Just moving in to student accommodation? Read the advice below!

If you are both a new student and have just moved away from home, it may be a good idea to read some advice about life in student accommodation. We have provided a small list of good advice!

Creating a comfortable living space

Most of our single units are provided with furnishings such as bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and book shelf. You have to bring anything else you need, but this doesn't have to be expensive! Take a peek in your grandmother's attic, go to a second-hand store or have a search on finn.no. An armchair and a small table, a rug on the floor and perhaps a lamp can make your living space much more cosy, and most single units have space for these extra furnishings.

Remember to bring personal objects such as photos and things that are important to quickly make your student accommodation "home". Our units have mouldings with hooks where you can hang pictures or other ornaments. Please remember that you are not allowed to make holes in the walls! 

Shared bathrooms and kitchen

If you are sharing a bathroom with someone, you should agree on when and how to clean. Agree upon which items you feel are personal and which can be shared.

In the communal kitchen, you have a unique opportunity of making friends for life! It is always a good idea to get to know the people you are sharing with, but you DON'T have to become best friends. The key here is mutual respect.

To ensure a pleasant and positive environment, people who share a kitchen should agree on how to arrange cleaning, order, routines, emptying the rubbish bins and maybe also shared purchases and meals. Ask your fellow residents what they think of as shared items and what are personal items, and be clear about what you want to share or not. This prevents misunderstandings and potential arguments!

A social environment

People live close to each other in student accommodation. It is important that you take care of each other! Be clear and discuss situations that create problems between residents before they escalate into major problems. If you share a kitchen with international students, a good idea for an ice-breaker is to talk about normal life and living standards in Norway.

Household contents insurance

Please note that any resident in our student accommodation is NOT covered by our household contents insurance. It is therefore necessary to make sure you have your own insurance. You can find more advice about insurance under practical information.

You should check if you are covered by your parents’ insurance. If not, the Norwegian Student Organisation (NSO), among others, offers insurance to students. You should also consider taking out travel insurance and accident insurance.

NB! Remember to report your change of address to Lånekassen (Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund) so that 40% of your loan is converted to a grant when you are taking your exams!

More information:

It is of great value that all our residents read important information about their accommodation. Here are some useful articles: