Student Life

Students need an entry visa to Norway and should apply online as soon as possible through the Application Portal Norway. Upon submission, book an appointment at the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate to submit supporting documents.

To apply for a Study Permit students need:

1. An official BI admission letter for a full-time education programme.
2. A written contract showing housing accommodations.
3. Proof of finance for your living and study costs for one year, (NOK 111 657).
(Degree seeking students must deposit the money into a Norwegian BI bank account for these immigration purposes.)

For the application form students need:

1. Application form for students.
2. Copy of passport.
3. Passport photo.
4. BI letter of admission.
5. Proof of finance for your living and study costs for one year, (NOK 111 657 in a Norwegian bank account in the applicant’s name or educational institution’s account).
6. Documentation of housing (Verification Letter that BI will send to you after having received the deposit on the special bank account is accepted).
7. Application fee.


Housing for international students

Housing FAQ

Housing alternatives


BI is proud to offer a housing guarantee for international students. In cooperation with three student housing providers, international students can choose from housing units all over Oslo. Please find conditions and application procedures below.


Would you like to live at the edge of the forest, with serene lake Sognsvann as your neighbour? Or do you prefer to live in the city centre with cafés, shops and theatres at your doorstep?Thanks to BI's housing guarantee, the choice is yours. Our three partners, SiO, Diakonhjemmet and BSN, offer affordable single rooms in student housing units across the city.


The following conditions apply:


To benefit from the housing guarantee you must follow BI's housing application procedures (see below), and apply through BI.

You must apply within the given deadline. We cannot guarantee housing to students who apply after the deadline.

You will be assigned accomodation with either SiO, Diakonhjemmet or BSN. As the number of rooms at BSN and Diakonhjemmet is limited, we cannot guarantee that you will get a room there even if you indicate in the Pre-Application Form that you prefer to live there. Most students receive accommodation through SiO.

The housing guarantee applies to single rooms only. If you have inquiries regarding familiy or couple housing units, you must contact the housing provider directly.


Application deadline for the autumn semester: 1 May (Pre-Application Form available from 10 February)

Application deadline for the spring semester: 1 October (Pre-Application Form available from 1 September)

The deadlines are final.


1. Pre-Application to BI:


The first step in the housing application is to submit the online Pre-Application Form to BI within 1 May for the autumn semester or 1 October for the spring semester. An application fee of NOK 1000 applies to all applicants. The online payment of the fee is part of the Pre- Application form. If you do not apply through BI, you will not receive student housing in Oslo.

After submitting the Pre-Application form, please wait for further instructions from BI.


2. Application to the housing provider


In the middle of May (for autumn term housing applicants) or October (for spring term housing applicants) you will receive an e-mail from BI Housing Office ( confirming where you have been assigned housing (SiO, Diakonhjemmet or BSN) as well as further information about the application process.

Please do not contact the housing provider directly before you have received the email from BI Housing Office.

BI Housing Office

Questions regarding student housing through BI can be directed to BI Housing Office (

All students are responsible for having valid insurance covering the duration of their stay – including travel to and from Norway.

In addition to health insurance (see below), all students should have valid travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Norway.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

You can become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden) either automatically or voluntarily, depending on the duration of your stay in Norway. The membership entitles you to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as Norwegian citizens.


Please note that you are only covered in Norway – not while travelling to or from Norway, or on travels abroad. Dental care and medicines or treatment of illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered.

In Norway for more than 12 months – automatic member

If you are staying in Norway for more than 12 months you will become member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme once you have registered your move to Norway from abroad and received a Norwegian identity number (fødselsnummer).

In Norway for less than 12 months – voluntary member

If you are staying in Norway for less than 12 months we strongly recommend that you become a voluntary member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

How to apply for voluntary membership

To apply for voluntary membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you must fill in the form “Application for insurance during stay in Norway” and hand it in at your local National Insurance (NAV) office. You can pick up the form and get directions to local office at our International Office in C3.

In Norway for less than three months

If you are staying in Norway for less than three months you must obtain medical and travel insurance from your home country.

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