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A Norwegian Study Guide

Chapter 3: Student Life

Work hard, play hard - the not-so-official code of conduct when studying in Norway. We think you will experience that the students have a balanced lifestyle combining studies, part-time jobs and free time.

There are plenty of activities to try and places to see, so there's no need worrying about Oslo being a small city to live in.

You might be wondering what it's like to live in Oslo as a student. We want to share some of the things we think is valuable to know for prospective students moving to Norway.

  • Housing

    As a prospective student, it can be difficult to know where you want to live. Where is the city centre? Do you want to live close to campus? All international students are offered guaranteed housing and can choose from housing locations all over Oslo. Contact our housing office and they will be happy to help you.


    Photo credit: VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund

  • Want to come over for dinner?

    Because eating and drinking at restaurants and clubs is generally expensive, Norwegians often invite each other home for dinner or drinks. Norwegian students also rarely go out without having a pre-party where they drink at home before they go out to save some money. Often, this is the best part of a night out.


  • How to dress

    Wondering what you should pack if you're moving to Norway? It's pretty basic. Even though Norway is a wealthy country, you'll soon experience that the Norwegian dress code is pretty low-key. Due to the climate, most people wear practical clothes that can withstand some heavy weather for almost every occasion.

    Even at most workplaces the dress code is quite informal and you don't need to wear a suit unless you get a really top notch job. Pack a nice shirt, a windbreaker and a some comfortable shoes and you will be well equipped for most situations.

  • Getting around

    If you are moving to the land of the vikings, you should prepare yourself for an active lifestyle. Oslo is a quite small city and you can get far just on foot. But if you get tired of the endless hills, don't worry.

    Oslo has a well-developed public transport system, and with a student discount it's not too expensive. Another popular way to get around in Oslo is by Oslo Bysykkel/Oslo City Bike. Buy a subscription that lasts for a season and you got yourself a cheap, climate friendly and convenient way to get around.

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