Accomodation

Finding accomodation in the Oslo area

Oslo

As soon as your contract is finalazed, you should start looking for a suitable accomodation. 

Note: To obtain a Norwegian social security number you need a housing contract valid for more than 6 months.

Some suggestions for short-term accommodation

Renting private housing

Finding an apartment while still situated abroad may be difficult but not impossible.

Check these bulletin boards:

  • Finn.no (Norwegian) - By far the biggest marketplace, offering ads for rentals and more. Unfortunately, the page is only available in Norwegian and includes mostly long-term rentals.  Bolig til leie means home for rent. Bolig ønskes leid are announcements by people who wish to rent a house or apartment and may be written in english.
  • Hybel.no (Norwegian) - Website for housing announcements mainly presenting shared apartments solutions and smaller studio apartments. Hybel.no is unfortunately not available in English, either, although you can translate the ads from Norwegian.

Familiarize yourself with renting conditions in Norway

Customs and conditions for renting private housing often vary from country to country. 


Deposit

In Norway, as in many other countries, it is common that the tenant pay a deposit when renting an apartment. The deposit is most commonly in the amount of three months rent and must be deposited in a separate account. Usually one owned by the tenant, with a special provision that neither party can withdraw from the account without the consent of the other party.

In some cases employees may apply for a loan from NIH to cover the deposit for house rental. Loans are interest-free and are repaid via salary deductions within a year.

Standard forms - issued by the Norwegian Consumer Council

Standard tenancy contract (forbrukerradet.no)
Return form: Handover and inventory list on return of accommodation (pdf)

Regulations

Tenancy Act (pdf)