Norway is the country that takes education to a unique international level. Most of the universities from Norway dont charge tuition fees, so students can find accessible high-quality degree courses.
Studying abroad in Norway will be a challenging, but rewarding experience that will lead to a valuable academic degree that will be a remarkable addition to your CV. Research your study options and costs before applying to a university in Norway just to make your decision easier.
Read more about university fees and living costs before heading to Norway!
1. University tuition fees in Norway
In Norway, public universities dont charge tuition fees. This is valid for undergraduate degree courses, Master programmes and PhD, 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.
Read more about tuition fees in universities from Norway.
2. Student living costs in Norway
Attending a university in Norway also involves living costs which mostly comprise accommodation, books and other studying supplies, food and utilities. Although living costs may be above the average European countries, they are medium for a Nordic country and the quality of life is rewarding.
Below you will see some of the total living costs for one international student for one month in some of the main cities of Norway, without the accommodation expenses.
Other smaller cities of Norway usually have average monthly living costs of 700 800 EUR.
Here is a detailed list of prices and more information about living costs in Norway.
Students pay around 36% out of the total living costs on accommodation. 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 to 1,700 EUR per month.
Students look for accommodation on campus and in private apartments. Options are available at prices above the international average but fit the country. Here are some of the average monthly costs for housing in Norway:
- Students that live alone: 639 EUR
- Students that live with partner/children: 787 EUR
- Students that live in residence halls: 564 EUR
Accommodation in 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 maybe pay a deposit.
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Food costs and inexpensive shopping
You will usually pay around 240 EUR/month on food. You can save some money by buying from grocery stores that sometimes offer discounts or from accessible supermarkets such as Rema 1000, Rimi, Kiwi, Bunnpris, Meny, Ultra or Ica.
If you plan an evening out, you will spend 34 EUR in an inexpensive restaurant and 85 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.Find more details here about living costs in Norway!
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.
- Taxi fares: for the starting price of 10 EUR and 1.6 EUR/kilometre.
- Rent a city bike: rates are around 55 EUR for around 7 months.
During your studies, you will need books, magazines and other supplies for your courses and research. These usually reach around 530 EUR per semester. You can also buy used books from libraries and make some extra savings.
For social activities, you should prepare a minimum of 70 EUR/month.Get ready to study abroad in Norway! Here's some more helpful information like the best Scandinavian universities, applying for the student visa in Norway, or enrolling in a Norwegian university.