If you have just arrived in Norway for study or work, you probably already know where you will live. But if not, you should research the different cities.
It’s incredible how many rentals there are in Norway that are not advertised. The easiest way to rent is through a friend or coworker who can recommend you to the landlord.
Norwegians are generally reliable, but I still recommend that you investigate the area, the type of rental (weekly or monthly), and the security deposit. This way, you won’t be surprised when you sign the rental agreement. Deposits are usually one to three months’ rent, which is deposited in a joint account with the landlord. To withdraw the deposit, both you and the landlord need to sign.
There are different types of housing depending on the number of people, how long you plan to live there, and the amount of money you can afford for rent.
HYBEL: For one person. Generally in basements or a room with a small kitchen and shared bathroom.
KOLLEKTIV: When you share accommodation and expenses. It’s a good way to save money, and if you don’t know the language well, it’s a good way to learn. But if you’re a reserved person, this type of rental is not for you.
LEILIGHET: Means apartment. You can find from one bedroom to three or four. Obviously, they are more expensive, but if you have a family, it’s the best option.
REKKEHUS: Semi-detached houses with a small garden, ideal if you have pets or children.
Norway has been ranked first among countries with the highest Human Development Index for several years. If there is a country in the world with an excellent quality of life and low unemployment rate, it’s Norway.
But which city is the best to live in depends on many factors. Without a doubt, Oslo and Bergen have more job opportunities.
OSLO: Hei Oslo! The best thing about living in the capital is the job offer, but on the other hand, it’s very expensive to live here. If you have a good job or know Norwegian and have an extensive resume, go ahead, this is your city. The average temperature is -7 degrees in winter and reaches 20 degrees in summer. In winter, you only have six hours of sunlight. As a city, it’s small and cosmopolitan, ideal for using a bicycle in summer and saving on transportation.
BERGEN: It’s the gateway to the Nordic fjords and the second most important city in the country. It’s the city where it rains the most in Europe. It has many job opportunities in shipping, tourism, and communication.
ALESUND: It’s a very safe city with excellent air quality and healthcare service. Being less cosmopolitan than the previous ones, knowing the Norwegian language is more important to feel better welcomed.
TROMSO: It’s a small city with an important university, so there are many Erasmus students. The typical food there is reindeer, seal, and whale.
STAVANGER: You arrive at this fishing village seven hours from Oslo. The Petroleum Museum is located there. There are about 130,000 inhabitants, and mostly they live in small houses. The city is very safe, so much so that few people lock their houses.
Important considerations when renting in Norway:
- Housing application: Remember that you should provide as much data as possible, such as where you work or study, type of employment contract, age, etc. And write it in Norwegian to have a better chance of generating trust with the owner and getting the apartment.
- Internet and electricity: In many apartments, these are included in the rent, but during certain seasons, you may be charged the difference if the cost varies. Make sure it is reflected in the contract to avoid surprises later.
- Always sign a contract, even if it is with someone you trust, and remember that the deposit will be in a joint account with the owner.
- If any legal problems arise with the rental, contact HUSLEIE REGJERINGEN.