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

PRESSURE. There’s a lot of pressure on students and great expectations about a successful future, says Øystein Sandven, a psychologist at Sammen. ARCHIVE PHOTO: ADRIAN GRINDBAKKEN. 

— We have a good welfare system and a good economy but this does not mean that everything is good.



Since the World Happiness Record (U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network) was first published in 2012, Norway has consistently ranked in the top four happiest countries. A recent survey gives a different impression on the happiness of Norwegians. It says that one in five students have considered suicide and that 29 per cent have serious mental ailments. — Pressure on students — We … Read More

AD FONTES. Students and employees are all gathered at the student bar Ad Fontes for an evening of Norwegian fun; including food and dance. FOTO: PATRICIA VALECILLOS MARCANO

Assistant professors hosted a Norwegian evening for international graduate students and employees.



– We are very happy about the turn-out. We thought it was important to organize a social event for those students that usually do not have them. Before we’ve had smaller events like film nights, so this is very exciting, said assistant professor Pernille Myrvold. Most international graduate students attend Norwegian language courses at the Humanities Faculty of the University … Read More

ANNOYING. ― It doesn't look good, especially on the new buildings, says exchange student Jonas Nielsen From Denmark. PHOTO: SAMMEN

Sammen had to spend 10 455 kroner to clean up graffiti in August.



― I’ve never lived in student housing where tagging happened so often, says James Moir from England. He tells us about one incident a couple of weeks ago where he was disappointed to find new graffiti on the clean elevator he had used just 10 minutes earlier that night. Sammen’s sales and market director, Bente Holmevik, tells us there have … Read More

JOIN US. Studvest is looking for new journalists and photographers.

Are you an aspiring journalist or photographer?



Studvest is looking for new journalists for the english section of the second largest student newspaper in Norway. As a journalist you are required to have good written language skills, as well as an interest in journalism and news. We are also looking for photographers for our photo section. As a photographer you should have a good eye and a … Read More

RENOVATION. Sammen is renovating "the Old Blocks" at Fantoft.

Students complain about "the Old Blocks". Sammen says they are working on it



–     There is no microwave or oven, and only a single stove, says Berit Bjørnholt, who has been living in Block H at Fantoft for half a year and would stay for two more years. She has purchased a microwave for her apartment. She is not alone when it comes to complaining about “the Old Blocks” (Blocks A to H) … Read More