It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to make post on getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival. Of course, links and information may change semester to semester, so I want to make sure you new students feel comfortable about your arrival! It is only natural to want to know what to expect when moving to a brand new city. Not to worry, it is totally doable! Velkommen til Bergen!
Don’t wander the streets of Bergen, lost… read this blog, or ask a stranger for directions, they tend to speak excellent English. Photo: Stand Hiestand
OMG, I’m coming to Bergen! Now, how the hell do I get into town?
This is an excellent question. Of course you want to be sure to:
- Explore the information available on the UiB site for arrivals specifically and for new students generally such as the ‘New Student’ information, and
- Make sure you’ve noted the hours – or extended hours for August if you’re lucky enough to arrive on one of the days with extended hours – of SiB (Student Welfareorganization).
But if you want a quick overview on getting here from the airport, here it is:
1. Get here on a plane.
This part is up to you; you’re so on top of it, you probably already have your ticket!
On your way out of the airport, you may want to grab some cash at an ATM, and maybe even buy a little something (yes, it will seem overpriced) so you can have some change (10 kr increments) for a luggage locker later.
2. Get your luggage and get yourself on a Flybussen
Flybussen. It’s the airport bus.
A) There are generally several Flybusser (airport buses) lined up at the airport as you walk out of ‘Arrivals’, get on in the one on the right-hand side (it’s going into the Sentrum). You can always ask if you’re not sure which one to get on!
B) Have luggage? You’re gonna wanna get off at Busstasjonen (the bus station). The buss station shares space with a small mall called Bergen Storsenter, and therefore the Flybussen stop is called Bergen Storsenter.
C) Let the driver know what stop you want (Bergen Busstasjon/Bergen Storsenter- or just the central bus station) and (s)he will tell you when you’ve arrived there.
You can buy your Flybussen ticket on the bus (but you may need cash or a credit card with a chip and a pin code), or you can buy your Flybussen ticket ahead of time online and print it or have it on your phone.
Flybussen runs regularly, but you can micromanage your schedule here:
3. Drop your luggage at Busstasjonen (the bus station)
Ok, the bus driver told you to get out. You are now abandoned on a street corner next to a large yellow building, what now?
Flybussen drops you off on the side of Storsenter (near the yellow cab in this photo). Image: http://www.thoneiendom.no/Naringseiendom/Kontor/fleksible-og-flotte-kontorlokaler-i-bergen-storsenter-til-leie/
Some views of Storsenter and its garage so you know what to expect. Photos: stand Hiestand
Some views of where the Flybussen lets you out at Storsenter/the Bus Station. Photo: Stand Hiestand
A) Enter the Storsenter (the shopping center that’s attached to the bus station), get on in there!
We looked around at the exterior where you’ll get dropped by Flybussen. Here’s the side entrance to the Storsenter again (top), you can enter here (bottom left is the view as the sliding doors open), taking a left (at the shopping woman poster shown in the bottom left photo), you’ll find the corridor pictured (bottom right), this leads into the mall. Photos: Stand Hiestand
B) Buy something to get change if you haven’t already – or see if they can break your Norwegian cash (NOK, or kroner, or kr) at the information desk. There are many stores including fast food restaurants, a coffee shop, and a couple grocery stores inside the Storsenter.
Mall interior (top), view towards the hallway where the lockers are (bottom left), a couple folks walking towards the lockers (bottom right). Photos: Stand Hiestand
Head past the Burger King to seek out the Information Desk. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Information Desk within Storsenter! Photo: Stand Hiestand
C) Put your luggage in the lockers that are down the long hallway that extends from the main entrance of Storsenter (main entrance pictured below). Keep in mind the lockers may not be able to accommodate very oversized luggage.
A couple of views of the lockers (top) and the hallway in which they live (bottom) within the Bus Station/Storsenter. Photos: Stand Hiestand
4. Walk to the Student Center/SiB Housing Desk
It’s only a 10 minute walk, but be warned, this walk is up a pretty sizable hill, it is likely you will not want to be overburdened with luggage to carry (see Step #3).
The image below shows the UiB’s instructions for getting from Storsenter to the Student Centre. If you’d rather have a slightly longer but maybe just slightly less hilly version, you could walk this way.
Once you arrive at the Student Centre, the SiB Student Housing Desk is straight in front of you as you walk inside. You’ll probably have to take a number and wait to talk to a representative.
If you are journeying in to grab keys for your new student housing, remember these important details:
Student Centre Address:
The Student Housing desk for SiB is open the following extended hours in August.
- Monday the 1st of August: 08-20
- Tuesday the 2nd of August: 08 – 15.30
- Wednesday the 3rd of August: 08 – 15.30
- Thursday the 4th of August: 08 – 15.30
- Friday the 5th of August: 08-20
- Saturday the 6th of August: 14-20
- Sunday the 7th of August: 14-20
- Monday the 8th of August: 08-20
- Tuesday the 9th of August: 08-20
- Wednesday the 10th of August: 08-20
- Thursday the 11th of August: 08-20
- Friday the 12th of August: 08-20
- Saturday the 13th of August: 14-20
- Sunday the 14th of August: 14-20
- From the 15th of August: Normal open hours
If you’re arriving late on the 9th or 10th of August:
There is key assistance at Fantoft itself for residents at Fantoft and Alrek from 21-01 (9pm to 1am) on those dates.
Student Centre. Image: http://wushu.no/2011/10/
5. Head to your new home
Are you at Fantoft? You’re probably at Fantoft. Check out the directions to Fantoft here (be warned the Bybane price has gone up since these were written, it is now kr 36 for a single ticket). If you happen to be at the Alrek student housing instead, click here for instructions. Remember, if you’re not clear on how to get to your new student housing, ask at the SiB desk!
Make sure to read the UiB Arrivals Page thoroughly for information that may apply to arriving late, the evenings of August 9th and 10th when there is key assistance at Fantoft, important dates for you know know about, and information about getting around town.
Living in Fantoft? There is a lake nearby for strolls, runs, and reflections. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Curious to see the Student Centre and some of the faculties of UiB before you arrive? Take a look in this video made by UiB:
Welcome to UiB! Are you a new student coming to Bergen in August who wants advice about student life? Ask me questions by commenting below!