You’ve probably already heard this, but it’s expensive. It is also predominantly a credit card based society. Take out a little cash for emergencies. I was a little bit worried about it, so I set out a budget for myself and tried my best to avoid buying treats/meals at the restaurants, coffee shops and bars too often. Your experience doesn’t have to break the bank if you look at day-to-day alternatives. In our student village, potlucks or picnics at Sognsvann (a peaceful lake where people go skating, cross-country skiing, hiking, and sit around campfires or wait for the occasional northern lights) or Hovedøya (an island you can take a transit ferry to in the Oslo fjord) were extremely popular ways to relax and hang out together.
PSA: Don’t forget your winter jacket, long johns (long underwear) and a warm pair of mittens and socks for the winter. You’ll thank me later.
Travel and Transportation
When booking flights, double check what your orientation schedule will look like. Each semester, a group of UiO students will meet you at the Oslo Central Station (Jernbanetorget) to help you get your keys and other related University documents. Though it is quite easy to navigate Oslo’s transit system, it’s a lot easier for someone to guide you after you’ve traveled all day/night. From the Gardermoen airport, you can take the flytoget at a student price. Once you get more familiar with the system, you also have the option to take the nsb train to and from the airport; it’s a lot slower, but is cheaper. The second airport, Torp, is much farther from Oslo’s city centre so I do not recommend flying In there for the first time.