University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

No. Students: 27,600 No. of Academic staff: 3,212
Funding type: Public
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The University of Oslo is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university was founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University and was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin. It was originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway and received its current name in 1939.

The university has faculties of (Lutheran) Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the old campus on Karl Johans gate, near the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament, while most of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area called Blindern, erected from the 1930s. The Faculty of Medicine is split between several university hospitals in the Oslo area.

Currently the university has about 27,000 students and employs about 4,600 people. It is considered one of the leading universities of Scandinavia, and has consistently been ranked among the world's top 100 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities; in 2010 it was ranked as the best in Norway, 4th best in the Nordic countries, 24th best in Europe and 75th best in the world.The QS World University Rankings ranked the university 100th in the world. Until the founding of the University in 1811, the University of Copenhagen was the only university of Denmark-Norway. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian union in 1814, close academic ties between the countries have been maintained. The University of Oslo was the only university in Norway until 1946, and hence informally often known as simply "The University". It was also informally referred to as "The Royal Frederick's" (Det Kgl. Frederiks) for short.

The University of Oslo is home to five Nobel Prize winners; one of the Nobel Prizes, the Nobel Peace Prize, was formerly awarded in the university's Aula.


The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO)

SiO works to enhance the overall educational experience by providing a wide range of affordable services. Students pay a small fee each semester for this (generally, exchange students are extempted from paying the semester registration fee).

Student cafeterias

SiO operates around 40 on-campus restaurants and cafés with a varied selection of menus, including vegetarian and halal food. Prices are student friendly.

Student counselling

SiO has a team of professional counsellors to whom students can turn for advice in academic, financial, or personal matters.

Student Health Services

An on-campus student health centre with general practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologist and dentists ready to see patients on an appointment basis and to deal with emergencies.

Student Sports

A variety of activities are available for individual exercise or under the supervision of fully qualified instructors, in both indoor and outdoor facilities.

Student life

International students on exchange or full-degree programmes are guaranteed accommodation in one of the student villages, provided that they follow the instructions in their admission letters and go through with all necessary procedures by the specified deadline.

Please note that some students may have to share a room and that the housing guarantee does not extend to family members. All international students will receive guidelines on how to book student housing after admission, together with their Letter of Admission.

Students who have been admitted to the University of Oslo should see housing for new international students

Prices and standard

Prices for a single, furnished room vary from approximately NOK 2200 to NOK 4200 a month. International students are generally offered accommodation in the lower price range, where they share bathrooms (2-5 students) and kitchens (4-6 students). However, they may apply for transfer at a later date if they should wish to change their accommodation within the same category.

SiO also offers housing of higher standards, e.g. new and modern student houses in the higher price range where all tenants have their own bathroom and kitchen. Please note however that family apartments or flats for students who wish to bring along their spouse or family cannot be guaranteed by SiO or the International Education Office. Students who wish to bring along their spouse or family have to find an apartment on the open market. These days, rents start at approx NOK 8000 for a 2-room apartment in central Oslo.


Most international students are given housing at Kringsjå studentby where there is excellent access to public transport and great opportunities for biking, swimming, skiing and hiking just minutes away.

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