Practical information

SV-info office

  • This is the main source of information during the course week. The office is located in the Eilert Sundts building, on the ground floor. Opening hours from 09.00 to 15.00, Monday to Friday. 

Opening Hours - University of Oslo in the summer

  • Eilert Sundts hus and Harriet Holters hus (The Faculty of Social Sciences) is open Monday-Friday 09.00 - 16.00.

Wireless access at the University of Oslo

  • You can use eduroam, which allows you to connect to the campus wireless network using your home institution log-in credentials. Read more about logging in to eduroam here

Lunch and Social Events

  • Details on the lecture schedule are found here
  • Lunch is available Monday to Friday in the cafeteria located in the Frederikke building.
  • Monday Reception, 15.30-18.30 takes place in the Georg Morgenstierne building
  • Tuesday Guided Bus Tour of Oslo, 15.30-18.30, departing from Blindern campus. 

Campus Guide

The main campus at the University of Oslo, Blindern, is located on the western side of the city. Here you will find The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, as well as the central administration for the University.

You will also find the campus bookstore, Akademika, where you can buy books and stationery. A pharmacy is located in the same building as the bookstore. A grocery store is open all summer in the Frederikke.

You can read more on campus services here.  

General Transport Information

Getting Here: Arriving Oslo by Plane

  • The airport express train (Flytoget) brings you to Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) comfortably in about twenty minutes time. Arriving at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S), you will enter the city at Jernbanetorget, which is also the name of Oslo downtown’s main transportation hub.
  • Shuttle buses, either SAS Flybussen or Flybuss-ekspressen are less expensive than the train, but also less time-efficient, since they stop at a number of Oslo destinations.
  • Taxis are plentiful but the prices are very steep, ranging from NOK 500-1600 from the airport to downtown depending on which taxi company and what time of the day/night.

Should your flight arrive at Torp Airport in Sandefjord rather than Gardermoen, expect an hour and a half in a shuttle bus before you reach Oslo. Using the airport bus from Torp, you will arrive at the Oslo Central Station, where you easily will find subway, bus and tram lines for further transportation.

Getting Around: Public Transportation in Oslo

Downtown Oslo is fairly small, and walking around is an enjoyable way to discover the city. Additionally, a well-developed public transportation system makes it easy getting around. You should get hold on a copy of the city transit map “Ruters Oslokart” showing all subway, tram, and bus lines in Oslo. The map is free at the transportation info centre Trafikanten (below the big clock tower in front of the Central Station). Here you also will be able to purchase all kinds of tickets. The Public Transit Agency Ruter also have a convenient mobile app called “RuterReise” available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones that lets you view real-time service schedule and plan trips.

Subway, tram, bus and boat share the same ticket system within Oslo. Tickets are valid for one hour and allow transfer between all the four means of transportation. You can buy tickets at Narvesen, 7-eleven, and Deli de Luca, found all around in the city. 

  • Tram: The tram’s route network primarily covers the inner city, but have a couple of longer lines out to the residential areas west and south of the city centre.
  • Subway: Oslo’s underground train network is called “T-bane” and signified by a blue circle around a large blue “T”. Most downtown stations are shared by all the lines, which makes it easy to find or change trains. Go to your closest subway station, find out where you are on the map, and make sure you’re travelling in the right direction.
  • Buses: Newcomers to Oslo will in most cases not have to rely on buses to get around the city. Travelling by bus nevertheless gives the opportunity to get to some of the museums, parks, and other places of interest around the city, such as the Bygdøy peninsula.
  • Taxi: Taxis are never a cheap alternative (and especially not in Norway), but it is of course more convenient and efficient than anything else. The vast majority of taxi drivers speak English. Your taxi should have a white Taxi-sign on the roof (indicating that it is official and registered) to ensure your own safety.

How to Get to the University of Oslo Blindern Campus

All Oslo Summer School events and lectures are located at the University of Oslo Blindern Campus. Blindern Campus and downtown Oslo is connected by both subway and tram, so getting here should not be a problem.

  • By tram: At the main square outside Oslo Central Station you will find the tram stops, where lines 17 and 18 (westbound to “Rikshospitalet”) will bring you to Blindern Campus in about 20 minutes time. Exit at the stop named “Universitetet Blindern”. Both tram lines also passes the stop for Scandic Holberg Hotel for those staying there, the stop is named “Holbergs plass”. To get from the “Universitetet Blindern” tram stop to the Eilert Sundts hus, simply cross the tracks, enter the campus, and turn left and there you are.
  • By subway: To reach Blindern Campus by subway, you can take either line 4 Ringen or line 6 Sognsvann westbound and exit at the stop called “Forskningsparken.” When getting off the subway, simply walk straight ahead up the slope and you will see the university buildings. The subway ride from the Central Station takes about 10 minutes.
  • By bus: While it is possible to get to the Campus by bus, none of the bus lines pass through the city centre. Oslo Summer School recommends the tram or subway!

Some Useful Online Sources

  • Sustainable waste management at the University of Oslo
  • Oslo Transit Agency, Ruter provides essential information for getting around in Oslo.
  • Visit Oslo is the official Oslo tourist guide and the best and most comprehensive source of information, covering a range of topics. Also look at their list of top 10 most visited attractions to visit while in Oslo.
  • Visit Oslo provides a good overview of Bars and Nightlife in different areas of Oslo
  • The area of Grünerløkka has numerous small parks, small cozy cafés, restaurants and bars that is definitely worth a visit.
  • On a warm and sunny afternoon we can recommend taking the shuttle boats out to some of the beautiful small islands in the Oslo Fjord.
  • One of the unique aspects of Oslo is its closeness to nature. Hop on the subway from almost anywhere, and in about 20 minutes time you could be on a hiking trail in the forests and hills of “Oslomarka.” A suggestion easily accessible from campus is the 45 min. hike around the Sognsvann lake. Simply take subway line 5 Sognsvann to its terminal stop and you’ll see it.


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Published Apr. 10, 2018 11:10 AM - Last modified Feb. 27, 2020 8:15 PM