So you’ve decided you want to live in Oslo. First things first, Oslo is an expensive city to live in, but it all depends on location. Some areas are definately more expensive than others and the cheapest ones are mostly found on the outskirts of Oslo. There’s a couple of steps you should follow when looking for a place to live:
There are two main ways to find apartments. One is to look through ads in newspapers and on the internet. The second one is to put in an ad yourself and let people contact you.
Doing both of these steps is recommended.
As a non-norwegian speaking person you will spend most of your time in front of the computer screen. There’s alot of places to find apartment listings, however most of these, if not all, are in norwegian. The easiest solution to this is to use google translate.
Probably the most used and biggest database of apartments. Use google translate to translate the ads.
This website focuses only on apartment listing and is definately worth checking out. The site has a built-in english translate button on the top right.
As well as looking through the apartment ads, you could place your own ad out. This is highly recommended and the advantage is that you get to introduce yourself in your own way.
Writing a good ad can get you alot of attention and phone calls from potential landlords. The most common place to do this is through a local newspaper or websites such as finn.no. Keep in mind that this cost money and is limited to a period you pay for.
This is the second step in your search. After finding potential places to live you’re invited to public viewings. Essentially this means you’re going to the apartment to learn more about it and meet the landlord (Sometimes a real estate agent). This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to see the apartment for yourself. When on a viewing, keep these things in mind:
Sometimes the viewings are just you and the landlord and sometimes you’re in a group with many others. The most important thing for the landlord is that you have a steady income and able to pay the rent and that you are in general a reliable good person.
Sometimes it’s good to stand out from the crowd. A CV is perfect for this and increases your chances of being remembered. Sometimes you don’t get alot of time to introduce yourself properly and the CV helps you with that. The CV contains information such as:
A CV is not required but it definately makes you stand out from other candidates.
Congratulations! You’ve found a place to stay, you went to the viewing and you got the place. Now comes the formalities. Signing a lease (contract) is a safe way to protect both you and the landlord from certain situations.
Most of the people use a standard contract while others write their own. It’s important that you read the contract thoroughly and that you agree 100% with it before signing it.
Before moving into an apartment it’s standard practice to pay a deposit. This deposit is a security guarantee that can replace eventual damage to the apartment or remaining rent after moving out. There are plenty of rules concerning the deposit and here are the most important ones:
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