Say what? Check out this guide to saving money in Oslo we’ve put together for you considering whether to do a master’s here or spend a semester in Oslo on exchange. Take it from us—you can live economically in Oslo and have a good time doing it.
Save Money on Tuition
Yes, you read that right. Studying in Norway is free, even for international students. A master’s degree in the UK will cost you thousands of pounds. A degree from the United States will take you years, probably decades, to pay off.
Not in Norway. All you’ll pay is a semester fee of—wait for it—70 Euros (700 NOK). That's it! No hidden fees.
Live in Subsidised Student Housing
Other than tuition fees, your biggest expense as a student is finding is a place to live. In Norway, student housing is subsidised by the state.
SiO is the name of the student-run cooperative that offers student housing. The cheapest units are about 3100 NOK, or around 315 Euros. That's pretty cheap, and a third of what you'd pay in the open market, or in cities we typically think of as cheaper than Oslo.
As an international student at OsloMet, you are guaranteed student housing. We highly recommend you jump at this opportunity to keep your expenses down.
Living in student housing is a great way to meet other international students as well as real, live Norwegians.
Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
We’re not going to lie—beef and chicken aren’t cheap here. But other foods are. All around Oslo, you’ll find independent, family-run shops that sell fruits and veggies at much lower prices than the chain supermarkets.
Not only will you be supporting independent businesses—the variety will be better and the groceries fresher. Maybe it will take you moving to Oslo for you to finally start getting your five a day.