Arrival and Directions
Arrival information for new students to UiB.
Arriving in Bergen
Step 1: Arrival and check-in
If you have been allocated a room at a student hostel, you can pick up your key from 1 August at Fantoft Servicesenter (Fantoftveien 14).
We recommend that you plan your travel so that you can arrive within Sammen’s opening hours.
Arrival after closing time
Please note that the University of Bergen does not offer key assistance help or airport meetup. It's possible to have someone else pick up your key for you, but you need to notify Sammen at firstname.lastname@example.org and state the name of the person coming to pick it up. If you are not able to collect your keys within Sammen openings hours, you will have to find alternative accommodation through for instance:
Step 2: Finding your accommodations
After picking up your keys, you can continue on to your accommodations:
- For directions from the airport to Fantoft Student Hostel.
- For directions from the city centre to Alrek Student Hostel.
- For directions from Fantoft to Hatleberg Student Housing.
- For directions from Fantoft to Grønneviksøren Student Housing.
The most affordable way to travel from the airport to Fantoft and the city centre is via public transit through Bergen Light Rail (bybanen) and Skyss. If you are going to the city centre from the airport it is also possible to take Flybussen. It costs more than using bybanen (Skyss), however the travel time is faster.
You can also see our Getting around Bergen page for general information about public transportation in Bergen. If you have a lot of luggage or have arrived so late that public transportation is not running, you may wish to get a taxi. Taxis are usually parked outside the airport terminal.
Confirmation of arrival
If you are an exchange student and need to have a Confirmation of Arrival form or Learning Agreement signed, please visit your Faculty Information Centre.
You will receive registration guidelines by email from the International Admission Team in the middle of December. Feel free to begin your registration process as soon as you like, but remember to be aware of both general and course-specific deadlines.
Checklist for new students
Please have a look at the checklist for new international students. It describes the procedures that are necessary to complete in order to study at UiB.
Arrival after semester start-up
If you will arrive in Bergen after the semester start-up (between 10 - 14 August), there are a number of details to attend to.
Contact the faculty
Consult the faculty/department(s) where you plan to study. They can determine if you’ll miss any required components. Please also note that UiB’s Norwegian language courses have mandatory attendance and lectures start in August (week 35).
Make sure you are meeting registration deadlines
We want you to get into all the classes you need, so make sure you don’t miss registration deadlines. Pay attention to general and course-specific deadlines. You will receive registration guidelines by email from the International Admission Team in July.
Notify Sammen Housing
Visit the International Centre
|1 August||Starting date for Sammen's housing contracts|
|10 - 14 August||Semester start-up (except for The faculty of Law which will start approx. 24 August)|
|From 17 -21 August||Start of lectures at most of the faculties*|