It’s that time of year again. Time to welcome new students, “Hei hei and velkommen til Bergen!!” And time to make a post about how the heck you get into the Sentrum (city center) on your first day in Bergen. It is totally normal to want to know what to expect when moving to a brand new city. Not to worry, getting into town is very doable!
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?
Et veldig godt spørsmål (a very good 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 January if you’re lucky enough to arrive on one of the days with extended hours – of SiB (Student Welfareorganization).
There are instructions offered in the attachments section of the Arrival and Directions page (scroll all the way to the bottom). But if you want an 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 krone 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 bus station shares space with a 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 need cash or a credit card with a chip and a pin code).
- You can buy it ahead of time online (link in next section) and print it or have it on your phone.
- Or, you can use the ticket app, ‘Flybussen Bergen billett’ App (from the iTunes AppStore or Google play), if you are confident you’ll have data. I’d still recommend buying the App ticket ahead of time (you can buy tickets on the App whenever you want, then activate them shortly before boarding). There is Wifi on the Flybussen, but I wouldn’t rely on it for activating your ticket.
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 parking structure, under which is the ‘bus station’ (really more of a bus terminal). Photos: Stand Hiestand
Views of where the Flybussen lets you out at Storsenter/the Bus Station. You will be let off near the side entrance of Storsenter (shown in the next set of photos). Photo: Stand Hiestand
A) Enter the Storsenter (the shopping center that’s attached to the bus station), get on in there!
Here’s the side entrance to the Storsenter (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 (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), red outlined arrow shows the direction to walk for the Information Desk, green arrow shows the direction to walk for the lockers, 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 (hallway 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 (to be frank, though, it’s all going to be hilly).
Image: Directions to the student centre PDF
Once you arrive at the Student Centre, the SiB Student Housing Desk is straight in front of you as you walk inside. Take a number and wait to talk to a representative.
On your journey to collect 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 January.
- Monday the 2nd of January: 08-20
- Tuesday the 3rd of January: 08-20
- Wednesday the 4th of January: 08-20
- Thursday the 5th of January: 08-20
- And thereafter, it is open normal open hours, Monday – Friday 08-15:30.
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. If you happen to be at the Alrek student housing instead, click here for instructions. If you are housed elsewhere, or if don’t feel clear about some aspect of the directions, you can ask for directions at the SiB Housing desk when you pick up your keys.
Exploring the city? On your way up to Fløyen, stop and enjoy the reflecting pool at Skansen. 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 January who wants advice about student life? Ask me questions by commenting below!