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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

    Arrival and check-in

    Students that are allocated accomodation with shared facilities, will have to collect their room key after completing the compulsory 10 days quarantine.

    Upon departure from the quarantene hotel you will receive a confirmation that you need to present at Sammen when you check in at your student accommodation. Please remember to collect your your key during Sammen’s opening hours. Sammen will be closed on 1 January 2021.

    There is no quarantine duty for people who have had confirmed COVID-19 that is documented by approved laboratory methods during the last six months. If the police at the Norwegian boarder approves of your documentation, you can move directly into your apartment upon arrival in Bergen.

    Finding your accommodations

    After picking up your keys, you can continue on to your accommodations:


    Students arriving at Bergen Airport by airplane will be transported by bus directly to the allocated hotel. This transportation is free of charge. 

    Students crossing the Norwegian boarder in other parts of Norway may use public transportation (bus, train) to get to the quarantine hotel in Bergen.

    For students who can move directly into Sammen's student housing, the most affordable way to travel from the airport to Fantoft and the city centre is via public transit through Bergen Light Rail (bybanen) and Skyss. If you are going to the city centre from the airport it is also possible to take Flybussen. It 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 contact your Faculty Information Centre


    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. 

    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 semester start-up

    If you will arrive in Bergen after the semester start-up, 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 25 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.

    Visit the International Centre 

    After completing your compulory quarantine you can visit the International Centre for guidance regarding the checklist for new international students and other inquiries.

    2 JanuaryStarting date for Sammen's housing contracts
    13 JanuaryThe faculties will not hold  welcome meetings earlier than 13 January to allow time for quarantine if needed.
    13 JanuaryLecture start may vary. Contact your faculty for more details. 

    *Please contact the departments/institutes where you have been admitted to if you need  more information about lectures/courses.  You can also check UiB's general semester dates