Practical Information

Residence Permit

1- Visit and click on "e-residence-ikamet" 
2- Click on the first application and follow the steps to fill the form. 
3- The system will give you an appointment date and you will submit all your documents on the appointment date. 
4- Get a tax number: You will apply to Balçova Tax Office with a letter written in Turkish (here is a sample) giving information about your father's name/mother's name/residence address. Don't forget to attach your passport copy) The address of the tax office is "Balçova Vergi Dairesi Şehit Binbaşı Ali Resim Tufan Cad. No:17 Üç Kuyular/ İZMİR. Then they will give your tax number 
5- After you get the tax number, you will pay residence application fee which is 72 TL. You can pay it to either a bank or to the cashier just across the Clock Tower in Konak.
6- Prepare your insurance: You can either choose state insurance (SGK) or private insurance. If you are interested in having private insurance, just let us know so that we guide you. If you want to have state insurance, you can apply directly to SGK office in Balçova (inside Balçova Thermal Office)


Minimum Policy Content

Contracted Institutions
*Non- Contracted Institutions
Annual Minimum Limit
Annual Minimum Limit
Outpatient Diagnosis Treatment
2.000. -TL
Insured: % 40 
Compan: % 60
Insured: % 40 
Company  : % 60
Inpatient Diagnosis Treatment
Insured: % 0
Company: % 100
Insured: % 20
Company: % 80 


Required documents for residence permit:

  • 3 biometric photos 
  • Student certificate and international student information form 
  • Insurance policy 
  • Rent contract showing residence address (If you share the apartment with a friend, then the person who signed the rent contract should visit the immigration office with you on the appointment day)
  • Passport copy 
  • Application fee payment receipt 
  • Rest of the documents that have been listed at the end of your online appointment application 


Your residence permit card will be directly sent to your address. Please pay attention to provide the correct address on your online application for residence permit.

After you get your tax number and residence permit, you can also open a bank account.

İzmir Immigration Office Contact Information 
TEL : 0 232 402 44 62


Turkish national currency is Türk Lirası (TL).  The currency is in the form of the following banknotes and coins:

Available Banknotes Available Coins
200 TL 1.00 TL
100 TL 50 Kuruş
50 TL 25 Kuruş
20 TL 10 Kuruş
10 TL 5 Kuruş
5 TL  


Dormitory 1200 TL/month
Furnished house 1000 TL/month
Household (electricity, gas, etc.) appr. 200 TL/month


Ticket (valid for entire public transport - Bus, Subway, Ferry) 1.65 TL/student İzmirimkart counter, 2.86 TL/adult Kentkart counter.


Breakfast 5-10 TL/meal
Lunch 10-15 TL/meal
Dinner 10-25 TL/meal
Total 25-50 TL/day


Books 30-100 TL/book
Entertainment 30-150 TL/per weekend (wide variety of options for place and prices)


Although Turkey is situated in a large Mediterranean geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other.  While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have cool, rainy winters and hot, moderately dry summers.

During the summer period in İzmir, the temperature is about 30-35 degrees celsius.  Winter temperature is between 5-10 degrees Celsius.  It rarely snows, and the temperature is rarely under zero degree. 

How to Get a Local Mobile Phone Number

It is suggested for exchange students to get a local mobile phone number since it is cheaper to communicate with a local line. The exchange students can get a local mobile phone number simply by applying with their passport to one of the branches of companies such as Turkcell or Vodafone.