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 studentscan 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 (pdf) and information from the tax office - Skatt Øst (pdf).