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Bergen living costs 2017/2018

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 estimates NOK 10 400 per month (2016) would cover most expenses including books, study materials, food, housing, clothing, transport and social activities on a student budget.

 

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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). Check out this blog for ideas on how to seek out cheaper textbooks.
    • 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. A fast food-type restaurant, however might have options for as low as NOK 70-100 (I recommend Tre Kroner (pictured below), Nirvana Kebab and Hav (for fishcakes) in the Sentrum.

 

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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 35-49
  • Doctor visit copays: starting at ~190 for a consultation

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

2 comments for “Bergen living costs 2017/2018

  1. Saifun Nahar Chowdhury
    22. April 2017 at 08:02

    Hi There,

    This page contains valuable information for living expenses, Thank you for upgrading the latest information. However, I would like to ask about financial matter. I have been admitted to University of Bergen and for visa purpose I have to transfer my fund to SIB deposit account. I want to know, if for some reason my visa is rejected will I be refunded the transferred amount?

    Please upload any link regarding this issue or any information that will be helpful for students.

    • Stand Hiestand
      29. April 2017 at 11:37

      Hi there,
      You have a very understandable concern. I’m a student so I don’t know the details of this particular issue. But my basic understanding is: this is your money, when you arrive in Norway you get a personal bank account and transfer it there. So, if you were unable to come for some reason, you should of course get it back. It isn’t exactly a refund because this money is not a deposit to the university, but rather just your money in an SiB account (put there so the immigration agency (UDI) can verify that you have it). I would recommend checking out the SiB page about the account for visa purposes and emailing them directly at sib.okonomi@sib.no to get confirmation on this and to find out exactly the details of how the transfer back to your home bank account would work. Hope that helps!

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