2. Get involved
Football, theatre, gaming, cinema clubs, dance classes, and language cafes are just a few of the many clubs and associations OsloMet has to offer. With so many possibilities, there’s bound to be a group that will introduce you to a group of people who share your interests. The studentforeninger or student associations culture (student.oslomet.no) is very active in Norway, and just by getting involved, you’ll already be a little more integrated.
“The point is just to be a part of something bigger, where you can meet a lot of people,” says Veronika, who is active in hip hop and jazz dance classes.
“If you’re a bit nerdy, we also have that,” adds Rameen. “I’m the leader of Engineers Without Borders, and we even have something called the Sandwich Association; they really just make sandwiches and socialise,” she says, laughing.
Outside of the university, there are intramural sports teams, bands, and choirs that often welcome international members; a quick Facebook search can lead you to relevant groups. Social networks like Meetup and Bumble BFF can also help you connect with non-students. If you want to get active, check online for yoga and other group fitness classes.
Gym memberships for students are subsidised by the university and will only run you 225 NOK, or about 22 Euros a month. For those interested in getting out in the beautiful Norwegian nature, join a group excursion through DNT, Norway’s most famous hiking and outdoors organisation.
“Find whatever is interesting to you,” Andrew advises. “Because in the end, it’s all about finding people that you have in things in common with, and you’ll have those people to socialise with.”
Find whatever is interesting to you. Because in the end, it’s all about finding people that you have things in common with, and you’ll have those people to socialise with.
– Andrew Edson Nieto Barrera, OsloMet student originally from Spain