International students intending to stay for a minimum of one semester are guaranteed a single room at one of SiB's student hostels under certain conditions.
The student hostels are run by the Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (SiB).
For those of you who will need to obtain a residence permit, please be aware that you must make housing arrangements prior to your arrival in Bergen. However, we strongly recommend that all students make arrangements prior to arrival as it is not easy to find housing in Bergen in July and August.
- Who may apply
- How do I apply
- Application process
- Terminating your contract
- SiB's opening hours
- Private accommodation
Who may apply
Apply with the reservation code
The following students are guaranteed a single room in a student hostel, provided that you apply for a room within the application period, using a reservation code issued by UiB*, and intend to stay for a minimum of one semester:
- Exchange students
- Self-financed master's degree students
- Quota students
- Others: students in other collaboration programmes with a minimum duration of 1 semester
*The reservation code is issued to the student when applying for admission to the University of Bergen. See "How do I apply" for more information about the reservation code.
Apply without the reservation code
If you are not in one of the categories above, you are not guaranteed a room, but you may still apply to SiB as an ordinary student.
If you are in one of the categories above, but you missed the application deadline or you are staying in Bergen for less than 3 months, you must also apply to SiB as an ordinary student.
How do I apply
Students applying with the reservation code must apply within these deadlines:
- Autumn semester: 1 April-15 May
- Spring semester: 1 October-1 November
To apply for housing with the reservation code, go to SIB's website International Students with a housing guarantee.
The reservation code will be sent to you by the International Admission Team
Please note that:
If you apply before or after these dates or if you do not use the reservation code, you will lose the housing guarantee.
When you apply with the reservation code, a one year contract (from 1 August or 1 January) is automatically generated. Remember to terminate your contract 2 months before departure.
You cannot register your own arrival and departure dates when you use the reservation code. If you do so you will lose your housing guarantee.
Student accommodation will be arranged for students admitted to the Quota Scheme by the University of Bergen. More information regarding the accommodation process will be given to admitted students with the Letter of Acceptance.
Spring: 1 October to 1 November
Offer of Room
Spring: 1 November to 7 November
Acceptance of the Offer
Within 5 days after receiving the Tenancy Agreement
Spring: by 1 December
Spring: by 15 December
After semester start
Terminating your contract
Please note that you cannot terminate your contract between two semesters. If you do so, you will not be guaranteed a new contract on your return. If you leave for field work, you must be away for at least three months in order to qualify for a new contract. Field work must be documented.
SiB's opening hours
Pick up your keys
SiB's Housing Reception for all student hostels is at the Student Centre situated in the city centre (see campus map index no. 14). If you have been assigned a room at one of the student hostels, you must check in at the Housing Reception to pick up your room key after arrival.
It is important that you plan your arrival according to the Housing Reception's opening hours. Note that there are extended opening hours during semester start (August/ January).
Arrival after SiB's opening hours
If you arrive outside the Housing Reception's opening hours, you will have to arrange for private accommodation in a hotel or hostel for the first night(s).