Expat Neighborhoods

Common expat neighborhoods include:

• Arnavutkoy
• Bebek
• Etiler
• Ortakoy
• Ulus Levent
• Zincirlikuyu Emirgan
• Istinye
• Maslak
• Rumeli Hisari
• Zekeriyaköy
• Göktürk
• Tarabya
• Yenikoy Bomonti
• Fulya
• Mecidiyekoy
• Nisantasi
• Tesvikiye Cihangir
• Galatasaray
• Gumussuyu
• Taksim
• Alkent 2000
• Toskana Vadisi Evleri Fenerbahce
• Göztepe (including Bagdat Avenue)
• Suadiye Acarkent
• Acarkent Complex
• Beykoz Konaklari
• Cubuklu Vadi
• Engelky Mesa
• Atasehir Çekmeköy
• Ümraniye

Rental Housing Cost

Rent depends on the type, size, and location of the property:

• 1 Bed: 500 – 1,500 USD
• 2 Bed: 1,000 – 2,500 USD
• 3 Bed: 1,500 – 4,500 USD

• 3 Bed: 3,500 – 6,000 USD
• 4 Bed: 4,000 – 9,000 USD

Additional fees may include: monthly utility bills, building/compound management fees and maintenance of garden and/or pool.

Local Details


Many expats live in Istanbul’s suburbs but do have their own vehicles. However, for those living centrally, it is often more efficient to use the public transportation system consisting of buses, trams, metro, and taxis.

Fun Facts

Istanbul has been the capital of some of the biggest empires: Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman. It is now Turkey’s largest city with over 13 million people (more than the population of Belgium) and the second largest in the world by population within city limits. However, it’s not Turkey’s capital. Ankara has been the capital since Turkey was proclaimed a republic by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923.

Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents: Asia and Europe.

Tulips, the symbol of Holland, originated in Istanbul and were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands.

Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875. It’s 573 meters long and located in the Beyoglu district.

Tea has become a national drink only recently. Before that it was Turkish coffee but when it became expensive and tea leaves could be grown in the Black Sea region, tea took its place. Coffee cannot be produced in Turkey because of the unfavorable climate for its production.

Local Currency

Turkish Lira