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Universities in Norway

University of Oslo

University of Agder

Ostfold University College

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

University of Stavanger

University of South-Eastern Norway

Nord University

Tips to navigate as an international student in Norway

Tuition Fees

On November 29, 2022, the Norwegian Government approved a budget that charged tuition fees for students outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. This means that these admitted students starting in 2023, must be prepared to pay tuition fees. Estimated school fees and living costs: NOK 128 887,- per year.

Transport & Movement

There are several ways to travel in Norway for example by train, bus, trikke, or metro. It is recommended to buy a monthly ticket that can be used across various platforms. You can do this by downloading the Rutter app and the VY app to access the Norwegian transport system.

 

Accommodation

If you are looking for student accommodation, they can vary depending on the town or city you reside in. In some cases, you can find people looking for roommates; some may be international students like yourself. These are usually shared common areas, for example, the kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Food

Food prices in Norway are quite high. A good way to save money on groceries as a student is to download grocery store apps that will show different prices for you to compare.
Hence food stores vary on what items you require; for example, for international, one can find things in shops like Frukt n Grønn.

Clothing

Buying clothes and choosing the suitable fabric informed by seasons is an essential part of living here and a necessary investment for thriving in Norway. It is crucial to have the proper clothing for all weather conditions. For example, you need raincoats, boots, hats, scarves, and mittens for the autumn-winter-spring seasons. In winter, wool is the fabric you need. It is vital to layer clothing because what keeps you warm is the air that is warmed up by your own body between the layers. A good winter shoe, in addition to keeping your feet warm and dry, should keep you from slipping on icy roads.

Typical places where you can buy winter clothes and shoes are:

– Sports shops i.e. XXL, Intersport, Coop Sport
– Clothing shops i.e. H&M, Cubus, Lindex
– Second Hand: Fretex, Kirkens Bymisjon.
– Several groups on Facebook. Look for “brukte klær” or “Kjøp og salg”, FINN.no/Torget

Weather

Norway’s weather patterns generally follow four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. As you will understand, one of the most popular idioms in Norway is: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!”
Spring (March to May) is often when the plants and flowers bloom after losing their leaves during winter. Summer months (June to August) are warm months with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and are essentially the best for beach breaks. From (September to November) leaves start to turn beautiful shades of red and orange, indicating the beginning of Autumn, which is usually a mixture of wet and rainy seasons.
Last is Winter (December to March), the cold months with snow.

Social Life

New people find it hard to make friends with Norwegian students. However, having Norwegian flatmates makes it easier to meet and make friends with Norwegians. Norwegians are most friendly when participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking and walking in the forest. Also, many international students experience winter depression which is a local mix of lack of sunlight that leads to Vitamin D deficiency, no energy, sleeping too much, and feeling down. If you’re feeling a little depressed, you can buy Vitamin D supplements to stock up for the dark months.

Work

The Norwegian lifestyle is strongly connected to the time spent studying and working. Therefore, maintaining a work-life balance is expected. EU/EEA students do not need a work permit and can work in Norway after registering with the police after arrival. Non-EU/EEA students need a permit and can work 20 hours per week and work full-time during the holidays. Part-time jobs for international students range from cleaning, housekeeping, waitressing, barista, gardening, etc. Depending on your work industry, the minimum wage rate varies from $17 to $21 per hour.

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