Assistance

Money for your arrival

When you arrive in Istanbul, you will need enough money for immediate expenses such as transportation, accommodation, food and other related costs.  We advise you not to bring large amounts of cash. 

ATMs: Cash is available immediately from Automatic Teller Machines.  There may be a daily limit and fees for using the service. There are ATMs at all campuses.

International Credit Cards: All major credit cards and debit carts are accepted in most places.

Wire transfers: This is the safest way to transfer money. There are two branches of banks and ATMs at Ayazağa Campus.

Currency exchange facilities: Currency exchange in Turkey is common and can be done at various exchange bureaus.

Checks and Traveler’s checks are not used in Turkey.

Weather

In İstanbul, the summers are warm, humid, dry, and clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3°C to 30°C and is rarely below -1°C or above 32°C.

The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 9 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 25°C.

The cool season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 28 to March 25, with an average daily high temperature below 12°C.

 

Summer

In Istanbul, summer comes in June and stays until September with regular temperature of more than 40 °C.  July appears as hottest month with usual temperature of 47 °C. Although, summer is extremely hot, the climate of Istanbul cannot be considered as strictly Mediterranean since there has not been any record of summer draught. All over the season, the winds remain fast with an average speed of 17 km/h and air temperature may climb more than 30°C.  The city witnesses little downpour during these months and air remains humid.

Autumn

Autumn emerges as longest season in Istanbul. During this time, morning fog makes the skies so bright.  However, in the months between September and October, the weather becomes crisp, cloudy and therefore not bright and sunny. The weather in Istanbul appears unreliable during this time, for the whole region climate is an overwhelming combination of lands and seas. The morning fog disappears gradually at noon as the sun shines the sky.

Winter

During winter, nights in Istanbul become cooler and the day temperature fluctuates between 10°C to 12°C. Tourists may experience a little snow but it would not be more than two weeks in the whole wintertime.

Spring

Spring appears particularly in April and lasts till May. It is the best time to visit Istanbul since the weather remains comfortable for tourists with enjoyable temperature, 15°C to 25°C. Officials adorn the parks and gardens in Istanbul with tulips and some other flowers.

 

Public Holidays

The official holidays are given below as a guide. Please check academic calendar for further official dates.

January 1st

New Year Day

April 23rd

National Sovereignty and Children’s day

May 1st

Labor Day

May19th

Day of Commemoration of Atatürk

August 30th

Victory day

October 29th

Republic day



Important and emergency guidelines

Ambulance

112

Police

155

Fire Brigade

110



Useful links

İTÜ official website

www.itu.edu.tr

 

Student Registrar’s Office
www.sis.itu.edu.tr

+902122853400

 

Dormitories and Bursaries Office

www.yurtburs.itu.edu.tr

For dormitories;
+902122857058

For bursaries;

+902122857130

 

İTÜ Libraries

www.library.itu.edu.tr

 

Istanbul Municipality

www.ibb.istanbul/en

 

Istanbul Metro Information

www.metro.istanbul/en

 

Airport Shuttle Services

www.havabus.com

 

Ministry of Culture and Tourism

http://www.kultur.gov.tr/?_dil=2