Weather and temperature
Packing for an exchange semester in Norway might be challenging due to the changing weather conditions. You will need winter clothes as well as your bathing suit.
Students coming for the autumn semester:
When you arrive in Oslo in August you will have summer temperatures up to around 25 degrees Celsius. The Oslo fjord will have comfortable swimming temperatures, and there are many small ferries that will take you out to nice islands. It will gradually become colder in September but usually we have beautiful autumn months in Norway. By November it is usually quite cold, and you might experience snow, frost and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius during the winter.
Students coming for the spring semester:
It will be cold in Norway during the first two to three months. You should expect snow and frost. The mean temperature in Oslo during January and February is around -3 degrees Celsius, but you might experience temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. If you enjoy winter sports, there are excellent skiing facilities around Oslo, which can easily be reached by public transportation.
For the last months of your stay, starting in May it can be quite warm. The temperatures during that month can easily fluctuate between 9 and 27 degrees Celsius. The temperature can drop many degrees in the evenings so make sure you pack a thinner jacket/blazer for these months.
The dress code at BI and majority of work places is casual. However, when going out on the town it is customary to wear a shirt, a suit jacket and nice shoes for boys and dresses for girls.
You should bring a winter jacket, woollen sweater, scarf, gloves, hat and warm, waterproof boots. If you do not have any of these items you will be able to find relatively inexpensive clothes in Oslo. Remember to bring good walking shoes as we recommend you to do some hiking.
We recommend you to bring a sleeping bag/blanket until you are able to buy your own bedding. This will also come in handy if you are planning to travel around Norway or Europe. A towel is also advisable to bring. Dormitories are not equipped with bedding or kitchen utensils, but previous exchange students might want to leave some when they go home. All items can also be bought relatively cheap near campus (Storo Senter or IKEA). All dormitories have laundry rooms.
Voltage, PC and Mobile Phone
Voltage in Norway is 220 AC 50 cycles and plugs are the two pin European type. Students from America and Asia should bring an adapter as they are relatively expensive to buy in Norway.
There is a large number of computers on campus. However, we recommend students who own a laptop to bring it. You are advised to bring an Ethernet/Network RJ45 cable for internet connection in your room if you want to go online as soon as you arrive.
Prescription Medication and Insurance
Remember to bring all necessary prescripted medication with you, including the prescription signed by a medical doctor. It is not possible to send medication to Norway without a special permission. Lenses and glasses are expensive. Do not forget to bring your travel insurance. Students from EU/EEA countries must also bring their European Health Card.
Please carry the following in your hand luggage:
- Admission Letter from BI
- Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance card
- Credit/VISA card
- Money: cash machines in the airport accept international cards
- Receipt of paid housing deposit if applicable
- Arrival Service information and important phone numbers