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Londonist at Study Expo Istanbul

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Londonist Team including their Managing Director attended the domestic exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. We asked Elcin Icel and Umang Gandecha to write about their time during Study Expo on behalf of Londonist student accommodation agency. Here's how they experienced the event in Istanbul.


"My name is Umang, the Sales Executive at Londonist. Having just got back from a business trip in Asia, I went to Study Expo Istanbul along with our Managing Director Asım Ertürk and Business Process Co-ordinator Elcin Icel.

I was excited to attend this exhibition as I do not usually deal with the Turkish market so it was a great insight for me to see how the agencies and students were compared to my usual markets in China, Korea and Thailand. It is fair to say that the exhibition was something never seen before with a real size Bronze Studio on show to the students. Having worked in the industry for over 3 years now and having attended many fairs around the world, I can say this was a step into the future for Londonist.


My daily job at Londonist involves explaining the different room types we have to offer so to have a real life room was perfect to show to the students. The studio room even had a real toilet, shower, kitchen and bed which made it easy for the students to see where they would be living if they were to book a room in London through Londonist.

Around 95% of the students at the Study Expo fair were from Turkey and being from London, it was great to interact with the students and speak to them about life in London. It really makes a difference when the students hear first-hand about the accommodation and what they can expect when they move to London.

Along with the life-size room, we had 3D virtual games for the students to interact and enjoy during their time at the fair. At Londonist our brand is innovative, and we are closely in touch with the students daily. Therefore, when we attend these fairs we always want to connect with the students in the best way possible.

The way these fairs are organized are perfect to meet other institutions and agencies. On my final night in Istanbul, there was a gala dinner organised by the fair and I can honestly say it was one of the best nights I had. After a lovely traditional Turkish meal, I got involved in some Turkish dancing with all the agencies. It was really a great way for me not only to connect with the people around me but also with the Turkish culture.


Coming back from Istanbul, it is fair to say the trip was a great success. Having met so many different people over the two days, Londonist has already received great interest in our residences as well as immediate bookings from students. I really look forward to attending this event next year again."


"Hi, my name is Elcin, and I am the Business Process Coordinator at Londonist. On behalf of Londonist, I participated in two fairs in Turkey that lasted 10 days in total.

One of these was the Alphe Istanbul Fair held in Istanbul  which started on the 22nd February. Our aim to participate in this fair was to introduce our new services and locations as an ever-growing and known company in Turkish market and develop relationships with our existing and potential customers.


We had instensive meetings for 2 days with visitor agencies and schools together with our Managing Director Asım Ertürk.


One of the things we always stress on during these meetings with clients is the quality and comfortable accommodation that we offer to our students, as well as having ancillary services which meet all of the requirements customized according to their demands.

To provide a wide range of accommodation options and flexibility in accommodation dates for the students is a difficult and important issues for many agencies. For this reason, as Londonist, we are located in 14 different locations in London and we are able to provide short term accommodation starting from 2 weeks. These are important features which agencies always ask us before they agree to work with us.

After two days with intensive meetings, the StudyExpo Istanbul fair, for which we were one of the main sponsors, came to an end. The concept of this fair is different from Alphe, in that this event was for students."

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