Housing and residence permit
Before arrival, incoming students should apply for housing, and if applicable, for a residence permit for studies. The details needed to apply are distributed to all incoming students in April.
As an international student admitted to the MSc programme, you are guaranteed housing through Sammen, the student welfare organisation in Bergen. Due to capacity, the housing guarantee does not extend to Norwegian citizens.
How to apply
We will distribute application guidelines to all incoming students ahead of the application deadline 15 May. You cannot apply until you have received this.
Receiving the housing contract
In the weeks after 15 May, Sammen will allocate housing. Shortly after receiving the contract, you will be required to sign it and pay a deposit.
Planning your arrival time
When planning your travel, please note that if you arrive outside of Sammen’s office hours, you will not be able to pick up your key, and must make sure to arrange for alternative accommodation on your first night in Bergen.
If you prefer to look for private accommodation, you may search for this at www.finn.no (the web site is in Norwegian).
You do not have to apply for a residence permit, but must register with the police after arrival.
If you are a Nordic citizen you do not have to register, but should report your move to the National Registry.
Before arrival, you must apply for a residence permit for studies in order to be allowed to stay and study in Norway.
Norwegian residence permits are issued by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). The full details on how to apply is found on their website, and inquiries concerning regulations and application process should be addressed to them.
NHH will provide you with the acceptance letter and practical information. You should wait to start your application process until you have received this.
Admission to a second master’s degree in Norway for non-EU/EEA/EFTA nationals
If you have completed a master’s degree in Norway before being admitted to NHH, UDI will only grant you a residence permit if the new study programme can be deemed a continuation of the previous master’ s degree.
Please be aware that as a main rule, a new master’s is NOT deemed a continuation by UDI. UDI will only grant renewal of residence permit as an exception, and require that you can document the following:
Admission to the new study programme
Completion of your previous study programme, without too much delay
Statement that the new study programme can be deemed to be a continuation of previous studies, and increase the chances of being accepted to a doctoral degree programme (or work as a researcher)
Please note that our faculty can only issue such a statement if they consider the new study programme to be a continuation. They are not obliged to issue a statement. You may contact us at email@example.com if this applies to you. Include relevant information about your previous study programme and future plans.
Bringing family on a residence permit for studies
If you plan to bring family, make sure to check carefully all requirements directly with UDI. Note that the housing guarantee provided by Sammen does not guarantee family housing.