International students may apply for student housing to the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB).
Students with a housing guarantee
As a new international student you are guaranteed a single room in one of SiB's student hostels if you:
- Are staying at UiB for one semester or more, and
- Arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August or 1 January).
- Are attending the 6-8 week course in psychology for Australian students, in January and February. You will receive an email with further instructions on how to apply for short term lease and can disregard the information below.
Note that you must pay rent for a minimum of one semester according to the following standard dates:
|Spring semester||1 January to 31 July*|
|Autumn semester||1 August to 31 December|
*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.
- You must apply in the given application period:
|Spring semester||1 October to 1 November|
|Autumn semester||1 April to 15 May|
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+, Nordplus, Nordlys, bilateral, Science without Borders, 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.|
|Students financed by the Quota scheme||UiB will arrange housing for all Quota students. Detailed information will be provided with your Letter of Acceptance.|
No Housing Guarantee
Students without a housing guarantee
If you are staying at UiB shorter than one semester or you miss the application deadline to SiB, 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.
Housing on the private market
If you intend to find housing on the private market, there are several websites that may be useful. Especially we recommend the Study Bergen website to get an overview of distances and 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.
Apply for student accommodation
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.
If you leave for field work
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.