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.
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.
- 2333 single housing units / 1313 furnished single units
- Furnished units start at 3571 NOK/month
- 15 minutes from the city centre by metro
- A supermarket, a gym and a cafe next-door
- A big and active community that is largely international
Con: No night bus during weekdays. The metro, however, runs between 5 am and 1 am.
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."
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.
- 1451 single housing units / 765 furnished single units
- Furnished units start at 3512 NOK/month
- Big active community of both international and local students
- 15 minutes from the city centre by metro and three bus stops away from Sognsvann
- Calm and serene location surrounded by gardens
- Because there is only one bus line that connects Sogn with the city centre, you might experience crowded busses during rush hour. Luckily, the nearest subway station is only a 7-8-minute walk away.
- Some buildings might not be very modern
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."
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.
- 355 single housing units / 115 furnished single units
- Furnished units start at 4873 NOK/month
- Good location between city and nature
- St. Hanshaugen, Sagene, Blindern and Majorstuen are within walking/cycling distance
- Well connected with a variety of public transport nearby
Con: Long-term construction projects are being carried out nearby.
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."
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.
- 164 single housing units / 104 furnished single units
- Furnished units start at 4161 NOK/month
- Most expensive price is at only 4363 NOK
- Close to two student gyms, Athletica Blindern and Athletica Domus
Con: Shared bathroom with one person.
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."
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.
- 978 single housing units / 404 furnished single units
- Furnished units start at 4692 NOK/month
- Big student community of both international and local students
- Great location near the city centre with buses that run 24/7 and the recreational area along the river
- All single housing units have a private bathroom
Con: While there are plenty of things to do in the immediate neighbourhood, downtown is about four kilometres away.
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."