ANKARA AND BİLKENT'S ENVIRONS
The Bilkent campuses are located in a recently developed suburban area. There is a new shopping mall within walking distance with many good stores and restaurants.
Also within walking distance is Sports International with state- of-the-art gym equipment and facilities. This club also has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and squash courts as well as a bar and restaurants.
Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center, which is situated on the edge of the East Campus, offers all the facilities of a five-star hotel, including an outdoor swimming pool and outdoor cinema during the summer months.
Ankara is located in the heart of the Anatolian region and has been the crossroads of many civilizations dating back to the Bronze Age. The city owes its existence to its location at the intersection of north-south and east-west trade routes across the Anatolian plateau. The late Bronze Age Hittites and Iron Age Phrygians were the earliest inhabitants who can be named. The town prospered under the Romans, and the Temple of Augustus still stands with an important Greek and Latin inscription recording the deeds of the Emperor Augustus carved on its outer walls. The Byzantines were responsible for the fortifications that still guard the citadel. The Seljuk Turks took the city after 1071. They built the Arslanhane Mosque, which is located just outside the citadel walls. Eventually, the Ottomans assumed control and Ankara remained Ottoman until the end of the empire.
In 1923 Ankara became the capital of the Turkish Republic under its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Today, modern Ankara has two centers. Ulus and the adjacent citadel mark the ancient and medieval town, which has retained its unique Turkish atmosphere. Old houses and shops selling traditional crafts and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations give Ulus and the citadel a traditional picturesque character.
The Ataturk Boulevard, Ankara's main thoroughfare links Ulus with Kizilay, representing the heart of the modern city. The road continues south to Cankaya, a district dominated by the Presidential Palace and where most of the embassies are situated. Ankara is a modern, well-planned city, with wide boulevards, parks, restaurants, cultural activities and museums. The presence of several universities, in addition to Bilkent, ensures a large student and professional population. The city has much to offer in terms of operas, theatrical performances, concerts, lectures and also events organized by foreign embassies. Its location in the center of Turkey makes it a convenient hub for travel by means of the excellent network of private long-distance bus companies.
Ankara is subject to the weather patterns of Central Anatolia. While the spring and autumn seasons are generally moderate with temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) to around 20 °C (70 "F), the winter and summer seasons can be subject to extremes.
Between June and September, the weather is often hot and dry with daytime temperatures around 32 °C (90 °F). However, the winter season between November and March can be changeable with temperatures as low as -10 °C (10 °F) and as high as 10 °C (50 °F) with perhaps several very cold days followed by more moderate temperatures. Snow or rain alternate with periods of clear and bright weather. Students are recommended to bring attire appropriate for all seasons.