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Check list for Exchange students before arrival

When you have been offered an exchange opportunity and decided to come to Oslo New University College (ONUC) for the fall semester there are a few important things you have to do before arrival.

Your Checklist before arrival in Norway

Welcome to the beginning of an unforgettable journey! As you prepare to join us in Norway, here are some essential steps to ensure a smooth transition:

1. Find Your Acceptance Letter

This is crucial for your student residence permit application. Double-check your name and date of birth for accuracy.

2. Secure Student Housing

Apply for student accommodation. As soon as you know that you are going to Oslo, you should start checking the student accommodations out, as housing is allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. The recommended deadline is June 1st.

We recommend that students apply for housing through SiO - Foundation for Student Life in Oslo.

Explore popular student housing options like “Stensberggata Student House” and “St. Hanshaugen Student Village”. They are conveniently located and surrounded by charming cafes and stores. For an even more central location, consider Anker Studentbolig in the heart of Oslo.

Remember to check your email and spam folder regularly for housing offers and act swiftly.
We will also send out more details about the housing process on email well before you need it. 

3. Student Residence Permit for Americans

If you are an American student, you will need to apply for a student residence permit. Please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigrations website (UDI) to read what requirements apply to you, and what steps you must take to apply for a residence permit.

Visit the UDI website for specific requirements and apply before July 1st.

Also, explore StudyinNorway.no for additional information on insurance, part-time work, and more.


Additional tips:  

  • Pack accordingly: Norwegian weather can be unpredictable - and cold in the fall and winter months. Pack layers, waterproof, warm clothing, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Plan your finances: 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 food, housing and entertainment.


Arrival at the Airport

There will be a Norwegian student buddy at the airport to welcome you and assist with your transition. 

You will get all the information you need from our international office. If you have any questions, please send them to: international@oslonh.no.


Read more about: 

Student life in Oslo 

Information for students

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