Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart and also with a population about of 15 million, is the third-largest city in the world by population within city limits.

Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. 

The cost of living for a student, depends on the student’s location, lifestyle and which degree course s/he attend, ranges between 350 and 500 Turkish Liras per month.

Accommodation: Between 150 and 300 TL. 

Expenses: Approximately 100-200 TL per month (food, transport and a variety of other expenses)

Academic expenses: Approximately 50-100 TL per semester (books, photocopies, etc).