You will have several options, staying with a friend, staying in a collective, renting a small one room apartment( called hybel in norway)
The prices are considered high, ranging from 4000kr to 8000kr per person.
These are usually small apartments suited for students.
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Practical information about rent in Norway
You will be lucky to find a place without 3 month deposit, so you might aswell accept the reality and have that money ready!
The collectives usually demand 1 month deposit and are pretty common in Oslo and other larger cities. The downside is of course having a to live with other people and share toilet\showers.
These are usually the cheapest places to live, and if you are lucky you can find some of them to be quite social and acceptable.
Hybels (1mans apartments)
These can be quite nice, you have 20-30m2 of space, your own shower and bathroom (usually). Hybel will be your best bet when you are new to Norway and looking for work, or just started one.
Sharing an apartment
If you have a friend with you on this venture, you can rent an apartment, remember they are surely to demand 3 months deposit and they usually ask for references.
The cost of housing varies a great deal in Norway and has risen in recent years. The highest prices are in Oslo and other cities; in rural areas the prices are generally lower.
The cost of housing in Norway is generally high for several reasons: houses are of a high standard, fully insulated, with heating in all rooms because of the cold climate. In addition, quality requirements are high, which means that there is little simple and inexpensive housing available. There are several ways of securing accommodation in Norway.
You can rent, live in a housing cooperative, or own your own home. The rental market in Norway is quite small. The vast majority own their own home. Houses and flats are usually advertised on the Internet, in local newspapers and in the national newspaper Aftenposten. Some newspapers publish housing supplements one day a week and publish housing adverts on the Internet. You can also advertise for accommodation yourself.
Estate agents usually sell houses/flats, though some also provide rental services. You can find these in “Gule sider” (www.gulesider.no) under “Eiendomsmegling”. If you want to rent a house or flat, you should ensure you have a signed tenancy agreement, with a mutual right to terminate it. The period of notice is usually one month, and as a rule you will need to pay a deposit of 1-3 months’ rent.
The deposit should be paid into a blocked account. Standard tenancy agreements can be bought from bookshops, found on the Internet, or obtained by contacting the Leieboerforeningen, www.lbf.no. This is a special interests organisation that protects the interests of tenants who rent houses and flats. Tip: Check if