Life in North Cyprus

About Cyprus

Cyprus, known as the small pearl of the Mediterranean, is an island with rich history, diverse culture and natural beauty. North Cyprus has six districts; Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta, Morphou, İskele and Lefke.
Cyprus International University, founded in 1997 in Nicosia, the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is a symbol of the contemporary facade of Cyprus, one of the most cultural and historical centers in the Mediterranean. Cyprus lies at the cross-roads of countless ancient civilizations over thousands of years. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus-the northern part of the island-has a reputation as one of the safest countries in the world, with year round beautiful Mediterranean weather and the luxury of being rich in natural and cultural beauty. TRNC is an ideal destination for higher education where students from 110 different nationalities call the island their home. With its untouched natural beauty and endemic flora as well as golden sandy beaches, the students’ academic journey turns into a unique experience.

Life as a student in Nicosia

North Cyprus is a popular study destination because of the quality education that is received here. The capital city of Nicosia, where the campus is located, is a multicultural place to live as it has been influenced by many cultures throughout history. Students can enjoy feeling like they have been thrown back in history as they visit over 100 different historical sites left behind by 12 different civilizations. On weekends and school holidays, student can visit Cyprus’s world class untouched beaches, being only 15 minutes away from the city of Kyrenia and 40 minutes away from Famagusta. Being the most populated city in the TRNC, students have unique opportunities to take part in many cultural and social events and activities, in a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Cyprus Food and Culture

Cyprus cuisine is influenced by Mediterranean dishes encourages people to eat healthy with fresh and seasonal products all year round. Affordable produce can be purchased directly from farmers at Sunday markets, as well as in supermarkets. You will find it surprisingly easy to communicate and make friends with friendly and hospitable local people. Welcoming and hosting guests is a valued tradition and you will likely be invited for local food and drinks. With one of the highest literacy rates in the world and English language widely spoken.


Climate: At least 300 days a year, with sunny and open weather conditions and the warm weather, Cyprus provides an ideal environment for education. Mediterranean climate prevails in Cyprus. The summers are warm and dry, while the winters are warm and rainy. The average annual precipitation is 500 mm. Average temperatures vary between 20-30 ° C in summer and 5-15 ° C in winter.

Electricity: The electricity in the TRNC is the same as in Turkey and is 220/240V A/C 50Hz and three-pronged plugs are used. In order to use all kinds of electric equipment easily, adapters which convert twin sockets to triple sockets, can be found at all the supermarkets easily and cheaply.

Traffic: In North Cyprus, traffic flows from the left lane. Students who holds international driving license, or valid license for the related vehicle class from their home country can drive in North Cyprus.

Language: Official language is Turkish. However, the language spoken by the public has a Turkish Cypriot dialect.

Time: UTC +3 in the summer and UTC +2 in the winter are used in the TRNC.

Currency Unit: The currency in circulation is the Turkish Lira.

Telephone: TRNC phone codes are +90 or 0090. For land lines, the code is +392.

Public Transportation: One of the public transportation methods you can use for daily transportation is buses. You can find these transportations in each city at the bus terminals in your area or from the points on the itinerary.

Postal Code: Postal code '99010' must be added at the end of the address for international mail.

For example: "Telephone Number, Name-Surname, street name, gate number, region name, Nicosia, TRNC, 99010".

Emergency Numbers:

Fire Brigade
Forest Fire



Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital-Nicosia
Kolan British Hospital-Gönyeli
Etik Hospital-Nicosia
Dr. Akçiçek State Hospital- Kyrenia
Kyrenia Military Hospital
Famagusta State Hospital
Cengiz Topel State Hospital-Lefke

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