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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 (sio.no). You can apply for student housing as soon as you have applied to OsloMet.

    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.

    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 SiO's 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 

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

  • Private housing

  • Rental agencies

  • 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!