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Housing for international employees and guest researchers

Housing for international employees and guest researchers

There are many details that define the housing need of a new employee, mainly if they arrive alone/with family/with pets, if they need parking, furnished/bring own furniture and so forth, but the main consideration is the length of the stay. Below you'll find information about housing in Oslo, both for those who are here only for a short research stay and for those looking for permanent housing.

The HR department offers assistance in connection with the practical preparations ahead of arrival to Oslo, including information about housing. All international employees moving to Oslo should register at Planning your relocation to give HR a better overview of housing needs and expectations and prepare for a good start-up in Norway.

Short-term rentals - up to 3 months

Many guest researchers, guest lecturers or PhD students visit OsloMet for a short period of time and need a fully furnished and flexible housing option. Here are some suggestions:

  • Cochs pensjonat, small b&b close to OsloMet
  • The P-hotel at Grensen is a cheaper option to many other hotels. Admittedly, breakfast is served in a bag at the door, but this should not be a problem for experienced travelers who are happy to arrange for themselves.
  • Forenom Oslo Apartments ( have central apartments around Oslo for short term lease
  • Anker Apartment has studios and family rooms for short term stays.
  • AirBnB or
  • OsloMet has agreements with all major hotel chains and rooms can be booked via our travel agency Berg-Hansen or directly with the hotel. Make sure to use the code UH for a discount.
  • OsloMet has a 10% discount agreement with two apartment companies that offer all inclusive studios and apartments all within walking distance to OsloMet:

Long term rentals - more than 3 months

OsloMet agreement with Studentsamskipnaden - SiO:

OsloMet has an agreement with SiO for 8 fully furnished studios just west of the city center, close to metro and shops, in an area called Kringsjå. Candidates with a 6 month stay or more has priority and the maximum rental period is 1 year. The studio is a monthly rental at a competitive price, including electricity and security deposit and located in a corridor assigned entirely to OsloMet employees. The studios include private, en suite rooms and a shared and spacious kitchen and dining area with private kitchen cupboards, as well as a spacious basement storage. The studios are simple but modern and come with basic furnishings such as a bed, desk, chair, bookcase and wardrobe. Equipment such as towels, linens and cooking ware will need to be obtained for each tenant. The studios can be rented by any employee, guest researcher or PhD student but not by Bachelor or Master students. See a full description of the SiO studios (PDF). There's a frequent wait list so its recommended to apply as soon as the contract or research agreement is signed. Please apply online by following the SiO instructions (.doc).

Privat utleiemarked

For employees looking for a more permanent stay the main sites to check are, Utleiemegleren or Unfortunately they are only in Norwegian language so Google translate is necessary. In addition there are several private companies that offer rental apartments for the student market but works well for international staff that are in Oslo for a period of time. 

  • Thon student housing in Bjørvika. Mostly studios but some small apartments suitable for couples. Information only available in Norwegian.  
  • Heimstaden, great variety of studios and apartments both furnished and unfurnished. Information only available in Norwegian.  
  • MetStudios located at Campus Pilestredet with modern, fully furnished studios at different price range. Information only available in Norwegian.  

The discount agreement with Frogner House and The Apartments Company can also be used for longer stays and better discounts can be agreed upon longer stays. 

Assistance from our relocation company

HR can assist with sending general housing information to new employees but use the company ECOVIS ( for relocation cases where the employee needs specific area information for schools or kindergartens, help with house visits or contracts.  Ecovis can also help with immigration, family services such as applying for schools, and partner assistance. They can also advice HR and managers at OsloMet when they have relocation questions for an in-coming new employee. 

Ecovis housing assistance is mostly used for candidates arriving with a family for long term stay in Oslo. For other housing needs, please refer to the information above about short term and long term stays. Only HR at OsloMet can make the order to Ecovis.