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Bergen living costs

Today’s post is an update of a past post on cost of living. It strives to give you an idea of what you might expect to spend on daily expenses in Bergen/Norway. Keep in mind, these are just rough ideas of different common costs, you may have to think through other expenses – such as if you’re bringing clothes, bedding, and other household items or if you’ll have to buy them here.

 

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Sadly, Norway is not a cheap place to live. Image: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/map-expensive-countries_n_6510018.html

 


 
The University of Bergen (UiB) offers a page that details the cost of living, that helps give an idea of expenses. While Norway does have a high cost of living, the UiB page estimatesNOK 10 400 per month (2016) would cover most expenses including books, study materials, food, housing, clothing, transport and social activities.

 

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Let’s talk about your penger (money). Image: http://inspiringtravellers.com/expensive-norway/

 

 

The UiB page also offers examples of Norwegian prices, to which I’ve made a few additions:

Monthly Expenses

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Image: http://www.benjaminfoods.com/products/groceries/

 

Occasional Expenses

  • Textbooks (1 semester): approx. NOK 1,600–3,500 (from UiB’s 2016 information).
  • Dinner at the student cafeteria: the UiB page estimated NOK 55-100 for 2016
  • Dinner at an inexpensive restaurant: UiB estimated NOK 120-160 in 2016 (Keep in mind, it costs extra to eat at the restaurant rather than take food to go). I personally think those prices are more descriptive of fast take-out food, and dinner in a restaurant, even an inexpensive one, is more likely to be NOK 170, give or take.
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Trekroneren (The 3 kroner… or crowns), the most famous hot dog joint in Bergen. Sorry, it will not cost you 3 kroners. Image: http://www.travelramblr.com/norway/eating-in-bergen.html

 

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Image: http://www.bergenbyarkiv.no/bergenbyleksikon/arkiv/1425003

 

Some possible expenses that the UiB page didn’t address include:

  • Wine and Beer at a bar (remember, with restaurants and bars, tips are not large and generally not expected): average around NOK 70-120 per drink (sometimes there are cheap options ranging from NOK 35-60)
  • Beer in Vinmonopolet (the wine/beer/liquor store): 40-120 per bottle
  • Concerts: NOK 50-600
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Reggie Watts concert at Nattjazz, Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

 

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‘Sometimes a really good cappuccino is worth the 40 kroner’, or ‘Kaffemisjonen has good coffee’. Image: http://www.kaffemisjonen.no/

 

  • Coffee shop cappuccino: NOK 35-40
  • Doctor visit copays: starting at ~190 for a consultation

For another resource that gives estimates of typical costs in Norway, click here.

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