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UiB offers housing guarantee via our Student Welfare Organisation to all new international students provided they meet certain requirements.

Moving to a new city can be stressful. We want to help you rest easy that you will have a place to stay with our international student housing guarantee. All UiB international students have the benefit of guaranteed housing provided that they are applying from abroad and are attending UiB for one semester or longer.

Explore the information in the tabs below to learn more.

Exchange students

UiB cooperates with the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB) to make sure that most of our new international students can secure housing before they arrive in Bergen. As a new exchange student you are therefore guaranteed accommodation in one of SiB's student hostels if you:

  • Are staying at UiB for one semester or longer, and
  • Arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August).

Shared rooms in the autumn semester

Most of the exchange students staying for one semester will be offered a room to share with one other student in the autumn semester. If you know of another student you wish to share a room with, you can indicate this in SiB's application form.

Make use of the housing guarantee

  1. Read SiB's instructions to students with a housing guarantee before you apply.
  2. Apply during SiB's application period for next semester:
    • From 1 April to 15 May.
  3. Apply directly to SiB with the reservation code* for exchange students:

*Reservation code: You will automatically receive the 5 digit reservation code by email when you have applied at Søknadsweb. The reservation code is only valid if you apply within the application period, 1 April to 15 May.

Tenancy agreement

You must pay rent for a minimum of one semester according to the following standard dates in the academic year 2017/2018:

  • Students staying 1 semester: 1 August to 31 December
  • Students staying 2 semesters: 1 August to 31 July**

**You may terminate your contract earlier by notifying SiB through their online portal My page. SiB has a general requirement of a minimum stay of four months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with a 2 months' notice.

Master's students

We are happy to guarantee all new international master students a room in one of the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB)'s student hostels provided the following criteria are met:

  • You are attending UiB for one semester or longer
  • You apply for and accept housing within the application periods using the UiB reservation code (see ‘Use Your Housing Guarantee’ for details).
  • You arrive at the start of the semester (rental payments must be made starting 1 August for autumn semester or 1 January for spring semester).
  • You agree to pay rent for a minimum of one semester within the following standard semester 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 on their housing webpage.
 

Use your housing guarantee

In order to take advantage of your housing guarantee:

  • You must apply during the application period:

Autumn semester

1 April to 15 May

Spring semester

1 October to 1 November

Reservation code for master's students

The reservation code is a 5 digit number and will be provided to you with your Letter of Acceptance from UiB.

Missed the housing guarantee deadline?

You can still seek student housing through SiB or search for housing on the private market.

Applying for student housing to SiB without a housing guarantee

Note that SiB has a general requirement of a minimum stay of four months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with two 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 wish to utilise Facebook groups or other social media platforms where vacancies in flats may be announced.
  • You may explore other online resources that offer advertisements for vacant apartments and rooms including hybel.no and finn.no

Staying for less than one semester?

Short-term students staying for less than one semester can apply for housing at:

Montana vandrerhjem
Haukelandsbakken studentheim
Short-term rent at SiB (spring semester only).

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 wish to utilise Facebook groups or other social media platforms where vacancies in flats may be announced.
  • You may explore other online resources that offer advertisements for vacant apartments and rooms including hybel.no and finn.no