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What do I need to know before moving to Izmir?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Izmir, they said...

"Izmir is one of the most populated cities in Turkey and has a big expat community. It has mild winters and hot summers, so it's important to be prepared with the appropriate clothing and goods. Public transportation is convenient, with a metro, trams, and buses connecting the city. The majority of people speak Turkish, however many locals speak some English and if you want to study the language there are many courses and schools that can help. The cost of living in Izmir is low compared to other cities in Turkey, and there are many inexpensive options for food and accommodation. Besides the traditional culture that Turkey is known for, Izmir offers a vibrant nightlife, beaches, and cultural festivals. It's important to note that there are major seasonal differences in Izmir, with some months being extremely hot, so be sure to plan ahead," commented one expat who made the move to Izmir, Turkey.

"I know an expat who moved her stuff from abroad to Izmir by boat and that was costly. I would suggest just buying furniture here there's lot of designs and styles. Bring what you can from home in your suitcases and even if you have to pay an $50 bucks for an extra suitcase, it's worth it if the contents mean a lot to you. Find a neighborhood that feels comfortable and pleasant to you. It's important to like what you see when you look out the window and walk down the street. I like how all the apartments in my area are different architecturally and it's pleasing to the eye. The streets are tree-lined and it's not very noisy. So, make sure you feel good about the place you're in," remarked another expat in Izmir, Turkey.

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