Where to live in Oslo: your guide to the best student housing

Seaside in the centre of Oslo, a small leisure boat on the fjord and people soaking in the sun on land.

To help you make the right choice and get the most out of your OsloMet experience, we talked to a few students about living in some of the more popular student housing options.

Oslo can be quite expensive, but luckily The Student Welfare Organisation (SiO) offers affordable housing to fit everyone’s needs and preferences.

You can live in the heart of the city or close to the forest and one of Oslo’s most popular lakes.

Woman with earphones on lying down in the sun, dressed for summer.

Wherever you end up living, you will find your own favourite spot to soak up the sun, whether you prefer the park, a café or maybe one of Oslo's many beaches. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Due to the COVID-19 situation, international students are not currently guaranteed a room, however we recommend that you apply for one (student.oslomet.no).

There are more student housing choices in the city than the ones presented here. You can find the full housing list on SiO’s website (sio.no).

We start off at Åråsen for those of you considering studying at our Kjeller campus and looking to live nearby. Then we move on to the locations in the city of Oslo.

Kjeller Campus building with huge glass facade and yellow OsloMet details.

Students at our Kjeller Campus might prefer to live close by at Åråsen Student House. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Kjeller housing

Åråsen, near our Kjeller campus 

Åråsen Student House in Lillestrøm outside of Oslo. It is the perfect option for students attending classes at our Kjeller campus. 

It is SiO’s only student housing near the Kjeller campus, and it has two large rooftop terraces that you can enjoy.

The centre of Lillestrøm is only 1.5 km away and offers shops, cafés, restaurants and a cinema.

Drone photo of Oslo's vast forests with a lake in the middle.

Nature is your next-door neighbour at Kringsjå. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Oslo—outside the city centre 

On the outskirts of the city and north of Pilestredet Campus, we have three student accommodations on our list. They all lie in areas with a good mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes, and nature is just around the corner.

Students cooking in a shared kitchen in one of the student villages.

Invite your friends over for dinner or a preparty (called "vorspiel" in Norwegian). Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Kringsjå, a town of students 

Kringsjå Student Village is currently the largest student village, and neighbour to Nordmarka forest and Sognsvann lake.

Kringsjå is perfect for those of you who want to go hiking, swimming, running or even skiing, starting right outside your door.

Also, you may experience that apart from classes, you may not have many reasons to leave the area. The easy access to nature is Kringsjå’s signature feature.

Jogger on a forest path next to Sognsvann lake.

Be active and enjoy nature at the same time. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Con: No night bus during weekdays. The metro, however, runs between 5 am and 1 am.

Logs burning with orange flames.

Going to Sognsvann for a bonfire party or a barbecue can be a pretty unique and fun experience. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Diego, a business student from Brazil, says that his favourite thing about Kringsjå is the proximity to nature.

Since he loves to run around the lake, he appreciates how easy it is the get there—just a five-minute walk or run.

"International students should choose Kringsjå because we have the metro, supermarkets, nature and even a gym all in the same place. I also have my private bathroom and share a well-furnished kitchen, so I do not need to buy anything. Flatmates are also a good way to meet more people."

A wooden cabin with grass roof in the forest reflecting in a small lake.

The forests are part of Oslo. A lot of international students have their first experience with Norwegian nature in "Oslomarka." A 30 minute walk around Sognsvann or an overnight hike deeper into the forest—you choose! Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Sogn, the serene student village

Sogn Student Village is the second largest in Oslo, as well as the oldest.

It is located a 20-minute walk downhill from Kringsjå, Nordmarka forest and Sognsvann lake. Because of how close it is to Kringsjå, the two student communities tend to mix.

Sogn is also close to Ullevål stadium with a variety of shops, restaurants and other services. It is also worth mentioning that a ten-minute walk can take you to Athletica Domus, the largest student gym in the city.

However, for many students, Sogn’s most important characteristic is its overall peacefulness. It really is the perfect place for students who value harmony with a touch of greenery.

Five students having dinner, laughing and having fun together.

The most affordable housing options have shared kitchens where you can get to know your flatmates better. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

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Hands holding a cup of hot chocolate with cream.

Stroll down to Ullevål stadium for some shopping or a hot beverage at the local bakery. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Patricia, an engineering student from Mexico, says that her favourite thing about Sogn is having many friends living nearby due to Sogn’s size. She also loves how much green space there is between buildings and how close the supermarket is.

"International students should choose Sogn because there are so many nice places to relax. It’s really quiet here. There is hardly any noise from the road, and you can’t hear the metro. You can also get anywhere really easily with multiple kinds of transportation, so location isn’t an issue."

To men in a sports hall doing a high five.

At Vestgrensa, you literally live on exercise street, "Trimveien". Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Vestgrensa, where the gym is your next-door neighbour

Vestgrensa Student Village is a modern, quiet student village that is well connected to the rest of the city by tram and metro. Vestgrensa is a ten-minute walk from Ullevål stadium and its shops, cafés, pharmacy etc.

The best part is that Vestgrensa is built right next to the student gym, Athletica Domus, which offers a multitude of classes, football fields, sport halls, and even a swimming pool.

White metro train 5 to Sognsvann.

The metro takes you to the city centre. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Con: Long-term construction projects are being carried out nearby.

Fresh bread on a shelf at a bakery.

Lots of students have their breakfast at one of the bakeries in the area. Whether you go to Ullevål stadium, Damplassen or Blindern, you will get fresh and delicious bread and pastries. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Maud, a product development student from Belgium, says that her favourite thing about Vestgrensa is that it’s located in a quiet neighbourhood with Athletica Domus right next door.

"International students should choose Vestgrensa because it’s a little cheaper than the student accommodation in the heart of the city. And with public transport you can quickly and easily go downtown whenever you want to."

Colourful old apartment buildings with a lawn and sitting area outside.

Walking from Ullevål to Pilestredet Campus can be a nice morning stroll through quiet neighbourhoods. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Ullevål, the midpoint

Ullevål Student Village is conveniently located between downtown and the forests, lakes and mountains that surround the city.

OsloMet’s Pilestredet Campus is just a 20-minute walk away, and the St. Hanshaugen, Majorstuen and Sagene neighbourhoods are within walking and cycling distance.

Another great characteristic is the peaceful location behind Ullevål Hospital.

Students at a cafe playing board games.

Meet up with your fellow students for game night. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Con: Shared bathroom with one person.

Jogger on a path next to Akerselva river.

Akerselva is highly valued by Oslo's citizens. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Ann-Kathrine, a journalist student form Germany, says that her favourite thing about Ullevål is the location. She explains that it’s only a five-minute walk to the bus and tram stop, and from there "you are ready to get to the most important spots in Oslo—in the blink of an eye."

"International students should choose Ullevål because there is small grocery shop just around the corner. It’s open seven days a week and has all the essentials at good prices. You can even grab a quick breakfast on your way to the tram when you are running late for class! It’s also great if you want to grab a snack on your way to the next hike, beach day, or picnic."

Silhouette of two people on a bench looking at fjord on a sunny day.

Hop on the tram or bus for a short ride to a picnic by the fjord. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Bjølsen, near the Akerselva river

Bjølsen Student Village is a modern complex of buildings in the northern part of the city centre.

Bjølsen is close to Sagene and Torshov which are neighbourhoods filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

You will also be right next to the Akerselva river that runs through the city from north to south, spilling out into the Oslo Fjord.

Bjølsen is a good fit for students who want to have everything nearby and explore the more urban parts of Oslo.

Woman picking out a book from a shelf in a book shop.

Oslo has plenty of shopping malls and supermarkets, but you also have all the small, locally owned shops that make each neighbourhood so special. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Con: While there are plenty of things to do in the immediate neighbourhood, downtown is about four kilometres away.

Man on bicycle in a lush, green park.

Along most of Akerselva river you can walk, bike, run or just simply hang out. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Santiago, an engineering student from Colombia, says that his favourite thing about Bjølsen is how easy is to go out and to get back get home from anywhere at any time.

"International students should choose Bjølsen because we have buses passing by often and one that runs 24/7, so it’s easy to come and go no matter what time or day it is. That same bus also gets you quickly to and from campus."

People at a restaurant sitting outside in the sun. Akershus fortress and the fjord in the background.

In Oslo, the city centre is never far away. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Oslo city centre

The options in the city centre offer a more urban living experience. 

St. Hanshaugen, Oslo’s greenest district

St. Hanshaugen Student Village is in the middle of the popular St. Hanshaugen.

This district has two of the biggest parks in Oslo which are perfect for picnics and walks. The St. Hanshaugen park hosts OsloMet’s welcome ceremony for new students every August.

St. Hanshaugen also holds the title of Oslo’s greenest district, which is ideal for students wanting to experience living in the city named the European Green Capital in 2019.

Man reading a book in a park.

St. Hanshaugen is close to campus and perfect for a long lunch break. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Con: Shared bathroom with one person.

White building with the SiO logo.

St. Hanshaugen Student Village in the popular St. Hanshaugen district. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Ryan, an engineering student from the US, says that his favourite thing about St. Hanshaugen is its perfect location for getting to and from Pilestredet Campus. He also comments that with a bike or public transportation, you can get downtown in less than ten minutes.

"International students should choose St. Hanshaugen because the housing allows for a simplistic living style by providing a clean room and a small shared kitchen and bathroom space with only one roommate."

Man buying coffee and something to eat at the cafe counter.

A local gem of a cafe close to campus and Stensberggata Student House. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Stensberggata, a very central and practical location

Stensberggata Student House is in the middle of the St. Hanshaugen district.

This is the student house on our list closest to Pilestredet Campus. Only a five-minute walk away, you will find yourself at the edge of campus.

Fifteen minutes away is Oslo’s main street, Karl Johans gate. It’s this proximity to the university that makes this student house unique and perfect for students who want to live as close to campus as possible.

Part of Stensberggata Student House and a few surrounding brick buildings and a small street with parked cars.

Stensberggata, just up the street from Pilestredet Campus. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

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Old stone buildings in a pinkish colour.

Take a historic walk through the city. Akershus fortress is located downtown next to the fjord. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Olivier, an engineering student from France, says that his favourite thing about Stensberggata is its proximity to the downtown area and how it’s so easy to get to it from anywhere.

"I think people who love going out should choose Stensberggata. On weekday evenings, a lot of international students have to leave parties quite early because of public transport. Since you are close to every bar from here, you can go back whenever you want!"

Two kayakers on the Oslo Fjord with  Oslo's urban downtown in the background.

In Oslo, you will never run out of options in your free time, whether you prefer nature and sports or urban city life—or a combination of the two. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Kansleren, the hipster house

Kansleren Student House is in the hipster district of Tøyen, the very heart of Oslo's up-and-coming east side.

Just outside the door, you’ll find a beautiful botanical garden—Oslo’s green lung. Nearby Grønland provides plenty of family-run fruit and vegetable markets which offer lower prices than supermarkets.

Living in Kansleren, you are also just a short walk from the hipster district of Grünerløkka and the hyper-modern area called Bjørvika. Living here will you give you the chance to discover Oslo’s young, urban side.

Woman at an indoors miniature golf field.

Go for a round of miniature golf. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Pros:

Cons:

Vegetables in boxes outside a local grocery store.

Both at Grønland and Grünerløkka you can find cheaper produce than at the supermarket. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Arnau, an engineering student from Spain, says his favourite thing about Kansleren is how perfect the location is within Oslo—downtown is only a short walk away and the area is well connected because of the nearby metro station.

"I would 100 percent recommend Kansleren, not only because it is perfectly situated, but also because it has some of the best prices among SiO’s student houses. Being close to Grønland is an advantage because you can save more money on groceries. Kansleren also has some of the biggest shared kitchens you’ll find and a pretty big bedroom as well."

Dark grey and tall silo tuned into student housing with window rows on each column.

Grünerløkka Student House in the old silo is also an option. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

Brick building with SiO logo on it.

Next-door neighbour to Pilestredet Campus: Pilestredet Student House . Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / OsloMet

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