Student housing and accommodation at Fantoft
The University of Bergen offers student accommodation through the Student Welfare Organization (Sammen).
The Student Welfare Organization (Sammen), is a non-profit organisation providing affordable and secure housing for our students. What’s more, they offer guaranteed accommodation to international students who meet certain criteria.
With more than 4000 accommodation units, Sammen has a variety of student housing at different costs and at different locations throughout the city. All of the student hostels in Bergen are within six kilometers from the university campus, and they are located close to public transportation, which ensures you easy access to the city and the university.
- View photos of all the student halls here
- View Sammen's information about how to apply for student accommodation
Student housing at Fantoft
As an international student, you are most likely to be allocated a room at the Fantoft Student Hostel.
This is the largest student housing complex in Bergen, and consists of several buildings. Many of them have been completely refurnished in recent years. Living here you will have a private room at about 10 m² (about 107 sq ft), with your own bathroom. As of late 2018 the rent is 4.200 NOK per month. This includes Internet access, water, heating and electricity. At the housing market in Bergen, this represents a great value for money.
You share the kitchen with 8-9 of your fellow students who live in the same corridor, both female and male.
The kitchen is equipped with stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. All students sharing the kitchen have access to a lockable cabinet to store food and private kitchen items.
Fantoft - communal living
Sammen attempts to have a mix of international students and Norwegian students living together in the same corridor. This is great for language learning and cultural understanding.
The kitchens in the refurnished buildings are equipped with a large dining table and a lounge area, so you can socialize with your kitchen mates.
The Fantoft student hostel is one of the tallest buildings in Bergen, and many of the lounge areas have excellent panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Fantoft is situated in a well established residential area in Bergen, and close to the student hostel you will find the world famous Fantoft Stave Church, which is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.
What you need to bring to Fantoft
The rooms are equipped with basic furniture, like a desk and bed. However, you will need to bring/purchase the following items:
- Basic cooking utensils, cutlery, plates and glasses.
- Your own bedding, sheet, duvet, pillow, towels and personal toiletries.
Tenants leaving Fantoft will often donate their cooking utensils and cutlery to Klubb Fantoft. They normally arrange garage sales for new students, where second hand things can be purchased at affordable prices. The profit from the sale will be used to arrange social events for students staying at Fantoft.
Please note that – due to hygienic reasons – Klubb Fantoft will not sell second hand pillows, quilts or beddings.
Laundry facilities at Fantoft
The laundromat facilities at Fantoft are located in the basement. Laundry time is easily booked online, and there is a generous amount of washing machines and tumble dryers to your disposal, so washing your clothes should never be a problem.
As of late 2018 the rates for one wash is 25 NOK.
Here are some excellent resources if you want more information about what it's like to live at Fantoft:
- Cathlean in Norway – My housing
A blog post from 2016 about her room at Fantoft. This was before the refurbishment.
- Home away from home
A blog post from 2015 about the housing market in Bergen for international students. This is on the now discontinued international student blog. Although discontinued it is still an excellent resource for anything concerning studying in Norway as an international student.
- Fantoft garage sale
Youtube video from Klubfantoft. Showing the garage sale in 2016.