SOCIAL AND FUN. Exchange student Hedvika Kotherová considers dumpster diving to be especially enjoyable when in a group of like-minded people.

Many international students have decided to try dumpster diving during their stay in Norway. Motives are various - from simply saving money, to environmental reasons or even the social aspect of the activity.



An attempt to reduce food waste or just another way of saving money. Dumpster diving is controversial yet trendy activity among international students in Bergen. Among them is Hedvika Kotherová. She is a student of political science from Czech republic and she is staying in Bergen for one semester thanks to Erasmus+ programme. When here, she decided to try a … Read More

WHERE ARE THE NORWEGIANS? Henry Moreda Rovisora wish more Norwegians would participate in the buddy program.

9 people were responsible for 150 newcomers in Bergen. Few locals help give exchange students a good start to their semesters abroad.



The Buddy program

At the beginning of each semester, Erasmus Student Network organises an «Introduction Week», primarily for exchange students with focus on getting to know the city. This year’s introduction week was conducted with attendance of 50-150 people, depending on the space limit, at each event. – At this year’s events, a group of nine hard-working people were responsible, which was too … Read More

KRONBAR. We failed the quizzmaster's rule of thumb for a perfect team. We were all the same gender, age group and with very similar interests. We didn't do as well as in the other quizzes, where we happened to have more diverse teams as well.

Everywhere you go in this city there is rain and there is a quiz. With this guide, we try to make it easier for you to decide where to go.



Quizzes are unavoidable in Bergen. Studvest tried some of the quizzes Bergen’s student bars have to offer. Monday throughout Thursday we went by four quizzes packed with quiz-hungry students. Stop one: Cafe Opera As there were no student quizzes to be had on Monday, we decided to start of our journey with Cafe Opera  to be quizzed by the famous … Read More

KVAMSKOGEN. The Kvam Forest located only an hour from Bergen is the most popular place for skiing of Bergensers

Have you wondered where to ski near Bergen? There are many options only a bus ride away.



We are now in the middle of the winter and it’s finally getting lighter outside. For some norwegians, this time of year means dusting of your skis and heading up to the mountaintops.  Even though you might not believe it, because of the small amount of snow in Bergen, the best season for skiing is in January and February. It is … Read More

INVITE. Mountains, open sea and sheltered bays. Although Lofoten has a lot to offer, there are a surprisingly small number of tourists traveling to the famous destination.

Are you up for one of Norway’s most famous destinations? We went over to Lofoten to experience the breathtaking scenery first hand.



Hot tip:

– When you google Lofoten, you will see pictures of the red wooden houses in front of mountains which’s peaks remind of the form of a thimble. But there is more to see on these islands. We started driving right after picking up our rental car one of the days last November. The vision that met us when we left … Read More

BIGGER AND BETTER. The expansion of the existing training center at Fantoft started earlier in January and is planned to be completed in time for the next semester.

The training center will adapt to the increase of visitors and students by increasing in size. New machines and bigger training areas can be expected, along with new additions like a lobby and golf simulators.



Last year, Studvest wrote about students having a difficult time training in crowded Sammen training centers. Bård Johansen, director of Trening Sammen, could tell us then that there was no doubt a record number of people training at their centers – 80% of which are students. The training center at Fantoft is now being rebuilt to accommodate the increase of … Read More

STUDENT DISTRICT. Over 1500 students from all over the world live at Fantoft this semester. ARCHIVE PHOTO: TORIL SUNDE APELTHUN

The student housing at Fantoft never sleeps, literally!



The new building Fantoft TRE was ready for students last year. But Sammen got a lot of complaints about noise. Especially about the parties in the common kitchens in the block. The problem seems to be recurring. On the night of October 31st noises have annoyed several residents. They have expressed their dissatisfaction on the Fantoft resident´s group on Facebook. “this … Read More

COLD AND DARK. Winter means darkness, especially in Norway. But there are still heaps of things to do with your time when you can't go outside anymore. ILLUSTRATION PHOTO: INA ROMSLO RØNNING 

Seven indoor activities for when it gets cold and dark outside.



The days are getting shorter and for many of the internationals, Scandinavian winters are something new. So what to do when there is no more light to do any outdoor activities? Following is a list with ideas on how to spend your time in the next months. Reading Is there anything more cozy than sitting in bed with a cup … Read More

APPS. Using discount applications on your phone is one way to save money.

Norway is the 4th most expensive country in the world.



Facts

According to the Cost of Living Index 2018 Mid-Year, four student towns in Norway, such as Stavanger (9th), Oslo (10th), Bergen (11th) and Trondheim (13th), are in the top 20 of the most expensive cities to live in the world. That means that the cost of living in these cities is the same like in New York City (12th) or … Read More

FOOD AND FOOTBALL. The International Week consisted of a food-competition on Thursday, a free concert with music groups from different countries playing at Klubb Fantoft at Friday and a football tournament on Saturday.

– The intention is to bring international and Norwegian students together through sport, food and music



Some International students seem to struggle to meet new people and especially to meet Norwegians. Studvest reported this before and asked students about this issue on the occasion of the International Week. It happened for the first time this year and was organised by SSL Bergen, ISU Bergen and the Tenants Union Fantoft (TU Fantoft). – The intention is to bring … Read More