Since all stakeholders, but primarily researchers, engineers, software developers, entrepreneurs and investors spend a significant part of their daily lives, constant progress is pursued to create a high-quality living space at ODTU TEKNOKENT.
From various catering options to sports facilities, from concerts and exhibitions to miscellaneous art occasions, a lot of alternatives are presented in myriad of fields. While New Year and summer parties are organized to provide ODTU TEKNOKENT’s people with quality time apart from the working hours so as to turn their working space into a preferable environment, a social network of all employees is mediated by means of various other social activities.
Within ODTU TEKNOENT campus are restaurants, cafes, tailor shop, dry cleaner’s, hairdresser and barber shop, ATMs and banks’ branch offices, sports facilities within walking distance, ODTU Library in ODTU campus, supermarket, shoemaker’s, pharmacy, photographer’s studio, copy center, bookstore and lodging/accommodation possibilities within campus.
While the hairdresser and barber shop, tailor shop and dry cleaner’s are present in Galyum Block in ODTU TEKNOKENT; other needs can be fulfilled through shopping at the supermarket and the shopping mall present in ODTU Campus. Within the shopping mall are pharmacy, photographer’s studio, stationery shopping, billiards saloon, boutique, and the bookstore as well as a tailor, shoemaker, hairdresser and barber shop.
In ODTU TEKNOKENT, the following catering options are available;
A la carte restaurant and a café in Ikizler Block,
A la carte restaurant in Gümüş Blocks,
A la carte restaurant and a café in Galyum Block,
A la carte restaurant and a café in Silikon Block,
A la carte restaurant and a café in Titanyum Block
A café in Turk Telekom Building
A la carte restaurant in SATGEB
A la carte restaurant in ODTU MET
A la carte restaurant in OSTİM Center
The shopping mall located in ODTU Campus is open between 08.30 – 23.30 hours and there are restaurants serving various options such as a la carte, fast food, pizza, kebap.
There is a branch office of TC İş Bank in Galyum Block and ATMs of various banks are located behind KOSGEB TEKMER Building. Moreover, located in ODTU Campus shopping mall area are the branch offices and ATMs of İş Bank, Akbank, Vakıflar Bank, Garanti Bank, Halk Bank, Ziraat Bank and Yapı Kredi Bank.
Post office (PTT), which is located near İş Bank office in the shopping mall area in the University Campus serves within 08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 17.00 hours.
ODTU Aysel Sabuncu Wellness Center
Facing ODTU TEKNOKENT SATGEB area, ODTU Aysel Sabuncu Wellness Center serves as guesthouse with a capacity of hosting 66 guests in 6 double, 6 single suits and 24 double, 12 single rooms. All the rooms are meticulously designed such that the needs are satisfied in separate bedroom and living-room settings. Refrigerator, telephone, cable and wireless internet connection, cable TV and 24 hours hot water are available in all the rooms. Moreover, there is a lounge with the forest view equipped with a television, and breakfast is served in the mornings at the wellness center.
For accommodation requests, it is advised to contact ODTU TEKNOKENT Yönetim A.Ş.
Lake Eymir Facilities
Lake Eymir is located within the land of ODTU and is 20 kilometers away from ODTU Campus. The lake with its surroundings provides a recreational area for ODTU students to do canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.
Uludağ Training and Sports Facilities
Uludağ Training and Sports Facilities is located in Uludağ in the hotels region which is 1900 meters up the mountain. In the facility, there are three types of rooms; suit rooms, rooms for 2 persons or rooms with bunkers.
Those who would like to ski, need to commute to the track from the facility and can ask for this service, as well as for renting ski equipment in return for a fee.
To take advantage of the facilities, the application form available at http://stm.metu.edu.tr/formlar (taking into account the deadlines owing to high season around the New Year, semester breaks) and either fax at 312 210 7929 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit in person either to the service building of Social Facilities Management located in ODTU Kent Lodgings area or the one next to the cafeteria.
Sports activities are coordinated by Directorate of Sports Activities within the scope of Office of Health, Culture and Sports. During the academic year, sports facilities are open to users from 09.00 till 23.00, however, the sports facilities are generally reserved for specific hours in the evenings and weekends for sports teams and their training sessions. For tennis and football, field reservations are made daily. Sports Center, however, is open from 08.00 – 17.00 during weekdays, from 14.30 till 20.45 on Saturdays and from 12.00 till 15.30 on Sundays.
Places for Sports Activities:
Open Swimming Pool
Closed Swimming Pool (Olympic)
Closed Sports Center (3 facilities)
Grass Football Stadium (13.000 people tribune and 6 lane track)
Football fields of different sizes (7 fields)
Tennis Courts (15 open - 2 closed) Tennis courts located behind the Large Sports Center and in front of the stadium are used via daily reservations
Open Basketball Fields
Open Volleyball Fields
Table Tennis (Large Sports Center and in various departments)
Yalıncak (6 km) ve Çamlık (2 km) running tracks
American Football Field
Sports Center (fitness hall, computerized cycling and running tracks, squash courts, sports hall, sauna, jakuzi-steam bath, shock shower, vitamin cafe) Sauna and jakuzi-steam bath reservations are made every day for 12.00-15.00 and 18.00 hours. Reservations are finalized after payment. Massage sessions can be reserved every day. Squash reservations are made daily and weekly.
Astroturf Football Field (3 fields) can be used either by monthly membership or via daily reservations.
Except for certain periods of time announced at lib.metu.edu.tr/tr, ODTU Library is open from 8.45 till 23.30 in the weekdays and from 09.00 till 21.00 in the weekends. Besides ODTU students and the academic personnel, ODTU TEKNOKENT personnel can also use the library.
The services provided by ODTU Library are;
Borrowing Books: After filling in the form (can be obtained from the management company) and the approval of the company representative, the form needs to be submitted to the approval of ODTU TEKNOKENT Yönetim A.Ş. Upon approval, the user needs to consult the library. Any ODTU TEKNOKENT employee can borrow 5 books for 30 days, 2 multimedia resources for 2 days. If not reserved for another user, the period for books can be extended twice, for multimedia resources only for once. Through the system, one can reserve 3 resources and if not borrowed within the following three days, the reservation is automatically cancelled.
Use of Electronic Resources: In order to use the resources such as the database and e-journals, one should visit the library in person. Owing to license agreements, only those who have ODTU accounts can reach electronic resources from outside the campus. Other users can access electronic resources via the computers located in the A block of the 1st floor of the library.
Master’s thesis, PhD thesis reference resources and printed journals cannot be borrowed but can either be studied in the library or relevant parts may be photocopied.
The shuttle buses operate from and to the following destinations in the city center and the routes are planned according to the needs of the personnel.
The shuttle buses arrive at the station located near Galyum Block at 09.00 am and depart from the same station at 18.15 pm.
Those companies that would like to benefit from these shuttle services need to contact ODTU TEKNOKENT Yönetim A.Ş.
Upon enactment of Occupational Health and Safety Law No.6331, a Health and Safety Unit has been formed. The services were subcontracted to Öncü Occupational Health and Safety Engineering Consultancy Services, which possess “Common Health and Safety Unit Authorization Certificate”. Common Health and Safety Unit (OSGB) is open to all ODTU TEKNOKENT employees during 09.00-12.00 and 13.00-18.00 during weekdays.
Öncü OSGB, with its specialized team of experts, serves ODTU TEKNOENT not only with a Common Health and Safety Unit, but also with occupational safety expertise, occupational physician and nurses, training activities, risk assessment, engineering services, measurement and analysis services, with an environmental officer for environmental consulting services, Project and investment consulting, grant consultancy, professional training certification approved by the Ministry of Education, courses and seminar Programs, and employment law consultancy services.