How to apply for student housing

Student Housing UiT

The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation (Samskipnaden) – Housing Department

Would you like to live surrounded by nature and forest or a view over beautiful Norwegian mountains and valleys? Or do you prefer to live in the city centre with cafés, shops and theatres at your doorstep? Our partner, the Housing Department at the Arctic Student Organisation of Norway (Samskipnaden) offers rental of student housing for students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Alta, Hammerfest, Harstad and Longyearbyen where you can quickly build your social network and make new friends by living exactly where so many other students choose to live.

NB! The information on this website is for admitted onsite students to exchange programmes, non-online Short Programmes, Bachelor's programmes and Master's programmes. Please read the information on this website carefully before applying for student housing.

      • Inbound Exchange/Traineeship students: apply as soon as you have received an e-mail from UiT about your nomination.

      • Master, Bachelor & onsite One-Year programme students: apply as soon as you have received your Offer of Admission.

      • When will I receive a housing offer? The student housing is allocated on a first come, first served basis so the earlier you apply the closer to the front of the queue you are. Decisions: your student housing place is usually allocated late in July for the autumn semester and November for the spring semester. Please note: You MUST apply for student housing to have a room reserved for you. Students who have not applied for housing must look for housing in the private market.
      • Visa-seeking students (NON EU/EFTA citizens): your housing guarantee is your Letter for Visa Purposes , which states that you are guaranteed housing to apply for student visa.  Condition for Housing Guarantee: you must apply for housing to reserve a room to qualify for housing guarantee.
      • Master, Bachelor & onsite One-Year programme students (NON EU/EFTA citizens): As required in the proof of financial ability, you MUST transfer your student deposit within the deadline 1 JUNE. NB: Online Students: you are NOT required to transfer any funds or apply for student housing.

      • Students with family: please read the infromation on this website before applying for housing.

Choose your place of study before applying for student housing:

NB! It is important that you renew your application for student housing every second month. You will receive an e-mail and/or a message in the app for student housing when it is time to renew your application. If you do not renew your application, it will be cancelled.

  • Please make sure to download the Housing App (Bolig Samskipnaden) on your tablette or mobile device: Apple Itunes Store  OR    Google Play
  • Soon after submitting your application for housing, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address stated in your application for student housing (please ensure this is correct when you apply) confirming your application has been received. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact the Housing Department.
  • NB! It is important that you renew your application for student housing every second month. You will receive an e-mail and/or a message in the app for student housing when it is time to renew your application. If you do not renew your application, it will be cancelled.
  • Remember to accept any offer of student housing within the stipulated deadline. If you receive an offer of student housing but decline, your application will be cancelled.
  • Sign your tenancy agreement on your page in the app or on the website of the Arctic Student Welafre Organisation.
  • Pay your deposit within five days of signing your tenancy agreement and before the moving in date. If you have not paid your deposit, you will not be able to pick up your key.
  • Pick up your key for the student housing at the Service Centre at the campus office, unless otherwise arranged under Debut WEEK International. If you need to pick up your key outside the opening hours, please see "Where to contact the housing service centre" below.
  • Due to the large number of students arriving each semester, The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation of Norway cannot guarantee to meet all wishes regarding the location of your student housing. Students who move into student housing cannot be guaranteed to change accommodation due to long waiting lists.

  • The number of applicants in Tromsø normally exceeds the number of vacant student single rooms and flats. Consequently, some students will be without a place to live just before the semester starts. We recommend everyone to arrive for the start of the semester nevertheless. In Tromsø, the Student Welfare Organisation offers cheap and basic accommodation in a gymnasium (or similar) for those who need a roof over their head while they search for accommodation on the private market. From our experience, most students find suitable accommodation within one or two weeks. It is much earlier to attend viewings or make new friends to share a flat with once you have arrived in the town/city you will study in. The websites and are good starting points.

  • Furniture: The rooms are equipped with basic furniture and share some common facilities: kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, storage rooms and laundry room. The Arctic Student Organisation of Norway provides hardware items in the kitchen: refrigerator, cooker, dining table, chairs, etc. Students should supply their own kitchen equipment.

  • Termination: You can terminate your rental agreement. When you give notice, a 2 month notice period starts from the 1st in the following month. E.g. If you give notice October 6th, the notice period starts November 1st., and your contract ends December 31. If you want to terminate your rental agreement, you give notice via your profile at You must pay rent for the notice period, even if you move out earlier.

  • Students should supply their own kitchen utensils and duvet, pillow, bed linen (sheets and pillow cases). Please be advised that most of these shops are closed in Norway on Sundays.
Housing Department - Tromsø Campus

Teorifagsbygget hus 2, 3rd Floor
Universitetsveien 29

Tel.: +47 77 64 90 30


Opening hours:
Monday to Friday:               08.00-15.00

Housing Department - Alta Campus

Follumsvei 4, Entrance F

9510 Alta

Tel.: +47 78 45 05 25


Opening hours:
Mon, Tue and Thu:      09.30 - 14.00
Wednesday:                 09.30 - 15.00
Friday:                           09.30 - 12.00

Housing Department - Narvik Campus

Lodve Langesgate 2

8514 Narvik


Tel.: +47 76 96 20 00

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday:  08.00 - 15.30

Housing Department - Svalbard

P.O.Box 395

9171 Longyearbyen

Svalbard, Norway


+47 79 02 33 25  (09:00-11:30)

+47 952 94 323   (09:00-14:45)

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday:  09.00 - 11.30

Housing Department - Harstad Campus

Havnegata 9, 9405 Harstad
Tel.: +47 77 05 81 50


Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday:   09.00 - 15.00
Friday:                        09.00 - 14.00

Housing Department - Hammerfest Campus

Follumsvei 4 Nyland, Entrance F

Tel: 78 45 05 25


Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday og Thursday:         09.30 – 14.00
WWesday:                                              09.30 – 15.00
Friday:                                                    09.30 – 12.00

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