Moving to Oslo

Moving to a new country can be challenging. We have put together a short checklist of things you should begin getting sorted out once you decide to accept a position at OsloMet.

  • Visa and work permits for academic staff

    Staying less than 90 days

    If you intend to stay in Norway for less than 90 days, you do not need to apply for a residence permit. However, depending on your nationality, you might need a visitor's visa to enter Norway (udi.no). Please note that if you come from a visa country to visit OsloMet, your visa application must be supported by a written invitation from your host department at OsloMet.

    Staying longer than 90 days

    The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) gives you the necessary information related to work immigration (udi.no).

    OsloMet is working with mobility of researchers in cooperation with Euraxess, the European Commission's job portal. Get the full overview of work permit regulations in Norway (euraxess.no).

    Nordic nationality

    Citizens from all Nordic countries may stay and work in Norway indefinitely without a work permit.

    However, if you plan to live in Norway for more than six months, you must visit a tax office for an ID check and submit a notification of change of address (skatteetaten.no) no later than eight days after you arrive in Norway.

    Book an appointment with the tax office (skatteetaten.no).

    Apply for a residence permit

    Different rules apply based on your country of origin. Most people coming to Norway for work, need a residence permit. Normally, you will have to find a job first.

    Apply for a for a residence permit (udi.no)

    • If you are applying for a work visa, you apply as a skilled worker.
    • If you are in Norway only to do research, you apply as a researcher with own funds, and you are considered a visiting scholar.
    • If you are asked for OsloMet's organisation number, it is 997058925.

    Please note that if you are bringing a partner or family members, you should apply for a visa at the same time, since their visa status will be based on yours.

    EU/EEA nationality

    If you are an EU/EEA national and intend to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, you need to register with the Norwegian authorities for a residence permit to be allowed to work in Norway.

    The registration includes an online registration and a personal meeting with the immigration authorities for ID check upon arrival.

    Make sure to start the process before arrival. You are entitled to move to Norway and start working right away, provided that you register within three months. However, we strongly recommend that you start the registration process well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway.

    Non-EU/EEA nationality

    If you are a non-EU/EEA national formally employed by OsloMet and you intend to stay in Norway for more than 90 days, you need a residence permit. The application includes an online registration and a meeting in person with the immigration authorities upon arrival to finalise the registration.

    Start the process early. Please note that you, as a rule, are not allowed to start working in Norway before the residence permit has been granted. Therefore, you must apply for a residence permit well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway.

    If you are bringing family members, any forms of identification or official documents such as marriage certificates must carry an apostille stamp from the issuing country (udi.no). Registration of family members is dependent on the reference person's registration.

    Non- EU/EUA guest researcher

    OsloMet receives many requests from researchers wanting to visit us for a period of time. The best way for you to begin planning a research stay at OsloMet is to establish direct contact with the researchers in your field. For an overview of OsloMet's research, please visit our research pages.

    Start the residence permit application process early. Please note that, as a rule, you are not allowed to start working in Norway before the residence permit has been granted. You must therefore apply for a residence permit well in advance of your planned arrival in Norway. 

    If you need a Schengen visa or a residence permit in order to visit us, an official invitation letter is required. Please contact the host department to provide you with an invitation letter. The letter must include your full name, nationality, passport number, position, contact information for the department you will be visiting, funding of your stay via scholarship or salary, housing guarantee and planned day of arrival and departure. The letter must be signed by the head of your host department at OsloMet.

     

    Relevant links

  • Accommodation

    COVID–19

    Travel quarantine will now only be required for travellers arriving from red, dark red, purple, and grey countries. See the rules according to your country at the interactive map from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (fhi.no). If you come from a country where quarantine is required, a hotel will be arranged for you upon entry to Oslo airport and the cost is covered by OsloMet upon receipt. Travel quarantine may be shortened if you can present a negative result from a PCR test taken no sooner than 3 days after arrival

    The duty to stay at a quarantine hotel may also be lifted if you can document that you have housing with private room and bath upon arrival to Oslo.

    Housing

    Housing is relatively expensive in Oslo and the surrounding areas compared to other cities in Europe. At the same time, the cost of rent is lower than you might expect, particularly when you take into account what you will be earning in Norway.

    The standard of housing is by and large very high, and landlords tend to keep the apartments they rent out in good condition. The tenant-landlord relationship, moreover, is regulated by law as a way of protecting tenants’ rights (nyinorge.no).

    Below is a list of resources we recommend you make use of as you look for a place to live. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you know you will be taking up a position at OsloMet. If you send us a short description of your housing needs, we will do our best to assist you.

    Long-Term Housing in Oslo

    Short-Term Housing in Oslo

  • Norwegian identification number and ID

    Everyone living in Norway has a unique identification number (skatteetaten.no). You will use this number when interacting with government agencies, and you will need one to open a Norwegian bank account. You can apply for an identification number at the Service Centre for Foreign Workers (sua.no) located in central Oslo.

    Identification while living in Norway

    Norwegians commonly use their driver's license as proof of identification in situations where they need to show ID. You may also be able to use your Norwegian debit card as a form of ID, as long as it includes your Norwegian identification number, your signature and your photograph.

    European citizens living and working in Norway can use their European driver's license as identification.

    The most reliable form of identification for citizens of non-European countries is their passport. Your residence permit, issued as a card, does not constitute an official form of identification.

  • Taxes and pension

    Salaries are quite high in Norway when compared to many other countries. As a result, the cost of living is also quite high. Euraxess Norway offers extensive information about taxation and salaries (euraxess.no).

    Being a state-owned institution, OsloMet enrolls its employees in  the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund  (spk.no) (Statens pensjonskasse in Norwegian). Members of the Fund are entitled to a retirement pension of up to 66 percent of their contribution to the institution, dependent on the years they have worked in the public sector. Read more about welfare and benefits at Working at OsloMet.

  • Transportation

    Getting to Oslo

    Travel to Oslo by train, bus, ferry, plane or car. Check out which companies offer direct routes to Oslo (visitoslo.com).

    Transport to and from Oslo Airport Gardermoen

    How to travel between the city centre and Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) (visitoslo.com).

    Getting around Oslo

    Oslo offers convenient public transportation, and short distances make it easy to get around by walking or biking (visitoslo.com).

    Our two campuses

    OsloMet offers a free shuttle bus for employees that runs between our two campuses, Pilestredet and Kjeller. Information about shuttle schedules and pick up locations (ansatt.oslomet.no).

    • Pilestredet Campus is OsloMet’s largest campus and located in the centre of Oslo.
    • Kjeller Campus is OsloMet’s second-largest campus and lies 20 kilometres outside of Oslo in the fast-growing Romerike region.

    Useful maps and directions

  • Banking

    Most banks will require that your registration for verifying your Norwegian identification number (which you receive after your visit with the police) has been finalised before you can open an account. We recommend that you keep your bank account and credit cards from your home country until all practicalities have been settled.

    OsloMet has made an agreement with Bien Sparebank (bien.no, in Norwegian only) to speed up the process of opening a bank account for our international staff. With Bien Bank you can open an account on the same day you visit the bank, given you have either a Norwegian ID-number or a D-number and bring your passport and your OsloMet contract. To open an account with the OsloMet agreement, please contact Bien Bank customer service at phone (+47) 915 02 436 or E-mail post@bien.no. The visiting address is: Bien Sparebank, Dronning Mauds gate 11, 0250 Oslo. The trams from Pilestredet goes directly to the bank located in Majorstua.

    Bien Bank offers English language online banking, insurance, credit cards and mortgages. We recommend that you keep your bank account and credit cards from your home country until all practicalities in Norway has been settled.

    OsloMet covers the start up fee of NOK 1500 for staff that has a minimum 1 year contract. The fee is deducted from your account but bring a receipt and charge it as spending in the DFØ portal to get a refund. If you have a shorter contract you can still use Bien Bank but the fee will not be covered by the university.

    Other recommended banks

    You can find the following recommended banks in close proximity to OsloMet:

    We recommend that you make an appointment. Please note that it can take up to two months to get the account activated with either Nordea or DnB.

    To register as a new customer you will need the following documents:

    • D number or Norwegian ID number
    • valid passport
    • tax card
    • residence permit (must be valid for more than 3 months)
    • employment contract
    • recommendation letter from your current / former bank