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Budget and cost of living

Norway is an expensive country and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living.  As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10 000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.


To give you an idea of the living expenses for a student in Norway, we have put together a modest budget for one semester (all numbers are approximate):

  • Housing: NOK 15 000
  • Food: NOK 15 000
  • Books & Supplies: NOK 5000
  • Transportation: NOK 3000
  • Other expenses: NOK 12 000

Total for 5 months: NOK 50 000

During your first semester you must be prepared to use a substantial amount of money for setting up your household and for buying suitable clothing for the Norwegian climate.

Part-time work and work permit

  • EU/EEA students do not need a work permit, and can work in Norway after they have registered with the police. EU/EEA students must register with the police within 3 months after arrival in Norway. 
  • Non-EU/EEA students can work 20 hours pr week during their first year of study. When granted the first student residence permit in Norway, students are granted a permit to work 20 hours pr week, and full-time work during the holidays. The part-time work permit has the same duration as the study permit.

    When renewing the study permit, the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed, and students must document satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.

Please be aware that it can be difficult to obtain a part time job in order to supplement your budget. There are a limited amount of jobs available for students without knowledge of Norwegian. See further information about part time work from the Career Centre and the tax office 

Published Jul 4, 2013 01:42 PM - Last modified Jan 23, 2015 12:41 PM