Living costs in Norway

Compared to other European countries, Norway is pretty expensive, but study fees at NLA are low. Erasmus+ students do not pay any fees.

An estimate of an average student budget in Norway is about 9.000-10.000 NOK per month for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and activities.

Examples of what different items may cost in Norway

Study-related fees

  • Tuition fee 1.625 NOK per semester (Erasmus+ students are exempted)
  • Semester fee to student welfare organisation: 500 NOK per semester (Erasmus+ students are exempted)
  • Books: 1.500-3.500 NOK per semester

Living expenses:

  • Housing: 3.000-5.000 NOK / month
  • Food and daily expenses: 4.000-5.000 NOK / month
  • Bus card: 500 NOK / month

Examples of other costs:

  • Lunch at the student cafeteria: 30-60 NOK
  • Dinner at a restaurant: 120-250 NOK
  • Gym membership: 220-360 NOK / month
  • Cinema ticket: 120-150 NOK

Residence permit

Please notice that non-EU/EEA students must document a sufficient funding when applying for a residence permit. The required amount is 123.519 NOK for a year and 61.760 NOK for half a year (for the academic year 2020-21).
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