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New international students admitted to the University of Bergen can apply for housing through the Student Welfare Organization (Sammen).

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Housing guarantee for new international students

New international students on the following categories are guaranteed student housing at SAMMEN, provided availability:

  • Exchange students. 
  • International master's degree students. 
  • Students in other collaboration programs with a minimum stay of one semester.

Housing guarantee ensures a space in a student hostel; however a specific room type/location is not guaranteed.

  • Students are only guaranteed housing once.
  • It is not possible to terminate the housing contract and then have guaranteed housing again.

Conditions to be eligible for a housing guarantee:

  • New international student admitted for at least one semester (only first time applicants to SAMMEN housing).
  • Residing abroad at the time of the admission.
  • Submit the application for student accommodation within the deadline.
  • Arriving at the beginning of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August/1 January). 

Please note:

  • Due to capacity limitations shared rooms might be implemented for the spring semester 2023. Allocations are randomised.
  • Family and couple apartments are not included in the housing guarantee.

How to apply for accommodation with housing guarantee

All students entitled to housing guarantee will receive information about application procedure by email. Applications must be registered at the Sammen application portal, following the instructions given by the University of Bergen. Remember to register a valid mobile phone number (including country code), when applying for housing.

Application periods

Autumn semester (start August)1 April - 15 May
Spring semester (start January)1 October - 1 November

Students with special needs

Sammen can offer rooms/apartments that are specially adapted for students with special needs. These rooms/apartments are located in Damsgårdsveien, Gyldenpris, Grønneviksøren, Jekteviken, and at Fantoft TRE Student housing.

Students with special needs; disabilities, accommodation or accessibility needs must notify SAMMEN as soon as possible and after the application is submitted, by sending an email to bolig@sammen.no 

The application must be submitted  through SAMMEN application portal by 15 May/1 November.

Supporting documentation (medical certificate), must be attached. Accommodation will be allocated according to availability.

Housing offer and tenacy agreement

  • You will receive an offer of housing shortly after 1 November/ 15 May.
  • You must sign the tenancy agreement and pay the deposit within the deadline*
  • The housing offer will be cancelled if you do not accept it or pay the deposit within the SAMMEN given deadline. 
  • Exchange students MUST accept the housing offer, even if their admission at UiB is still under consideration.

*The tenancy agreement can be accepted by using SMS code, electronic draw signature or bank ID (Norwegian).

Students should not sign the tenancy agreement, if they are planning to find alternative/private accommodation in Bergen. If the agreement is signed, the student is liable for paying rent for the entire duration of the tenancy period/semester.

The tenancy agreement is a legal binding agreement between the student and SAMMEN. We strongly advise all students to read the document carefully and get familiarised with the terms and conditions given in the contract.

The monthly rent is between 4500-5500 NOK per month and includes internet access, water, heating. Electricity is in addition and is paid separately.

Allocation periods

Autumn semester: 1 August - 31 December

Spring semester: 1 January - 31 July

The housing contract is allocated for the entire semester. Students may only terminate the agreement after 3 months and with 3 months’ notice starting from the first day in the following month.

Detailed information is available at Sammen.

Cancellation deadline

The cancellation deadline for the spring semester 2023 will be 30 November


  • The cancellation deadline applies only for international students that have cancelled their exchange period at UIB.
  • Notify Sammen by email: bolig@sammen.no
  • UIB will have to confirm the withdrawal.
  • Cancellations after the deadline will be subjected to SAMMEN cancellation policies and regulations. SAMMEN is a separate organization and we cannot interference with SAMMEN cancellation policies and regulations.
  • Students that terminate their tenancy agreement due to alternative accommodation, will not be given guaranteed housing again.
  • Any other reason for cancellation will be treated as an ordinary termination period.

The tenancy agreement is a legal binding agreement between the student and SAMMEN. We strongly advise all students to read the document carefully and get familiarized with the terms and conditions given in the contract.

Staying for less than one semester and other accommodation

This information is mainly for short-term students staying for less than one semester and for students intending to find alternative accommodation in Bergen.

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