We know that it might be hard to find accommodation in a different city being a student. Therefore, we did some research and made a practical guideline for you. As a BI student you are guaranteed with student housing if you apply before the housing deadline. Housing deadline has been postponed to May 15th. If you have not completed your application yet, we encourage you to follow this link and do it as soon as possible. Click HERE to apply.
For students outside of EU countries, if you would like to use your deposit to pay for rents before arrival or during the first few months before getting your Norwegian bank account, we would recommend choosing SiO housing as they are also the deposit account service provider.
The process is simple, you just need to fill out your information, state your preference of different housing providers and pay the administration fee. Once the allocation is made, the housing provider will contact you directly.To give you a picture of the housing options, we prepared a small comparison table, where you can see the price range, transportation and utilities. Please note that the transportation time is based on google map and the actual housing price please refer to each housing provider’s website.
Here you will find direct links to different housing providers, we highly recommend you to go to their website and see the locations, room types and the surrounding area. Links: SiO , BSN , Diakonhjemmet
There many different types of rooms. We will provideyou some basic information to understnad what is the difference between room types. Single room is the room type that you will have your own room, but might share bathroom and kitchen with 1-7 people depends on the housing provider. For example, BSN single room is sharing the common area with 1 person. But for Kringsjå, Sogn or Bjølsen, you might share with more. Studio is the room type that you will have your own room, bathroom and kitchen all by yourself.
Please note that BI housing only gaurantee the single room!!!!
Also, you can find a map below, which has main SiO student housing options, BSN and Diakonhjemmet highlighted on it. You can see how far/close they are located to BI campus, city center and etc.
Student living in BSN
One of the main reasons why I chose BSN is its location in Nydalen, which is only a few minutes away from BI. There is 1 shopping mall, 2 metro stations, bus stops, tram stop and 4 supermarkets all within walking distance. Many of my friends live in BSN which made it also a natural choice for me.
Student living at Bjølsen Studentby
I chose Bjølsen because it is located only 10 minutes by foot from school. It is a very convenient option with public transport going directly to school and the stop is right in front of the village. There are also two supermarkets within two-minute walking distance. Consequently, many BI students end up choosing Bjølsen, which makes the organization of social events also very easy.
Student living at Sogn
I first sublet a room in Sogn for 3 months, and then decided to stay here for 2 years. This area is a perfect combination of nature, peace and convenience (public transport, supermarket and gym center). It takes me 15 mins every day to go to school, 20 mins to the city center, 10s min to Sognsvann and 5 mins to Domus Athletica (gym). Supermarkets like Rema, Kiwi and Coop are all accessible. Especially, Sogn has amazing grass field to sunbath in the summer. To me, Sogn is not only convenient or affordable but also very sweet and cosy.
Student living at Kringsjå
What I love the most about Kringsjå is its surrounding. It takes 5 mins to walk to the beautiful Sognsvann lake. Metro also stops right outside of the student village. It is a very big student complex where you can meet people from different schools. You need to be careful in the winter with slippery roads. Other than that, my number one choice for living would definitely be Kringsjå.
If you have any further questions regarding the student housing in Oslo, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call +47 464 10 011 🙂