Frequently asked questions: Apply for student housing

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About applying for student housing

Frequently asked questions about the application and waiting list.

You create a user on My Page yourself.

On My Page, you can apply for student housing and health expence refund. This is also where you report faults and deficiencies in your student housing, or report noise etc. This is also where those of you with a key card can change the PIN code to your card, or even lock yourself in digitally.

You will also find an overview of your tenancy, such as an invoice for rent and you can apply for additional services such as storage or parking space. You see an overview of ongoing and previous applications.

If you have children in our student kindergarten, you can also see information about this on My page.

Remember to update your contact information on My Page, for example if you change your telephone number or get a new e-mail address. It is important that your contact information is up to date, so that we as the lessor can get in touch with you. We usually use e-mail or SMS when we send you information.

Priority applicants are students at one of USN's eight campuses, in addition to students at Fagskolen i Viken, Kongsberg, Fagskolen i Vestfold and Telemark and Stavern Police College. Other students and apprentices are also welcome to apply. All applicants must be over 18 years of age.

You may read the allocation criteria for student housing with SSN here.

Apply as early as possible!

There is no deadline for applying, but we recommend that you apply for accommodation as soon you have applied for admission at an educational institution associated with the University of South-Eastern Norway, the Norwegian Police University College in Stavern, the technical school Tinius Olsen or Folkeuniversitetet in South-East Norway. This is in order to enter the waiting list as early as possible.

Applications sent during term will be processed as they come in, and accommodation units that have been vacated will be offered to others as soon as they are ready.

In August, we normally do not have any vacant units, but throughout the months of June and July, many residents move out. If you apply for housing and enter a date for moving in during one of these months, you are more likely to receive your preferred unit.

This is how you apply for student housing.

If you are already a resident with us and want to change units, you are on the top of our priority list throughout the year except term start (January and August).

You apply for student housing with SSN by logging in or creating a user on My page. Then you go through our Housing Selector and select your favorites. Your favorites are going with you to My page, where you fill out the application form.

Read more about how to apply for student housing.

You can choose between five different housing types among SSN's student housing:

  • Single unit with private bathroom and kitchen

  • Single unit with private bathroom and shared kitchen

  • Single unit with shared bathroom and kitchen

  • Couples apartment

  • Family apartment

We also have housing that are adapted for disabilities, let us know in the comments field in the application what adaptations/facilitation you need. Read more about facilitation for disabilities here.

Find student housing.

Yes you can!

Log in to My page and go to My applications. Here you can choose to change the application in question. For example, you can add more options and increase your chances of being allocated student housing.

Only applicants that receive offers for housing will receive a reply on My page.

Since we allocate housing units on an ongoing basis, we do not reject applications. You will therefore be on the waiting list with us until:

1. You are allocated a student housing with us, or
2. It has been 60 days since you registered or last extended your application.

If you have not been allocated housing, and have not extended your application after 60 days, your application will be removed from the waiting list. Why do I have to extend my application?

We work as fast as we can to allocate housing, and will give you an answer as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your patience :)

Extending the application

If you end up being on the waiting list for student housing at SSN for a long time, and still want an offer from us, you must extend your application to avoid it being deleted.

You will remain on SSN's waiting list until:

1. You have been allocated a housing unit.
2. It has been 60 days since you registered or last extended your application.

The reason why we have to delete applications that have not been extended after 60 days is simply to keep our lists updated. This way we can adjust the waiting lists automatically, and applicants who no longer need housing (and who have not remembered to delete their application) no longer take up space in the waiting list.

This also applies if you have applied to change from one SSN housing unit to another, and may be waiting for the "right" student housing unit to become available.

To extend your application:

You can easily extend your application on My Page and My applications. This can be done when 15 days or less remains before the "delete date". You will receive a reminder 15 days before the "delete date" and have plenty of time to extend.

The application can be extended as many times as you wish until you are allocated a housing unit.

Everyone who applies for student housing with SSN will be placed on a waiting list.

Unfortunately, it is hard for us to say much about your number on our waiting list or how long it will take until we have accommodation to offer you. Some applicants have priority over others for different reasons.

Those who have already applied for a unit are welcome to make changes to their application at any given moment. This results in continuous changes in the waiting list. We send out offers of accommodation consecutively, and there are always some who refuse their offer. When this happens, an offer is immediately sent out to the next person on the list. This means that there is no deadline or specific point in time when we can send offers of accommodation.


If you have not added more options to your application (e.g. other housing areas on the same campus or other housing types on the same property that you have already applied for), but wish to change this, you can go to My Page at any time and add more options to your application. This way you might receive an offer sooner.

If you first receive an offer for a housing type that is not your "dream unit", you can submit a new application for the latter. Move in to the unit that was offered to you, and you will and get an offer to move as soon as something becomes available from your top priority.

Read more about changing student housing unit.

If you have questions regarding your application, you are always welcome to contact us.

No, we do not require a deposit when you become a tenant in our student accommodation. That is one of the advantages of choosing student housing! Here you can read more about the benefits of living in student housing:)

Sign within three days

When you are allocated a student housings unit, you will receive an allocation letter and a tenancy agreement by e-mail. You have three - 3 - days to sign and return the agreement to us.

You may sign the contract in the following ways:

  • Sign with electronic bank ID (this requires a Norwegian social security number).

If you are not able to sign with electronic bank ID:

  • Print the contract, sign it by hand and send by mail.

  • Print the contract, sign it, scan the signed contract and send it by email.

If you have booked a housing unit with SSN, but are not admitted to studies by USN, you can be released from the contract by cancelling it before 31 July.

Read more about cancelling of lease here.

Note! For international students who are in Norway through an exchange program, leases
cannot be terminated. Please read section 4 in your signed contract thoroughly to see what is valid for you.

Be prioritized in the queue

When you are already a resident with us, you will be prioritized on the waiting list if you apply for another unit. This can be a smart way to get that dream residency!

Information about changing student housing unit:

  • All financial posts for the present residence must be settled before you move.

  • You log in to My page with your username and password, and make a new application. Existing residents are automatically registered as an "internal applicant".

  • Do NOT terminate your current housings unit. When you are assigned a new unit and have signed the new contract, your previous unit will automatically be terminated and you have three - 3 - days to move your belongings to the new unit.

  • Rent will be charged for both residences in the period in which you are in disposition of both. I.e. minimum four days of double rent.

  • Changing your unit is unfortunately not possible in the semester start months, January and August.

Apply to change residence via My page.

See all our frequently asked questions about student housing.