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Cost of Living in Turkey

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Turkey? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Turkey talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

Is the cost of living in Turkey high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Turkey, they wrote:

"The cost will depend on which part of the country you are living in. Rent in Antalya being far cheaper than in Istanbul. A 2 bedroom apartment in Antalya can cost around 700TL per month, which at present is under 200 pound sterling. Rental costs in Istanbul are or can be extremely expensive and in some areas on par with those in London," remarked another expat in Antalya.

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Will I save money living in Turkey?

"Yes. Costs of electric, gas and water are far cheaper than in the UK. Also taxes are also less. The cost of cars here are more than in the UK, with 2nd hand car prices here very expensive compared to the UK. Petrol and disel prices are if not one of the most expensive in the world, even more than in the UK," remarked another expat in Antalya.

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What is the average cost of housing in Turkey?

If you are thinking about moving to Turkey, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Lower--because in the States I paid rent. My husband had his own home so there's no rent. Yay! However, even if we did pay rent it would be cheaper than back in the US. A person can find a nice apt. for anywhere between 450 to 600 Turkish lira. But 500 TL seems to be more of the average in our neighborhood," explained one expat.

"Much higher. Turkey is very expensive. Don't find a house for less that $5000 a month," said another person in Istanbul.

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What are typical rental prices for expats in Turkey?

"Renting in Mediterranean Turkey can be very affordable for westerners. 1) A 3-bedroom, modest villa in Uzumlu in the mountians near the Mediterranean, with a private pool, can go for as low as 1,500 Turkish lira, or $260/month (not including any utilities or services). 2) By comparison, a first floor, 2 bedroom/1,5 bath apartment with 2 balconies and a sea view is on offer now for 1350 Turkish lira/month in Karagozler, the high-end harbor area. ," commented one expat living in Fethiye, Turkey.

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What appliances are typically included in a rental?

We asked foreigners in Turkey what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included:

"In general, I would say that rentals in this area come with some basics as there are many foreigners with second homes here that they rent out either short or long term. One appliance that is very rare to find is a dryer--most people use drying racks or balcony railings for drying their clothes. Ovens/hobs are powered by propane tanks that you will probably have to purchase yourself. Homes are not insulated, so can be very cold in the winter. Central heating is very different than what it is in the States. It's really more like radiators, which require both electricity AND large propane tanks to power, very expensive. Most Turkish homes use soba stoves instead. And many of the more modern villas have a system of heating that uses the fireplace to distribute heat via pipes throughout the house. You can also buy portable heaters, of which many types are widely available," added another expat.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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