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Living and Studying in Oslo

Bjørknes University College is located in the centre of Oslo, in the St. Hanshaugen neighbourhood, a popular and trendy district only five minutes from the down town area. More than 1200 students choose to study in Oslo at Bjørknes University College every year.

Budget and Housing

It’s no secret that the cost of living in Norway is high. But Oslo is a student-friendly city where there are lots of ways to live and enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. You should budget for approximately NOK 10 000/month for food, housing and entertainment.

Study abroad students can apply for student accommodation which usually consists of a furnished study bedroom and bathroom, and either your own mini kitchen or a common kitchen. So brush up on your cooking, as eating out is pricey. All accommodation is co-ed and you will meet students who attend all sorts of different universities and colleges there. We also provide a welcome pack for all study abroad students which consists of bedding, towels and basic kitchen equipment all from IKEA so that you settle in quickly and smoothly.

We recommend that students apply for housing through SiO (Foundation for Student Life in Oslo). The closest student village to Bjørknes University College is St. Hanshaugen Student Village. Make sure you apply as early as possible, as the housing units are offered according to the ‘first come first serve’ principle. You can find more information about SiO housing and how to apply here.

For more information about tuition fees, please do not hesitate to contact us at hei@bhioslo.no.

Unfortunately Bjørknes University College has no scholarships available for study abroad students taking the Oslo semester.
 

Study permit

If you wish to attend Bjørknes and you are not a Norwegian resident, you will most likely need to apply for a student residence permit.

Please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigrations website (UDI) to read what requirements apply to you, and what steps you must take to apply for a residence permit. 

It is important that you read the directions from UDI carefully to avoid any delay in receiving your student residence permit.

Please visit StudyinNorway.no for more information about applying for your student residence permit. StudyinNorway.no also contains other useful information related to insurance, part-time work, and much more.
 

Keep Yourself Busy

You will enjoy your time here as part of a intimate and inspiring college environment, with both Norwegian and international students. Extracurricular seminars and social events are organised throughout the semester:

  •     Kick-off-days (“Buddy System”)
  •     Free coffee every Wednesday
  •     Guest lectures
  •     Debates and seminars
  •     Autumn soccer cup
  •     Quiz nights
  •     Halloween
  •     Student parties
  •     Christmas lunch

About Oslo

Oslo is the capital of Norway, home to around 670 000 people, and also Europe’s fastest growing capital. Situated between the Nordmarka forest and the Oslo fjord, Oslo provides both a electric urban environment, as well as easy access to skiing, hiking, swimming and kayaking. Both forests and the sea can be reached with the outstanding public transport system. Oslo is a multicultural, vibrant and safe Nordic capital with a varied cultural scene. From opera in the state-of-the-art National Opera House to a multitude of rock clubs, music festivals, exhibitions and sports events, the choice is yours!

Academically, Oslo has a lot to offer with its wide variety of English-spoken seminars and guest lectures by top international scholars. If you want to live and study in an urban setting, but with easy access to all that nature has to offer, Oslo is the place for you. You can also get cheap flights to anywhere in Europe and beyond, from one of the three international airports close to Oslo. The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019, so welcome to our green, fun and friendly city!

Did you Know?

  • The following are typically Norwegian things: Nordic skiing, brown cheese, Freia milk chocolate, Nobel Peace Prize, and Aquavit (Norwegian liquor).
  • Oslo has one of Europe’s most vibrant music scenes!
  • Oslo is surrounded by magnificent forests and a beautiful fjord. You’ll definitely meet plenty of friendly Norwegians among the trees…
  • Going to festivals is a definitive must during the summer.

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General Information

VisitOslo – Information on sightseeing and activities in Oslo
VisitOslo’s Facebook page – Frequently updated photos from Oslo
TripAdvisor, Oslo – Information on sightseeing and activities in Oslo
Oslo European Green Capital 2019
Visit Norway – information on traveling in Norway
InterNations, Oslo – A site for expats living in Oslo
Songkick Oslo – Concert calendar for Oslo
Expat blog – Get in touch with Americans and others, living in Oslo
 

Articles on Oslo

Living in Oslo is different than passing through – Why Oslo beats picturesque Bergen
Huffington Post: EccentriCities – Katherine LaGrave recommends Oslo in Huffington Post
 

Academic Life in Oslo

Peace Research Institute Oslo, events
Oslo University, events
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, events
Oslo and Akershus University College, events