Bjørknes University College is located in the centre of Oslo, in the St. Hanshaugen neighbourhood, a popular and trendy district only five minutes from the down town area. More than 1000 students choose to study in Oslo at Bjørknes University College every year.

Budget and Housing

It’s no secret that the cost of living in Norway is high. But Oslo is a student-friendly city where there are lots of ways to live and enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. You should budget for approximately NOK 10,000/month for food, housing and entertainment. Study abroad students can apply for student accommodation which usually consists of a furnished study bedroom and bathroom, and either your own mini kitchen or a common kitchen. So brush up on your cooking, as eating out is pricey. All accommodation is co-ed and you will meet students who attend all sorts of different universities and colleges there. We also provide a welcome pack for all study abroad students which consists of bedding, towels and basic kitchen equipment all from IKEA so that you settle in quickly and smoothly.

For more information about tuition fees, please do not hesitate to contact us at info

Bjørknes University College has unfortunately no scholarships available for study abroad students taking the Oslo semester.


Keep Yourself Busy

You will enjoy your time here as part of a intimate and inspiring college environment, with both Norwegian and international students. Extracurricular seminars and social events are organised throughout the semester:

  • Kick-off-days (“Buddy System”)
  • Free coffee every Wednesday
  • Guest lectures
  • Debates and seminars
  • Autumn soccer cup
  • Quiz nights
  • Halloween
  • Student parties
  • Christmas lunch


About Oslo

Oslo is the capital of Norway, home to around 670 000 people, and also Europe’s fastest growing capital. Situated between the Nordmarka forest and the Oslo fjord, Oslo provides both a electric urban environment, as well as easy access to skiing, hiking, swimming and kayaking. Both forests and the sea can be reached with the outstanding public transport system. Oslo is a multicultural, vibrant and safe Nordic capital with a varied cultural scene. From opera in the state-of-the-art National Opera House to a multitude of rock clubs, music festivals, exhibitions and sports events, the choice is yours! Academically, Oslo has a lot to offer with its wide variety of English-spoken seminars and guest lectures by top international scholars. If you want to live and study in an urban setting, but with easy access to all that nature has to offer, Oslo is the place for you. You can also get cheap flights to anywhere in Europe and beyond, from one of the three international airports close to Oslo. The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019, so welcome to our green, fun and friendly city!


Did you know?

  • Typical Norwegian: Nordic skiing, brown cheese, Freia milk chocolate, Nobel Peace Prize, and Aquavit (Norwegian liquor).
  • Oslo has one of Europe’s most vibrant music scenes!
  • Oslo is surrounded by magnificent forests and a beautiful fjord. You’ll definitely meet plenty of friendly Norwegians among the trees…
  • Going to festivals is a definitive must during the summer.


Useful links

General information

VisitOslo – Information on sightseeing and activities in Oslo

VisitOslo’s Facebook page – Frequently updated photos from Oslo

TripAdvisor, Oslo – Information on sightseeing and activities in Oslo

Oslo European Green Capital 2019

Visit Norway – information on traveling in Norway

InterNations, Oslo – A site for expats living in Oslo

Songkick Oslo – Concert calendar for Oslo

Expat blog –Get in touch with Americans and others, living in Oslo

Articles on Oslo

Living in Oslo is different than passing through – Why Oslo beats picturesque Bergen

Huffington Post: EccentriCities – Katherine LaGrave recommends Oslo in Huffington Post

Academic life in Oslo

Peace Research Institute Oslo, events

Oslo University, events

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, events  – a calendar for events related to developing countries and climate

Oslo and Akershus University College, events