TAKING ACTION. Exchange student Gabriele Morelli started the petition. FOTO: BEATE FELDE

137 have signed the petition calling for plastic recycling at Fantoft.

– Norway is such an advanced country, but we don’t have plastic recycling bins in such a large student accommodation as Fantoft. That’s just strange to me, says Gabriele Morelli, an exchange student from Italy. At Fantoft, you can recycle paper, metal and glass. But plastic? No. – I want to get rid of plastic properly. I just feel bad not recycling, … Read More

ARCHIVE PHOTO: BEATE FELDE

Fantoft continues to fill its halls with our friends from across the North Sea.

 — I made it a point not to make any German friends while on exchange, says Maren Besser. Besser, a German exchange student, had made the decision to spend the year in Norway so she could experience what life was like in a Northern country. When she got here, however, her exchange experience turned out to be a little less … Read More

EXHAUSTED. Sarah Fengler has difficulties to stay awake during the day. PHOTO: Nora Elvestad

– I couldn’t sleep because of constant parties and loud noises, says Sarah Fengler. As a result, she paid 1400 NOK to find a different place to sleep for a few nights.

– It feels like a prison. Since I came to Bergen I’ve often only had around three hours of sleep per night, says exchange student Sarah Fengler about the situation at new student building, Fantoft TRE. According to Fengler, the situation got so bad that at one point, she had to spend a few nights in a hostel to get … Read More

SHARED DISSATISFACTION. The new shared rooms at Fantoft TRE have not been well received by all. PHOTO: TORIL SUNDE APELTHUN

Most exchange students don't want a shared room, Sammen informs. Still, many are forced to share.

All new exchange students in Bergen are guaranteed a place in one of Sammen’s student housing complexes. At the start of the current semester, Sammen’s newest student home opened; Fantoft TRE. As part of this new development, Sammen introduced shared bedrooms going under the name ‘single room – compact’. If people want to share and have a cheaper room, that’s … Read More

Ignore the judgmental looks of the cashier and rest your weary head. PHOTO: SARAH HALL

Every student in Bergen will at some point come to the question, «what should I eat that's neither expensive, nor healthy?» Consider this your answer.

Everyone knows that the food you eat after leaving the nightclub is the most important part of any night out. It’s the calm after the storm, an opportunity to rest your feet, and for some, the time for a last-ditch attempt at finding someone to go home with. Crucially, food has no age limit, so if you’re under 20 and … Read More

TALKING HELPS. Counsellor Berit Christine Nestås stresses that homesickness is a completely normal reaction to being abroad. You can work out a strategy together at Sammen Career and Counselling. PHOTO: JULIE GÜNTHER

– Homesick students may dig a bigger, deeper hole, counselor says.

According to Berit Christine Nestås, a counsellor at Sammen Career and Counselling, homesickness usually hits students a few weeks into their semester abroad. – The first few weeks are in the honeymoon phase – it’s new, it’s exciting and they’re in a state full of positivity and curiosity. However, maybe after a couple of weeks or months, the everyday life … Read More

SEVERAL NOMINEES. A lot of people showed up hoping that their organisation would win the price. PHOTO: MIA MILDE/VELFERDSTINGET

However, the winner had to be convinced before the nomination.

The Integration Prize

On Friday night the Welfare Parliament handed out the annual Integration Prize. The winner of the prize is Dennis Osei Kontor. He is the first person ever to win it, as all the previous winners have been organisations. — Fantoft and the international students won this prize. I just work for them, says Kontor after receiving the award. Kontor is … Read More

ILLUSTRATION: TRINE LOUISE WEEN

Why do we internationals keep hearing English words when Norwegians talk to each other?

It’s not just you that Norwegians speak English with. Just by walking down the street you can hear them spouting words, phrases, and quotes to each other, with none of it in their native tongue. It’s bits and pieces, people dropping in random things like “crispy”, “road trip”, or “I’ll be back”, into a conversation that’s otherwise unintelligible. It begs … Read More

SOCIAL NETWORKING. International and Norwegian students connect at ESN Bergen's fortnightly Language Cafes. PHOTO: MARIA HOLTAN NYKÅS

Is making friends with Norwegian students really as hard as it seems? Visiting exchange students say it’s difficult, but not impossible.

There’s a common conception that Norwegians don’t like making friends with outsiders and have been described by visiting foreigners as unsociable, unfriendly and aloof. A 2016 survey from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education found that one of the biggest challenges international students in Norway face is getting acquainted with Norwegians. 29 percent of those surveyed said that … Read More

SURPRISE. Abiyot Dagne Belay (right) did not expect his room mate Philipp Dahlinger when he arrived at Fantoft TRE. They have become good friends, but Belay would still have appreciated a heads up that he would be sharing a room during his exchange. PHOTO: ELLISIF NYGÅRD

A surprise was in store for exchange student Abiyot Dagne Belay when he arrived at Fantoft: A stranger he would share his bedroom with for the semester.

– I was under the impression that I was going to have a single apartment. That changed when I entered the room, says Ethiopian exchange student Abiyot Dagne Belay about the day he arrived at Fantoft student housing. Belay had made the long trip from Ethiopia that very day, and was looking forward to relaxing in his room after the … Read More