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2022-2023

SURVIVAL

GUIDE


CONTENT

FOREWORD

1-WELCOME TO IZMIR!

Climate

Getting to Izmir (by Air, Rail and Road)

2-IZMIR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND the ESN

ESNcard

Our Board

3-GETTING TO IUE

From the Airport

PHOTO

4-ACCOMODATION

General Rent - and Monthly Cost of living

5-SETTLING IN IZMIR

Ögrenci Izmirim Kart (Student Bus Card)

SIM Card

Residence Permit

Muze Kart

What to Eat

What to See

Recommendations from the Koala

Important Numbers

6-END NOTES

1


Foreword

Merhaba!

Congratulations on starting your Erasmus journey at Izmir University of

Economics (IUE).

Sincere greeting and a warm hug from all of us at ESN IUE and from

Skyler – the Koala - our mascot. This Survival Guide has been prepared

to assist you during your stay and help you settle in ASAP. We

recommend you keep this guide and go through it properly before you

arrive.

But keep your chill socks on, your buddy is also here to help you.

Regards, ESN IUE Family.

PREVIOUS EDITOR: OSMAN SAJID,

PREVIOIS DESIGNERS: ECE

YÜKSELEN, GİZEM ÇALIŞKAN

RE-EDITOR: MERT KARTAL

RE-DESIGNER: SILA ALEYNA ÖZDEN

Skyler says

WELCOME!


Turkey’s third largest city is not only known for its ancient history, but also

the many distinct features of its contemporary culture. This gives Izmir a

unique vibe, and it is one of the most important cities in the Aegean in terms

of trade, arts and culture.

The city of Izmir has around 4,000 years of recorded history to its name,

which makes it one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean! By 1500

BC the region was ruled by the ancient Hittite Empire, before it was taken over

by the Lydian and Persian Empires. Izmir then enjoyed an age of prosperity

under the Roman Empire, starting from around 133 BC. In the early 14th century,

the

Ottoman Empire captured Izmir, and by the 16th century it was established as a

modern, international port city. Today you can still see the remnants of the

many empires that

occupied Izmir’s various eras, mixed with the more modern constructions in

the wider Izmir area.

ASANSÖR

EPHESUS

ALAÇATI

3


MAP

We are

Here!

Balçova

CLIMATE

Contrary to popular belief, Izmir unfortunately does not have 365 days of

summer… But there is still plenty of sun: 305 days! Izmir is situated on the

Mediterranean coast, it has relatively mild humid winters, and hot, dry and

sunny summers.

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GETTING TO IZMIR

Izmir is one of the most well-connected cities in Turkey and

can be reached by plane with direct routes from a handful of

European cities, and a couple from the Middle East and Asia. Izmir is

also easily accessible from all the major cities in Turkey by air, train

and road - something that makes travel to and from Izmir quick and

convenient. If you have plans of travelling around Turkey during

your stay in Izmir, it’s the place to be.

By Air

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located 20 km south of the city center, 20 min by car

from the University of Economics. There are several daily flights to catch to most cities in

Turkey, such as Istanbul, Antalya

and Ankara. Most domestic flights are just one hour! Izmir's airport is a relatively new

airport, and is expanding rapidly. A few airlines have

started flying to Izmir directly from Europe, such as SunExpress. There are also regular

domestic and international flights from many Turkish

and European cities to Izmir.

By Rail

Izmir has two big railway stations; Basmane and Alsancak

stations. Basmane, in the city center, connects to regional trains and the Metro. Alsancak,

in the north of the center, is where you can catch

intercity- and commuter trains. There are regular train services from Izmir to Ankara,

Istanbul, Denizli and Aydin. Many other cities can be reached by train if you catch connecting

trains, and going by train is not only environmentally friendly; it is also a great way to

see the Turkish

countryside!

By Road

Reaching Izmir by car or bus is very easy. Travelling by bus in Turkey is very popular, and

the Izmir Bus Terminal is huge and busy, with bus service to all parts of Turkey. Bus tickets

are typically very cheap, and you can go with overnight buses too! This is a great way to save

on travel costs if you want to explore the country.

Minibuses go frequently between Izmir and the smaller towns in the Izmir region;

about every 20 minutes or so throughout the day. These can be catched from either Uckuyular

(close to university) or Bornova. All year round there are regular bus and minibus services

from Uckuyular Bus Terminal to Cesme, Urla, Karaburun, Seferihisar and Gumuldur

districts; where all the nice beaches are!

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IZMIR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS

Izmir University of Economics was established in 2001 by the Izmir Chamber

of Commerce, Education and Health Foundation, as the first foundation

university in Izmir and in the Aegean region as a whole. IUE has a very diverse

and vibrant student culture and is making strides in academics every year,

making it a dynamic university to be in!

6


WHAT IS ESN?

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European student organization, based on the

European Erasmus program. Its goal is to support and develop student exchange

through Erasmus on a local, national and international level, to further intercultural

understanding across borders, and is present in 42 countries.

The ESN Section at IUE has been working in the interest of exchange students for

several years, and we are constantly trying to improve the social and practical

integration for all exchange students at IUE. We value participation, volunteering and

active citizenship both in and outside of the

organization.

ESNcard

The ESNcard is the membership card of the ESN. It gives you access to all the services

offered by ESN and all our partners, and will also give you some discounts and access to

affordable opportunities during your period abroad.

With the ESNcard you will enjoy plenty of discounts not only in Turkey but all over Europe.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in most of the events arranged by ESN in

Izmir, and all over Turkey. The ESNcard is valid for 12 months, and only valid with a photo

and correct personal data. The card is

non transferable.

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MEET WITH US!

Local Board& Board Supporter

of ESN IUE

FALL’22

Aslıhan Olçum- President

Tanay Butur- Vice President

Hilal Anarsay- Local Representative

Eda Yurdakul- Treasurer

Mahsum Kaya- Event Manager

Selen Sangün- Comunication Manager

Sanem Yaman- President of BoA

Sıla Özden-Procedural Auditor

Zelal Acar- HR Coordinator

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GETTING TO IUE

TIPS FROM SKYLER

It can be quite hectic and stressful remembering all the routes, you can download

these apps to get around Izmir easily. Safe travels!

FROM THE AIRPORT

!

IUE is located in the neighbourhood called Balcova, and this is probably

where most of you will find apartments - so this guide on getting to the

university will hopefully help you arrive home! You have three ways to get

from Adnan Menderes Airport to IUE:

Note: To use public transportation you will need to purchase the local

bus card, “Izmirim Kart”. At the airport this can be purchased at the

Izban Station’s Ticket Office, outside the domestic terminal (please

note that you can only pay at these offices by cash). To reach the

domestic terminal, you walk left when you get out in the international

arrivals hall. This card can also be purchased at all Metro and Izban

Stations in Izmir, along with a handful of kiosks (cash only though!).

The card costs around around 10 TRY and one trip is 3.56 TRY during

normal hours, and half during rush hours. The ESHOT Buses at the

airport cost around 8 TRY. The card is empty when purchased, so

make sure to load at least 20 TRY just to be safe. You can find more

information on page 13.

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GETTING TO IUE

By Bus

1. 202- Leaves once an hour

From the airport to

Fahrettin Altay Station (Metro and Tram)

2. 480 or 969

to bus stop called ‘Teleferik’

These will take you directly to IUE. If you are too confused about the bus stop, just ask the

driver for ‘ekonomi universitesi’. The total trip will take around 60 minutes and cost 6 TRY.

The phone apps usually show you on the map where on your journey you are, so hopefully

you won’t get lost!

For the adventurous: If you feel like taking an adventure you can ride on the infamous

‘Dolmus’ once you arrive at Fahrettin Altay. Take the green minibus that has ‘Oyak Sitesi –

Inciralti’ written on the side. The Dolmus follows a route but has no formal stop, so you

have to ask the driver to stop by saying “müsait bir yerde" (moo sigh eet beer yair day)

which more or less means "stop at a convenient place". The dolmus costs 4 TRY.

See this WikiHow article on how to take a Dolmus:

https://www.wikihow.com/Ride-a-Turkish-Dolmus

By Train

You can take the train called ‘Izban’ outside the domestic terminal and take it towards

the ‘Aliaga’ direction. You can ride it until Hilal (or Halkapinar) Station, and from there

change the train lines from Izban to Metro, and ride the Metro towards the Fahrettin Altay

Station (end station). Once you are at F. Altay, exit the Metro from the Pazaryeri or Terminal

exit and follow the instruction above for how to take the bus. Total trip will take almost 90

minutes and cost 9 TRY.

By Taxi

!

Please note on the Izban you pay by the kilometers

you have travelled, so makessure you swipe your card

on the on the orange both once you exit.

Perhaps the easiest way to arrive on the first day, but also the most expensive:

You can take a taxi directly to IUE from outside of the Terminals. This will cost you

between 70 to 80 TRY (12 euro). Make sure the taximeter is on (usually not a

problem)

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ACCOMMODATION

Finding the perfect apartment can be stressful, but don’t worry, because we

will try to make things as easy as possible for all incoming students. You have th

ree options when trying to find your apartment:

The most common arrangement for exchange students is that you find

someone from whom you can sub-rent a room. There are many IUE students

who are renting out spare rooms. The best way to find an apartment like this is

on Facebook, there are several groups where people are asking and posting

information regarding free rooms.

The second option is to ask a real estate agency to find an apartment for you.

They will take a commission for this, equal to one-month worth of rent, in

addition to the deposit. This total sum, for one month rent, deposit and

commission can be up to 6000 TRY (900 euros), if your rent is 2000 TRY. You will of

course get your deposit back at the end of your stay (unless you break

something), but this option is still quite expensive, especially when your stay will

be only five months.

Lastly, the third option is to find an apartment yourself, and rent directly from

the landlord. Unless you already speak Turkish this can be a difficult process,

and we don’t generally recommend this.

Dikkat! (Watch out!)

Bills are very easy to pay in Turkey, but make sure

you pay on time, otherwise your electricity, water

!

etc. will be cut off. Bills are paid at all banks,

mobile phone stores and specialized shops

around your neighborhood. In addition to service

bills, almost all apartments in Turkey have a

monthly maintenance fee called Aydat

(pronounced like "eye-dot"). This is a monthly

payment which covers common area lighting,

cleaning, elevator maintenance, and the salary

of the kapıcı (doorman), if there is one.

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ACCOMMODATION

Links for finding apartments:

Facebook groups:

•https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieuerasmus/

•https://www.facebook.com/groups/743754149046209/?ref=br_rs

•https://www.facebook.com/groups/1378013155793390/

•https://www.facebook.com/groups/foreignersizmir/

Websites:

-www.sahibinden.com: (sahibinden means "from the owner," but you'll also see

property companies advertising there as well. Look for "Emlak" (real estate, or

property) and "Konut" (Residence)

-www.hurriyetemlak.com: Look for "Konut" (Residence). It has English listings.

-www.milliyetemlak.com: This one has English listings also.

!

Note: We are not endorsed or in contact with any of the group’s owners. Also please

be careful of scammers – We don’t recommend that you pay them the full amount of

what they ask prior to your arrival and make sure you verify the address and location

of the apartment.

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SETTLING IN IZMIR

To make your first few weeks in Izmir as smooth as possible, we have

gathered some information and tips on how to get settled quickly.

ÖĞRENCİ İZMİRİM KART (Student Bus Card)

For this you need to headover to Konak. The office is close to the metro exit

that goes towards the clock tower. Head in to the office, go to the reception and

tell them you are an erasmus student. They will send you to a desk specifically

for International and Erasmus Students.

Once you submit all this, you will receive

your student transportation card on the spot.

!

Documents you will need:

- Student Certificate

- Biometric pictures

- Bank deposit worth 20 TRY

All transportation cards are prepaid, and you can only charge the bus cards

via cash! Be careful while putting bills in the machines as they don’t give back

change. To charge the cards you can simply go to any metro station, and use

the machines there or go to any shop in your neighbourhood that has the sign

‘Kart Dolum’ or ‘Izmirim Kart Noktasi’. The machines at the metro and izban

stations have English language. Or you can use ESHOT MOBIL app for loading

money to your card.

Address: Milli Kütüphane Cad. No:41/P Konak Centre KONAK-İZMİR

Note: . You can also buy normal İzmirim Kart from some shops. Difference

between student and normal is, it is cheaper to travel with student card

normal card

student card

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SETTLING IN IZMIR

SIM Card

To use data. It will be expensive to call your parents. There’s no “roam like

home” in Turkey…

There are three mobile operators in Turkey: Turkcell, Vodafone, and Türk

Telekom. Turkcell has the greatest coverage and most customers, and is the

best option for most visitors to Turkey. It’s the company I chose to go with.

Vodafone sits in second place in terms of both coverage and subscribers.

It’s a reasonable alternative if you need vast amounts of data, as it offers

largerprepaid data package options than Turkcell

.

Türk Telekom is the smallest operator, with the least coverage outside the major

towns and cities. There’s no reason for you to go with it, unless you plan to only

visit larger centres and cities and happen to come across a particularly good

price.

!!!!

.

Note that all foreign phones will stop working 120

days after they are first used in Turkey, unless you visit

a tax office and pay a significant fee to register them.

This won’t affect the vast majority of short-term

Erasmus students, but is something to bear in mind

if you plan to use your device for a long period inside

Turkey

All three operators have stores on the arrival terminals at most

airports in Turkey. So, you don’t have to set a foot inside the country

without coverage. Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a high

cost, operators at the airport will charge extra. We recommend you

use roaming upon arrival as you’ll find cheaper rates once you’re

in the city and you purchase it from the operators there. You only

need your passport during purchase. The average price for the first

time is 100 TRY* which includes the sim card and first package.

*Price may vary

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RESIDENCE PERMIT

This is probably the most stressful task you will have during your semester

but no worries – we are here to make this process as kolay (easy) as possible.

Documents you will need:

- Residence Permit Application: printed and signed

- Passport: Original, a copy of the picture page,

and a copy of your entry stamp page

- 4 Biometric photos

- Health Insurance and a copy of it

- Student Certificate from IEU

- Notarized Address Document or Contract

!- Proof of payment

LET’S START!

1. Tax Number:

To get this you need to go to Balcova Vergi Dairesi (Balcova Tax Office).

The only thing needed for this is your passport & a copy of your passport. They

will ask you to fill a simple form asking address, date of birth and your parents

name etc. This will take 15 minutes and is a simple and easy process. Also

while getting your tax number you can pay for residence permit in advance at

the Cashiers Desk (Vezne). Before paying check step 4 and 6. We recommend

that you wait till you complete the online form.

Address: Fahrettin Altay, 65/20. Sk. No:2, 35140 Karabağlar/İzmir (Google Maps

Code: 93W8+G5 İzmir) It is on walking distance from F. Altay Metro Station.

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2. Insurance:

For those who have health insurances from the countries given below, you can

check its validity through the agreement codes. You might need to ask your insurance

provider for the code and information.

If the insurance agreement code

matches with your insurance code

!

(will either be on your Policy document

or you will need to ask for it), you can

go to the General Health Services Office

(SGK). They will then register you in the

system, and give you two copies of a

document that states you have been

registered. One of these copies is for

the Immigration Office, the other is for

you to keep.

If your code doesn’t match with the table, we ask you to contact the

International office at the university or go to the SGK office with the copy of your

insurance, the address is given below.

Otherwise you will have to get a insurance here, which meets the following

minimum requirements:

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RESIDENCE PERMIT

SGK office: SGK Yurtdisi Hesaplama ve Saglik Isleri Birimi, Milli Kütüphane Cd.

37-35 Konak 35250 Konak/İzmir (Google Maps Code: C48H+JM İzmir)

3. Pictures:

If you don’t already have, take biometric photos. Go to a photography studio

and they will give you the type of picture you need, just tell them it is for

Ikamet. You need 4 prints, but remember to get a digital copy as well because

you will need to upload one on the online form. There are several studios in

Balcova, on Ata or Sakarya caddesi.

4. Complete the online application on the Goc Idaresi

(Immigration Dept.) website:

You will need to upload the digital copy of your biometric photo. You will

also need to give your insurance policy number and student details to

complete your application, and only then will you be able to complete the

form and make an appointment.

The website is very buggy and will give errors constantly if you try to do it in

English, so you are better off doing it in Turkish. Just use Chrome and it will

automatically translate system will ask you to pay your residence fee online

but it doesn’t work, so just go and pay it in person (see step 6).

Website: https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/

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RESIDENCE PERMIT

5. Address Document:

If you have a rent contract on your name, you just need to go to the Notary Public

(Noter) and get it notarized – the cost of notarizing varies from office to office

because it’s a private institution. You can find these offices throughout Balcova. They

might ask for a copy of the owner of the flat’s ID, but this rarely happens.

Address: Noter, Eğitim, Gazi Osman Paşa Sk. 19 B, 35330 Balçova/İzmir

If the rent contract does not have your name on it, or you don’t even have one, just

go with your landlord or with the person who is sub-renting you the apartment, and

ask him to make a declaration at the office that you are staying with him. Note: your

flatmate can only make the declaration if he/she has their name on the contract, or

his/her name is on the utility bills. Your flatmate will then need to first go to the

Public Registry (Nufus) and register.

Balcova Ilce Nufus Mud. (Local Registrate) Address: Korutürk, Yonca Sk. No:19, 35330

Balçova/İzmir (Google Maps Code: 92RW+VX Balçova, İzmir)

After that, he/she can help you with the Address document at the Notary. Normally

this will cost somewhere between 70 and 140 TRY. Price may still vary.

6. Residence Permit Fee:

You can pay this in Konak or Balcova Tax Office .You will be able to see the amount

you have to pay once you have completed and printed the online application. The

amount you are required to pay is on the first page of your application.

Address: Vergi Dairesi Balcova – Vergi Dairesi Konak Address

By now you should have everything done!

You need to be at the Immigration Office on your appointment date and time. The

Konak streets are small, so might take some time to find the office. Try to be there at

least 15 minutes earlier and get your number. Once you are there, it is a quite quick

and smooth procedure! Pro tip: If you are nice to them and patient, they will give you

tea.

Address: İl Göç idaresi Müdürlüğü Konak, 855. Sk. No:40, 35250 Konak/İzmir (Google

Maps Code: C4CJ+4J İzmir)

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RESIDENCE PERMIT

Documents you will need:

- Residence Permit Application: printed and signed

- Passport: Original, a copy of the picture page, and

a copy of your entry stamp page

- 4 Biometric photos

- Health Insurance and a copy of it

- Student Certificate from IEU

- Notarized Address Document or Contract !- Proof of payment

Once you give them all these documents and fingerprints you are done!

You will get a printed temporary residence permit, and your card will arrive

at the post office or your home address within 20 days – You will receive a

text message when it is there.

Hopefully you are done with your permit and you can put your headphones

on and celebrate with this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4UqMyldS7Q

Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

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WHAT TO SEE IN TURKEY

ISTANBUL

- Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahçe

& Topkapı Palace,Galata Tower...

CAPPADOCIA

PAMUKKALE

SALT LAKE

SUMELA MONASTERY

UZUN GÖL

ANKARA

-Anıtkabir, Kocatepe

Mosque,Atakule

ANTALYA

-Aspendos,Düden

& Manavgat Waterfalls,Patara

MOUNT NEMRUT

MARDIN

BURSA

-Uludağ,Grand Mosque

ESKİŞEHİR

LAKE SALDA

MUĞLA

-Butterfly Valley, Ölüdeniz

Bodrum,Marmaris

GAZİANTEP

PAMUKKALE

CAPPADOCIA

BUTTERFLY VALLEY

ISTANBUL

MOUNT NEMRUT

SUMELA MONASTERY

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WHAT TO SEE IN IZMIR

Clock Tower

Kemeraltı-Kızlarağası Hanı

Çeşme & Alaçatı

Hisar Cami

Salepçioğlu Cami

Archeological Museum

Karşıyaka and Bostanlı

Şirince Village

Agora Open Air Museum

Asansör ve Darío Moreno Sokak

Urla Sanat Sokağı

Kıbrıs Şehitleri-Kordon (Alsancak)

Pergamon

History and Arts Museum

Konak Pier

Ephesus

Folkart Gallery

Nese Karikultur Muzesi

Resim ve Heykel Muzesi

Ahmet Adnan Saygun

Bostanli Acikhava Tiyatrosu

Bornova Devlet Operasi

Arkas Sanat Merkezi

Virgin Mary Church

KEMERALTI

ŞİRİNCE VILLAGE

KONAK PIER

ÇEŞME

MUZE KART

Turkey is a country with a rich history and traditions, and is blessed with plenty of

cultural, historical and archaeological sites but seeing all the Museums and

historical sites can be very expensive at times so we recommend you get a Muze

kart. The Müzekart gives you entry to more than 300 attractions across the country

managed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Holders of the card can

avoid lines at larger sites (using the group entrance) and are also entitled to

discounts at other museums, cafes, and so on. The card can be purchased from

all ticketing booths outside museums, and costs 30 TRY. You just need your

student ID for the process.

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WHAT TO EAT IN TURKEY

Turkish Breakfast

İskender

Döner

Kebab Varieties

Pide

Lahmacun

Mantı

Çiğ Köfte

Beyti

kumpir

Çorba Varieties

Mezes-Rakı

Tandır

İçli Köfte

Mercimek Köfte

Sarma

İmam Bayıldı

Börek

Simit

Boyoz

Dolma

Turşu,Turşu Suyu

(best for hangover)

Sahlep

Kısır

Hamsili Pilav

Tantuni

Gözleme

Menemen

Lokma

Hünkar Beğendi

Boza

Baklava

Güllaç

Ekmek Kadayıfı

Künefe

Revani

Sütlaç

Helva

Lokum

And Many More...

Let’s not

forget about

Turkish Coffee!

Tips From Skyler:

After Meals!

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CONTACT

1. ESN IUE BOARD MEMBERS

2. IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Medical Emergency -

Fire Department -

Police -

112

END NOTES

Thank you to all these people that helped in preparing the guide

Sami, Ayesha, Karoline, Candan

For suggestions and improvements, contact silaozdenn@gmail.com

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