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Istanbul is the common meeting point of the world

Published by nejla ozmen — 11 days ago

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What is it like to live in Istanbul? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

This city has a wonderful natural wonders that we cannot see anywhere in the World. It's where Europe and Asia collide, the heart of multiple civilisations. The Bosphorus strait draws the city of Istanbul together, connecting its European side to its Asian half with chameleon blue strokes.
Istanbul is in many ways a crossroads. A crossroads between land and sea, Europe and Asia, Byzantine and Islamic architecture, the past and the present. In every way, this variety and the layers of history piled one on top of the other, blossom across the city. It's a great cultural heritage.
Istanbul is one of the most important 5-6 metropolises in the world. The best of all the possibilities and experiences that can give direction to your life is that you get the best.

In the city you can develop in every sense. It's a great cultural heritage.

What is the student lifestyle like in Istanbul?

Istanbul is also a cosmopolitan city. You can meet people from many foreign countries. There are a lot of universities in Istanbul and meeting different people from different universities and departments adds a lot to you.
Istanbul offers serious opportunities in terms of education. There are a lot of courses where you can learn something outside of school. Foreign language learning can be considered as good for starting.
In addition, in a professional sense, Istanbul adds a lot to a student. Internship opportunities are wide. Technical trips, technical training outside the school are man
Cultural events, proximity to the sectors you are studying at university, the environment of finding a job when you are a student, the possibility of meeting people with different backgrounds.

How much does it cost to live in Istanbul?

Education and living expenses in Istanbul when compared with countries such as European countries and United States is more affordable.
In general, 1000 usd per month for a student is enough for all living expenses. (Including rent / dormitory, food and drink, all bills, social life, etc.)
It is also nice to find suitable places for every budget.
Besides, the student can find the opportunity to visit this city as he wishes. Although the district may change from neighborhood to location, there are suitable places for every budget. Enough to experience both culture and historical Istanbul.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Istanbul? Is there any advice you can give?

Many of the major world hotel brands are present in Istanbul. There are also lots of affordable accommodationhotel. And there are also many family run guest house style accommodation options as well.
Accommodation price
• Budget: $30 – $80 USD per night
• Mid-range hotel: $80 – $150 USD per night
• High end – Anything over $150 USD per night
Here are some areas and hotels
1. Sultanahmet neighborhood
It’s a very old part of Istanbul, and it’s home to some of Istanbul’s most famous attractions like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
There are lots of good budget places to stay in Sultanahmet like Hotel Arcadia Blue or the homely Marmara Guesthouse.
2. Taksim Square / Beyoğlu
One of the most central and key points of modern Istanbul is Taksim Square. It’s right in the heart of the city, with shopping and restaurants in the area galore. You’ll find high end hotels like the The Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental, as well as mid ranged hotels.
There are lots of good budget places to stay in Taksim
3. Beşiktaş
It’s an area that’s not far from Taksim Square, but it has more of a local neighborhood feel, and some incredibly good Turkish food.
There are some high end luxury hotels in Beşiktaş like the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus, but also some more budget friendly places like Sunrise Istanbul Hotel.
There are many other areas of Istanbul as well, and plenty of fantastic areas if you want to be a little further out of the center of town. But these three areas are some central locations for convenient transportation and access to Istanbul attractions, shopping, and food.
When you get on the ferry to the Anatolian side, you can find more affordable accommodation options in Kadıköy and Üsküdar.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Istanbul is one of the most ancient cities in the world, packed with history and a food culture that is deliciously exciting.
Döner Kebap
Along with being the most gorgeous vertical roll of meat you’re likely to ever see in your life, the taste of the meat was beautifully charred and juicy at the same time.
Kofte Sandwich Stall (grilled)
Paired with freshly grilled kofte minced meat patties,
Lahmacun is a popular Turkish food of a round of dough that’s topped in a thin meat spread and baked.
Balık Ekmek at Eminönü (fish sandwich)
There are a series of boats where the food stalls set up grill the mackerel. You can take a seat on the pier at one of the boats, and order up a big fish sandwich for a fantastic meal or snack.
And Turkish coffee
That’s full of chocolatey flavor and cardamom.
My favourite dishes are Döner Kebap, Lahmacun, Turkish coffee.

What places would you recommend visiting in Istanbul?

From Byzantium to Constantinople, the city has been a center of civilization and empires for thousands of years.
The history of religion, architecture, and art, are jus a few of the things that make Istanbul such an attractive city.
But here are a few things to do in Istanbul, and as touristy as some of these places are, they are truly breathtaking to visit in person.
Hagia Sophia at Sultanahmet
Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most famous attractions and landmarks of the city.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
Just a short walk from Hagia Sophia is Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace – Completing the trio of the most popular attractions in this Istanbul travel guide, Topkapi Palace is right in the same area.
Süleymaniye Mosque –Along with entering into the mosque you can enjoy some amazing views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus from the gardens.
Istiklal Street and Taksim Square –Istiklal Street is a great place to go shopping and people watching. There’s also a historic tram you can take if you please, and countless restaurants and cafes along Istiklal and on side lanes and streets. Taksim Square, a giant open space and the center of modern Istanbul is well worth checking out as well.
Galata Tower – Sitting on the top of the hill in Beyoğlu, this nine storey tower remained the tallest structure in Istanbul for hundreds of years. You can see at the top and enjoyed some amazing 360 degree views of Istanbul.
Kadıköy area – You can take the boat over to Kadıköy and Üsküdar, to walk around the area. It’s a fantastic Istanbul.
I don't need to count the Bosphorus that just resolves the boredom.

Is it good to eat out in Istanbul? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

There are a near endless amount of restaurants that you can eat at when you’re in Istanbul. Everything is cheap, kind and plentful.

1)Lades Menemen Restaurant (breakfast) – Located just off Istiklal street, Lades is a Turkish breakfast restaurant that is well known for serving menemen, which is a Turkish egg dish

2)Çakmak Kahvaltı Salonu (breakfast) –It is located in Beşiktaş. It was crazy good, especially with bread and all the Turkish breakfast side dishes In this Istanbul travel guide, this was one of my favorite places for breakfast.

3)Şehzade Cağ Kebap (kebab) – Cağ Kebap is a type of kebab. If you love food, it’s something you don’t want to miss eating in Istanbul.

4)Tarihi Karadeniz Döner (doner kebab) at Beşiktaş.
Along with being the most gorgeous vertical roll of meat you’re likely to ever seen in your life, the taste of the meat was beautifully charred and juicy at the same time.
5)Kofte Sandwich Stall (grilled)
The friendly service paired with freshly grilled kofte minced meat patties, all stuffed into bread with spices, was absolutely sensational.

5)Kral Kokoreç (lamb intestines) at Fatih – One of the Turkish foods, which is a number of organs wrapped with baby lamb intestines (in this case) and roasted. There is also a plate of midye dolma sitting on your table when you eat at Kral Kokoreç, and they are worth digging into as well.

6)Zübeyir Ocakbaşı Restaurant (grilled meat) at Beyoğlu
First of all, an ocakbaşı is a type of indoor Turkish grill with a big metal chimney. Words cannot describe how incredibly amazing the lamb kebab was – it was soft and tender, salty and seasoned, and it literally melted on my tongue.
7)Balkan Lokantasi (home-style food)
It’s cafeteria style, and there’s no way I could tell you all the names of the dishes, but you can pretty much eat any kind of home-style Turkish food – from casseroles to stews. It’s a fantastic restaurant in Istanbul to have a feast on a budget.
8)Fish and Meat House (seafood) –
Located in Beyoğlu, near Istiklal Street and Taksim Square, this small family run restaurant is another good place to eat grilled fish and salad. I ordered the grilled sea bream, which was fresh, simple, and cooked perfectly so it was oily and moist.
9)Balıkçı Lokantası Restaurant (seafood) at Kadıköy
10)Fıstık Kebap Lahmacun (lahmacun) at Ortaköy
Lahmacun is a popular Turkish food of a round of dough that’s topped in a thin meat spread and baked.
11)Balık Ekmek at Eminönü (fish sandwich) – Located on Eminönü pier, one of the most famous Istanbul street food dishes to eat is balık ekmek, a sandwich of grilled mackerel. There are a series of boats where the food stalls set up grill the mackerel. You can take a seat on the pier at one of the boats, and order up a big fish sandwich for a fantastic meal or snack.

Is the nightlife good in Istanbul? Where is good to go?

The entertainment life is always lively and animated. Kadikoy, Besiktas, Bebek, Ortakoy, Caddebostan, Taksim and many more important places of entertainment in Istanbul. You can find plenty of places and activities to enjoy with your friends around 24 hours. In addition, the festival and concert traffic is also very busy. Ever day form he student groups to the world stars, the way of everyone to the music tastes of all kinds that pass from Istanbul one day.
Being such a big city with several city centers, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination.
On the Asian side in Caddebostan name of“Barlar sokağı” on a street of pubs on Iskele Street and “Kadife Street”. Both in the Kadıköy district, have a lot to offer. On the European side, nightclubs aren’t concentrated in one location. There are numerous venues spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.
Top 10 Night Clubs in Istanbul
European side
1)Sortie at Ortaköy
An elite ambience, with a picturesque view of Istanbul located by the Bosphorus with a combination of six restaurants and 3 bars, Sortie is one of the best escape places to relax and have fun.
2)Ruby at Ortaköy
Located on the shore of Bosphorus, it goes without saying that this three storey mansion offers a good view as well as a broad variety of food in the garden /balcony with Bosphorus panoramic views. There are two nightclubs, one on the bottom and one on the top floor.
3)360 bar at Beyoğlu.
The venue is located in a penthouse of a 19th century apartment building with 360 degrees fascinating landscape views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara.
4)Babylon Bomonti at Şişli
It features a large variety of music, including jazz, reggae, world music, electronic, Latin or Turkish vibes as well as indie pop and rock acts.
5)Jolly Joker Balans at Beyoğlu
6)Klein at Taksim

What advice would you give future students heading to Istanbul?

You are in the heart of Turkey. You can reach all kinds of activities. And you can see the unique Bosphorus. Istanbul is the common meeting point of the World.
You can get in touch quickly with business centers. Istanbul is in the first place in finding internship and job opportunities.
Culture, art, entertainment, nightlife, history and business are all in Istanbul.

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