Expenses & Budget
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 18 000
- Food: NOK 16 000
- Transportation: NOK 3000
- Other expenses: NOK 17 000
Total for 5 months: NOK 54 000
During your first semester you must be prepared to use a substantial amount of money for setting up your household, buying suitable clothing for the Norwegian climate and obtaining required study materials.
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 up to 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. The study permit for non-EU/EEA nationals normally does not allow students do be self-employed.
When renewing your 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.
Note that it can be difficult to obtain a part time job. There are few jobs available for students without Norwegian language proficiency. The University of Oslo's Career Services provide further information about part time work.