Before you leave home

A handy checklist of things to remember before coming to Oslo to study at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Residence permit, visa and registration with the police

Nordic citizens

Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Finnish citizens do not need to apply for a residence permit or register with the police to live in Norway

Students staying in Norway for more than six months must go to a tax office for an ID check and submit a notification of change of address, no later than eight days after arrival in Norway.

Further information: ID checks and notification of change of address for Nordic nationals

EU/EEA citizens

Students from the European Economic Area (EU- and Swiss citizens) do not need to apply for a residence permit; however, you are required to register in The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) Application Portal, if you are staying for more than 3 months. When registering you must book an appointment with the police in order to receive a residence card.

Further information: How do I book an appointment with the police? Select Oslo, Service Centre for Foreign Workers.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Students from outside the European Economic Area must register in The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) Application Portal. When registering you must book an appointment with the police in order to receive a residence card.

Further information: How do I book an appointment with the police? Select Oslo, Service Centre for Foreign Workers.

Some students must also apply for a visa. For visa requirements, contact the Norwegian embassy/consulate in your home country.

Erasmus students with a visa or residence permit in Norway or another Schengen country can follow the instructions for EU/EEA citizens.

Documentation of finances

Students applying for a student residence permit to Norway need to show documentation of financing in order to be granted a student residence permit/visa. This does not apply to bilateral students from visa free countries.

According to The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), you must be able to document at least NOK 103 950 per year (2016).

Deposit account

Oslo National Academy of the Arts has a bank account for international students to deposit the amount required by UDI. The money will be returned as soon as you have opened a Norwegian bank account. You will find information about opening a bank account in the section: On Arrival.

Bank information

Oslo National Academy of the Arts
IBAN: NO51 8276 0100 265
Swift code: DNBA NOKK\

Residence permit renewal

Applies to students who already reside in Norway. For relevant information, please visit: Extend your stay in Norway


Students should organize housing, as soon as possible after accepting the offer to study in Oslo.

Student accommodation

Students at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts can apply for reasonably priced student accommodation through the Student Welfare Association – SiO.

All questions regarding the application form and housing in general must be directed to SiO Housing.

Private accommodation

For students who prefer private accommodation these links might be useful:


It is important to think about all insurance needs and make sure you have the necessary coverages before coming to Norway. Students are advised to take out Travel Insurance.

Health Insurance

Nordic countries

You are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if you are registered in the National Population Register in Norway. If you are not a member, you are nevertheless entitled to health services under the National Insurance Act and you do not have to verify it with a European Health Insurance Card.


Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland, should bring their European Health Insurance Card


Students staying for 3 months or less must have health insurance from their home country. If you are staying in Norway between 3 and 12 months, you can apply for a membership in The National Insurance Scheme ( If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year, you automatically become a member of the National Insurance Scheme when you register as a resident in Norway with the National Registry.

Further information:

After registering in StudentWeb, your will have access to health services through the student welfare organisation - SiO. You will find more information about SiO in the section On Arrival.

Transport to Oslo

We advise all International students to arrive in Oslo at least a few days prior to semester start.

Visit Oslo is the Norwegian Official Travel guide to Oslo and will provide information you regarding transport to Norway, whether you travel by plane, train buss, ferry or car.

The closest airport is Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL). There are frequent train services from the airport.

Be aware that taxies from the airport are very expensive, and should be avoided.

Exchange students

As soon as you know your arrival date, please contact the coordinator in your department. They will provide necessary information before arrival at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Checklist before your departure

  • Valid passport and any other documentation required by your home country
  • Residence Permit/visa
  • European Health Insurance Card and proof of medical insurance
  • Other forms of insurance
  • Finance/Banking arrangements
  • Tickets
  • Accommodation
  • Arrival date
  • Registration time and semester start
  • Appropriate clothing for the cold winter months
  • Relevant equipment for your department. For more information, contact the coordinator in your department.
  • Exchange students: Documentation related to your exchange

On arrival

Practical information for your arrival in Oslo can be found here. This includes instructions for documents to the police, opening a bank account and getting an obligatory doctor appointment.


Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Visiting address: Fossveien 24, Grünerløkka, 0551 Oslo
Phone: (+47) 22 99 55 00

Google map

Opening hours


Monday – Thursday 8.00 – 20.00
Friday 8.00 – 15.00
15 May – 15 Sept.: 8.00 – 15.00

Exceptions will be announced on the website.

Public transport in Oslo

For information on buses, trams and the metro (T-bane) in Oslo visit the Ruter Travel planner: Ruter

You will also find information on getting around in Oslo at the Visit Oslo website:

Transport -

Documents to the police and Norwegian ID number

Please deliver the required documents to the police and register in the National Population Register as soon as possible after arrival in Norway, and no later than 7 days after arrival.

Address and opening hours: Service center for Foreign Workers

A Norwegian National ID numbers is required to:

  • Open a bank account
  • Get a tax card (Mandatory if you plan to work in Norway)
  • Become a member of the Norwegian Health Insurance Scheme

Opening a bank account

If you are staying in Norway for less than six months, you must go to the bank and ask to open a bank account. They will then apply for a D-number for you. As this is an extra service, some banks might refuse. If you are staying longer than 6 months, you need to have a Norwegian ID number before applying for an account. In both cases, you need to bring your National ID Card or passport.

The following banks have English websites:

ID-number: A national identity number is issued to foreign nationals staying in Norway for more than 6 months.

D-number: A D-number is issued to foreign nationals staying in Norway for less than 6 months.

Tuberculosis chest x-ray

Norwegian law requires all foreign nationals who will be residing in Norway more than 3 months to book an appointment to take a chest x-ray within two weeks after arrival. Some will be asked to take a tuberculosis test.

Exceptions: Students from Western Europe, Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The examination is free of charge. Book an appointment by calling Ullevål Hospital, Division of Lung diseases

If you are uncertain whether you should take a chest x-ray, please contact Ullevål University Hospital.

Make sure to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours prior to the appointed time if you are unable to attend. If you do not cancel your appointment, you will receive a bill of approx. NOK 300,-

Study information

Every semester, students must pay the semester fee. This section explains how you register, get a student card and pay the fee. You will also find a link to your time schedule, and information about our free Norwegian Language Course.

Semester dates

The Norwegian Academic year comprises of two semesters. The Autumn semester begins approximately the second week of August and lasts until approximately 20 December. The Spring semester begins early January and end mid-June.

Information meeting

The Academic Affairs Section organizes a welcome meeting for international students in order to facilitate their integration.

Exchange students should make an appointment with the contact person in the department before they leave their home country. The contact person will arrange provide information you need before arrival.

Semester fee and registration in StudentWeb

Every semester, students at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts must pay the semester fee and register in Student Web, the online student portal.

Exchange students from partner schools do not have to pay the semester fee. All exchange students have to complete the semester registration.

Deadline for registration

Autumn: 12 September

Spring: 12 February

All students will receive a pin-code from Oslo National Academy of the Arts by e-mail.

If you have not received it before you leave your home country, please contact:

Activating IT-Account

Students need to activate their IT-account in order to register in StudentWeb, by using your student number and pin-code.

Activating your IT-account will give you access to:

  • The wireless network (WLAN/WIFI)
  • E-mail
  • Printer

Student card

A sticker for your student card is issued/renewed when registering in student web. The sticker is necessary for your card to be valid as a student-ID.

The student card also acts as an admission card and library card.

You can pick up your student card at the maintenance office/ IT-office, by the main reception.

There is also a Student ID app. The app is accepted as a valid student ID by transport service companies in Norway. It is equivalent to the combination of a physical student ID and semester card. You will still need a student ID to access buildings and in order to borrow books.

Service office for IT and maintenance

You will find the IT services and the maintenance office by the reception

Opening hours:

  • IT: Monday - Friday 9.15 - 15.00 / Wednesdays 10.30 – 15.00
  • Maintenance: Monday – Friday 10.30 – 15.00
  • June/July 9.00 - 14.00

For questions regarding maintenance contact: For questions regarding IT, contact

Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

Student timetable

The Library

The library at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts is one of Norway's finest and most modern art libraries with vast, updated collections (books, cd's and film), a large collection of journals, - and specialized librarians.

Norwegian language courses

Oslo National Academy of the Arts offer a Norwegian Language Course every semester for exchange students and other foreign students. The course is on beginner level and comprises of approximately 30 hours, with lessons once a week, usually on Thursday afternoon/evening, and usually at the Academy´s premises.

The students sign up for the course on arrival at the Academy, by responding to an e-mail from the International Coordinator at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The course is free of charge.

Student life

How much does it cost to study and live in Oslo? How can you find a place to live and a job? Practical questions concerning your student life are answered here.


The Student Welfare association - SiO works to enhance the overall educational experience by providing a wide range of affordable services.

SiO offer health services, student housing, fitness centers and more. The services are either free or offered at a student-friendly price.

Budget and cost of living

Norway is an expensive country and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10 000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

Material fees vary depending on the needs of your course. For further information, please contact your department.

Part-time work and work permit

Information regarding part time work:

In order to work in Norway you need an ID number and a bank account.

Further information in the section: On Arrival

How to find a job

Internet resources:

Some part time jobs are never advertised, so it is advisable to contact the employers directly.

Call, or/and send your CV and a short cover letter by e-mail to potential workplaces. Other students might also have contacts or information that might be helpful.

Useful websites