Student Pages

Student Organisations

Get involved and join one of Bergen's more than 100 student organisations and activities! Some might also be especially relevant for you as an international student.

Kvarteret (Student Culture House)

Who are we?

Det Akademiske Kvarter (Kvarteret) is the student culture house in Bergen and one of the country’s most active culture houses. Every year Kvarteret hosts over 1500 events and everything is organized by student volunteers. You do not need any previous knowledge to become a volunteer and we give you relevant training and experience that you can carry with you further on in your career. If you will be studying in Bergen you will have fun times, get discount on food and drinks, and free coffee at Kvarteret!

As a volunteer at Kvarteret you can work 

  • as a bartender in our café, pub or cocktail bar. 
  • as a chef,
  • as a part of the crew managing the lights and sound during concerts.
  • in a PR-group,
  • in a production-group.
  • in a DJ-group
    The production group consist of three subgroups: The Quiz-group who plan and host Kvarteret’s Tuesday-Quiz in Stjernesalen every week. The Concept-group who is responsible for the different concepts at Kvarteret, such as our club-concept Tivoli, our pub-concept Mikromandag and “Helhus”.

Why should you join us?

Kvarteret is a great place for international students, because they get to practice Norwegian and meet both Norwegian and other international students - and make new friends from all over the world. The social aspect is important to us, and there are lots of both formal and informal social events throughout the semester. Through being a volunteer at Kvarteret you get to try something entirely different and it’s a great way to take a break from studying.

Have any questions? 

If you have any questions, you can

How to join us

If working at Kvarteret sounds like something you would enjoy doing, don't hesitate to join us by

Information meetings

Open house and stands
The different groups working at Kvarteret, as well as some extern organizations, will have stands.
Date: January 16th
Place: Kvarteret

Information meeting
There will be an informational meeting where you can come and learn more about the different groups. Afterwards there will be a party for all volunteers which potential new volunteers are welcome to join.
Date: January 18th 
Place: Kvarteret

Recruitment fair
We will hold a recruitment fair at Kvarteret, where you will be able to try out the different groups!
Date: January 27th
Place: Kvarteret

The events will be posted on Facebook!

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Buddy Bergen

Who are we and what do we do?

ESN Bergen is part of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), the largest non-profit student network in Europe. We work to advocate student exchange and to foster an international student environment. We do so by integrating international students into the local community through social events, buddy program and Social Erasmus.

How can you join ESN Bergen?

You can join by:

  1.    Participating in our events
  2.    Be a part of the Buddy program
  3.    Being an active member in one of our committees
  4.    Have a board position

You can join one or more of the options above, if you want to.

(1) About our events

Our events are open for all students (except from our Buddy events that requires you having a Buddy). No membership fee is required to participate on our events. Buying an ESN card can still be an advantage. Typical events are Hansafest, students trips to Lapland, quiz, hikes, trampoline park and board games night.

(2) The Buddy program

Through Buddy Bergen you can be introduced to a new culture and perhaps even a new language by signing up as a foreign Buddy here: https://esnbergen.broaddy.com/register/international. You will be matched with a local Buddy that will show you around in Bergen and together you can participate to the Buddy Events.

(3)  The committees

There are four different commitees you can join:

 Event committee
Organize events for everyone and makes sure they run smoothly. This committee is the biggest, and is excellent for people who are interested in organizing events, brainstorming ideas and are dedicated to make the semester fun and exciting for students through well-planned events.

Buddy committee
Be in charge of running our buddy program and create buddy events. This is for you if you have teambuilding spirit, enjoy creating and organizing events, and are interested in improving the Buddy program.

Social Erasmus committee
Has a focus on making a long lasting social change in society through volunteering activities. Throughout the semester there are some typical Social Erasmus events such as cat cuddling and language cafés, but the big project is the Social Erasmus Week, that is arranged once every semester, which aims to involve international students into participating in social and voluntary activities in their host countries. For this committee we are looking for students that have an interest in charity work and in seeking out volunteering opportunities.

PR committee
Is making sure to promote all events in social media and to make promotional material.

(4) The board positions

All board positions except of the President, are possible to apply on. Here is more information about the different positions: http://bergen.esn.no/becoming-member

Why should you join us?

ESN Bergen works under the principle of "Students Helping Students," where volunteering gives opportunities for growth and self-development. We emphasize having an open and inclusive environment where members can learn soft and hard skills. Additionally, we offer a network with many opportunities abroad.

Have any questions? 

You could either send us a message to our Facebook page (ESN Bergen) or an e-mail to president@bergen.esn.no for general inquires or to the buddy@bergen.esn.no for questions about the buddy program.

Why should international students join ESN Bergen? 

ESN Bergen works under the principle of "Students Helping Students," where volunteering gives opportunities for growth and self-development. In ESN Bergen you can meet your future friends, both local and international students. We emphasize having an open and inclusive environment where members can learn soft and hard skills. Additionally, we offer a network with many opportunities abroad.

How can students get in touch with ESN Bergen?

You could either

Information meetings

Time: Monday 7th of January 18:00
Adress: Det Akademiske Kvarter (Kvarteret), Olav Kyrres gate 49.

After the meeting you will be able to buy ESN cards (50 NOK), which will give you discounts in different places and SIM-cards from MyCall (50 NOK).

The second week in January there will be plenty of activities arranged by ESN Bergen. Follow us on Facebook to get notification about the upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/BergenESN.

ESN Bergen Introduction Week 2019

ESN Bergen is welcoming all the new students to Bergen by hosting a small introduction week. There will be different activities during this week, please see our event on Facebook for more information!

Learn more

For more information, visit our webpage: https://bergen.esn.no.

Hulen (Student concert venue)

Who are we and what do we do?

Hulen is a concert venue located at Møhlenpris in Bergen. Hulen is one of Northern Europe's oldest club venues, first opened in 1969. Hulen hosts concerts with both world famous artist and local up-and-coming acts. The venue is entirely run by volunteers, most of them students in the age group 18-30.

Why should you join us?

Over the years there have been many exchange students volunteering at Hulen. Exchange students are always heartily welcomed at Hulen and deeply missed when the semester is over. Working at Hulen will give you contacts and you will make new friends. In addition to accessing all of Hulen's concerts free of charge and getting access to guest list spots for other concert venues in Bergen, Hulen throws volunteer parties once a month. You'll also experience the 17th of May, which is both Norway's constitution day and Hulen's birthday – and in 2019 we turn 50 years old, so you'll be in for a big celebration! 

Have any questions?

If you have any questions, you can send our head of volunteers an e-mail at frivillig@hulen.no.

How to become a member

If you are interested in volunteering, you can either
- make direct contact with our head of volunteers at frivillig@hulen.no, or
- visit our web page: www.hulen.no/frivillig and fill out the volunteering form.

Please do not hesitate to make contact if you have any questions!

Information meetings

Time: Wednesday the 23rd of January at 18:00 there will be a meeting for everyone who is interested in volunteering.

Address: Hulen, Olaf Ryes vei 48.

You do not have to attend the meeting to volunteer, but you are very welcome to attend if you are just considering volunteering. At the meeting you will receive more information about volunteering, the different groups you can work in, and you´ll have the possibility to ask any questions you may have to the volunteers who already work at Hulen.

After the meeting you are welcome to join our volunteers for cozy pre-parties and the volunteer party that starts at 9pm at Hulen (Wednesday parties are the best ones!). If you would like to be updated about the meeting, you can attend the event on Facebook by going to Hulen´s Facebook page and finding the event “Åpen Hule: Infomøte med pizza! // Open Hule: Info meeting".

Bergen Studentidrettslag (BSI)

Who are we and what do we do?

Bergen Studentidrettslag (BSI) is the Bergen student sports association and we offer a wide range of serious, varied and cheap sports activities for students. We have about 30 different clubs you can join, including everything from football to dancing to ultimate Frisbee. You can find a complete list of our clubs on our webpage: http://bsi.no/en/grupper/.

Why should you join us?

BSI is great for international students, as sports is a universal activity where everyone “speaks the same language”. It is also a perfect place to make new friends, try out new sports and be an active part of the student life in Bergen. The different clubs often also have social events within their groups, where you get to know your teammates even better. Come join the fun!

Have any questions?

If you have any questions about the different clubs or anything at all, please choose one of the two:

- send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSI.Bergen.Studentidrettslag/, or
- search for the different sports teams on Facebook and send them a message.

Please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to become a member of our sport teams

If you are interested in joining one or more of our sports teams, you can either

- send a message to the team you want to join on Facebook
- or go to our webpage: http://bsi.no/en/grupper/innmelding/.

Information meetings

We also advise you to message the club you are interested in to see if they have planned any start-up meetings or try-outs in the beginning of the semester.

Tenants Union Fantoft (TU Fantoft)

Who are we and what do we do?

TU Fantoft is a student organisation who arranges events, and consists of the residents' contact people at Fantoft student housing. We organise many different types of events, like movie nights every Monday, bingo, quizzes, tournaments and parties. Tournaments include, but are not limited to, beerpong, pool, chess, ping pong and fussball.

You do not have to be a volunteer to participate in any of our activities, we welcome all students in Bergen to come and have a good time with us.

Why should you volunteer at TU Fantoft?

Volunteering at TU Fantoft is a great way to be part of a close group who has a lot of fun together, where the members are from all over the world. This gives you a chance to meet new and interesting people from both Norway and the world. As a volunteer, you will work at our club, Klubb Fantoft, which is the common area at Fantoft that can be used by all residents during daytime. You will also get a written recommendation from us when you are done. This shows that you have been part of working with the biggest organisation of its kind in Norway.

The biggest job however, is to keep a good social environment here in the student city with events for keeping people happy and entertained!

Have any questions?

If you have any questions, we are at Klubb Fantoft most of the time.

You can also contact us at our Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/TUFantoft/.

If you have questions for the community at Fantoft, we have a Facebook page for the residents where information about events and general information is shared: https://www.facebook.com/groups/964224213757939/.

How to register as a member

If you want to join our team, you can register in the beginning of the semester through a link, which will be shared on both the Fantoft Facebook page and the TU Facebook page within the first two weeks of the semester. You are also welcome to send us a message on Facebook. 

Orientation meetings

We will  have an information meeting in the beginning of the semester. This will be shared on our Facebook page when it is planned, so please join the group and get all the information there.

We are also at Klubb Fantoft every day from 21:00-23:00 if you would like to meet us and talk. We will also be present at the info meeting for new residents when Sammen is talking about Norway, Bergen, and general tips about life in Norway and living here.