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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. The Career Centre have made further information about part time work.

Orientation Meeting about part-time work

The Career Center and the Tax office held a orientation meeting about part-time work 20 August, 2015. Read the presentations: 

Published Jul 4, 2013 01:42 PM - Last modified Sep 7, 2015 10:49 AM