International students can apply for student housing to the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB).
At UiB international students have the benefit of guaranteed housing. Moving to a new city can be stressful, rest easy that you will have a place to stay with the international student housing guarantee. As long as you apply for and accept housing within the application periods using the UiB reservation code you are guaranteed a single room in student housing. We are happy to let you know that all new international UiB students are guaranteed a single room in one of SiB's student hostels if the following criteria are met:
- you must be staying at UiB for one semester or longer, and
- arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August or 1 January).
Note that you must pay rent for a minimum of one semester according to the following standard dates:
|Autumn semester||1 August to 31 December|
|Spring semester||1 January to 31 July*|
*You may terminate your contract one month earlier in the spring semester (1 July) by notifying SiB through My page.
To make use of the housing guarantee:
- You must apply for student housing to SiB with a specific reservation code for UiB students, see information below.
- You must apply in the application period:
|Autumn semester||1 April to 15 May|
|Spring semester||1 October to 1 November|
How to apply
You apply for housing directly to SiB. Read SiB's instructions to students with a housing guarantee carefully before you apply.
The reservation code is a 5 digit number and will be provided to you by email either in the application process to UiB or with your Letter of Acceptance from UiB, depending on the student category you belong to:
|Exchange students (Erasmus+, EEA, Nordplus, Nordlys, bilateral, etc.)||The reservation code will be provided in the application process.|
|Other short-term students (Fulbright, guest students, joint degree students, etc.)||The reservation code will be provided in the application process.|
|Self-financed master’s degree students||The reservation code will be provided with the Letter of Acceptance to admitted students.|
Without Housing Guarantee
If you miss SiB's application deadline, you can apply for student housing to SiB without a housing guarantee.
You apply for housing directly to SiB, without a reservation code and with other deadlines.
Note that SiB has a general requirement of a minimum stay of four months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with a 2 months' notice. This means that you must pay rent for a total of at least six months.
Housing on the private market
If you intend to find housing on the private market, there are several websites that may be useful. We recommend the Study Bergen website to get an overview of different areas close to the city centre and to the university campus.
You may also contact people through Facebook groups or other social media platforms where vacancies in flats may be announced.