International students

Cost of Living

Norway has a reputation of being expensive, and in many ways this is correct. However, it is possible to live on a budget, and we have gathered some advice on how to minimise your spending.

An estimation of a student's cost of living is made and revised yearly by the Norwegian Immigration Directorate (UDI). Their recommendation is that you need NOK 9 300 a month to cover your expenses as a student in Norway. Approximately one third of this budget will cover your housing expenses, another third will be needed for food, and the rest will cover books and other expenses.

Degree seeking students: please note that the budget above does not include tuition fees.

Prices (approximate and subject to change) Average
Coffee in a cafe NOK 35
Sandwich in a bakery NOK 60
Chicken (1 kg) NOK 122
Eggs (12 pack) NOK 35
Domestic Beer (0,5 l) in a grocery store NOK 30
Toothpaste NOK 30
Shampoo NOK 40
Orange juice (1l) NOK 30
Milk (1l) NOK 17
Loaf of bread NOK 25
Hot meal in BI Food Court NOK 50 
Single ticket for public transport (Oslo) NOK 33
Student ticket (30 days) for public transport NOK 425

Please see NUMBEO's calculations of Cost of Living in Oslo for further price estimations. Consult the OANDA Currency Converter for the latest exchange rates.

Budget living

Payment methods

Part-time work

In Norway, it is common that students work on a part-time basis. For most jobs, knowledge of the Norwegian language is a requirement, so finding a part-time job can be difficult if you do not speak Norwegian. Your biggest chance is with unskilled jobs in the service sector (hotels, cafés, restaurants, bars).