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Accommodation for International Students

Accommodation for International Students

As a student at OsloMet, you can apply for student housing through the Student Welfare Association (SiO), or you can look for accommodation on the private market. We have gathered some sources of information and a few pieces of advice for you.

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  • Housing with the Student Welfare Association (SiO)

    As a student at OsloMet, you can apply for affordable student housing through the Student Welfare Association (SiO). OsloMet has a limited number available, and full-degree students will be prioritised. Even if OsloMet cannot guarantee you student housing, we urge you to apply for it. However, if you have not received a housing guarantee from OsloMet, we advise you to look for other options as well.

    Type of housing

    International students can apply for any type of housing, but one of your options should be “unspecified housing” as this increases your chances of getting an offer. If you have received a housing guarantee from OsloMet, you must apply for “single room”, as this is the only choice covered by the guarantee.

    There is a very high demand for family/couples housing and housing close to the city centre. We recommend you to include more options in your application.

    How to apply

    1. Apply for SiO housing (sio.no) as soon as possible and no later than the deadline.

    The sooner you apply for housing, the better are your chances of getting the room you want. As long as you have already applied to OsloMet, you can apply for housing. 

    Deadlines:

    • 31 May Autumn semester
    • 31 October Spring semester

    2. Choose a room

    • If the room you want is not available when you apply, choose the room anyway. It may be available by the time you arrive in Oslo.
    • Only apply for an offer you can accept.
    • Select 2 January or 1 August as your moving in date.
    • Select more than one student house (if your first choice has no availability, your second, third or sixth choice might.
    • Under “Social Security Number” you must fill in your date of birth in the format of DDMMYY.

    3. If you receive an offer

    • You will receive an e-mail confirming that your application is registered including what SiO calls a "Personal Identity Number" (this can take a few days to process after you have applied).
    • Use this temporary personal identity number to register as a new user in SiOs MyPage.
    • You will also receive an e-mail after you have been allocated housing with a housing offer, which you will need to accept.
    • Even if what SiO offers is not what you initially wanted, we advise you to accept it as you will only receive one offer. If you do not accept it, you will be at the bottom of the waiting lists. You may apply for internal moving after you have arrived in Oslo. 

    Still have questions about SiO housing?

    Please see our Frequently Asked Questions about Student Housing 

  • Housing guarantee with the Student Welfare Association (SiO)

    Due to the pandemic, OsloMet has a limited number of student housing available for the fall semester 2021.

    Based on priorities, some of OsloMet’s international full degree students from non-EU/EEA countries have been granted a housing guarantee. Those concerned have received information about this in May. 

    There is no housing guarantee for exchange students.

  • FAQ about student housing with the Student Welfare Association (SiO)

  • Private housing

  • Rental agencies

  • Hotel agreement - Thon Hotels

    OsloMet has an agreement with two hotels in Oslo, where our students can rent a room at a reduced price. There is a limited number of rooms available. 

    The price is per month is NOK 5950 (paid in advance) and includes housekeeping once per week. The room has ensuite bathroom, Smart/tv with Chromecast, wifi and mini fridge. Note that no meals are included. 

    Booking

    You book by sending an email to: service@olavthon.no. You can also call (+47) 21 49 69 00. 

    You need to attach your letter of acceptance from OsloMet, and to use the reference number: 29678624. 

    The hotel will send you a confirmation, payment details and a contract before arrival. 

    Please contact the Thon Hotels if you have any questions. 

  • Hotel agreement - Scandic Holberg

    OsloMet has an agreement with the Scandic Hotels in Oslo, where our students can rent a room at Scandic Holberg at a reduced price.

    The price is per month is NOK 6600 (paid in advance) per room with one person in the room, or NOK 8600 per room with two persons in the room. The offer includes clean bedsheets once per week, ensuite bathroom, wifi, access to the gym at the hotel, and a breakfast sandwich every day. 

    Booking

    Please use Scandic Holberg's web site for booking. You need to use the code: STUEX30. The code is valid for booking for 30 nights. You need to present your OsloMet letter of admission or student card at check in.

    Please contact the Scandic Holberg if you have any questions. 

  • Avoid being scammed

    As everywhere in the world, there are people with bad intentions. Please keep this list of ‘red flags’ in mind to as you look for accommodation:

    • Never give your credit card information to anyone.

    • Make sure you are offered a proper housing contract. Read it thoroughly before signing it.

    • Be cautious if you are asked to transfer money to a foreign account.

    • Be cautious if the landlord cannot show you the room/apartment or is difficult to reach.

    • Do not transfer a deposit before the landlord has shown you the room/apartment.

    • If you are renting private accommodation: Do not transfer the deposit into a private bank account. The landlord and the tenant should visit the bank together to open a deposit account.

    • Try finding the house on Google Maps. The address and pictures should make sense with the information in the advertisement.

    • Be cautious if the rental is considerably lower than for a similar apartment/room in the same area.

    • If something seems too good to be true – it usually is!