Turkey is a country in which, according to PayScale, the average annual salary stands at $45,000. The most frequently chosen occupations are mechanical engineer, software developer and software engineer. Turkey is quite inexpensive if it comes to the cost of living.


Accomodation:

900₺ - 2,600₺ monthly

 

Renting a one bedroom flat in the city centre will cost around 1,360₺ (~$205). If it comes to a place with a bigger space, three bedrooms flat’s rent stands at 2,380₺ (~$350). If you want to save as much money as possible, you can find a flat outside the centre. In this case scenario, you will have to pay around 815₺ (~$120) for a one bedroom flat and 1,400₺ (~$210) for a threes bedroom flat. Bear in mind, however, that you will have to spend much more money and time on transport.

If it comes to the utilities, basic bill for a three bedrooms flat will cost around 310₺ (~$45) and will include heating, water, electricity, etc.


Transport:

5,5₺ - 250₺ monthly

 

One way ticket - 2,65₺ (~$0,4)
Monthly pass at a regular price - 200₺ (~$30)
Taxi start - 4₺ (~$0,6)
Every 1 km in taxi - 2,60₺ (~$0,38)


Groceries:

500₺ - 1,200₺ monthly

 

Loaf of white bread - 2₺
Milk (1l) - 3₺
Eggs (dozen) - 8₺
Cheese (1kg) - 25₺
Chicken breasts (1kg) - 15₺
Beef (1kg) - 53₺
Tomato (1kg) - 4₺
Potato (1kg) - 3₺
Onion (1kg) - 2,5₺
Apples (1kg) - 4₺
Bananas (1kg) - 8₺
Water (1,5l bottle) - 1,5₺

Some additional products:
Imported beer (0.33 bottle) - 10₺
Domestic beer (0.5 bottle) - 8₺
Cigarettes (Marlboro) - 13₺
Bottle of wine - 35₺


Entertainment:

Cinema ticket - 18₺
Cappuccino in a coffee shop - 9₺
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant - 20₺
Three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant - 35₺


Others:

Internet (unlimited data) - 78₺ monthly
Pair of Nike shoes - 280₺
A casual dress in a chain store - 115₺
Pair of jeans - 180₺

 

For a comfortable life, two people living together in Istanbul will need approximately 6,600₺ (~$990) per month.

 

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