Turkey Housing Information

Absolutely Essential Information

Please read this information first.

As a participant on an Arcadia University program, you are guaranteed housing. Your program fee includes accommodation; however you are responsible for purchasing and preparing all of your own meals.

Arcadia University's priority is to provide accommodation that supports your studies and enables you to experience the local culture. Accommodation is selected by Arcadia University based on these factors, in addition to considering safety, security and cost. For these reasons, Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time.

To indicate your housing preferences, submit them using your Arcadia Passport. Before completing this form, you should review the information below as well as the Arcadia University Housing Policy located in the Student Handbook.

In order to consider your preferences, Arcadia must receive your Housing Preferences by the housing deadline. If they are not received before the housing deadline, you will automatically be assigned to available program accommodation.


Housing Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Fall Semester: May 15
  • All Year Programs: May 15
  • Summer Programs: April 15

If you require accommodations for any special needs–including dietary, medical or physical–you should indicate this in your Housing Preferences. Any information will be treated as confidential and will only be shared with those individuals involved in your housing placement.


Living in Turkey

Arcadia provides shared apartments located in the Cihangir neighborhood of Istanbul and is an easy commute to Kadir Has University. Cihangir is located in the Beyoglu district between Taskim Square and Kabatas districts. The area is home to a thriving arts scene and is made up of a mix of residences, cafes, restaurants and businesses. Cihangir is an amazing mixture of centuries old Ottoman streets and 19th century buildings. 

Arcadia Student Apartments 
Arcadia's apartments are located throughout Cihangir, in residential buildings shared by Turkish residences, approximately twenty minute commute to Kadir Has using public transportation.

Each apartment accommodates 4-5 students, with single and double bedrooms and shared living areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. Every room is different, and while Arcadia ensures that all rooms satisfy general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from the Arcadia Center, furnishings or facilities. Kitchens are fully furnished with all necessary crockery and cutlery. Students should expect to eat the majority of their meals at their apartment. There is no meal plan available in Turkey. Turkish heating and cooling systems operate quite differently than those that American students are accustomed to and it may take some time to get used to. Air-conditioning and constant central heating are not standard in typical Turkish homes. During the winter months the heating in most buildings is turned on twice per day for two-hour periods. In the summertime, the apartments are equipped with shutters to keep out the mid-day sun and some of the heat. There is no central air conditioning in most Turkish homes.


Very Important Additional Points

  • Wireless internet access is available in student apartments. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops.

  • Arcadia provides blankets, pillows and bedding. You should plan on bringing your own towels or purchasing after arrival. Arcadia staff can advise you on where to find reasonably priced items.

  • Housing is available throughout the semester, including mid-semester breaks. However, accommodation is not available before the program start date or once the program has ended.