Renting private housing
Finding an apartment while still situated abroad may be difficult but not impossible. Make sure that the potential landlords know that you will be working at UiO as employees at UiO is well reputed and attractive as tenants.
Warning! Please be aware that, as in all societies, there will be swindlers on the private market and you should do a back-ground check before transferring money to anyone.
Check these bulletin boards
- UiO's online bulletin board for private accommodation - Postings by owners/letters who wish to rent out private accommodation to international researchers affiliated with UiO
- www.finn.no (Norwegian) - The most popular Norwegian website for housing announcements.
- www.hybel.no (Norwegian) - Website for housing announcements mainly presenting shared apartments solutions and smaller studio apartments.
- www.sabbaticalhomes.com - A resource for home exchanges and rentals for academics while on sabbatical leaves.
- www.heimstaden.no (Norwegian) - Rental firm
- www.utleiemegleren.no (Norwegian) - Rental firm
- www.osloleilighet.no (Norwegian) - Rental firm
Publish an announcement
Foreign researchers are generally considered to be pleasant and reliable renters and therefore are popular with Norwegian landlords. Try your luck by publishing an announcement specifying your particular needs and research available housing on one or several websites listed above (not possible on UiO's bulletin board).
Familiarize yourself with renting conditions in Norway
Customs and conditions for renting private housing often vary from country to country. Read our tips when renting private accommodation before signing any housing contract!
In Norway, as in many other countries, it is common that the tenant pay a deposit when renting an apartment. The deposit is most commonly in the amount of three months rent and must be deposited in a separate account. Usually one owned by the tenant, with a special provision that neither party can withdraw from the account without the consent of the other party.
Employees hired for a minimum of one year may apply for a welfare loan to cover the deposit for house rental. Loans are interest-free and are repaid via salary deductions.