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Arrival and Directions

Arrival information for new students to UiB.

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We wish to assist you so that your arrival to Bergen goes smoothly.
Eivind Senneset

    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 informasjon@sammen.no 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:


    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.

    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


    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. 

    Explore Bergen

    We recommend getting to know the city and how to navigate it while visiting some of Bergen's many tourist attractions

    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

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

    Visit the International Centre 

    When you arrive at UiB, you should visit the International Centre for guidance regarding the checklist for new international students.

    1 AugustStarting date for Sammen's housing contracts
    10 - 14 AugustSemester start-up (except for The faculty of Law which will start approx. 24 August)
    From 17 -21 AugustStart 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