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.

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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.


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Published Nov. 20, 2017 3:21 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2019 12:38 PM