Cost of living

Whether you are deciding if studying in Bergen is the right choice for you, or you have already committed to a study programme, it helps to have an idea of potential financial expectations during your studies. 

Prices in Norway tend to be high, but since most institutions do not charge a tuition fee, studying in Norway might still be affordable.

All education in public academic institutions is free in Norway, apart from a semester fee (NOK 550 - 590) to the Student Welfare Organization. Private institutions charge a small fee, but this is generally very low compared to most countries.

Average prices

VAT is included in Norwegian prices.

Café/Restaurants

Tips are not expected at cafés and bars. Tap water is generally of high quality, so there is no need to buy water in cafes or restaurants.

  • Main course at a restaurant: NOK 175 - 300.
  • Main course at a café/low-cost restaurant: NOK 85 - 200.
  • Coffee at a café: NOK 30 - 45.

Student Cafés

  • Coffee/Tea: NOK 14 - 20.
  • Dinner: NOK 55 - 100.
  • Pre-made sandwiches, salads, soups: NOK 30 - 70.

Take a look at the Sammen (Bergen's student welfare organisation) website for information about student cafeterias.

Accommodation

Single room or small flat at Fantoft Student Village: NOK 2715 - 4080. 

Single room in shared flat in the city center (private market): NOK 3500 - 7500

Shopping

The general price level on clothing and electronics is 5 - 20 % above the EU average.

Most Norwegians use debit/credit cards to pay, even in small kiosks, and in some places (7-eleven, Rema 1000, etc) you can use your mobile to pay (MobilePay). VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted and many stores has also implemented cashless payment.