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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.



Sadly, Norway is not a cheap place to live. Image:


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.



Let’s talk about your penger (money). Image:



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

Monthly Expenses




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.


Trekroneren (The 3 kroner… or crowns), the most famous hot dog joint in Bergen. Sorry, it will not cost you 3 kroners. Image:





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


Reggie Watts concert at Nattjazz, Photo: Stand Hiestand




‘Sometimes a really good cappuccino is worth the 40 kroner’, or ‘Kaffemisjonen has good coffee’. Image:


  • 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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