Trondheim, Norway, is one of the oldest Nordic cities, but also the place with the youngest student population in the country. Also called “The Diocese City” for its history as a religious centre, it is the third most populated city in the kingdom and the scientific research centre of Norway.
Trondheim is a technological hub in Norway, with 554 tech companies employing over 10,000 people in all tech-related areas such as IT, engineering, computing, graphic design and multimedia development. Another strong economic field is Trondheim is high-end research, with the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF) serving as research subcontractor for over 2,000 companies worldwide. Their main research field is industry (energy, construction and engineering), as well as healthcare and environmental issues. Over half of SINTEF’s research staff have PhDs, remaining the favourite destination for highly educated graduates of Trondheim’s universities. The institute has long-lasting partnerships with higher education institutions from across Norway, especially for much-needed internship programmes. Another large destination for university graduates in Trondheim is the education sector itself.
The city is best known for its incredible student culture, with 36,000 out of the 187,000 inhabitants being students. This young atmosphere makes it a lively city, despite it being one of the oldest Norwegian towns. The main attraction for social events is the city shopping centre, situated in the heart of town.
Trondheim is a traditional Norwegian city, having a wide distribution of houses and long walkways, perfect for jogging and biking. Founded in 997, Trondheim has several remarkable historical landmarks such as
The city is also a great place for music lovers to enjoy jazz, classical music, both eloquently supplied by the Symphony Orchestra and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. The city is also a centre for music production and recording studios. Trondheim enjoys three yearly film festivals: Minimalen Short Film Fest, Kosmorama International Film Fest and Trondheim Documentarfestival. Like most northern European cities, Trondheim is a great place for winter sports such as skiing and hockey, but also hiking alongside the picturesque scenery.
The city has made it a purpose to be a meeting place for international students, thus organising the International Student Festival in Trondheim. Given its attractive nature for foreign volunteers and students, Trondheim is an ideal cosmopolitan destination, a place where almost everyone is tolerant of different cultures and good speakers of English.
Winters in Trondheim bring moderate snowfall, with mostly mixed precipitations between November and March. The annual average is of 25 cm of snow and a daily minimum of -10 °C (14 °F). Summers are full of sunshine but still rather chilly, with temperatures usually reaching over 20 °C (68 °F), starting from the end of April and up to the end of September. In the past years, average temperatures have begun to rise and the maximum temperature recorded was 35 °C (95 °F) in July.
There are several accommodation options available in Trondheim:
Life in Trondheim is fairly expensive, as is the rest of Norway. Monthly living costs in Trondheim are about 1,080 EUR, excluding accommodation, with food costs reaching 415 EUR/month.
A monthly pass for local transport is around 80 EUR, while a one-way trip ticket is 5.51 EUR. As an alternative, taxis charge a normal rate of 1.43 EUR/km.
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