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The Turkish currency is Lira (TL). Banknotes include 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL. As coins we have 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuruş.

Shopping in Trabzon

Turkey is cheaper in many respects than most of the western countries. It is also ranked the cheapest OECD country. Most Turkish students live on around 200-300€ per month including the cost of dormitories. For foreign students the Erasmus+ grant should be sufficient not only to live on, but also to explore and enjoy the life here in Trabzon.

Trabzon is a lively city and streets are full of people even in the nights. The shopping is concentrated in the city centre in pedestrian streets where shops are open from 09h to 19h Monday to Saturday. Department stores, groceries and supermarkets are open till 10 o’clock in the evening. Some restaurants and cafes are open till midnight. Sunday is holiday, but many shops are open.

Automatic transaction machines (ATM’s) are widespread both in the town centre and on the campus. They are easy to operate as most have a language key to enable the user to read the instructions in English.

Phone Calls

Public pay phones can be found in almost all academic units besides the post office. They operate on crediphone cards which can be bought from the post offices as well as stationeries. To make an international call, one needs to dial 00 before dialling the international code of the country to be phoned to.

In Turkey, three cell phone companies operate, namely Turkcell, Vodaphone and Avea. All of these companies provide a variety of tariffs responding to the needs of the customers. The students can buy a mobile number from any of these companies and use it with their mobile phones.

Electrical and Electronic Devices

Turkey uses conventional European system in electricity working on 220 volts. The sockets are two-pin.

National Holidays

October 29     Republican Day
January 1   New Year’s Day
April 23    National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
May 19     Youth and Sports Day
August 30   Victory Day

Some important addresses and numbers

For Erasmus+ Office
For Mevlana Exchange Programme Office
For Degree Seeking Students YÖS Coordinatorship
Emergency Numbers in Trabzon
Emergency 112
Fire Brigade 110
Gendarmes 156
Forest Fire 177
Tourist Information 3260740