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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

    Students staying at any Sammen student accommodation can pick up their key from 1 or 2 January. The pick up points are either Fantofthallen or the Student Centre in the city centre, depending on your place of residence.

    If you have been allocated housing at Fantoft, Fridalen or Brann Stadion, you must pick up your key at Fantoft Servicesenter (Fantoftveien 14i) from 1 January.

    For all other hostels, you need to collect your keys at the Sammen Information Desk at the Student Centre (Parkveien 1) from 2 January.

    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 is via public transit through Bergen Light Rail (bybanen) Skyss or Flybussen. Using Flybussen to travel from the airport 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

    Attend the Welcome Programme

    Attending the Welcome Programme provides valuable practical and cultural information; we hope to see you there!


    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. 


    Get a jump-start on making connections by joining our Facebook group, UiB International Students 2019/2020. Please note that our Facebook group is only open to international students enrolled 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 6 January

    We welcome you to participate in any remaining parts of the Welcome Programme even if you arrive after 6 January.

    If you will arrive in Bergen after the Welcome Programme, 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 from January.

    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 December.

    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. Otherwise Sammen may cancel your tenancy agreement.

    Visit the International Centre 

    When you arrive at UiB, you should visit the International Centre for guidance regarding the checklist for new international students, how to find your way around campus, and to get your UiB tote bag.

    Important Dates

    1 JanuaryStarting date for Sammen's housing contracts
    6 JanuaryStart of Welcome Programme
    Week 1-2Start 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