International students

Cost of Living

Below we have gathered some useful advice on how to maximize your budget and an overview of what everyday items may cost in Norway.

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 11 ,000 a month to cover your expenses as a student in Norway. 

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 36
Student ticket (30 days) for public transport NOK 450

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. If you are a student with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA, you can work up to 20 hours per week as part of your study permit. During holiday, students are eligible to work full-time. EU/EEA citizens follow regulations valid for Norwegian citizens.