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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.

Five students having fun in their student flat.

Life in Student Housing

The most economical housing option for international students spending a semester or more in Oslo is living in a shared student flat. Living in student housing is also a great way to meet other students—from Norway and around the world.

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.