Accommodation and UiB Guesthousing
Information about UiB Guesthousing, as well as information and tips for finding private housing. Guest housing is provided as a short-term offer for visiting researchers working at UiB for a short period, as well as a transitional arrangement for international new employees. UiB Guest housing is centrally located on campus and close to the city center.
If you have questions you don't find answers to here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can book accommodation? The department/UiB unit to which the guest is affiliated does the booking.
When and for how long? Housing is offered for stays from 3 weeks to six months, with a maximum of 6 months pre-booking. If there is free capacity, and at short notice, other guests at UiB may also apply for housing for 3 weeks to 1 month.
How to book? UiB affiliated department/faculty can book accommodation through our online electronic application form. This is only available through UiB network or VPN. Billing information must be provided upon booking.
Cancellations must be made at least 4 weeks to scheduled arrival date, or cancellation fee of one month will apply.
When terminating before the end of contract a fee might apply. 4 Weeks termination notice is in effect.
For information about keys, invoicing, issues, maps and more, click here.
Leaving UiB housing
Make sure you have all your personal belongings, and do not leave food items in the kitchen.
Leave the keycard on the desk/table.
Update your address with the following:
National Registry Moving - The Norwegian Tax Administration (skatteetaten.no)
Self-service portal automatically updates to the address in the National Registry
Permanent change of address for private individuals (posten.no)
Always use your personal email for contact with public offices, never your UiB email.
Other options – Moving into private housing
Other options for housing. (uib.no)
How to decipher housing ads that are only in Norwegian.
UiB Internal Market (uib.no)
Renting private housing there are a few things you need to be aware of.
- Contract: Always make sure you get full contact information for the property owner.
- Make sure you thoroughly read and understand your Tenancy agreement, especially about the type of agreement and duration. Early termination of a rental contract can incur fees and additional costs.
- Familiarize yourself with tenant duties in the contract and what is expected of you as tenant.
- The Tenancy Act - regjeringen.no
- According to the Tenancy Act, housing deposit is never to be paid into a private account, but rather into a separate bank account in your name, set up by the property owner. This account should always require 2 signatures (yours and theirs) to withdraw. It also requires that the tenant has norwegian BankID. Contact email@example.com for options while you are waiting for your BankID.
- Home content insurance protects your valuables, such as furniture, sports equipment, clothes and electronic devises. This insurance covers damage to belongings in the event of fire, water damage, burglary etc. This can be purchased through your Norwegian trade union, banks or insurance companies in Norway. (finansnorge.no)
- Electricity: most places you will pay for electricity separate. Here you can find the best prices, and types of energy plans. High energy costs can add to your expenses, so make sure to take preventive measures to keep your costs down. Tips On Reducing Your Electricity Usage | Relocation.no
If you need help to read through a contract, or any other questions, contact UiB Housing
Any legal issues connected with a tenancy contract are considered a private issue, and professional legal assistance is recommended.