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Student Housing

UiB offers housing guarantee to international students via our cooperation with the Student Welfare Organisation.

All UiB international students have the benefit of guaranteed housing provided that you apply from abroad and are attending UiB for one semester or longer.

The housing guarantee only applies to single room units. But it's also possible to apply for units for couples and families. View the different housing options offered by Sammen

Exchange students

As a new exchange student you are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen'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/1 January).

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 Sammen's application form.

Use your housing guarantee

  1. Read Sammen's instructions to students with a housing guarantee before you apply.
  2. Apply during Sammen's application period for next semester:
    • Start August: 1 April - 15 May
    • Start January: 1 October - 1 November
  3. Apply directly to Sammen with the reservation code* for exchange students:

*Reservation code: You will 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 - 15 May / 1 October - 1 November.

Housing offer

  • You will receive your housing offer from Sammen shortly after 15 May/1 November.
  • You must accept the offer within a few days, so be sure to check your email regularly.
  • Exchange students can accept the housing offer, even if you are still waiting for your Letter of Acceptance from UiB.
  • News about cancellations: Sammen has recently changed their cancellation policies for student housing. These changes will have effect for students who are now applying for exchange to UiB. If you sign your tenancy agreement in May, you can only cancel your tenancy agreement later and without any costs, if you will not come to study at UiB after all. If you would like to find other accommodation in Bergen and not use your housing guarantee, you should not sign your tenancy agreement when you receive it from Sammen in May. If you do sign it, you must pay rent for the whole autumn semester to Sammen. Please follow Sammen's cancellation policies and deadlines carefully.

Tenancy agreement

You must pay rent for a minimum of one semester according to the following standard dates in the academic year 2018/2019:

  • Autumn semester only: 1 August - 31 December
  • Spring semester only: 1 January - 31 July**
  • Autumn+spring semesters: 1 August - 31 July**

**You may terminate your contract earlier by notifying Sammen through their online portal My page. Sammen has a general requirement of a minimum stay of three months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with a three months' notice, which means that you must pay rent for a total of at least six months.

Master's students

We are happy to guarantee all new international master students a room in one of the Sammen'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 - 31 December

Spring semester

1 January - 31 July*

*You may terminate your contract one month earlier in the spring semester (1 July) by notifying Sammen through My page on their housing webpage.

Use your housing guarantee

In order to take advantage of your housing guarantee:

Reservation code for master's students: The reservation code is a 5 digit number and will be provided to you along with the Letter of Acceptance from UiB.

Missed the housing guarantee deadline?

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

Applying for student housing to Sammen without a housing guarantee

Note that Sammen has a general requirement of a minimum stay of three months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with three 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:

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.