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Life in Oslo

Smiling students gathered in the park for the annual semester kick-off. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward
A guide to making friends with Norwegians

While befriending the locals may take a little extra effort, it can help you experience Norway from a whole new perspective.

Five students having fun in their student flat.
Life in student housing

The most economical housing option for international students spending a semester or more in Oslo is living in a shared student flat. Living in student housing is also a great way to meet other students—from Norway and around the world.

Julia sitting in front of a graffiti art wall.
Oslo has the perfect mix of city and nature

“In Oslo you can go hiking in the woods during the day and go out partying in the evening, ” says Julia, an exchange student from Germany.

Simen walking through the park called Idioten. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward
Urban comforts and green retreats in St. Hanshaugen

This popular neighbourhood near OsloMet has it all—independent shops and restaurants, narrow, colourful streets and plenty of green space.

Winter view of frozen lakes and forest
Ten ways to survive the Norwegian winter

We won’t even try to deny it—winters here are definitely on the long side. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to not only survive winter in Oslo, but embrace it.

Four young people in front of the royal palace.
Oslo is not as expensive as you think

The rumours are true—Norway is a relatively expensive country. On the other hand, you will end up spending less on some things in Oslo than you would back home.