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UiB offers housing guarantee to international students via our cooperation with the Student Welfare Organisation.

Grønneviksøren student hostels and students

All UiB international students have the benefit of guaranteed housing with the Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (Sammen).

  • The guarantee is given provided that students apply from abroad and are attending UiB for at least one semester.
  • Only new students applying for housing for the first time are given housing guarantee. 
  • The housing guarantee only applies to single rooms.
  • It is not possible to terminate the housing contract and then have guaranteed of housing again. 

As an international student, you are most likely to be allocated a room at the Fantoft Student Hostel. Find out more about how it is to live there.

View the different housing options offered by Sammen

Information about housing contract, allocations rules and other important information is available at Sammen.

Exchange students

New exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen's student hostels provided that you:

  • Are attending UiB for at least one semester or longer.
  • Apply for housing within the deadline.
  • Apply for housing using the reservation code given by UiB.
  • Arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August/1 January).

Use your housing guarantee:

  1. Read Sammen's instructions to students with a housing guarantee before you apply.
  2. Apply during Sammen's application period:
    • Start August: 1 April - 15 May
    • Start January: 15 September - 15 October
  3. Apply directly to Sammen with the reservation code for exchange students:

Reservation code: You will receive the 5 digit reservation code by email when you have applied at Søknadsweb.

Housing offer:

  • You will receive an offer for housing shortly after 15 May/15 October.
  • You must sign the tenancy agreement and pay the deposit within a few days, so be sure to check your email regularly.
  • Exchange students can accept the housing offer, even if you are still waiting for your Letter of Acceptance from UiB. 

Please note that you should not sign your tenancy agreement, if you are planning to find alternative/private accommodation in Bergen.  If you do sign it, you will have to pay rent for the entire semester.

Cancellations: If you sign your tenancy agreement in May/October, you can only cancel the agreement later and without any costs, if you will not come to study at UiB after all. Deadline for the spring semester 2019 is 9 December 2018.

We advise all students to read and follow Sammen's cancellation policies and deadlines carefully.

Shared rooms in the autumn semester

Most of the exchange students staying for one semester will be offered a room to share with one other student in the autumn semester. If you know of another student you wish to share a room with, you can indicate this in Sammen's application form.

Master's students

All new international master students applying from abroad are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen's student hostels provided that:

  • Apply for housing within the deadline.
  • Apply for housing using the reservation code given by UiB.
  • Arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August/1 January).
  • You agree to pay rent for a minimum of one semester within the following standard semester dates:

Autumn semester: 1 August - 31 December

Spring semester: 1 January - 31 July

Use your housing guarantee

  1. Read Sammen's instructions to students with a housing guarantee before you apply.
  2. Apply during Sammen's application period:
    • Start August: 1 April - 15 May
    • Start January: 15 September - 15 October
  3. Apply directly to Sammen with the reservation code* for master students:

*Reservation code: The reservation code is a 5 digit number and will be provided to you along with the Letter of Acceptance from UiB. The reservation code is only valid if you apply within the application period, 1 April - 15 May / 15 September - 15 October.

Students that have missed the deadline,  are not guaranteed housing. We still recommend applying for housing at SAMMEN as soon as possible. You will be allocated student housing depending on availability.

Note that Sammen has a general requirement of a minimum stay of three months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with three months' notice. This means that you must pay rent for a total of at least six months.

Staying for less than one semester?

Short-term students staying for less than one semester can apply for housing at:

Housing on the private market

If you intend to find housing on the private market, there are several websites that may be useful.

  • We recommend the Study Bergen website to get an overview of different areas close to the city centre and to the university campus.
  • You may explore other online resources that offer advertisements for vacant apartments and rooms including hybel.no and finn.no.

Missed the housing guarantee deadline?

You can still seek student housing through Sammen or you can search for housing on the private market.

Applying for student housing to Sammen without a housing guarantee

Note that Sammen has a general requirement of a minimum stay of three months before you can terminate your tenancy agreement with three months' notice. This means that you must normally pay rent for a total of at least six months, but make sure you check the dates in your tenancy agreement.

Housing on the private market

If you intend to find housing on the private market, there are several websites that may be useful.