Norway is the country that takes higher education to a unique international level. Most of the public universities in Norway don’t charge tuition fees, so students can find accessible high-quality degree courses.
Studying abroad in Norway will be a challenging, but rewarding, experience, which will lead to a valuable academic degree that will be a remarkable addition to your CV.
To make it easier for you, we made a quick guide with all you should know about the costs of studying and living in Norway.
Tuition fees in Norway for international students
In Norway, some public universities don’t charge tuition fees. This is valid for undergraduate degree courses, Master’s programmes and PhDs, and for students from all countries, regardless if they are members of the EU/EEA or not.
There is, though, a semester student union fee that has to be paid in full, which is around 32 – 64 EUR.
Some of the universities you should definitively check out in Norway are:
- University of Oslo
- University of Bergen
- BI Norwegian Business School
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- NHH Norwegian School of Business
Here is a list with more tuition-free universities in Norway:
- NHH Norwegian School of Economics
- UIT the Arctic University of Norway
- University of Stavanger
- University of South-Eastern Norway
- The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Costs of living in Norway for international students
Attending a university in Norway involves living costs comprised of accommodation, books and other studying supplies, food and utilities. Although the Norway living cost per month can be above average European countries, they are still some of the best for a Nordic country. And, as a bonus, the Norway standard of living and quality of life is very rewarding.
The total living expenses for an international student for a month, in some of the main cities of Norway, are:
Other smaller cities in Norway usually have an average monthly living cost of 800 – 1,000 EUR.
Students in Norway pay around 36% out of the total living costs on accommodation, so invest in something proper.
You will, generally, pay a monthly average of 1,500 EUR for accommodation in a private rental apartment, with utilities included. Accommodation prices in Oslo can lead up to 1,700 EUR per month, for instance.
Students look for accommodation on campuses and in private apartments. Here are some of the average monthly costs for housing in Norway:
- Students who live alone: 700 EUR
- Students who live with their partner/children: 800 EUR
- Students who live in residence halls: 570 EUR
Accommodation in the university halls is limited in Norway, so only 15% of the students from the entire country live on-campus, according to a European study. However, the rooms they share have high standards, since 69% of the students living in residence halls are satisfied with their housing.
This percentage is above the European average, so if you find a room on-campus, there are high chances you will enjoy it. You might also need to rent a private apartment and pay a deposit.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the stories of those who studied and lived in Norway:
Food costs in Norway and inexpensive shopping
You will usually pay around 240 EUR on food, per month. You can save some money by learning how to cook and buying from grocery stores that sometimes offer discounts or from accessible supermarkets such as:
- Rema 1000
If you plan an evening out, you will spend 20 EUR in an inexpensive restaurant and 65 EUR in an average one, for a meal of two. If you also want to drink something light, you will spend an extra 4 EUR, so plan your nights out wisely.
In Norway, 41% of the students use public transportation and use their discounts provided by the university card. The total cost of a monthly transport pass is between 55 and 72 EUR, and additional transportation can have:
- A starting price of 10 EUR and 1.6 EUR/kilometre, for taxis
- A rate of around 60 EUR for 7 months, for bike rentals
During your studies, you will need books, magazines, and other supplies for your courses and research. These usually reach around 530 EUR per semester, but you can also buy used books from libraries and save some money.
For social activities, you should prepare an estimate of 70 EUR/month.