Cost of Living

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 o live on, but also to explore and enjoy the life here in Kayseri. Below is a list of prices for usual buys.

Product Price Product Price
 Bread  (200 gr)  0,45 TL  A kilo of kiwis  3 TL
 A litre of milk  1,5 TL  A bar of chocolate  0,5 TL
 Butter (250 gr)  2,5 TL  A glass of tea  0,5 TL
 A kilo of white cheese  7 TL  A cup of coffee  0,75 TL
 A kilo of cheddar cheese  9 TL  A litre of olive oil  9 TL
 A dozen of eggs  2,5 TL  A litre of vegetable oil  3 TL
 A kilo of chicken meat  7 TL  A kilo of tea  9 TL
 A kilo of beef meat  14 TL  A box of tea ( 40 bags)  3 TL
 A kilo of tomatoes  1 TL  A can of beer  1 TL
 A kilo of potatoes  0,6 TL  A packet of Marlborough  5 TL
 A kilo of sugar  1,8 TL  Bus ticket  1 TL
 A litre of coke  1 TL  Cinema ticket  6 TL
 A kilo of apples  1,5 TL  Ticket for football match  15 TL
 A kilo of oranges  1 TL  Average restaurant meal  10 TL
 A packet of cake  0,5 TL  Daily rent of  a car  75 TL
 A kilo of bananas  4 TL  A litre of petrol  4,2 TL


Kayseri is a lively city and streets are full of people even in the mornings and nights. The shopping is concentrated in the city centre in pedestrian streets where shops are open from 09.00h to 21.00h 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.