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Cost of living in Istanbul
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shalana wrote:
If you're lucky, you can find a one bedroom flat for 750 tl per month. One bedroom flats aren't that common. Studios are also not common and will run around 650 tl per month. If you want a two bedroom, you can expect to pay 1000 to 1200. I lived in a 2 bedroom a year ago. It was 1000 per month and about 90-100 square meters, unfurnished, in Şişli (not far from Taksim). I had a roommate whose bedroom was large. Mine was small. Two years ago, I was in a large three bedroom flat with 2 other people and paid 650 tl per month.

To get a good idea of costs, look at craigslist under flats and under shared accomodation for Turkey to get a better idea. Almost all of the ads are for Istanbul.

Thanks. Yeah those are around the figures I've seen. I'm a little shocked by the salaries on offer. Crying or Very sad Basic costs when I was there last year were about the same as Valencia and entertainment seemed to cost more in Istanbul. Yet in Valencia you can get 16 euros an hour which is about 35 TL and Spain is also pretty far from being an economic powerhouse at the moment. Is it really impossible to get 25 TL an hour? That would be the absolute minimum I'd consider it for. How plentiful are privates and what would they normally pay these days? I've CELTA and 9 years experience but unfortunately didn't finish my degree.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is possible to get 25 tl per hour in a couple of ways. One way is to get private students. The prices vary for private students. I have seen people charge as little as 30 tl per hour and as much as 150 tl per hour. The average seems to be around 50-70 tl per hour. The problem with private students is they can be and often are unreliable - cancelling a lesson at the last minute or cancelling all future lessons with little or no notice.

The other way is to work for a language school or recruiter that offers private lessons to students. The typical wage for these lessons is 25-35 tl per hour depending on if the student comes into the school for the lesson or the teacher goes to the student's home or place of business.

A third way would be to work at a university that offers a good monthly salary. But, if you didn't finish your degree, I'm not sure what your chances are to get into a uni. They may be better at a private uni than a public one as YOK (ministry of education) has specific rules about who can be hired at a public uni and the private unis seem to have more freedom about what they do and don't do.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I forgot to answer one of your questions. I'm not sure how plentiful privates are. A friend of mine in Istanbul has pretty much survived on private lessons for the past two years either that she got on her own or through working part time for a school. The worst thing about them is they are unreliable and oftentimes when they have to quit lessons for personal reasons and say they will start back up later, they rarely do. The only way to protect yourself from this kind of thing is to take on more students than you need.

As far as working at a language school and teaching regular classes, I don't think any are paying as much as 25 tl these days. I actually got paid that much for awhile at English Time back in 2007/2008, but they discontinued the high wages after about 6-8 months. They started people out at average wages and then gave everyone a huge pay raise and then later decided (I guess) that they couldn't afford it and lowered the wages again. Now, I think their salary range is 16-20 tl per hour.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Privates Reply with quote

Price of rents varies dramatically depending on where you live. Bakirköy for example is far cheaper than Kadiköy or Taskim, and I imagine as you go further out, things get cheaper still. The fact of the matter is that Istanbul is still cheaper than equivalent places back where I'm from (and I'd imagine this is true for other East Coast Americans and most Britons).

One thing I was told is that both male and female Turkish students prefer female teachers for private lessons. I don't know how true this is, just anecdotal evidence from one teacher, but it's plausible and worth mentioning.

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