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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.

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.

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.