Cost of living

Photo: Study Bergen

Cost of living

Written by: Study Bergen

Photo: Study Bergen

Prices in Norway tend to be high, but since most institutions do not charge a tuition fee, studying in Norway might still be affordable.

VAT is included in Norwegian prices. Tips are not expected at cafès and bars, but a small tip is appreciated when dining at a restaurant (5 - 10 % depending on the service). Tap water is generally of high quality, so there is no need to buy water in cafes or restaurants.

All education in public academic institutions is free in Norway, apart from a semester fee (NOK 550 - 590) to the Student Welfare Organization. Private institutions charge a small fee, but this is generally very low compared to most countries.



Student Cafe:


  • One-way ticket on public transport in Bergen: NOK 37/60*
  • 30-day card on public transport (student under 32): 40% off normal price
  • Taxi: expensive if you are not a group, minimum fare normally starts at NOK 100

    * If you buy the ticket on the bus


  • Single room or small flat at Fantoft Student Village: NOK 2715 - 4080. 
  • Single room in shared flat in the city center (private market): NOK 3500 - 7500



Most Norwegians use debit/credit cards to pay, even in small kiosks, and in some places (7-eleven, Rema 1000, etc) you can use your mobile to pay (MobilePay). VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted and many stores has also implemented cashless payment. 


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