During the month of December, Sammen organizes many activities for all the students who are spending the Christmas holidays alone in Bergen.

INVOLVED. The whole Sammen team is involved during Christmas to gather students and prevent isolation.


This year, some students will not spend the Christmas celebrations in their hometown nor with their family. The student organization Sammen wants to prevent students from isolating themselves. For that, they offer to all students the possibility to socialize through many events and activities almost every day in December and early January. – It is very important for us to … Read More

You don’t have Facebook? Are you German? While I do have Facebook, it’s popularity in Norway still took me by surprise.

POPULAR. Facebook is used for everything in Norway. Foto: Peter Apolinario


When I first moved to Norway, I had already marked Facebook off as a dead platform. For years my account sat idle, only kept around for that one friend that used messenger that you talked to every few months (before moving the conversation to Instagram). It was good for the occasional search for events but even that died down when … Read More

I wanted to go dancing in a famous club in Bergen, but the dream soon turned into a nightmare.

ZOO. That famous club did not feel like a dance place, but more like a Zoo full of rare Norwegian species. Illustration: Silje Ratcharanarin Khuanroodee


Apropos

As exchange students, we all want to get the most out of all the social and festive events that come in our way. Some say university is nothing but a good excuse for us. Some say our real motivation is to party. Well, maybe it is not entirely wrong. Thus, you can imagine our joy on the 25th of September … Read More

Adult friendship is difficult, but why?

FRIENDS. You might not make friends like they do in the movies, but you will find some. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen


Apropos

When you are a kid, making friends is easy. Do you have something, literally anything, in common? Perfect, now you’re friends. It doesn’t matter if it’s a game, a color, a food or a character from a TV-show. And once school starts, most of your time is spent surrounded by people in your age group. Yet, making friends as an … Read More

For many exchange students who are strangers to Norwegian culture, language and employment policy, it can be a demanding task to get a job in Bergen.

LUCKY. Titouan feels lucky to have managed to get a job in Bergen.


Lokøen's advice

Compared to its neighbors, Norway is an expensive country. The high quality of life is probably one of the reasons which made you study in Bergen. Some students can fully enjoy their experience abroad thanks to a good grant, some savings, and help from mum and dad. But for many others, it is necessary to find a part-time job in … Read More

I believe that this unprecedented uncertainty is also a blessing.

UNCERTAINTY. Many of us have had our lives turned upside down more than once during this pandemic. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen


Apropos

«Love you! See you in a week – hopefully» is how many phone calls end lately. Many are looking forward to seeing their friends and families again during the holidays. For months we believed that we would be able to, but a new wave of Covid is here to drown our plans. The uncertainty that this pandemic has brought upon … Read More

Curl up with a warm drink and one of these books to make the dark days cozier.

BOOKS. Fall is here and winter is just around the corner.


Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. As the days are getting colder, darker and rainier, it’s the perfect time to be «hyggelig» inside. In the mood to explore more of Norway while staying warm? Grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate and curl up with one (or all!) of these fantastic reads by Norwegian authors.  … Read More

Giant, hunch-backed, half-blind, scary and cute all at the same time... Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about your grandfather, but about this creature that can be found everywhere in Bergen: the troll.

EVERYWHERE. The little dark eyes of trolls are following your steps everywhere in Bergen.


We all know what a troll is. I thought I knew them too. Not that I hung out with them regularly. But, like everyone else, I felt terrified while watching the trolls of «The Lord of the Rings» trying to eat Hobbit soup, or charmed when Queen Elsa got helped by an army of cute trolls in «Frozen». Yeah, I … Read More

Bergen and its surrounding area have so much to offer that deciding how to spend your free time can become a little overwhelming.

HIKE. Most «Bergensere» agree that the official seven mountains are Ulriken, Fløyen, Løvstakken, Rundemanen, Sandviksfjellet, Damsgårdsfjellet and Lyderhorn.


If you are an exchange student and only have one semester to explore Vestlandet, then this may sound familiar to you: so much to see and so much to do, but so little time. Where do you even start? Do not worry. We have compiled a list for you with some of the highlights in and around Bergen, from the … Read More

The rooftop terrace and balconies at Fantoft TRE were closed due to excessive noise complaints, but students question whether it is quieter now.

CLOSED. The roof terrace at Fantoft was closed following excessive noise complaints.


Student housing is known for being loud, and Fantoft, home to many exchange students and families, is no exception. Marita Monsen, head of communications at Sammen, writes in an email to Studvest that there has been an increase in noise complaints this semester in comparison to previous years. After sending a first warning email on September 2., Sammen closed the … Read More