Moving to Istanbul
Are you planning on moving to Istanbul? The city has one foot in Europe and one in Asia and is a vibrant, multicultural city where East meets West. As an expat in Istanbul, you will never be bored; you can enjoy the many historical landmarks, enjoy the nightlife and many excellent restaurants and explore the Grand Bazaar.
Compared with the rest of Turkey, Istanbul has a much higher cost of living, with petrol prices being particularly steep when compared to Europe.
Most expats will find employment working in finance, real estate, tourism and teaching. All expats intending to work in Turkey will require a work permit, however, the government only issues a limited number of permits as a result of the country’s high unemployment rate, so it would be wise to arrange this before your move.
Accommodation if you are thinking of moving to Istanbul
There is a wide choice of property available in Istanbul; almost all expats choose to rent apartments, houses or in condominiums. Most apartments are rented out unfurnished with the duration of the lease being one year.
It would be wise for expats to enlist the services of a real estate agent who can speak English and who is used to dealing with expats. The following site has a selection of properties: http://www.turkeyexpert.com/
Schools if moving to Istanbul
Expat children can attend Turkish schools but the standard of education may not match the UK and the language may be an issue. Most expats choose to educate their children at international schools, which follow the same curriculum as at home.
Most international schools offer students the opportunity to learn Turkish and arrange activities to help children to integrate into the Turkish culture. However, tuition fees are very expensive and spaces are often limited.
Help to select a school can be found at: http://www.learn4good.com
Local Information if moving to Istanbul
When you first move to a new city finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way http://www.expatarrivals.com
Travel if moving to Istanbul
Istanbul has a well-organised bus network and travel in this way is cheap and easy. Most buses are air-conditioned and offer a good service.
Istanbul also has a large fleet of taxis, which are yellow and will get you across the city at a reasonable price. Tipping is not expected but will be appreciated.
Currency Conversion If Moving To Istanbul
The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (YTL), which is divided into 100 kurus.
When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm.
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