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Portrait of Carla Louise Hughes. She is standing outside smiling in front of an autumn coloured tree.
UK native named Student of the Year

Carla Louise Hughes embraced the challenge of starting graduate school in a new country during a pandemic. Now, she is making an impact as a member of the team at the Centre for Research on Pandemics & Society.

Austin and two friends relaxing on a bench in the sun.
Finding full acceptance 7,000 kilometres from home

Master's student Austin Lavender discovered his love for Norwegian culture, language, and the northern climate while studying on exchange, so he decided to settle in for his graduate degree.

Seaside in the centre of Oslo, a small leisure boat on the fjord and people soaking in the sun on land.
Where to live in Oslo: your guide to the best student housing

As an international student, one of the most important decisions you make before coming to Norway is where to live—a choice that will have a significant impact on your experience in Oslo.

Rob Starling standing in the stairs of a tall building.
Design students aim to solve problems and improve people’s lives

Rob Starling chose OsloMet for his master’s degree in product design because he wanted to expand his digital toolkit and explore the department’s impressive workshop facilities. Now he has embarked on a whole new career within service design.

Kayakers paddle around in the Oslofjord with the Norwegian Opera House in the background. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward.
Summer in Oslo is pretty close to paradise

The light never really goes away, it never gets too hot, and the water in the fjord is so clean you can swim in it. Welcome to Oslo in the summertime.

An alley covered in grafitti and street art.
Eight ways to experience Norwegian culture in Oslo

Embrace the great outdoors, sample the local cuisine, and hang out with friends at a safe distance. Here are some ways to spend your free time like the locals do.

View of Hovedøya in autumn colours and the Oslo skyline.
Student-friendly ways to enjoy autumn in Oslo

Whether you’re a returning student or are brand new to Oslo, autumn is a great time to explore the city.

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.

Three students walking along a quiet street with small wooden houses. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward.
Want to enrich your stay in Oslo? Learn Norwegian!

By learning some Norwegian, you’ll become more integrated into Norway’s culture and begin to discover Oslo in a whole new way.

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.

Olaug Marie Baade Aamlid and her friend eating street food at SALT. Photo: Benjamin A. Ward.
Experience downtown Oslo like a local

Join OsloMet student Olaug for a tour of her favourite places to eat, swim, shop and hang out—just a few minutes from campus.

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

The most cost-effective housing option for international students in Oslo in a shared student flat. Sharing a flat with other students is also a great way to meet other students—from Norway and around the world.

Picture from user testing setup
Virtual reality game helps train Parkinson's patients

No medicine can cure Parkinson’s disease, but a virtual reality game can help the patients to retain...

Students hiking in the Norwegian woods
Nature as your classroom

As an exchange student at the Department of Early Childhood Education, you will experience first-hand what makes the Norwegian approach to kindergarten unique.

Nadiya, fellow student Elias, and Mari
Solving future challenges with design

"Product design is exciting: You don’t have to stick with one thing, you work across disciplines and I think that’s the way everyone should work", says Nadiya.

View of Frognerparken in autumn colours.
Find your happy place in one of Oslo's many parks

“I like a lot of places in Oslo. But if I had to choose, my first choice would be Frognerparken," says Herish, a master's student from Iran.

Sheree sitting on a table with Sognsvann bihind her and the dense forest surrounding the lake in the background.
The air is so much cleaner in Oslo

"I just love how free I feel when I go for a hike around the lake," says Sheree, a master's student originally from Canada.

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.

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.

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.

A smiling Andrew Edson on a small bridge in the park at St. Hanshaugen.
The light in the North is really beautiful

What's the best way to spend a summer evening in Oslo? Andrew from Spain shares some of his favourite things to do outdoors during the months when it never really gets dark.