Last semester an incoming student commented to ask about getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival. I’m assuming there may be new students heading to Bergen soon who have the same burning question, so here’s a new and improved update on arriving in Bergen!
Don’t wander the streets of Bergen, lost… read this blog, or ask a stranger for directions, they tend to speak excellent English. Photo: Stand Hiestand
OMG, I’m coming to Bergen! Now, how the hell do I get into town?
This is an excellent question. Of course you want to be sure to:
- Explore the information available on the UiB site for new students such as the ‘Before Arrival’ information, and
- Make sure you’ve noted the hours – or extended hours for January if you’re lucky enough to arrive on one of the days with extended hours – of SiB (Student Welfareorganization).
But if you want a quick overview on getting here from the airport, here it is:
1. Get here on a plane.
This part is up to you; you’re so on top of it, you probably already have your ticket!
On your way out of the airport, you may want to grab some cash at an ATM, and maybe even buy a little something (yes, it will seem overpriced) so you can have some change (10 kr increments) for a luggage locker later.
2. Get your luggage and get yourself on a Flybussen
Flybussen. It’s the airport bus.
a) There are generally several lined up at the airport as you walk out of ‘Arrivals’, get on in the first one.
b) Have luggage? You’re gonna wanna stop at Busstasjonen (the bus station). This Flybussen stop is called Bergen busstasjon, perr. N.
c) Let the driver know what stop you want (Bergen busstasjon – or just the central bus station) and (s)he will tell you when you’ve arrived there.
You can buy your Flybussen ticket on the bus (but you may need cash or a credit card with a chip and a pin code), or you can buy your Flybussen ticket ahead of time online and print it or have it on your phone.
Flybussen runs regularly, but you can micromanage your schedule here:
3. Drop your luggage at Busstasjonen (the bus station)
Ok, the bus driver told you to get out. You are now abandoned on a street corner next to a large brick building, what now?
a) Enter the Storsenter (this is the shopping center that’s attached to the bus station), get on in there!
b) Buy something to get change if you haven’t already – or see if they can break your Norwegian cash (NOK, or kroner, kr) at the information desk.
c) Put your luggage in the lockers that are down the long hallway that extends from the main entrance of Storsenter (main entrance pictured below). Keep in mind the lockers may not be able to accommodate very oversized luggage.
4. Walk to the Student Center/SiB Housing Desk
It’s only a 10 minute walk, but be warned, this walk is up a pretty sizable hill, it is likely you will not want to be overburdened with luggage to carry (see Step #3).
The image below shows the UiB’s instructions for getting from Storsenter to the Student Centre. If you’d rather have a slightly longer but maybe just slightly less hilly version, you could walk this way.
Once you arrive at the Student Centre, the SiB Student Housing Desk is straight in front of you as you walk inside. You’ll probably have to take a number and wait to talk to a representative.
If you are journeying in to grab keys for your new student housing, remember these important details:
The Student Housing desk for SiB is open the following extended hours January 2nd-5th.
- Saturday the 2nd of January: 2pm – 8pm
- Sunday the 3rd of January: 2pm – 8pm
- Monday the 4th of January: 8am – 8pm
- Tuseday the 5th of January: 8am – 8pm
Student Centre. Image: http://wushu.no/2011/10/
5. Head to your new home
Are you at Fantoft? You’re probably at Fantoft. Check out the directions to Fantoft here (be warned the Bybane price has gone up since these were written, it is now kr 35 for a single ticket). Remember, if you’re not clear on how to get to your new student housing, ask at the SiB desk! Check out the attachments section of the Arrivals Information page for a handy PDF of these and other instructions!
For practical information about living in Fantoft, you may want to attend a new resident’s meeting at Klubb Fantoft or Hatleberg (Fantoft’s C-block common area):
Meeting hours Klubb Fantoft
- Daily, 2nd January – 5th January, 6 pm
- 10th January, 6 pm
Meeting hours Hatleberg:
- 3rd January, 7 pm
- 4th January, 3 pm
- 5th January, 3 pm
- 6th January, 1 pm
- 11th January, 6 pm
Living in Fantoft? There is a lake nearby for strolls, runs, and reflections. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Curious to see the Student Centre and some of the faculties of UiB before you arrive? Take a look in this video made by UiB:
Are you a new student coming to Bergen in January who wants advice about student life? Ask me questions by commenting below!