Why North Cyprus

There are more than 100,000 university students from 135 different countries currently enrolled in 19 major universities in North Cyprus. For a quality education at affordable fees, North Cyprus is the choice that thousands of students make every year


  • Quality education at international standards in English.
  • Internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Education in line with the American Credit System.
  • Qualified faculty members at international standards.
  • On-campus education with a wide range of facilities.
  • Affordable tuition fees and moderate living expenses.
  • Excellent facilities for social, cultural and sports activities.
  • Medical insurance, provided by the government of North Cyprus.
  • Transport, shops and entertainment are close at hand.
  • Accommodation on campus and around the city.

Living Expenses

North Cyprus Universities offer affordable tuition and fees as well as accommodation charges, whilst North Cyprus offers moderate living expenses. Estimated average living expenses for international students are 350-600 USD per month.

Food and drinks bought from shops instead of eating out in restaurants can significantly be cheaper. An individual gets to spend around 100 USD every week for grocery items and beverages. All other shopping items as well as services are also very affordable in North Cyprus. Just to give you a broad idea, a haircut costs around 5 USD for men and 10 USD for women; a can of coke costs less than 1 USD and a Burger King meal costs around 5 USD. All in all, North Cyprus offer very affordable living conditions for students and this is among the top reasons why Cyprus is fast becoming a student hub for students from many different countries and cultures.

Finding Accommodation

Most students prefer to stay on-campus especially during first couple years of their studies in North Cyprus. The benefits of staying on-campus goes beyond safety and easy access to lecture halls that are only minutes walk away; residence halls provide the perfect opportunity to meet friends from over sixty different cultures all around the world, easy access to many restaurants across the campus, some of which are open till early hours of the morning, and indoor and outdoor sport facilities, which are present in most of the North Cyprus universities. Residents can also conveniently participate in the activities of one or more of the many student clubs, have easy access to the library facilities of just have fun at the student centers. Travel will also be one less thing to worry about with regular shuttle services that are available in all Cyprus universities.

Despite all the advantages, some students wish to stay off-campus. For those who prefer to stay out of campus, many private dorms and rental flats are available in all major cities such as Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia and Morphou. Prices for rental flats and private dorms vary greatly depending on location and luxury of the place; however, overall, accomodation is quite affordable in North Cyprus.

Health Care

If you need medical treatment due to a sickness or injury during your studies, there is no need to worry, as Northern Cyprus is well equipped with three state hospitals and numerous private hospitals and clinics.

Every student has a health insurance that cover their medical charges (except dentistry, plastic surgery and pregnancy-related conditions) in the state hospitals, and the insurance fee is included in their university’S fees. With this health insurance, students can get routine check-ups or visit emergency room in the public hospitals and Clinic’s, and they could also have surgeries done for free at these institutions.

In state and private hospitals, English is widely spoken and all staff is fully trained in their line of work. The private hospitals generally have the same facilities as the state hospitals but the patients can stay in private room with en-suite bathrooms. The cost of private health care is affordable and the treatment is excellent.

For minor problems, health centers at university campuses and the local pharmacies (locally known as Eczane) can deal with most complaints and can dispense most medication over the counter.


Due to its small population, there are less crimes that take place in North Cyprus compared to more populated and metropolitan countries such as UK, USA, Australia or Malaysia. Cyprus has an excellent reputation for being a safe and friendly place. You can help us keep it that way. A few basic precautions can be enough to protect your belongings.

Crime against students and tourists is not common, but you should keep passports, money and other valuables in a safe place. As regards discrimination, there are no racism and discriminatory actions in North Cyprus; the Cypriots are quite warm and welcoming people to everyone regardless of their cultural, ethnic or religious background.


For those who do not own a vehicle, there are shuttle buses that travel all over the city (both public and private buses in addition to the university shuttle services). Apart from buses, there are several ways you can get around in North Cyprus such as car rental, taxi and minibuses.

Driving in Northern Cyprus is the most advisable form of transport as there are infrequent bus services to many of the more remote areas of the country; and bus services cease to operate after 5:00 p.m. Driving is on the left in North Cyprus similar to most other former British colonies. Traffic and road signs follow the international guidelines. Maximum speed is 100 km/hr on motorways and 30-75 km/hr elsewhere.

Vehicles entering North Cyprus must be insured upon arrival. Road surfaces between major towns and villages are reasonably good, but some mountain and village roads are still unsurfaced, so care should be taken especially in wet weather. Visitors wishing to bring their own car from abroad may do so for a period of up to 3 months provided the vehicle has a valid registration license from its country of origin.

Visitors in Cyprus can drive using a valid international driving license or a valid driving license from their country of origin. Visitors bringing their own cars from abroad will need to purchase insurance upon entry to Northern Cyprus. Most petrol stations are open from 7:00 a.m. and close around 8:00 p.m. Some however, stay open later and there is an increasing number of stations which operate 24 hours a day. Free municipal parking is available in all major towns.


In North Cyprus, we have many brands which you can shop from.  The visitors to North Cyprus can find a wide range of consumer goods and services. Many of the popular imported brand names are readily available and can be found in local supermarkets.

Fresh local produce can be purchased from a variety of markets and small stores at very low costs. VAT (KDV) is levied on most goods and services with rates ranging from 20% down to 2%. There are many provider chains of food supermarkets in North Cyprus. Best selection of shops can be found in Famagusta, Kyrenia and Nicosia.


The culture of a place is always reflected in its kitchen, and Northern Cyprus is no exception. North Cyprus cuisine embodies influences from north (South-Eastern Europe), east (Western Asia), south (northern Africa), and west (Mediterranean) resulting in excellent choices from pasta dishes made of dough, raw and cooked vegetables, different types of seafood and meat kebabs, and finally mouth-watering deserts.

Eating out is popular amongst locals and the choice of cuisine reflects this. In larger towns, a range of international restaurants also offers dishes from around the world.


Currency is the Turkish Lira in North Cyprus. Euro, Sterling, Dollars and other major currencies are also routinely used and exchanged throughout North Cyprus.

Banking in North Cyprus has developed out of Turkish system. Besides Turkish-based and local Turkish-Cypriot banks, in North Cyprus operate affiliate branches of international banks. Most of the banks in Northern Cyprus are private and these have many international ties. The Central Bank of the TRNC takes responsibility for monetary, credit and exchange policy, and acts as banker to the government. North Cyprus banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, except public holidays, between 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.

Most universities accommodate branches of major banks on their campuses so that students can easily manage their finances and receive the funds that are sent by their sponsors.

Jobs and Internships

Students could find part time jobs while studying  such as in bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, or even in their universities. After they graduate, they could find full-time jobs in Hotels, Banks, international companies if they have a good knowledge of Turkish and English.

North Cyprus is currently in need of more lawyers, real estate experts and agents, marketers and business investors. The recent discovery of petrol and oil in the coastline of the island has spurred the need for more working hands as well. The economy still runs on a free market structure and there is a need of a more delineated structure between private and government sectors. Therefore, it seems like more and more international graduates will be looking to stay and work in North Cyprus after they complete their studies.

Sport Activities

There are many fitness centers and closed swimming pools on university campuses or city centers, where you can exercise and train routinely. Many students choose to spend their free times at university sports complexes and enjoy some sort of sports activities with their friends. Apart from leisure-based activities, there is an inter-university sports league in North Cyprus, whereby university teams compete in many different sports ranging from football to tennis, from basketball to handball and from swimming to athletics.

Several beaches in Kyrenia and Famagusta offer a variety of water sports ranging from water skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and jet skiing. Boat tours are available throughout the summer from Kyrenia Harbor, tours are either East or West cost of Kyrenia. It is a great fun to try also go-karting; North Cyprus has the many professional race tracks in line with European Standards.

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