Frequently asked questions
- How do I fill out the application form?
- 'No, nothing available' - Does this mean that many of the student houses are already full?
- Which housing options should I choose?
- In the application I’m asked to fill in my Norwegian ID number - what should I write?
- Am I guaranteed housing through SiO?
- My application was rejected because of my age, can you help me?
- What does student housing cost?
- When can I expect to get a room?
- What is SiO's My Page? And how do I log in and use it?
- When do I pay the deposit?
- How do I get my key?
- What can I expect from student accommodation?
- What do I need to consider when moving out?
- How can I make sure I get my deposit back?
- Other questions about housing?
- I have a disability
You can follow our detailed step-by-step instructions.
Many of the student houses are marked 'No, nothing available' or 'yes, a few available.' This is their current status and not their status when you will be arriving. Please ignore this and choose the student houses that you are interested in.
Always choose a single furnished room when applying.
When it comes to location, students at Kjeller Campus should choose Åråsen Student House, the only accommodation option located at Kjeller. Students at Pilestredet Campus can choose between the rest of the student houses as they are all located in the Oslo area. See our student housing map for more detailed locations.
It is a good idea to apply for one of the larger student villages like Kringsjå or Sogn as they have more availability. You can also apply for "unspecified housing" which means that you will be palced where there are rooms available.
You simply fill in your date of birth in the format DDMMYY if you do not have a Norwegian ID number.
If you are an exchange student from a partner institution or an international student accepted to one of our Master’s Degree programmes taught in English you are in principle guaranteed a single room when you follow the instructions on our website.
However, as Oslo receives more and more international students we cannot guarantee that all of you will receive an offer of accommodation. HiOA will do everything possible to ensure that all our international students are assigned accommodation through SiO.
Please note that students who already live in Norway, freemovers, and PHD students are not guaranteed housing.
There is no age limit for international students applying for accommodation through SiO if you come from a partner university or if you are enrolled in a Master’s Degree programmes taught in English. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will contact SiO on your behalf.
Monthly rental prices start from approximately 3500 NOK. The different prices are always shown in the application and in SiO's price list. For most student rooms, electricity is not included in the rent.
In addition to monthly rental and the electricity bill, you have to pay a deposit equivalent to 2 months' rent. The deposit will be returned to you when you move out if you comply with SiO's contract terms.
Always pay your rent on time. Late payments will generate heavy administration fees.
Rooms are allocated before your arrival to Norway, so make sure you have received and confirmed you housing contract before travelling to Norway. The contract will be sent to you by email and must be signed on SiO's My Page to be valid.
If you haven’t received an answer from SiO three weeks after the application deadline, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll contact SiO on your behalf.
SiO's My Page is SiO's online portal. You register using the Personal Identity Number sent to you by SiO when your application was first registered. You can find more information and instructions on SiO's website
You will need to pay a deposit when signing the contract on SiO's My Page. The deposit is equivalent to two months' rent. Send the proof of payment to SiO by email or post as soon as you have paid. Information about the sum you will need to deposit and where to transfer it will be sent to you by SiO.
Make sure you arrive during SiO opening hours.
If you will arrive outside opening hours, SiO will meet you with the key, but they charge an extra fee. If you have to outside their opening hours, fill in SiO's contact form and selecte the headline "Moving in" with the heading: ' Late arrival Service'. You should include information about the arrival date and time of your plane. You must request this a week in advance and SiO will contact you with instructions.
It is possible for someone else to pick up your keys on your behalf. Please fill in SiO's contact form chose the category "moving in" and in the subject field please right "Authorisation" the text must include the name and date of birth of the person picking up your key. You must also attach a copy of your passport. The person picking up the key must bring a valid form of ID.
The rooms are simple and functional.
Included in the furnished rooms is a bed, cupboard/ closet, desk, chair, and bookshelf. However, curtains, pillows, duvets (quilts/ comforters), sheets and reading lamps are not provided. Kitchen utensils are also not provided, even if you have a shared kitchen. You can bring or buy these items after arrival.
Internet is available in the rooms, but normally by cable, not WiFi, you should have your own ethernet cable/router.
You will be provided with a laundry card when you get your key. You can purchase laundry credits to use in the common laundry facilities.
Each tenant is responsible for the cleaning of kitchen utensils and equipment, the cooker/ stove top, sink and counter area used in the kitchen, your own room and your own bedding/ linen and towels.
More practical information can be found on SiO's website
SiO needs a notice of termination two or three months before you leave, calculated from the 15th or last day of the month. The length depends on your type of accommodation. Contact SiO for more details.
Before moving out you will also need to clean your room, see “How can I make sure I get my deposit back?”
When you move out, the deposit will be returned to you given that you have complied with SiO's rules and regulations as stated in the contract. One of the things you must remember is to clean your room properly before moving out. To make sure it had been cleaned sufficiently, SiO has made a checklist and you can book an inspection
If you have a disability or special needs, you must send SiO a message about this using the contact form their website, preferably at the same time as you submit your housing application. It is important that SiO is notified as early as possible.
SiO have several accommodation units that are adapted for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users must attach a document confirming that they need accommodation that is adapted to a wheelchair and state what their specific requirements are.
If you have a guide dog, you will need to apply for a one-bedroom flat (without a shared kitchen and bathroom)
If you have not already informed us that you have special needs or a disability, please send an email to email@example.com. Services for Students with Special Needs at HiOA can provide you with general advice and guidance about the individual arrangements that can be made to support you during your studies.
If you apply for a couples or family flat you will not be prioritised and we cannot guarantee that you will receive a housing offer on time.
Yes. If you have transferred money in connection with your residence permit you can use this money in order to pay your rent and or deposit for housing. Contact SiO for more information.