Frequently Asked Questions about living in Svalbard
There is always a bus waiting when the plane is landing, even if the plane is delayed or you land at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Tell the bus driver where you are going - and they will guide you to the correct bus. The bus drivers will always tell you which stop is next.
The bus trip to town cost 70 NOK for students, and it is possible to pay with card.
Your room will be unlocked from 3 pm the day your contract starts, and the key will be inside the room. A code to the building will be sent to you before your arrival.
Please look after your key. A fee of NOK 800 will be charged if you lose your safe keys and NOK 600 if you lose your room key.
Yes, you need to bring your own linens.
The beds are 90X200 cm, with recommended pillow size 50X70 cm and duvet size 140X200 cm.
You do not need to bring any kitchen equipment
Samskipnaden provides you with basic kitchen supplies needed to cook with, except small appliances.
The student council is responsible for the small appliances such as microwaves and toasters, while large appliances (such as ovens, fridges, and freezers) are Samskipnaden responsibility.
If you have eduroam from home, you can easily connect to the Wi-Fi in the student housing.
If not you will receive your access information in the reception at UNIS.
For internet problems: email@example.com
In Svalbard, we separate rubbish into three categories: regular waste, glass, and metal cans. We do not recycle paper and cardboard. You will find containers outside the student housing with separate rooms for the waste. Electrical items and batteries must be collected separately.
Yes, there is a deposit of 6000 NOK for the student housing in Svalbard.
No. Animals are not allowed in any of the student housing. It is not allowed to have dogs on a leash outside the buildings either.
Normally the rent has to be paid by the 15th. Your first bill might be a bit late, meaning if you move in on the 5th of January you might receive your first bill in February (you will then have to pay for 1 and ½ months).
As a tenant, it is your responsibility to obtain your invoice and ensure you pay it on time.
Log in to the Housing Portal to find your invoice. You may pay online or at the post office (Norwegian card or money only). All payments made from foreign accounts will have to pay bank fees.
Firstly to your own bank (different banks have different fees), secondly to Samskipnadens bank; if you pay in NOK the fee is 100 NOK, if you pay with EURO the bank fee is 20 NOK. If you wish to pay your rent via direct debit or electronic invoice, you can arrange this via your own Norwegian online bank.
Yes, you can terminate your contract from the Housing Portal.
During the tenancy period, you can terminate the tenancy with a notice period of two (2) months, starting from the first of the month after the notice was delivered.
You must clean the room, bathroom and kitchen. Find cleaning instructions in your room or on the bulletin board. The laundry room and storage room shall also be tidy and clean. Cleaning equipment you will find in the laundry room in Nybyen or in the kitchen at Sjøskrenten.
Leave the key inside the room at checkout at 11:00 pm.
A fee of a minimum of NOK 500,- will be charged for not cleaning out properly.