BI is proud to offer a housing guarantee for international students. In cooperation with our housing providers, international students can choose from several different housing locations.
Would you like to live at the edge of the forest, with serene lakes as your neighbour? Or do you prefer to live in the city centre with cafés, shops and theatres at your doorstep?
Thanks to BI's housing guarantee for international students, you have several options. After completing the steps below, you will be assigned your own room based on your individual priorities in terms of housing provider and availability. We cooperate with several housing providers that offer affordable single rooms in a variety of student housing units across Oslo and in Bergen.
International students at BI are only guaranteed a room in a student residence if they apply through the Pre-Application for Housing before May 24 for students starting in Autumn and October 15 for students starting in the Spring semester. Please note that the housing guarantee only applies to new students at BI arriving in Norway for the first time.
You will receive an email from the BI Housing Office later in May/October confirming which housing provider you have been assigned. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully even though you may not have received your first priority. The email will contain detailed information about what you need to do to secure your room with your assigned housing provider. Make sure you follow the deadlines, or you risk loosing the housing guarantee.
Students who are waiting for admission to BI must submit an application for housing before the deadline. If you are not admitted to BI, the pre-application fee (1000 NOK) can be refunded. The same applies if your study permit application is rejected.
The majority of the rooms offered in student residences are furnished, but you are not guaranteed a furnished room unless you are an exchange student staying in Norway for less than one year.
Student housing is generally the most affordable accommodation you will find in Norway and also one of the best ways to meet new people and quickly build your social network.
We strongly recommend that full degree students from outside EU/EEA chose SiO as their preference if they want to use their residence permit deposit money to pay their rent (Note! This does not apply to Exchange students as they are not required to have a residence permit deposit).
Please note that in general students are not guaranteed their preference. It is important that you follow the instructions you receive from BI carefully even if you did not receive your first choice of housing. If you do not follow the instructions, you risk losing your housing guarantee.
Boligstiftelsen Nydalen (BSN) provides housing exclusively for BI students.
The price for a room in a two room apartment is 4850-5100 NOK* per month. Rent is paid monthly. Expenses for water and electricity are not included in the monthly rent.
Located next to BI's campus (5 minute walk)
SiO is the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo. They offer a range of welfare services for students in Oslo, including student housing. SiO housing unites are located across Oslo.
The price range for a decent room is 3000-5000 NOK* per month. Rent is paid monthly. Expenses for water and electricity are not included in the monthly rent.
All units provide private rooms with shared (or private) bathroom and kitchen. The type of housing varies according to price.
Diakonhjemmet housing has a wide range of different units in the attractive area between Majorstuen and Vinderen in Oslo West.
They have 113 student flats between 10 sqm and 20 sqm in size, with shared kitchen and bathroom with other students.
Diakonhjemmet location is good: close to popular areas such as Majorstuen and Frogner. BI is easily reached by metro and takes only 20 minutes.
Price is 4550 NOK* (including Electricity and Internet)
Deposit is 5000 NOK*
Anker has several housing options all over Oslo. The rooms vary in size and price. Most of Anker's rooms are studio flats where the residents have their own kitchenette and bathroom.
We recommend applying for the location “Sandakerveien” which is only a 5 minute walk from BI's campus Oslo. If you want to live in the city center, Anker also offers rooms in very central locations, such as Storgata and Københavngata.
Prices for a room at Anker range from 5000-8000 NOK per month (including utilities and internet). Anker sometimes has flats for couples available to international students. Please send an email to the BI housing office if you would like more information.
In order to apply for housing in Bergen, please contact BI directly and do not apply through the pre-housing application form. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Housing Bergen”.
You may choose among these housing alternatives in Bergen and select three preferred options. BI will try to meet your request, but will allocate according to availability if your preferred options are not available. Please note that Fantoft TRE and Hatleberg one-semester students may be allocated a room sharing with one other student (only autumn semester), even if they did not apply for this option.