Student budget & cost of living

Budget UiT

Norway’s high quality of life goes hand-in-hand with a higher cost of living, the cost of living in Norway is compensated for by benefits such as free education, free student services, quality health care and ready access to the natural environment.

When it comes to education, we can pride ourselves in high quality without students having to pay tuition fees at any level, be it undergraduate studies or master's degree programmes. It is possible to live on a budget, and we have gathered some advice on how to minimise your spending.

Tuition UiT

UiT offers all students a distinct advantage over many universities around the world: there are NO tuition fees for international students to study at UiT in Norway.

All students are required to pay a semester fee of NOK 625  per semester to The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation. The payment of this semester fee will allow you to register for classes, sit examinations, access student counselling, gain membership in student organisations and receive a student card. The latter entitles you to reduced fares on public transport and reduced ticket prices to various cultural events, etc.

Exchange students can rejoice as the semester fee doesn't apply to them.

Scholarships UiT


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has no scholarships to offer to cover your living expenses in Norway unless you already have one before your arrival or under certain exchange schemes in collaboration with UiT and your home university:

These grants or scholarships are usually awarded automatically to students admitted to the exchange programme through their home institution.

Other Scholarships (You should be aware that these funding opportunities are few and will in most cases not cover the total costs of you stay in Norway):

Housing UiT

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 ou can quickly build your social network and make new friends by living exactly where so many other students choose to live.

For more information about rent prices, please go to Student housing.

Transportation UiT

Public transportation is quite expensive. A taxi fare from the airport to your student housing can vary from NOK 300 to 400 depending on distance. A single bus ticket costs NOK 50 on the bus if you pay cash. Monthly passes are NOK 420 if you are under 30 or NOK 700 if you are over 30.

Discounts apply only for buying period ticket cards. Practical information will be given during Debut WEEK International.

Food UiT

Food is quite expensive in Norway, but a well-thought shopping list and an eye on weekly special offers in supermarkets can save you a lot.  You should estimate to spend at least NOK 3000-4000 per month on food. Cigarettes and alcohol are very expensive in Norway because of specific taxes. Restaurants should be carefully chosen. The prices vary a great deal.

How to save money on groceries

  • Make a list – and stick to it.

  • Save money by making your own packed lunches. Cheap plastic boxes can be purchased at any Clas Ohlson Store.

  • Finding good deals on food items you buy often might come in unexpected grocery stores, so keep your eyes open.

  • Be on the lookout for where the deals are by flipping through the local newspapers on campus or at the Library.

  • Base your meals on the foods that are in season and in the weekly circular ads

  • Know what you have in stock before you go to the store

  • Reduce the consumption of expensive meat with dishes that are full of both fiber and plant based protein

  • Save one or two portions of any dish you make in the freezer

Prices (approximate and subject to change) Average
Coffee in a coffee shop NOK 35
Sandwich in a convinient store NOK 60
Chicken (1 kg) NOK 122
Eggs (12 pack) NOK 35
Local Beer (0,5 l) in a grocery store NOK 30
Toothpaste NOK 30
Shampoo NOK 40
Orange juice (1l) NOK 30
Milk (1l) NOK 17
Loaf of bread NOK 25
Hot meal in student cantina NOK 50 - 65

For more information, please visit NUMBEO

Household UiT

Please allow for a minimum of NOK 800 to purchase necessary bedding and kitchen supplies. Please note that the International Students’ Union will run a second-hand market on Campus Tromsø  after Debut WEEK International, where you may find some of the things you need. You may also find that former tenants have left behind useful utensils.

Several second-hand markets are usually organised at local schools in Alta and Tromsø in August-September. You may ask your classmates or local people about these upon arrival.

Budget per semester UiT

An estimation of a student's cost of living is made and revised yearly by the the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) and Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Their recommendation is that you need approximately NOK 121 220 for the study year 2019-2020 (10 months) or NOK 55 100 for the autumn semester in 2019 and NOK 66 120 for the spring semester in 2020 (5 months) to cover your expenses as a student and to obtain a student visa (Study Permit) for students coming from outisde the EU/EFTA area.

All figures are stated in Norwegian kroner (NOK).

Semester fee (only non exchange students) NOK 625 per semester
Housing (incl. first semester deposit) ca. NOK 15,000 (5 months rent) + NOK 6000 (single room) deposit before moving into the unit.
Food ca. NOK 18,000 (6 months)
Books/academic supplies ca. NOK 4,000 (5 months)
Winter clothing and shoes NOK 3000 per academic year (depending on lifestyle)
Transportation (under 30, above + approx. 40%)* NOK 2,500 (Transportation costs are lower for Alta, Harstad and Narvik since the city centre or/and the student housing are situated close the campus)
Other expenses and costs of living depending on your lifestyle (gym subscription, Netflix, Spotify, medical expenses, alcohol, cigarettes, restaurants, recreations; trips, etc.) NOK 17,000
Master UIT Arctic Norway

If you are an international student looking for work in Norway you might find this information useful.

This is an introduction to how you can find vacant temporary positions in Norway. You will also find links to websites that provide more information, please see the link below.

Find more information about the regulations for visa-seeking international students on the website of the Immigration authorities (Utlendingsdirektoratet UDI) UDI: Part-time work for students

Part-time work, Study Permit & Progress Report

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