Find out where to live in Bergen and how you can get an apartment.
The student welfare organisation in Bergen, SAMMEN, manages more than 4000 accommodation units. These units, mainly single or double rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens, are comfortable and well-situated with regard to location of campuses and leisure activities. SAMMEN's Housing Department has many years of experience in lodging students from all over the world. SAMMEN provides a secure tenancy, well-regulated contracts, and is concerned with creating a positive environment for its tenants.
The following students are guaranteed a single room in a SAMMEN student home, provided that you apply for a room before the deadline:
- Exchange students
- Self-financed Master degree students
- Students in other collaboration programs with a min. duration of 1 semester, MiB and ENE.
Most international students live at Fantoft student village, because this is the largest resident with 1300 units and because the price is low. Fantoft is located approx. 5 km south of Bergen city centre. The light rail train to the city centre takes 20 minutes. You can also choose between the other alternatives who are located closer to the city centre, but these are usually priced higher. Prices may vary depending on many factors. A common price range for a single room is NOK 2775 to 4500.
The private rental market in Bergen is expensive compared to student housing. On the private market the price is usually between NOK 4000-6000 a month. If you are planning to stay in Norway for a limited period, sublease at a shared flat is common where one tenant hold responsibility for the apartment and collect rent from the others.
Find accomodation (Norwegian only):
When renting a place to live, you have certain rights that are determined by Norwegian law. You should require a written contract if you have not been offered one. The landlord can not refuse to rent out to you based on discrimination conditions. Unless otherwise agreed, the property should be in good condition and cleaned when you get access to it. The landlord can require the payment one month in advance, which is common practice. It is also common practice that the landlord requires a deposit as a safety for owed rent, damage to the property etc. Make sure the money is in a seperate deposit account, and not transferred to the landlords private account. Cash is not recommended.
Usually the deposit is equivalent to one or two months’ rent, and limited to six months’ rent. The deposit is inserted into a deposit account in the tenants name and the amount will be blocked for both parties as long as the tenancy lasts. The tenant may claim to withdraw accrued interest from the account. The landlord has the right to choose which bank the deposit should be kept in and is responsible for covering the cost of creating the deposit account. When the tenancy ceases, both parties can require the deposit. If you agree on who are entitled to the amount, the other party must contact the bank and release the amount to the other party. If you disagree on who the money are entitled to, you can contact Jussformidlingen (+47 55 58 96 00) for further help.