Shopping on a student budget in Bergen
Let us helt you find some less expensive alternatives to shopping.
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- Some student housing such as Fantoft or Alrek offer student markets on Facebook
- University-specific market groups such as UiB - Børs - Kjøp/selg bøker, Billetter og annet and NHH - Kjøp og salg are also available.
- Other community markets on Facebook include Bergen Expats Classifieds or Kjøpe, selge, bytte, gis bort Bergen (“Buy, sell, swap, give away Bergen”)
- Finn.no (in Norwegian) is a website where (primarily) second-hand items can be advertised by individuals. Both selling and give aways.
- Tise (in Norwegian) is a social, mobile marketplace where second-hand clothes, interior and hobby items are sold.
- Leieting.no is an app and web site where you can rent stuff or rent out your own stuff.
It is important to note that ordering from online shops outside of Norway may not save you money. Items costing over a specific amount may be subject to toll and import duties, and shipping costs to Norway tend to be high. It is necessary to account for these extra expenses when considering online purchases.
Retail stores in Bergen
The following stores have items that students may find useful, such as household goods, furnishings, electronics, outdoor gear, and clothes. Students who are used to lower prices in their home countries may find these stores more reasonably priced. Additionally, it is generally helpful to shop during seasonal sales when it is common for many stores to offer substantial discounts.
A selection of stores for household items:
A selection of stores for clothes:
You may also wish to explore the retail options in Bergen sentrum (website in Norwegian). Joining byVENN's kundeklubb (customer club) of participating stores in Bergen may provide discount offers and coupons, easily accessible via their app.
- International stores such as Global Food, Eksotisk torg, Rashdan mat, and many more, offer variety and may have cheaper produce.
- Apps such as Mattilbud ("Food offers") and Too Good to Go may also direct you to lower priced options.
- It may be worthwhile to look for advice from Norwegian sources online. Dinside.no, for example, offers an økonomi (economy) section that covers consumer concerns such as the cheapest stores for fruits and vegetables.
At this time there are no import taxes when sending books to Norway. It is possible you may save some money by ordering books online from sites such as Book Depository. Make sure to consider shipping costs when deciding whether or not to order books online.
Opening hours in Norway varies from store to store, but chain-stores and general retail stores have opening hours 8.00-21.00. Bars and clubs open at 22.00 and closes at 21.00-3.00. Government offices usually closes around 15.00-16.00 and are closed on weekends. On Saturday, stores usually close around 18.00. On Sundays and holidays, most stores except a few grocery stores are closed. Vinmonopolet (official stores operated by the Norwegian government that have exclusive rights to sell alcoholic beverages above 4.7%) closes on 18.00 on weekdays and 15.00 on Saturdays.