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Arrival and Directions

Arrival information for new students to UiB.


A collage photo showing a student walking in the street, Bybanen passing the Geophiysical institute, streets of Bergen, students walking towards the Student Centre
Eivind Senneset

We want to help your arrival go smoothly.

    Arriving in Bergen

    Step 1: Arrival

    For directions from Flesland Airport or Bergen’s Train Station to the Sammen Information desk in the Student Centre

    Step 2: Check-in

    All students who will be residing in student housing need to check in at the Sammen Information desk at the Student Centre (Parkveien 1). The Student Centre is located in the city centre.

    If you applied for student housing using the housing guarantee code, 1 August after 12:00 o'clock is the standard starting date for housing contracts. If you are arriving during the period of your Sammen housing contract:

    If you are arriving when the Information desk is closed, it will be necessary to provide for your own accommodation until you can pick up keys at the Information desk during the opening hours.

    Step 3: Finding your accommodations

    After picking up your keys at the Sammen Information desk in the city centre, you then can continue on to your accommodations:


    The most affordable way to travel from the airport is via public transit through Skyss or Flybussen. Using Flybussen to travel from the airport costs more than using bybanen (Skyss), however the travel time is faster and there is dedicated room for your luggage. Information on using public transit on your first day in Bergen is available in the PDF directions above. 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, or you can call 05501 for Taxi1, 07000 for Bergen taxi or 08000 for Norgestaxi.

    After Arriving

    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

    Attend the Welcome Programme

    Attending the Welcome Programme provides valuable practical and cultural information; we hope to see you there!


    You will receive registration guidelines by email from the International Admission Team in the middle of June. Feel free to begin your registration process as soon as you like, but remember to be mindful 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. 


    Get a jump-start on making connections by joining our Facebook group, UiB International Students 2018/2019. Please note that our Facebook group is only open to international students enrolled at UiB.

    Explore Bergen

    We recommend getting to know the city and how to navigate it while visiting some of Bergen's many tourist attractions. We hope you enjoy our beautiful city!

    Arrival after 9 August

    We welcome you to participate in any remaining parts of the Welcome Programme even if you arrive after 9 August.

    If you will arrive in Bergen after the Welcome Programme, 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 by the end of August.

    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 the middle of June.

    Notify Sammen Housing

    Arriving three or more weeks after your Sammen tenancy agreement begins? You must notify Sammen of your arrival date at bolig@sammen.no. Otherwise Sammen may cancel your tenancy agreement.

    Visit the International Centre when you arrive

    When you arrive at UiB, you should visit the International Centre for guidance regarding the checklist for new international students, how to find your way around campus, and to get your UiB tote bag.

    Important Dates

    1 August after 12:00 o'clockStarting date for Sammen's housing contracts
    9-14 AugustWelcome Programme
    Week 33-34Start of lectures at most of the faculties*

    *Please contact the departments/institutes where you'll be taking courses if you wish to know more. Some courses may start earlier. You can also check UiB's general semester dates