Accommodation

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Accommodation

Written by: Study Bergen

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Find out where to live in Bergen and how you can get an apartment.

Accomodation Map

The map show the central parts of the City of Bergen and the different academic institutions. The thin red line shows the Bergen Light Rail-track (Bybanen).

Distances from city centre:
  • Breiviken: Walk 40-50 min / Bus 15 min
  • Sandviken: Walk 10-40 min / Bus 5-10 min
  • Løvstakksiden (Damsgård-Gyldenpris-Solheimsviken): Walk 10-20 min / Bus 5-10 min
  • Fjellsiden/Haukeland: Walk 15-30 min / Bus 5-10 min
  • Kronstad/Danmarksplass: Walk 15-25 min /Bus or rail 10 min
  • Landås: Walk 30-50 min / Bus 10-20 min
  • Fantoft: Walk 1 h / Bus or rail 15-20 min

Student housing

The Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (SiB) manages more than 4289 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. The SiB Housing Department has many years of experience in lodging students from all over the world. SiB 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 SiB student home, provided that you apply for a room within the deadline: Exchange students, Quota students, Self-financed Master degree students, Students in other collaboration programs with a minimum 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 center. The light rail train to the city center 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.

The price range for a single room in a shared flat is from NOK 2700 to 4600.

Private market

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.

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Rental contract

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 common 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.

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 that 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 that are entitled to it, you can contact Jussformidlingen (+47 55 58 96 00) for further help.

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