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Incoming! Getting into town.

NOTE: For updated information on getting into town in August 2016, click here.


One incoming student recently commented and asked about getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival and where to get all those needed comfort items for one’s new abode.  I am so pleased to have a question I can help answer (often, understandably, folks comment to ask about admissions, and sadly that is not my area of… for lack of a better word… expertise). This is the first time someone has asked me a question that I can actually weigh in on in a blog! So, I couldn’t wait to post about it.

Really? I’m excited about explaining public transit and shopping? In an unprecedented moment (because I prefer walking to public transit, and well, anything to shopping) yes!  Yes, I am. This post will address getting into town from the airport as a new student, and later this week I’ll address which stores (and other venues for purchases) offer all those household items you might need while being friendly to a student budget.

 

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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. While the commentator who inspired this blog had clearly already been exploring the information available on the UiB site for new students such as the ‘Before Arrival’ information, and had already learnt about the extended SiB hours August 1st – 10th of August for picking up a key for student housing, said commentator wanted to be prepared for how to navigate to SiB (Student Welfareorganization). There are several options, but if you are a new student coming into Bergen for the first time here are the best steps for you:

 

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.

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Image: http://hdw.eweb4.com/search/airplane/

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.

 

Image: http://www.applike.org/apps/itunes.709521927.no.redrock.tidebergen

Image: http://www.applike.org/apps/itunes.709521927.no.redrock.tidebergen

 

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:

Timetable for Flybussen

When you’re on the Flybussen sites above the following may be helpful:
City: Bergen
Route: Bergen Sentrum – Bergen Lufthaven
Direction: From Airport
Bus stop: Bergen busstasjon, perr. N

 

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.

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Flybussen drops you off on the side of Storsenter (near the yellow cab in this photo). This is the Bystajon stop. Image: http://www.thoneiendom.no/Naringseiendom/Kontor/fleksible-og-flotte-kontorlokaler-i-bergen-storsenter-til-leie/

 

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 a little less hilly version, you could walk this way.

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Image: http://www.uib.no/sites/w3.uib.no/files/attachments/directions_to_the_student_centre_and_housing_reception_h2014.pdf

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:

SiB’s Student Housing Desk is located in the Student Centre. If you have specific questions about student housing you can email SiB here.

Address:
Parkveien 1
5007 Bergen

The Student Housing desk for SiB is open the following extended hours 1 August – 10 August.

Monday-Friday: 08.00 – 20.00
Saturday – Sunday: 14.00 – 20.00

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 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. Remember, if you’re not clear on how to get to your new student housing, ask at the SiB desk!

You may want to check out the attachments section of the Arrivals Information page for a handy PDF of these and other instructions!

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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:

(At about minute 2:36, you can see ‘Bjørn Christiansens Hus’ (home of the Psychology Library, the very place where I sit and type these words)


 

Stay tuned for the next half of my answer to the incoming student who was kind enough to ask a question. In that post I’ll suggest some ways to get the household supplies you need to make your new living situation ‘koselig’  (“cosy”, but really beyond cozy, read more here.)

This summer I’m also hoping to write some posts on the attractions of Bergen so you can get excited about things to do, see, and places to go when you arrive. So, if you have specific questions, please, comment below!

Have you already arrived? If you are a long-time Bergen resident or a native Bergneser, write in and share your tips!

 

 

 

 

19 comments for “Incoming! Getting into town.

  1. Anyagui0110
    11. June 2015 at 04:20

    Hi Khi005!

    Wow!!! I am positively overwhelmed with all this valuable info and feels awesome to be”the commentator” who inspired this post 🙂 As for now, all I want to do is to print out this post and keep it handy just to make sure I don’t get lost when in Bergen.

    Yes, I have my flight ticket already and prepping all the things I will need for such a journey: student permit, visas, housing, farewells you know all the stuff you do when you prepare on leaving your country to pursuit your studies 😛

    I am so looking forward to reading the second half of your answer to my question, which is I think more fun that the first part hehehe. Also, I forgot to mention in my previous post about the “friendly student prices options to shop in Bergen” but thanks for bringing this up!

    I really appreciate you took the time to answer my question and I’m sure this post will help a lot of disoriented, confused and not-knowing-what-to-do incoming students in the future.

    I like this blog very much and will keep making questions and writing comments for sure 😀

    • khi005
      11. June 2015 at 09:47

      Aw, I am so glad that you found the post valuable and you enjoyed being “the commentor”! Feel free to keep student life questions coming. I’m glad to hear you plan to share more questions and comments and that you’ve been enjoying the blog so far – it means a lot to me 🙂 I am always happy to address questions from fellow students if I can. I hope this post helps you get into Bergen and into your new place with a minimum of stress.

      I also hope the juggling of all details you have to prepare to come here is going well. I know how it goes. The second post covering stores with student-friendly prices should come out today, I hope it’s helpful and as fun as you’d hoped! Talk to you soon online or maybe even in town!

  2. 13. June 2015 at 06:21

    Thank you, I’ve just been looking for info approximately this subject for ages and yours is the
    best I have came upon till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the source?

    • Stand Hiestand
      13. June 2015 at 07:04

      Hi, thanks for your comment! I hope this information is helpful for you. I’m not sure I’m clear on your questions, so please feel free to write again to clarify if I don’t address what you want to know. The information in this post is from University of Bergen directly (the PDF/map screenshot of the PDF that I link to is from UiB) or from my personal experience getting to UiB. Hope that’s helpful!

  3. Joe
    18. June 2015 at 13:14

    Hi and thanks for the helpful blog post. When applying with SIB I chose Alrek; not Fantoft. What’s the best way to get to Alrek and what is your honest opinion of the place?

    • Stand Hiestand
      22. June 2015 at 10:48

      Hi there, thanks for the comment! I actually have never been to Alrek, but I have been told by some friends who lived there that they enjoyed it. You can request a transfer online at the SiB website, but I expect the ability SiB has to move you has to do with availability of rooms, so I don’t know how soon they would be able to transfer you.

  4. Ruth
    22. June 2015 at 15:06

    Hi, I was wondering if you could give us a few insider tips on cash, debit and credit cards. I heard that you can pay for everything using a debit/credit card in Norway. Is that true, and if yes, is a debit card enough to get you through daily life? Also, do you have any suggestions on which banks most students tend to open accounts with? Thank you!

    • Stand Hiestand
      23. June 2015 at 12:01

      Hi there, Those are great questions! I will go ahead and incorporate them into a blog post, thanks for your comment!

  5. Magnus
    14. July 2015 at 19:42

    I’m pretty sure the *Bergen Storsenter* stop with the Flybussen is named *Bergen Busstasjon*, or just *Busstasjonen* 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      15. July 2015 at 12:15

      Thanks for your correction! You are right, and I’ve changed the post to reflect that. Confusingly that stop used to be called ‘Storsenter’ for Flybussen even though it is the bus station and its stop on the Bybane is called Busstasjonen. Perhaps they couldn’t decide because the Storsenter is also there. I see they’ve now changed the stop name from Storsenter to Busstajon on the Flybuss stop list. Hurrah! Makes much more sense 🙂

  6. Ariel
    26. July 2015 at 15:35

    Hello, I am so glad have seen this post. When you go to a totally new place and you do not have any Google map with you, it’s really easy to get panic… Also the photos of the bus and the buildings are especially helpful. There is just one question I would like to know–how large exactly are the largest lockers at Busstasjonen? You said they cannot accommodate very oversized luggage, but if you are an exchange you cannot avoid having very big suitcase with you…Is it able to contain a 28” suitcase? And if not, do you suggest any other ways to store luggages? I fear if I have to climb the hill with my luggage I might end up rolling down…

    • Stand Hiestand
      28. July 2015 at 13:41

      Hei hei, thanks for commenting! You have an excellent question, and… sadly I do not know the answer. I’ll tell you this, I remember I had to wheel up my largest piece of luggage. Now, I don’t remember if this was because it wouldn’t fit at all or all 3 pieces wouldn’t fit and its wheels were best (a possibility). As to suggestions of other places to store luggage, I know in some Norwegian cities they can store luggage at the Tourist Information Centres for a fee. I’m not sure if Bergen does this. (Does anyone else know?) It may be worth asking at the Information desk, though, if your luggage is too large for the locker!

  7. Linh
    30. July 2015 at 03:40

    Hi,
    Luckily, I will not have to find the way by myself but this post is also helpful. Thank you for that. Hope to see you in Bergen, have some chat and ask learn from you how to survive in Bergen. 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      31. July 2015 at 10:57

      Thanks for your comment, I hope you find your way in with ease! I’m sure we will run into each other in Bergen, especially as I’ll be at the Introductory Programme on Thursday. Welcome to UiB 🙂

  8. Josephine Fremont
    2. August 2015 at 09:09

    You are a life saver ! Thanks a lot and see you in Bergen 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      2. August 2015 at 12:21

      Aw, thanks so much for such a kind comment! Much appreciated! See you soon 🙂

  9. Anthony
    23. November 2016 at 12:27

    Great

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