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Housing for ISS students

All on-campus ISS students are housed at the privately-owned Blindern Dormitory. 

Picture of Blindern Dormitory

Blindern Dormitory, Photo: J.Hughes, UiO

Housing at Blindern Dormitory (on-campus)

For convenience, we use the term "on-campus" when we refer to Blindern Dormitory. The dormitory, however, is privately owed and operated; the University of Oslo does not own or operate this facility and is not obliged to provide any of the services found across the street on the Blindern campus.

If you requested "on-campus" housing, you will be housed at Blindern Dormitory. 

Most rooms are double rooms and the majority of students will be assigned a roommate. Married couples are housed together, however, we are unable to accommodate dependents on campus. Any changes to roommate assignments must be approved by the Residential Managers. 

Linen and bedding will be supplied, but residents are required to bring their own towels.  Residents are expected to make their own beds and keep their quarters tidy. Rooms will be cleaned every other day and bed linen changed every other week.

The rooms are furnished with a bed for each resident, one desk, one chair, one table, one telephone and one LAN-wall plug for internet access. Blindern Dormitory has limited WiFi access in the Student Lounge only. Each room has one LAN-network connection. Bring your own network cable (cat5/cat3) in order to connect to the Internet in your room. 

Mini-refrigerators and microwave ovens are not available. Every two rooms share a shower and sink. Toilets are at the end of the corridors.

Common rooms at Blindern are available for general use until midnight. Quiet hours are to be observed from 23:00 to 07:00 Sunday to Thursday and from 24:00 to 07:00 Friday and Saturday.

The following services/equipment are available at Blindern Dormitory:

  • Common area with couches, tables and wireless Internet access
  • A quiet library room ideal for studying
  • A music room with a piano & guitar
  • TV Lounge
  • Five automatic washing machines and dryers
  • Irons & ironing boards, sewing kit
  • Hairdryers
  • Ping pong rackets & balls, soccer ball, baseball gloves & ball, beach volleyball, American football, frisbee, some board games
  • A limited number of CD players may be checked out for two hours at a time
  • Eye shades (if you have sleeping problems due to the brighter Norwegian summer nights!)

On the Dormitory grounds the gardens, a soccer field and a sand volleyball court are open to residents.

Blindern Dormitory was built in 1925 before buildings were constructed for universal accessibility. The Dormitory has many stairs and there is neither an elevator nor a permanent wheelchair ramp. A temporary ramp can be installed on request. The courtyard is covered in gravel, which can be difficult for students who have problems walking, or who are wheelchair users. The cafeteria and common areas are all located in the main building, but there are no lavatories on the ground floor. None of the lavatories in the Dormitory are wheelchair accessible.  The ISS welcomes all students, but would like students to have a realistic picture of the limitations of the facilities at Blindern Dormitory. Contact us as soon as possible to find out what accommodations and services we do offer for students with disabilities.


The first meal served in the Blindern Dormitory dining room for early arrivals is lunch on Friday, 19 June, from 12:00 to 15:00. The last meal of the session is breakfast on Friday, 31 July, 07:00-10:00.

During the session three meals are served per weekday. Except for Saturday 20 June, Sunday 21 June, no lunches will be served on weekends or during the Long Weekend (09-12 July). Residents are encouraged to pack a lunch at breakfast. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. The meal hours are:

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner*
Weekdays 07:15-08:45 12:00-14:30 17:30-19:00
Saturday 07:00-10:00 - 17:30-19:00
Sunday 08:00-10:00 - 17:30-19:00

* Dinner is served fairly early due to the many evening events.

The food served is typically Norwegian. This means fish is served 2-3 times a week, pork products are often mixed with non-pork products, and fresh fruits are not readily available. The food, however, is always hearty and nutritious.

Special diets cannot be accommodated at the dormitory. Some adjustments in the menu are made to suit the international makeup of the ISS student body. For example, halal meat will be served at least once a week. The only alternative to the standard menu will be plain vegetarian food that can include eggs and dairy products.

Ramadan 2015. The month of Ramadan is due to start around 18 June 2015 and end 17 July 2015. The kitchen staff is, unfortunately, unable to offer special Ramadan meals (Iftar). In Norway, the days are long and the nights are short. Please plan your trip accordingly. 

Off-campus housing

ISS is not in a position to assist students who want private housing. These are some useful websites:

Published Oct 10, 2011 01:02 PM - Last modified Jan 30, 2015 02:08 PM