including groceries, house wares, and clothing. This is located on the right side of the big road (Büyükdere) going to Maslak and Levent. (If traveling by car, hHowever, to return to campus, you have to drive toward the airport exit (-- that is, away from campus)-- before you can reverse directions.) Toys `R Us is just beyond and underneath Migros. You can park for free at Migros, and go down the stairs or elevator, which is to the left of the entrance to Migros.

Next to Miıgros, selling both informal and formal dinning and kitchen wares, Paşabahçe is comparable to Crate and Barrel. Additionally, the upper floor has a lovely collection of formal Turkish glasswork and porcelain. Next door is Çarşi, a department store which carries somewhat discounted clothing, cosmetics (many imported brands), perfume, and some household items. Turn right just past the store and there is parking for a fee at the back.


After passing the Princess Hotel, take a small road to the right in order to get to an Office Superstore, which is then on a right-hand side street. This store is like Staples. Office Superstore carries all major supplies, computers, printers, faxes, peripherals, etc.
Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz)
Yeniköy:
How to Get There: Sarıyer-Baltılimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer, just around the corner from the HSBC Bank).
Yeniköy is (about 20 minutes from campus along the coast road). The Macrocenter in Yeniköy carries a wide variety of grocery products and the quality is very good. Going by the shore route, the store is on the right side. They also have free parking if you take the right just past the store and then turn left into a little walled parking lot. Another great shopping option in Yeniköy is the Uçler grocery store and deli. The quality of their meats and deli items is excellent and they cater to foreigners in their canned goods. Uçler is located a kilometer (about a mile) or so beyond the Macrocenter, also on the right hand side of the road.
Transportation: Sarıyer-Baltılimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer, just around the corner from the HSBC Bank)
İstinye: 
How to Get There: Sarıyer-Baltılimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer, just around the corner from the HSBC Bank). Get off at the heart of Istinye and walk about ¼ mile.
İstinye is located just beyond Yeniköy on the coast road. About 25 minutes drive from campus, there is a Champion supermarket with a small mall (bookstore, hairdresser, pharmacy, pastry shop).  Champion carries all types of groceries, plus small appliances and kitchenware.   There are signs for Champion, but basically you turn right from the coast road, at the heart of İstinye.
Just beyond Champion, Transportation: Sarıyer-Baltılimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer, just around the corner from the HSBC Bank). Get off at the heart of Istinye and walk about ¼ mile.

is MaxiCenter, a discount shopping center that also has a multi-screen cinema.



Shopping Malls: There are malls in Istanbul that cater to every taste and in which one can find everything from toys to house wares to clothes and maternity wear. 
MetroCity in 1.Levent is the closest mall to campus, about 30-40 minutes drive. It has a Migros, many small appliance stores, as well as a Starbucks.
How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz) and get off at 1.Levent. The closest mall on the European side
is called MetroCity in Levent (25-30 minutes drive from campus). Akmerkez (http://www.akmerkez.com.tr with an English link) is located in the district of Etiler, about 45 minutes from campus. Akmerkez is one of the biggest and most upscale shopping malls. Also located in the mall are four movie theaters, a food court and café/bars.
How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz), get off at the “4.Levent Metro” stop and take a short taxi ride. Just say “Akmerkez.”

Akmerkez (http://www.akmerkez.com.tr with an English link) is located in the district of Etiler, 30-40 minutes drive. Akmerkez is one of the biggest and most upscale shopping malls. Also located in the mall are four movie theaters, a food court and café/bars.
Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off in Levent at MetroCity. To go to MetroCity, just follow the signs. To go to Akmerkez, take a short taxi ride. Just say “Akmerkez.” Or you can walk; it’s only a mile or so.
Profilo in Mecidiyeköy also has a variety of stores and at least seven movie screens.
How to Get There:
Take the Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “4.Levent mMetro” stop and then take the metro to the Şişli stop. Follow the signs to the Mecidiyeköy exit and then follow the signs to “Profilo.” It is located in a neighborhood behind the main street.
Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “metro” stop and then take the metro to the 1. Levent stop.
Also on the European side, the Galleria Mall is located in the district of Ataköy near the airport, and houses many shops and boutiques offering both local and foreign goods. Olivium in Zeytinburnu is an outlet center/discount shopping mall.

The other mall on the European side, Akmerkez, said to be one of the

biggest and most upscale shopping malls in Europe, is located in the

district of Etiler and, therefore, closer to campusAlso located in the

mall are four movie theaters, a food court and café/bars. -->On the Asian side, Capitol Mall in Altunizade and Nautilus Mall in Kadiköy also provide a variety of shops, food court and movie theaters.  

Superstores: Carrefour is similar to a Super Wal-Mart, and BauHaus is similar to Home Depot.  These two stores can handle all your initial needs when you first arrive in your new home.  They are always located together in a closed shopping mall with additional shops.  There are two on the Asian side, plus one on the European side close to the airport.

YOU MAY KNOW OF) --> 


Famous Districts: Two districts are famous for trendy designer clothing: 
Nişantaşıi is about 45 minutes from campus on the European side. 
How to Get There: Transportation: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “metro” stop and then take the metro to the Osmanbey stop.
Bağdat Caddesi on the Asian side.
How to Get There: Transportation: Take the Kadiköy-Bostancı dolmuş next to the AKM in Taksım.
Local Bazaars (pazarlar): Apart from the supermarkets and local mini food stores, once a week, fresh food markets are set up in each district. The prices in these markets are lower than those at the food stores, and one can find a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and dry foods. Also available in these markets are house wares, clothes and cleaning products. Apart from the Sarıyer Pazarı, there is a large one in Ulus on Thursdays (near Akmerkez in Etiler), one in İstinye on Mondays, and a small one on Saturdays at Rumeli Kavagi.


The Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapıalı Çarşi: One of the oldest and biggest closed bazaars in the world, the Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapılı Çarşı is located in the old city of Istanbul near the mosques and the museums.  A trip to the bazaar is not only considered a shopping expedition, but also a visit through history. One can find a variety of jewelry, copper and brass goods, and small simple kilims, as well as priceless antique carpets. Located on the outskirts of the bazaar, near Istanbul University's main campus, is the special market known as Sarraflar where old books, prints, second hand books and all kinds of printed materials can be found. It is recommended especially for collectors of such items.  Spices and exotic food products can be found at the Mısır Çarşısı located next to the Yeni Camii in Eminönü right at the Golden Horn.

 

Big & Tall Sizes: Marks & SpencersSpencer’s carries slacks in “long” sizes, as well as the larger sizes.  There are Marks & SpencersSpencer’s Shops, at Profilo Shopping Mall, in Nişantaşi and on Bağdat Caddesi that offer clothing for both men and women, but the M&S at Akmerkez carries only women's clothing.  Beymen at Akmerkez features clothing designed primarily for tall people, but does not carry much in larger sizes for women. Profilo and Metrocity both have stores catering to larger sizes. For men, Dockers has a store in Akmerkez and are sold at Çarşı in Maslak.


Maternity Wear: Maternity clothes, as well as baby clothes, are available at most major malls. Mothercare is the name of a chain of stores featuring imported clothes and accessories for moms, babies and young children.  There is one in Niışantaşı, and another at Akmerkez.
Returns & Exchanges:  Many stStores in bazaars may will not take returned merchandise or allow exchanges, but manysome of the major stores will allow exchanges if you ask for a “hediye” card (gift card which contains the number of the invoice) with a receipt. at time of purchase.  If the merchandise is returned WITH the gift card, they will exchange it.  Returns can sometimes be negotiated.  

Cash Price & Credit Card Price:  In a few stores, pParticularly in bazaars, the posted price on an article may increase by as much as 15% or more if you buy it with a credit card.  Conversely, the posted price may apply to credit cards, but if you pay cash, you can get a discount of 10% or more.  Sometimes you need to ask if there is a cash discount (“Nakıt indirim var mi?”). Many of the major stores offer cash discounts especially during the sales season.
Fiş or fatura” (“receipt or invoice”): Department and clothing stores will often ask you which you prefer. If you ask for a “fatura”, the salesperson will ask for your name and address to put on the invoice. 
VAT Refunds for Turkish citizens:  Save receipts and invoices for all medical expenses, education and books, clothing, and food.  If your receipts total a certain minimum amount, then in January, under certain conditions, you can spend some time itemizing these expenditures using a special form and obtain a partial tax refund.  Directions are sent out each January by the University Comptroller's Office. 
Store Discount Cards: Migros, Gima, Champion, as well as many other larger or chains stores, issue their own cards. You need to fill out a form in the store to get one. When you check out, the cashier will say for example “Migros kartınız var mı?” (“Do you have a Migros card?”) With every purchase you earn points that you can redeem for merchandise in the store. You can check your point balance at the kiosk in the store entrances. Çarşı has a “key card” (anahtar) that allows you to earn points toward merchandise. Also some of these cards entitle you to discounts on selected purchases.
Online Supermarket Ordering: Two supermarket chains, Gima and Migros, have websites where you can place orders that will be delivered to your home. Their web addresses are http://www.gima.com.tr and http://www.online.migros.com.tr/pls/MIGMIG/Sanalmarket_giris. Unfortunately, both sites are only in Turkish. However, if you can get a Turkish speaker to lead you through it and if you write down everything you must do, it can be worth the trouble.
Generally, if you place your order before the late morning, you can get delivery by the evening. If you place the order the night before, you can have your items by late morning the next day. While this service isn’t very good for fresh meats and produce, it is great for keeping staple items in the house, particularly if you put the items you order on your “Favorites List,” which you can call up at a later timeagain later.

2.7 HEALTH CARE


Pharmacies (eczane): The closest pharmacy to the University is in Maden, on the road between Sarıyer and the University. In Sarıyer, there are many pharmacies. Pharmacies are open in Turkey from 9:00-19:00 Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. However, in each village, such as Sarıyer, one pharmacy is open on Sundays, on a rotating basis. The name and address of the “nöbetçi” pharmacy open on a particular Sunday or after hours during the week is posted on the door of pharmacies. You can also call (0216) 336-9964 Monday-Friday during regular business hours to hear which pharmacies will be on duty at night and on the weekend in your area. Nöbetçi Eczane means the pharmacy on duty.
You can also go to the University Health Center and they can arrange for medicine to be delivered to campus.
Prescription Drugs: Generally, drugs available in the U.S. and in Europe are available in Turkey. Most drugs in Turkey can be obtained without a prescription at a pharmacy. Narcotic drugs require a prescription. A prescription can be obtained from your general practitioner. Most medicines are available at a much lower cost in Turkey, but if you are on prescription medication, it's best to confirm if it is available before you come.   Not currently available in Turkey are Co-reg and Zetia.
Questions about the availability of a certain drug in Turkey can be directed to Dr. Erdal Mehmet Aksoy, Director of the Campus Health Center (His contact information is in the Health Center section).
*A note about TIE CARE International Health Insurance: Those working for the ELC will be given medical coverage through TIE CARE International. The advantage to this coverage is that it is worldwide, meaning there is a medical provider available to you that is recognized by TIE CARE anywhere in the world, including the United States and Canada. The disadvantage is that you generally have to pay for your services at the time of care and then fill out claim forms and send them in to the insurance company for reimbursement. However, in the U.S. and Canada, you may be billed for the services and TIE CARE can then send payment directly to the health care provider. In this case, you will need a mailing address for the bill to be sent. Then someone needs to send the bill to TIE CARE. They also reimburse for prescription medicine. The reimbursement/claim process is generally easy and painless, but takes a little time. If you pay for the services on the spot (as is the case in Turkey), TIE CARE will either send you a reimbursement check or make an electronic deposit to your home bank (probably the best option since there is a risk of a check getting lost in the Turkish mail system, plus the additional time getting the check cashed). There is no additional coverage for dental or eye care. For more information, www.claimssite.com
For appointments at the American Hospital in Nişantaşi (15 minute walk from the Osmanbey Metro stop): Call 212-311-2000 and follow the English menu options for appointments. After you visit the doctor, you will pay the general visit fee. (For those of you with Turkish health insurance such as KocAllianz, all you have to do is show your card to the attendant.) At the time of writing that fee is a standard100YTL. Please note that emergency room visit fees will be higher and may depend on the condition. In any case, the staff will give you a receipt for this fee. Make sure they stamp the receipt with “PAID” so that there are no problems with reimbursement (for TIE CARE). Also, if any blood tests or other kinds of tests are given, there will be additional costs for these services. When paying for these (usually at the lab desk), you will again be given an itemized receipt. Again, make sure they stamp “PAID.”
Below is a list of American Hospital doctors that Koc instructors have recommended to this guide. All of the doctors listed (and most others who work at the American Hospital) speak English.
Dr. Tahir Haytoğlu, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Specialist; tel 212-311-2000 ext 1715. tahirh@amerikanhastanesi.com.tr
Dr. Yekta Kişioğlu, Gastroenterologist; tel 212-311-2000 ext 1760-1761 yektak@amerikanhastanesi.com.tr
Dr. Warren Winkler, General Practitioner; office inside American Hospital; tel 212-311-2000 ext 2509
Dr. Akif Poroy, Gynecologist/Obstetrician; office is behind American Hospital next to the big hospital car park; tel 212-224-0069 or 212-240-3829
Dr. Halil Bayazit, Dermatologist; will also come to Zekeriakoy) tel 212-311-2000
Dr Hayri Aydin, General Practitioner; tel 212-311-2000 Ex. 2501-2502
Dentists
Haluk Gurel

Halaskargazi Cad. Koza Apt No 265 (just next to the Osmanbey Metro stop)

tel 212-230-2323 or 212-231-9090

2.7 HEALTH CARE


Pharmacies (eczane): The closest pharmacy to the University is in Maden, on the road between Sarıyer and the University. In Sarıyer, there are many pharmacies. Pharmacies are closed on Sundays. However, in each village, such as Sarıyer, one pharmacy is open on Sundays, on a rotating basis. The name and address of the pharmacy open on a particular Sunday is posted on the door of pharmacies. You can also call (0216) 336-9964 Monday-Friday during regular business hours to hear which pharmacies will be on duty at night and on the weekend in your area.
You can also go to the University Health Center and they can arrange for medicine to be delivered to campus.
Prescription Drugs: Generally, drugs available in the U.S. and in Europe are available in Turkey. Most drugs in Turkey can be obtained without a prescription at a pharmacy. Narcotic drugs require a prescription. A prescription can be obtained from your general practitioner. Most medicines are available at a much lower cost in Turkey, but if you are on prescription medication, it's best to confirm if it is available before you come.   Not currently available in Turkey are Co-reg and Zetia.

Questions about the availability of a certain drug in Turkey can be directed to Dr. Erdal Mehmet Aksoy, Director of the Campus Health Center

2.8 CHILDREN
Babies and Young Children: Turkish culture regarding children is different than that of American in that Turkish people pay more attention to young children and are a lot more affectionate.
Fruit and vegetables are very fresh in Istanbul, which is excellent for young children. However, jarred or canned baby food is not commonly used and the selection of foods in this format is very limited. No baby foods sold contain meat, only fruit and vegetables. Cereals are not all suitable for babies and very young children; however, there is a small range of cereals and biscuits for kids.
Car seats should be brought over from the US and not left to be bought here, as car seats are very expensive, and the variety is not as good as you would find in America. However, Toys R Us has a pretty good selection and the price is about the same as in the US.
Bathrooms with changing facilities are not widely available, except in large shopping centers.
Nannies and On-Campus Daycare: Full or part time nannies can be quite reasonable in Istanbul.

The best way to find one is by word of mouth. Also, some university students are willing to spend their time baby sitting young children at a reasonable price. On the other hand, crèches (kreş) and day-care centers are situated all over Istanbul. In Koç University, there is a very reputable crèche called "Mutlu Cocuk Evi," literally translated as "Happy Children's Home". For young children aged between 2-6, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining place for them to spend the day.

During the day, children play games, read books, and engage in many other activities, both entertaining and educational. Children receive a full open buffet breakfast, lunch and a snack towards the end of the day. In between meals and activities, there is a time during which children are allowed to rest and relax, but if a child refuses to sleep or is not tired, he or she is allowed to quietly read a book in the "relaxation corner."
Swimming and horse-riding lessons are also available at a reasonable price, and music, ballet and yoga lessons are provided free to both boys and girls. At the end of the year, the children perform in a show. Overall the school is a happy, fun, educational and exciting place for the children to be. The preparatory class (anasinifi) for elementary school will also be starting this year. It has satisfied many parents and children throughout campus at Koç University. Open hours: 8.00am - 6.30pm.
Some parents have also established a volunteer group which organizesarranges different activities for their children. Every Sunday morning, at 11 o’clock, a few trained university students hold a class for young children in the campus sports center. Children bring their own balls, and they play many different activities free of charge. The class lasts for an hour. In the near future, this group is hoping to start new classes such as a reading group, karate, football, basketball and gymnastics.
Off-Campus Educational Options: There are a number of educational choices available for kindergarten through high school in Istanbul. Students have to pass a national exam in order to enter a high school. Each institution has different score requirements and a limit as to the number of students they can enroll each year. Tuition fees for all these schools are different and can range from $3000 to $15,000 a year.
Preschools & Primary Schools: There are many kindergarten/pre-schools available, but most of them start to accept children at two years old. In the past, faculty members have recommended the following preschools and primary schools: 
Özel Acarlar Koleji, located in Acarlar Sitesi (5 min distance).  Kindergarten, primary and high school.  Tel: (0212) 342-0192, http://http://www.acarlar.k12.tr

 

Enka Okulları, located in İstinye (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary school.  Planning to open a high school as well.  Tel: (0212) 276-0545/-47, http://www.enkaschools.com/

 

FMV Işık Okulları, located in Ayazağa (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten, primary and high school.  Tel: (0212) 286-6930 x400, http://www.fmv.edu.tr/

 

HEV Kemerköy İlköğretim Okulları, located in Kemerköy,  (45-60 min distance, depending on traffic).  Kindergarten and primary.  Planning to open a high school as well. Tel: (0212) 322-0300, http://www.kemerkoy.k12.tr


 

İTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı İlköğretim Okulları, located in Ayazağa,  (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary school.  Planning to open high school as well. Tel: (0212) 285-7045, http://www.ilkogretim.itu.edu.tr

 

Özel Yüzyıl Işıl Okulları, located in Bahçeköy, (15 min distance).  Primary and high school.  Koç Faculty members receive 25% tuition discount. Tel: (0212) 226-2353, http://www.yuzyilisil.k12.tr/

 

International Schools:



 

The British International School İstanbul, located in Zekeriyaköy (10 min distance), Pre-school, primary and secondary school. Tel: (0212) 202-7969/202-7971/202-7972, http://www.bis.k12.tr/

 

Bosphorus International School, pre-school is located in Emirgan (45 min distance), primary school is located in Bahçeköy (15 min distance).  Pre-school: (0212) 277-8444, Primary school: (0212) 226-3000, http://www.bipschools.net/


Papillon (French) have curriculum until the 9th grade.
Entertainment for Children:
Bogaziçi Hayvanat Bahçesi (Zoo)
Kuş Cenneti, Hayvanat Bahçesi & Botanik Parki

Entrance fee: 10 million TL

Open Hours: 09.00-21.00

(Zoo and Botanic Park) Tuzla Yolu Cad. No:15 Darica-Gebze


Telefon: (262) 653 66 66 - 653 13 74
http://www.bosphoruszoo.com/irtibat.asp
200,000m2 area, more than 3000 animals, pony rides


Miniaturk (Amusement Park)

http://www.miniatureparks.org/parkinfo.asp?lang=uk&ParkID=20

Entrance fee: 3 million TL (student) 5 million TL (Adults)

Open Hours: 9.30 – 23.00

Imrahor street Sutluce 80330 Istanbul




Tatilya (Amusement Park)

http://www.tatilya.com/

Deneme Bilim Merkezi (Hands-on Science Museum)
http://www.bilimmerkezi.org.tr
http://www.egitim.com/cocuk/0204/0204.2.dbm.asp
Tel: (0212) 292 08 89 - 4 hat
Faks: (0212) 292 08 94
Adres: ITÜ Mimarlik Fakültesi Taskisla - Taksim 80191

TELEPHONING, PUBLIC PHONES AND CELLULAR PHONES


Local and Toll Calls

Istanbul has both a European side and an Asian side and they have different area codes. The area code for the European side of Istanbul is 212 and the area code for the Asian side of Istanbul is 216 If you are calling from the European side (212) to the Asian side (216) then you will need to dial 0-216 plus the seven-digit telephone number and vice versa. (If you are calling from the Asian side to the European side, you would dial 0-212 plus the seven-digit number). If you are calling someone on the same side, you do not need to dial the area code and can simply dial the normal seven-digit telepehone number.


For long distance calls within Turkey, or when calling anyone with a different area code, first dial 0, then the area code, and then the seven-digit number.
International Calls

To make an international call from Turkey, dial

00 + Country Code + Area Code + Telephone Number
A call from abroad to Turkey would have the same format.

(Country Code of Turkey is 90)


Access Code of the Country + 90 + Area Code + 7 digits telephone number
Operator Assisted International Calls

By dialing 115 you can reach Türk Telekom international operator. Register the call details with the operator -i.e. type of call, country, and telephone number. The operator will assist you with the connection.


Pay Phones

Public telephones are conveniently located throughout the country. Two types of pay phones are available - one is operated with coins and the other with telephone cards.


Pay Phones with Token

Lift the receiver and place the appropriate token into the proper slot. When you hear a beeping sound and see the red light on the machine turn off, you can place your call. If a beeping sound is heard during the conversation, this is a signal that your time is about to run out. If you want to continue the conversation, quickly place additional tokens into the slot.


Pay Phones with Telephone Cards

Lift the receiver and place the card (cards can be purchased with 30, 60, and 100 units) into the slot. When a beeping sound is heard, dial the number. During the conversation if you hear a beeping sound, that reminds you that your credits are about to run out. You will see the number of remaining units flashing and the message "Change Card" on the display. When you see this message press the "Card Change" button and insert the new card. When you place a call from any kind of phone there will be a charge in accordance with the length of the call and the distance to the number dialed.


You can purchase the above mentioned phone cards in various locations, such as: Türk Telekom shops, small convenience shops called Bakkal (they often stick these phone cards in the window to advertise that they are for sale), and sometimes at small vendors stalls near the phone booths.
Emergency Numbers

These numbers are valid anywhere in Turkey and immediately put you in contact with Turkish emergency services. These services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


110 Fire

112 Emergency

155 Police

156 Gendarme

158 Coast Security

177 Forest Fire


Directory Assistance: 118

To get phone a number, call 118, and let the operator help you.


Some Helpful Turkish Phrases:
I want to call… … telefon etmek istiyorum.

I want to call (Australia). (Avustralya)’ya telefon etmek istiyorum.

One moment, please. Bir dakika, lütfen.

Who’s calling? Kim arıyor?

Wrong number Yanlış numara

Hello, is “so-and-so” there? Merhaba, “So-and-so” orada mı?

I’ll call back later. Daha sonra arayacağım.
CELLULAR PHONES
Cell phone usage is widespread in Turkey. If you spend any time at all off-campus you will find a cell phone indispensable.
Cell Phones and Service: In Turkey, it is not the phone itself that is activated with a specific number tied to a specific service provider, as in the US. Rather, a manually inserted small chip called a “SIM” (Subscriber Identity Module) card that stores the phone number as well as your individual data activates the phone. You can use your SIM in any phone that works with GSM technology. You buy your phone and service separately. Phones can be expensive.

There are two ways of getting service on your phone: entering into a contract with a cellular service provider or buying airtime (0r köntur, units) as you need it.


Contracts with service provider: The service contracts are similar to those in the US, except that the Turkish system has two advantages: you’re not locked in for long periods with huge cancellation penalties, and the rates are low in comparison to those in the US. The two main companies are Turkcell and Avea.
To set up service, you must either be an established resident of Turkey or have a Turkish citizen “vouch” for you. Vouching involves the Turkish citizen agreeing to pay your bill if you fail to (there may or may not be limits on this obligation). The agreement must be notarized by a “notar,” who performs duties similar to those of a notary public. There is a notar located to the right side of the main road into Sarıyer going towards the water.
You are billed monthly and, unless you request a paper bill, you may simply get a text message on your phone in Turkish alerting you that you need to pay. You can pay in person at a bank or, more conveniently, online, directly from your bank account. There is a very short window of time in which you must pay, after which, first, you will not be able to call out, but will still be able to accept calls, then shortly after that, you will lose service entirely.
Buying time as you go: Instead of signing a contract with a service provider, you can buy airtime credit as you go by buying phone cards. This is a more popular and easier method. Time on the cards is measured in “konturs.” 100 konturs currently costs 10.50 YTL and 250 konturs costs 23 YTL. If someone calls you, there is no charge against the konturs. Calling another cell phone from your phone is quite expensive, so it is wise to keep your calls short. Calling a land-line telephone isn’t quite as expensive. You can buy kontur cards on almost any corner of the city. There is a number covered by silver on the back of the card. Scrape the silver off to get the number. You have to call a special number and then enter the phone card number to register the kontur credit. These cards are available at all phone stores and also at the campus Migros. Once you have a credit card established with a bank, you can go online and buy kontur credit for your phone via your credit card. It is reflected within minutes of your online request. This saves a lot of time.
If your phone is stolen: If your phone is stolen, you can minimize your loss by providing the registration number of your cell phone. Note the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of your phone. (Of course, you must do this before the phone is stolen and kept in a safe place.) Dial *#06# from your mobile phone and a 15 digit IMEI number appears. As soon as you realize your phone is stolen immediately call your service provider (Aria, Turkcell…) and give the IMEI number. The company will immediately put your number out of operation. Even if the SIM card is changed, the phone will be blocked and no body will be able to use the phone.

Babies and Young Children: Turkish culture regarding children is different than that of America in that Turkish people pay more attention to young children and are a lot more "hands-on". An adult, for example, who sees a young child may walk up, hug and show affection to him or her.
Fruit and vegetables are very fresh in Istanbul which is excellent for young children. However, baby canned food is also not commonly used and the selection of foods in this format is very limited. No baby canned foods sold contain meat, only fruit and vegetables. Cereals are not all suitable for babies and very young children; however, there is a small range of cereals and biscuits for kids.
Car seats should be brought over from the US and not left to be bought here, as car seats are very expensive, and the variety is not as good as you would find in America. However, Toys R Us has a pretty good selection and the price is about the same as in the U.S.
Bathrooms with changing facilities are not widely available, except large shopping centers.
Nannies and On-Campus Daycare: Full or part time nannies can be quite reasonable in Istanbul. The best way to find one is word of mouth. Crèche (Kreş) and day-care centers are situated all over Istanbul. In Koç University, there is a very reputable crèche called "Mutlu Cocuk Evim," literally translated as "Happy Children's Home". For young children ages 2-6, this is a very enjoyable and entertaining place for them to spend the day.
During the day, children play games, read books, and engage in many other activities, both entertaining and educational. Children receive a full open buffet breakfast, lunch and a snack towards the end of the day. In between meals and activities, there is a time during which children are allowed to rest and relax, but if a child refuses to sleep or is not tired, he or she is allowed to quietly read a book in the "relaxation corner."
Swimming and horse-riding lessons are also available at a reasonable price, and music and ballet lessons are provided free to both boys and girls. At the end of the year, the children perform in a show. Overall the school is a happy, fun, educational and exciting place for the children to be. It has satisfied many parents and children throughout campus at Koç University. Open hours: 8.00am - 6.30pm.
Off-Campus Educational Options: There are a number of educational choices available for kindergarten through high school in Istanbul. Students have to pass a national exam in order to enter the high school system. Each institution has different score requirements and a limit to the number of students they can enroll each year. Tuition fees for all these schools are different and can range from $3000 to $15,000 a year.
Preschools & Primary Schools: There are many kindergarten/pre-schools available, but most of them only accept children who are more than 2 years old. In the past, faculty members have recommended the following preschools and primary schools: 
Özel Acarlar Koleji, located in Acarlar Sitesi (5 min distance).  Kindergarten, primary and high school.  Tel: (0212) 342-0192, http://http://www.acarlar.k12.tr

 

Enka Okulları, located in İstinye (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary school.  Planning to open a high school as well.  Tel: (0212) 276-0545/-47, http://www.enkaschools.com/

 

FMV Işık Okulları, located in Ayazağa (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten, primary and high school.  Tel: (0212) 286-6930 x400, http://www.fmv.edu.tr/

 

HEV Kemerköy İlköğretim Okulları, located in Kemerköy,  (45-60 min distance, depending on traffic).  Kindergarten and primary.  Planning to open a high school as well. Tel: (0212) 322-0300, http://www.kemerkoy.k12.tr

 

İTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı İlköğretim Okulları, located in Ayazağa,  (30-45 min distance, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary school.  Planning to open high school as well. Tel: (0212) 285-7045, http://www.ilkogretim.itu.edu.tr

 

Özel Yüzyıl Işıl Okulları, located in Bahçeköy, (15 min distance).  Primary and high school.  Tel: (0212) 226-2353, http://www.yuzyilisil.k12.tr/

 

International Schools:



 

The British International School İstanbul, located in Zekeriyaköy (10 min distance), Pre-school, primary and secondary school. Tel: (0212) 202-7969/202-7971/202-7972, http://www.bis.k12.tr/

 

Bosphorus International School, pre-school is located in Emirgan (45 min distance), primary school is located in Bahçeköy (15 min distance).  Pre-school: (0212) 277-8444, Primary school: (0212) 226-3000, http://www.bipschools.net/


Papillon (French) have curriculum until the 9th grade.
Entertainment for Children:
Bogaziçi Hayvanat Bahçesi (Zoo)
Kuş Cenneti, Hayvanat Bahçesi & Botanik Parki

Entrance fee: 10 million TL

Open Hours: 09.00-21.00

(Zoo and Botanic Park) Tuzla Yolu Cad. No:15 Darica-Gebze


Telefon: (262) 653 66 66 - 653 13 74
http://www.bosphoruszoo.com/irtibat.asp
200,000m2 area, more than 3000 animals, pony rides


Miniaturk (Amusement Park)

http://www.miniatureparks.org/parkinfo.asp?lang=uk&ParkID=20

Entrance fee: 3 million TL (student) 5 million TL (Adults)

Open Hours: 9.30 – 23.00

Imrahor street Sutluce 80330 Istanbul




Tatilya (Amusement Park)

http://www.tatilya.com/

Deneme Bilim Merkezi (Hands-on Science Museum)
http://www.bilimmerkezi.org.tr
http://www.egitim.com/cocuk/0204/0204.2.dbm.asp
Tel: (0212) 292 08 89 - 4 hat
Faks: (0212) 292 08 94
Adres: ITÜ Mimarlik Fakültesi Taskisla - Taksim 80191

2.9 PETS


Petcare Goods: Pet food is, in general, expensive, as it is almost exclusively imported. Iams and Hill’s Science Diet are available, but at high prices (approx. $25 for an 8lb. bag). Advantage is available at the same price as in the US. Nature’s Miracle is not available. Pet beds, leashes, plastic carriers and toys are available; large and extra large litter pan liners are not. Plastic litter pans are expensive.
Veterinarians and Veterinary Hospitals:
European Side
ProVet (closet one to campus)

Maden (212) 242-3261


Ju-En Veterinary Clinic

Garanti Mahallesi, Engin Sokak No. 13

Etiler

Tel: (0212) 263-3110 & 0212-257-7750



http://www.juen.com.tr

Some English


Veterinerium

No. 34 Beyaz Karanfil Sokak

3. Levent

Tel: (0212) 278-8887

(Mr. Murat Akyuz is a very helpful and kind vet working here.)

Animalia Animal Hospital

http://www.animalia.com.tr

Levent Caddesi, 41

Levent

Tel: (0212) 280-9277



Fax: (0212) 281-4747

email: animalia@animalia.com.tr

open 24 hours; ambulance services
Bogazici Veterinary Clinic

Tel: (0212) 280-5024

Asian Side
Friends Moda Veterinary Clinic

Moda Caddesi, Evren Apartman, 225

Kadikoy

Tel: (0216) 346-6174



A full-service clinic; boarding
Animalia Animal Hospital

Bagdat Caddesi, 100/B

Fenerbahce-Kadikoy

Tel: (0216) 349-5429 Fax: (0216) 349-5724




2.910 PUBLIC PHONES AND CELLULAR PHONES
PUBLIC PHONES: Public Phones in Istanbul take phone cards which can be bought from the

the PTT (including the one on campus), as well as from newspaper kiosks around the city.

CELLULAR PHONES
Cell phone usage is widespread in Turkey. If you spend any time at all off-campus you will find a cell phone indispensable.
Cell Phones and Service: In Turkey, it is not the phone itself that is activated with a specific number tied to a specific service provider, as in the US. Rather, ayou manually inserted a small chip called a “SIM” (Subscriber Identity Module) card that that stores the phone number, as well as your individual data activates the phone. You can use your SIM in any phone that works with GSM technology. You buy your phone and service separately. Phones can be expensive.

There are two ways of getting service on your phone: entering into a contract with a cellular service provider or buying airtime as you need it.


Contracts with service provider: The service contracts are similar to those in the US, except that the Turkish system has two advantages: you’re not locked in for long periods with huge cancellation penalties, and the rates are low in comparison to those in the US. The two main companies are Turkcell and Areia.

To set up service, you must either be an established resident of Turkey or have a Turkish citizen “vouch” for you. Vouching involves the Turkish citizen agreeing to pay your bill if you fail to (there may or may not be limits on this obligation). The agreementis must be notarized by a “notar,” who performs duties similar to those of a notary public. There is a notar located to the right side of the main road into Sarıyer going towards the water.


You are billed monthly and, unless you request a paper bill, you may simply get a text message on your phone in Turkish alerting you that you need to pay. You can pay in person at a bank or, more conveniently, online, directly from your bank account. There is a very short window of time in which you must pay, after which, first, you will not be able to call out, but will still be able to accept calls, then shortly after that, you will lose service entirely.
Buying time as you go: Instead of signing a contract with a service provider, you can buy airtime credit as you go by buying phone cards. Time on the cards is measured in “konturs.” 100 konturs equals 10 minutes of local phone usage when you initiate the call. If someone calls you, there is no charge against the konturs. There is a number covered by silver on the back of the card. Scrape the silver off to get the number. You have to call a special number and then enter the phone card number to register the kontur credit. These cards are available at all phone stores and also at the campus Migros. Once you have a credit card established with a bank, you can go online and buy kontur credit for your phone via your credit card. It is reflected within minutes of your online request. This saves a lot of time.
If your phone is stolen: If your phone is stolen, you can minimize your loss by providing the registration number of your cell phone to a special number. They will void usage.
2.10 EXPRESS MAIL
The PTT (Turkish Government Postal Service) has reasonable express shipping service (APS) , as well as a variety of other services. Check their website that has an English link: http//:www.ptt.gov.tr.
DHL

larger presence than FedEx

To inquire about prices & transit times; to track the status of a shipment

Tel: 444-0040 (from anywhere in Turkey)

24-hour customer service/365 days a year

http://www.dhl.com.tr

Sultanahmet Office

Alemdar Mah.

Yerebatan Cad. No. 15/2

Sultanahmet

(0212) 512-5452

M-F 9am-6:15pm, Sat 9am-6:15pm, Sun 9am-6pm

There are other offices, but this is the only one open every day of the week.

FEDERAL EXPRESS

Offers inbound and outbound service in Turkey

FedEx is represented in Turkey by a service contractor.

For more information about the FedEx services available in Turkey, contact:

Coneks A.S.

Tel (0212) 549-0404



http://www.fedex.com/tr

Email:

UPS

Bookings & Inquiries



Tel: (0212) 413-2222

Also, 444-0033 from anywhere

Fax: (0212) 547-1205

Levent Station (Dropoff Point)

Tel: (0212) 282-3803, 282-3804, 282-3805, 282-0806

Pick up also available


TNT Logistics

Tel: (0212) 289-0759

Huzur Mahallesi

Komurculer Sitesi

1.Yol. No. 3 Ayazaga

Sisli http://www.tntturkey.com


2.112 HOUSEHOLD HELP
Household help costs about 40 million TL ($28) per day and less if you hire by the month. They do deep cleaning as a matter of course every week, including windows. M, and most will also do laundry and ironing also. The best way to find a maid is through a maid already working on campus. These maidsy will be careful to bring only someone they trust. Some maids will not work in homes that have indoor pets. Some maids expect to have their transportation costs covered (you could buy them shuttle tickets) or a major noon meal. It is best to agree on these points before hiring.
2.12 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Taksim Dilmer

İnonu Caddesi, Tarık Zafer Tunalı Sokak 18

Gümüssüyü, Taksim

(0212) 292-9696



http://www.dilmer.com
Private language school with discounts for spouses of Turkish citizens and teachers; 2, 3 or 5 days a week/3-4 hours a day; 4 and 8 week courses. Many Koc instructors have taken courses here on the weekends and in the summers. It is also a great way to meet other foreigners living in Istanbul.
Tömer

Cumhuriyet Mah.

Abidei Hurriyet Sokak No. 43

Sisli


(0212) 230-7083 & (0212) 230-7084

http://www.tomer.ankara.edu.tr

Boğaziçi University

The Language Center

34342 Bebek

(0212) 257-5039

inquiries: language@boun.edu.tr

International House - Etiler

Nispetiye Caddesi, Erdolen Isani No: 38/1

Etiler

(0212) 282-9064 & 282-9065



http://ihturkey.com

Part of a UK-based international chain of language schools. Located just off the Maslak highway in Levent.


Concept Languages – Etiler and on campus

İhsan Aksoy Sok. No:10/3

Çamlık/Etiler/İSTANBUL

0 (212) 257 39 93

2.13 RESTAURANTS

Apart from traditional Turkish restaurants, there are restaurants that specialize in foreign food, such as Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian or French cuisine. The Istanbul Guide and In/Out Istanbul are very good resources for up-to-date information on Istanbul’s restaurants and bars.

A good restaurant website in Turkish iswww.lokanta.com (in Turkish, but search by “semt” which means district.
Take-Out (paket servis): For take-out, www.yemeksepeti.com is very useful (in Turkish, but search by “semt” which means district). You can order your food online through this website and pay when it comes. Restaurants from Zekeriyaköy will deliver to campus, but you need to check with the restaurants beyond Sarıyer. If you want to speak with an actual person from this website (which translates as “food basket.com”) use: 257-4349 or 257-3895. The direct number for the Domino’s Pizza is 218-4170.
Some local restaurants recommended by Koç faculty include:
Sarıyer Area:
Rumeli Kavak:

Güzel Yer Yedi Gün (seafood). On the coastal road overlooking the sea between Sarıyer and Rumeli Kavağı.

Mustaabi   Rumelikavağı İskele Cad. No. 34   Tel: 242 35 17

Şah Balık Restaurant. Mehmet’in Yeri, Rumelikavak, İskele Caddesi, No: 2, 0212 218 2526. Next to sea. Fresh seafood. Reasonable prices.

Yakamoz, Rumeli Kavagı. Also on the shore route past Yedi Gün.
Rumeli Fener & Garipce (closest to campus):
Asma Alti Cafe and Restaurant. Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Garipçe Köyü. 0212 228 1070. Family-owned and run. Tables are in the garden, and they cook fresh fish on their barbecue. Prices are very cheap.

Barinak Restaurant: Fish restaurant located in Rumeli Fener on the shore past the fishing quay. Very good fish and ‘meze’ at very reasonable rates.

Roke 0212 228 1579 Fish restaurant overlooking the jetty in the harbor. Great view. Reasonable.
Sarıyer:

Aquarius Restaurant. On the waterfront between Gima and the Sarıyer Fish Market.

Sarıyer Balıkçı. On the shore route going towards Rumeli Kavak as you leave Sarıyer (excellent, but expensive).

Anzer Sofrası. Ortaçeşme caddesi, No:37 0212 242 1370, Black Sea food. Special meals: Kurufasulye (bean), mihlama (butter, cheese, corn bread), hamsili pilav (rice pilaf with fish).

Sarıyer Spor Klubu. Café next to the fish market that has breakfast, coffee, tea, etc and a great view. Reasonable.

Kireçburnu:



Set Restaurant. About 20 minutes from campus, going on the shore route toward Yeniköy.

Ali Baba Restaurant, adjacent to Set Restaurant.

Urcan Balık Restaurant, Kireçburnu, close to Tarabya.

Pescatore Restaurant, popular fish restaurant with wide variety of ‘meze’. Dine outside or go at an early hour if you want to avoid heavy smoking atmosphere.
Yeniköy:

Tribeca. Great bagels and pizzas.
Zekeriyaköy Area:
Zekeriyaköy Çarşi:
Koz Ocak (meat restaurant)

Pideci (Turkish equivalent of pizza)

Fincan Restaurant



Fincan Café (same ownership, different location)
Beyoğlu/Istiklal Caddesi:
360 Restaurant and Bar: just past the Galata saray Lisesi and Yapi Kredi Bank Cultural Center, same side of the street.

Rejans: old Russian restaurant, off on a side street
Eminönü:

Hamdı Restaurant. Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sok. Great kebabs and view on the balcony, Tel: 0 212 528 03 90 – 512 54 24 – 526 12 42, www.hamdirestaurant.com

Pandeli Restaurant, inside the Mısır Carşısı, up one level. Lovely view of Golden Horn, old restaurant which was famous for its very good Turkish food. Still a treat
2.14 CULTURAL LIFE IN ISTANBUL   
Istanbul has a vibrant cultural life. Its historical monuments reflect the city’s history as the capital of three world empires and more than 1,500 years of history. The city has world-class museums, several concert halls, a vibrant art community, movie theaters throughout the city and several world-class cultural festivals, such as the annual Theatre, Music, Jazz Festivals, and the Biennale.  
The Istanbul Guide has a full listing of the locations and phone numbers of the major cultural sites, concert halls, museums, art galleries and movie theaters.
Museums: İstanbul’s museum scene is growing exponentially. In the past year alone, two major new museums – İstanbul Modern and the Pera Museum – opened. A full listing of museums can be found in the İstanbul Guide.
Some of the major museums include:
Sadberk Hanım Museum: Close to Koç University, about a 15 minute drive, is Sadberk Hanım Museum. The museum is located in Büyükdere, the first village south of Sarıyer. In addition to the museum’s collections, there is a nice garden, where one can sit, read or have tea.
In memory of Vehbi Koç's late wife, Sadberk Hanım, the family, through the Koç Foundation, created Turkey’s first privated-owned museum. The museum is in a 19th century 'yalı' or wooden mansion, the former summer home of the Koç family.
The museum has two 'wings', a Turkish-Islamic arts section, and the archaeological section, or Sevgi Gönül Wing. Originally, the objects on display at the museum were from Sadberk Koç's personal collection of antiques. Through a donation made by a Koç family member, the museum acquired an excellent collection of antiquities, covering the history of Anatolia from Late-Neolithic-early Chalcolithic through Byzantine times.
The address for Sadberk Hanim Museum is Piyasa Caddesi 27-29, Büyükdere, Istanbul. Telephone is 0212-242-38-13/14. The museum is closed on Wednesday.
Archeological Museum: Located in the Topkapı Palace complex. The museum houses an extensive and excellent collection of Greco-Roman and Near Eastern antiquities.
Address is Osman Handi Bey Yokuşu, Gülhane. Telephone is 0212-520-77-40. Closed

Mondays.
Doğançay Museum: Located in the historic Beyoğlu area in an old house, the museum houses the work of famous Turkish painter Burhan Doğgançay. Opened in 2003.


Address is Balo Sokak No.42, Beyoğlu. Telephone is 0212-244-77-70. Closed Mondays.
İstanbul Modern Museum. Opened in December 2004, the museum is Istanbul’s main museum of contemporary art. Located on the waterfront in the Karaköy area. Has nice restaurant and good movie theatre.
Address is Meclisi Meduban Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Salipazarı, Karaköy. www.istanbulmodern.org. Telephone is 0212-334-7300.
Pera Museum. Opened in June, 2005, this state of the art museum, located in a beautiful old building in the historic Beyoğlu area, houses an excellent permanent collection of Orientalist Ottoman paintings, rotating contemporary collections, and interesting permanent collections of weights and pottery. The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation founded the museum.
Address is Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141, Tepebaşı. www.muzepera.org.tr. Telephone is 0212-245-9502.
Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum. Located on the Golden Horn in restored Byzantine buildings, the museum houses objects telling the story of Istanbul’s industrial development. Has a nice cafe-restaurant on the waterfront.
Hasköy Caddesi No. 27, Sütlüce. www.rmk-museum.org.tr. Telephone is 0212-297-66-40. Closed Mondays.
Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. Excellent collection of Islamic objects and antique carpets. Museum is in the palace of Suleyman the Magnificent’s Grand Visier on the old Hippodrome.
Address is At Meydanı 46, Sultanahmet. Telephone is 0212-518-1805. Closed Mondays.
Major Performing Arts Centers:

Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM)

Taksim Square

Tel:  (0212) 251-5600/243-3261

The State Opera, Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and State Theatre Company share this center.  AFK hosts other events, including the International Cultural Festivals, such as the Film, Music and Jazz Festivals. 
İş Bankası Culture Center

İş Bankası Towers – 4. Levent

Tel:  (0212) 316-1560
Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

Harbiye


Tel:  (0212) 231-5497/231-5498 

This concert hall is operated by the İstanbul Municipality. 


Babylon Performance Center (Jazz)

Şeybender Sokak No. 3

Asmalımescit Tünel

Tel:  (0212) 292-7368

 
Turkish Cultural Dance Theatre

Fırat Culture Center

Divanyolu Cad. Çemberlitaş

Tel:   (0212) 517-8692 

“Dances of Colours” is offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Dances from ten regions in Turkey, including whirling dervishes, are included. 
Foundation for Culture and Arts

İstiklal Caddesi

Luvr Apt. No. 10

Beyoğlü


Tel:  (0212) 334-0700 

This foundation organizes the annual International Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz Festivals.  The foundation also organizes the Biennale. 


See the Istanbul Guide for a more extensive listing.

Movie Theaters: Movie theaters are located throughout Istanbul, mainly within shopping centers.  The movie theaters closest to campus are in İstinye and in Maslak, about 30 minutes away.  The names of these two theaters are: 


Cine/Mall, Yeni İstinye Caddesi, Maxi Center 3rd Floor, İstinye, Tel: (0212) 323-5880.
AFM Maslak, Maslak Princess Hotel, Tel: (0212) 285-0695

The Istanbul Guide offers a full listing of movie theaters in Istanbul with addresses and phone numbers.  Most theater complexes have several screens, offering three to six movies at the same time.    
Most foreign films are in English with Turkish subtitles.  Prices range from theatre to theatre but typically vary from approximately 7.5-17 million TL.
Ticket Sales: To purchase tickets to movies, concerts, other arts and cultural events, and sporting events, call Biletix from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm during weekdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekends, use their website, or visit one of their sales' locations (see website for list). In most movie theatres, a specific seat assignment is selected at the time of the ticket purchase.
Biletix

Tel:   (0216) 454-1555



http://www.biletix.com.tr 
Videos and DVDs: Koç University offers movies on campus through the Student Cinema Club. For further information, contact Günes İngin at ext. 1257. Additionally, VHS cassettes and DVDs are available at the Library and at the ELC Lab. The link for videos and DVDs in ELC Lab is: . For further information at the Library, contact Mühtesem Önder at ex. 1320 in the Library. The movies may be taken out for 3 days, at no cost.

 
Art Galleries:  Istanbul’s art galleries are found mainly in the Beyoğlu, Nişantası and 4. Levent areas.  A full listing can be found in the İstanbul Guide.


2.123 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Tömer

Cumhuriyet Mah.

Abidei Hurriyet Sokak No. 43

Sisli


(0212) 230-7083 & (0212) 230-7084

http://www.tomer.ankara.edu.tr

Boğaziçi University

The Language Center

34342 Bebek

(0212) 257-5039

inquiries: language@boun.edu.tr
Taksim Dilmer (another branch of Tömer)

İnonu Caddesi, Tarık Zafer Tunalı Soak 18

Gümüssüyü, Taksim

(0212) 292-9696

http://www.dilmer.com

Pprivate language school started by former Tömer teachers; discounts for spouses of Turkish citizens; 3 or 5 days a week/4 hours a day; 4 and 8 week courses


International House - Etiler

Nispetiye Caddesi, Erdolen Isani No: 38/1

Etiler

(0212) 282-9064 & 282-9065



http://ihturkey.com

part of a UK-based international chain of language schools


Concept Languages – Etiler and on campus

İhsan Aksoy Sok. No:10/3

Çamlık/Etiler/İSTANBUL

0 (212) 257 39 93


2.13 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Tömer

Cumhuriyet Mah.

Abidei Hurriyet Sokak No. 43

Sisli


(0212) 230-7083 & (0212) 230-7084

http://www.tomer.ankara.edu.tr


Boğaziçi University

The Language Center

34342 Bebek

(0212) 257-5039

inquiries: language@boun.edu.tr
Taksim Dilmer (another branch of Tömer)

İnonu Caddesi, Talk Safer Tumulı Soak 18

Gümüssüyü, Taksim

(0212) 292-9696

http://www.dilmer.com

private language school started by former Tömer teachers; discounts for spouses of Turkish citizens; 3 or 5 days a week/4 hours a day; 4 and 8 week courses

International House - Etiler

Nispetiye Caddesi, Erdolen Isani No: 38/1

Etiler

(0212) 282-9064 & 282-9065



http://ihturkey.com

part of a UK-based international chain of language schools


2.134 RESTAURANTS

Apart from traditional Turkish restaurants, there are restaurants that specialize in foreign food, such as Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian or French cuisine. The Istanbul Guide and In/Out Istanbul are very good resources for up-to-date information on Istanbul’s restaurants and bars.

A good restaurant website in Turkish iswww.lokanta.com (in Turkish, but search by “semt” which means district.
Take-Out (paket servis): For take-out, www.yemeksepeti.com is very useful (in Turkish, but search by “semt” which means district). You can order your food online through this website and pay when it comes. Restaurants from ZekeriaköyZekeriyaköy will deliver to campus, but you need to check with the restaurantsones beyond Sarıyer. If you want to speak with an actual person from this website (which translates as “food basket.com”) use: 257-4349 or 257-3895. The direct number for the Domino’s Pizza is 218-4170.

Some local restaurants that have been recommended by Koç faculty include:


Sarıyer Area:
Rumeli Kavak:

Güzel Yer Yedi Gün (seafood). On the coastal road overlooking the sea between Sarıyer and Rumeli Kavağı.

Mustabi   Rumelikavagı İskele Cad. No. 34   Tel: 242 35 17

Yakamoz, Rumeli Kavagı. Also on the shore route past Yedi Gün.

Şah Balık Restaurant. Mehmet’in Yeri, Rumelikavak, İskele Caddesi, No: 2, 0212 218 2526. Next to sea. Fresh seafood. Reasonable prices.

Yakamoz, Rumeli Kavagı. Also on the shore route past Yedi Gün.

Rumeli Fener & Garipce (closest to campus):
Asma Alti Cafe and Restaurant. Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Garipçe Köyü. 0212 228 1070. Family-owned and run. Tables are in the garden, and they cook fresh fish on their barbecue. Prices are very cheap.

Barinak Restaurant: Fish restaurant located in Rumeli Fener on the shore past fishing quay. Very good fish and ‘meze’ at very reasonable rates.

Roke 0212 228 1579 Fish restaurant overlooking the jetty in the harbor. Great view. Reasonable.
Sarıyer:

Aquarius Restaurant. On the waterfront between Gina and the Sarıyer Fish Market.

Sarıyer Balıkcı. On the shore route going towards Rumeli Kavak as you leave Sarıyer (excellent, but expensive).

Anzer Sofrası. Ortaçeşme caddesi, No:37 0212 242 1370, Black Sea food. Special meals: Kurufasulye (bean), mihlama (butter, cheese, corn bread), hamsili pilav (rice pilaf with fish).

Sarıyer Spor Klubu. Café next to the fish market that has breakfast, coffee, tea, etc and a great view. Reasonable.

Kireçburnu:



Set Restaurant. About 20 minutes from campus, going on the shore route toward Yeniköy.

Ali Baba Restaurant, adjacent to Set Restaurant.

Urcan Balık Restaurant, Kireçburnu, close to Tarabya.

Yeniköy:


Tribeca. Great bagels and pizzas.


ZekeriaköyZekeriyaköy Area:
Zekeriyaköy Çarşi:
Koz Ocak (meat restaurant)

Pideci (Turkish equivalent of pizza)

Eminönü:


Hamdıi Restaurant. Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sok. Great kebabs and view on the balcony, Tel: 0 212 528 03 90 – 512 54 24 – 526 12 42, www.hamdirestaurant.com

Pandeli Restaurant, inside the Mıisıir Carşsıisıi, up one level. Lovely view of Golden Horn, old restaurant which was famous for its very good Turkish food. Still a treat

2.145 CULTURAL LIFE IN ISTANBUL   


Istanbul has a vibrant cultural life. In addition to important historical monuments in existence through three world empires and more than 1,500 years, Iİstanbul has world-class museums, several concert halls, a vibrant art community, movie theaters throughout the city and several world-class cultural festivals, such as the annual Theatre, Music, Jazz Festivals, and the Biennale.  
The Istanbul Guide has a full listing of the locations and phone numbers of the major cultural sites, concert halls, museums, art galleries and movie theaters.
Sadberk Hanım Museum: Close to Koç University is Sadberk Hanım Museum. The museum is located in Büyükdere, the first village south of Sarıyer. In addition to the museum’s collections, there is a nice garden, where one can sit, read or have tea.
The museum also serves as a center of culture and the arts through frequently-held exhibitions, conferences, concerts and seminars.
The address for Sadberk Hanim Museum is Piyasa Caddesi 27-29, Büyükdere, Istanbul. Telephone is 242-38-13/14. The museum is closed on Wednesdasy.

The museum is in a 19th century 'yalı', or wooden mansion, that used to be the summer home of the Koç family. In memory of Vehbi Koç's late wife, Sadberk Hanım, the family, through the Koç Foundation, created the museum, the first privately owned one in Turkey.


The museum has two 'wings', a Turkish-Islamic arts section, and the Archaeological Section, or Sevgi Gönül Wing. Origianlly, the objects on display at the museum were from Sadberk Koç's personal collection of antiques. Through a donation made by a Koç family member in 1983, the museum acquired a distinguished collection of antiquities, covering the history of Anatolia from Late-Neolithic-early Chalcolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian Trade Colonies and Hittites, and the Urartu and Phrygian civilizations to Mycenean, Greek, Roman and Byzantint times.
Movie Theaters: Movie theaters are located throughout Istanbul, mainly within shopping centers.  The movie theaters closest to campus are in Maslak and in İstinye, about 30 minutes away.  The names of these two theaters are: 

Seba Maslak, Seba İş Merkezi, Maslak,  Tel: (0212) 286-4672


AFM Maslak, Maslak Princess Hotel, Tel: (0212) 285-0695
Cine/Mall, Yeni İstinye Caddesi, Maxi Centerl 3rd Floor, İstinye, Tel: (0212) 323-5880. www.cinemall.com.tr
The Istanbul Guide offers a full listing of movie theaters in Istanbul with addresses and phone numbers.  Most theater complexes have several screens, offering three to six movies at the same time.    
Most foreign films are in English with Turkish subtitles.  Prices range from theatre to theatre but typically vary from approximately 7.5-17 million TL.
Videos and DVDs: Koç University offers movies on campus through the Student Cinema Club. For further information, contact Günes İngin at ext. 1257. Additionally, VHS cassettes and DVDs are available at the Library and at the ELC Lab. The link for videos and DVDs in ELC Lab is: http://home.ku.edu.tr/~elc/movie/. For further information at the Library, contact Mühtesem Önder at ex. 1320 in the Library. The movies may be taken out for 3 days, at no cost.

 

Major Performing Arts Centres:: 



Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM)

Taksim Square

Tel:  (0212) 251-5600/243-3261

The State Opera, Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and State Theatre Company share this center.  AFK hosts other events, including the International Cultural Festivals, such as the Film, Music and Jazz Festivals 


İş Bankası Culture Center

İş Bankası Towers – 4. Levent

Tel:  (0212) 316-1560

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

Harbiye


Tel:  (0212) 231-5497/231-5498 

This concert hall is operated by the İstanbul Municipality. 


Babylon Performance Center (Jazz)

Şeybender Sokak No. 3

Asmalımescit Tünel

Tel:  (0212) 292-7368

http://www.babylon-ist.com 
Turkish Cultural Dance Theatre

Fırat Culture Center

Divanyolu Cad. Çemberlitaş

Tel:   (0212) 517-8692 

“Dances of Colours” is offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Dances from ten regions in Turkey, including whirling dervishes, are included. 
Foundation for Culture and Arts

İstiklal Caddesi

Luvr Apt. No. 10

Beyoğlü


Tel:  (0212) 334-0700 

This foundation organizes the annual International Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz Festivals.  The foundation also organizes the Biennale. 


See the Istanbul Guide for a more extensive listing.
Ticket Sales: To purchase tickets to movies, concerts, other arts and cultural events, and sporting events, call Biletix from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm during weekdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekends, use their website, or visit one of their sales' locations (see website for list). In most movie theatres, a specific seat assignment is selected at the time of the ticket purchase.
Biletix

Tel:   (0216) 454-1555



http://www.biletix.com.tr 
Art Galleries:  Istanbul’s art galleries are found mainly in the Beyoğlu, Nişantasıi and 4. Levent areas. 

2.15


2.15 CULTURAL LIFE IN ISTANBUL   
Istanbul has a rich cultural life. In addition to important historical monuments in existence through three world empires and more than 1,500 years, İstanbul has world-class museums, several concert halls, a vibrant art community, movie theaters throughout the city and several world-class cultural festivals, such as the Theatre, Music, Jazz Festivals and the Biennale.  The Istanbul Guide has a full listing of the locations and phone numbers of the major cultural sites, concert halls, museums, art galleries and movie theaters.
Sadberk Hanım Museum: Sadberk Hanım Museum is located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Büyükdere, the first village south of Sarıyer. The museum is in a 19th century 'yalı', or wooden mansion, that used to be the summer home of the Koç family. In memory of Vehbi Koç's late wife, Sadberk Hanım, the family, through the Koç Foundation, created the museum, the first privately owned one in Turkey.
The museum has two 'wings', a Turkish-Islamic arts section, and the Archaeological Section, or Sevgi Gönül Wing. Origianlly, the objects on display at the museum were from Sadberk Koç's personal collection of antiques. Through a donation made by a Koç family member in 1983, the museum acquired a distinguished collection of antiquities, covering the history of Anatolia from Late-Neolithic-early Chalcolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian Trade Colonies and Hittites, and the Urartu and Phrygian civilizations to Mycenean, Greek, Roman and Byzantint times.
In the back of the museum is a lovely garden, where one can sit, read or have tea.
In addition to the museum's regular activities, it also serves as a center of culture and the arts through frequently-held exhibitions, conferences, concerts and seminars.
The address for Sadberk Hanim Museum is Piyasa Caddesi 27-29, Büyükdere, Istanbul. Telephone is 242-38-13/14. The museum is closed on Wednesdasy.

Movie Theaters: Movie theaters are located throughout Istanbul, mainly within shopping centers.  The movie theaters closest to campus are in Maslak, about 30 minutes away.  The names of these two theaters are: 

Seba Maslak, Seba İş Merkezi, Maslak  Tel: (0212) 286-4672
AFM Maslak, Maslak Princess Hotel, Tel: (0212) 285-0695
The Istanbul Guide offers a full listing of movie theaters in Istanbul with addresses and phone numbers.  Most theater complexes have several screens, offering three to six movies at the same time.    
Most foreign films are in English with Turkish subtitles.  Prices vary from approximately 6-17 million TL. 
Videos and DVDs: Koç University offers movies on campus through the Student Cinema Club. For further information, contact Didem at ext. 1241. Additionally, VHS cassettes and DVDs are available at the Library and at the ELC Lab. The link for videos and DVDs in ELC Lab is: http://home.ku.edu.tr/~elc/movie/. For further information at the Library, contact Mühtesem Önder at ex. 1320 in the Library. The movies may be taken out for 3 days, at no cost.
Major Performing Arts Centres include: 

Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM)

Taksim Square

Tel:  (0212) 251-5600/243-3261

The State Opera, Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and State Theatre Company share this center.  AFK hosts other events, including the International Cultural Festivals, such as the Film, Music and Jazz Festivals 
İş Bankası Culture Center

İş Bankası Towers – 4. Levent

Tel:  (0212) 316-1560

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

Harbiye


Tel:  (0212) 231-5497/231-5498 

This concert hall is operated by the İstanbul Municipality. 


Babylon Performance Center (Jazz)

Şeybender Sokak No. 3

Asmalımescit Tünel

Tel:  (0212) 292-7368

http://www.babylon-ist.com 
Turkish Cultural Dance Theatre

Fırat Culture Center

Divanyolu Cad. Çemberlitaş

Tel:   (0212) 517-8692 

“Dances of Colours” is offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Dances from ten regions in Turkey, including whirling dervishes, are included. 
Foundation for Culture and Arts

İstiklal Caddesi

Luvr Apt. No. 10

Beyoğlü


Tel:  (0212) 334-0700 

This foundation organizes the annual International Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz Festivals.  The foundation also organizes the Biennale. 


Ticket Sales: To purchase tickets to movies, concerts, other arts and cultural events, and sporting events, call Biletix from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm during weekdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekends, use their website, or visit one of their sales' locations (see website for list). In most movie theatres, a specific seat assignment is selected at the time of the ticket purchase.
Biletix

Tel:   (0216) 454-1555



http://www.biletix.com.tr 
Art Galleries:  Istanbul’s art galleries are found mainly in the Beyoğlu, Nişantasi and 4. Levent areas. 


MMOVING
Don’t Bring: electrical kitchen appliances, hair dryer, cell phones (unless you know for sure that they work here), TV, VCR, DVD (unless they are dual system).,
fitted sIt is not necessary to bring sheets, but heets and mattress pads for American-sized (Mmattress sizes in campus housing are 180 x 180 cm for queen size, and 200 x 180 cm king size). The A-type units have two queen size beds and the B-type have one king and one queen size bed.
Bring: Here are some items that newcomers have found either difficult to find or expensive, or worth bringing if one already has it: Rubbing alcohol (but you can have the pharmacist mix it for you); transformers from US able to carry a high voltage (for computer equipment); some computer software in English, some specialized peripherals; reference books in English; US measuring tools for cooking; down comforters (king & queen); clothing stain remover; for pets: Nature’s Miracle; contact lenses in difficult prescriptions; specific imported toiletry or beauty products. (some may be unavailable or expensive here).
Electronics and Computers: Most electronics are available and reasonable in Turkey. (Digital cameras might be the exception, right now). Turkey runs on 220 voltage. If you have a 110/220 appliance (like a laptop computer), you will need an adapter that fits a “two hole” socket (as opposed to a two lot socket). Carry your laptop in your carry-on luggage; otherwise, you might be asked to declare it at customs in Turkey. If you have to declare any electronic device, you must then leave Turkey with it or pay a fine for “selling it.” If you are carrying a lot of necessary camera equipment, for example, visit a US Customs office and fill out a form so that you won’t have to declare them.
Shipping: Packages from the abroad (whether personal or from online stores) may be stopped by the Turkish government and detained in the Posta Paket Müdürluğu (Package Center) in Cevizlibağ, which is an hour away from campus by car. The Center is run by the government postal service (PTT) with customs inside. If your package gets stopped there, you will be sent a small white paper at the university by regular mail. The customs fees vary. Someone from the University should be able to assist you in retrieving your package.

2.167 CLUBS & LINKS

ARIT A membership organization, Istanbul Friends of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), located in Arnavutköy, provides interesting lectures and tours, given by top scholars. Its Executive Director is Dr. Tony Greenwood

International Women of Istanbul A membership organization of ‘international’ women



http://www.iwi-tr.org Istanbul that organizes many programs, ranging from lectures, lunches to tours for its members

2.17 INTERNET LINKS AND PUBLICATIONS

http://www.iwi-tr.org
www.mymeraba.com is a website providing comprehensive, practical information about living in Turkey, including a calendar of current events in Istanbul.
2.17 CLUBS & LINKS

International Women of Istanbul http://www.iwi-tr.org



2.18 TRAVEL IN ISTANBUL, IN TURKEY, AND ABROAD


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