Life and housing in Trondheim

New international student

International students in front of the Main Building

Orientation Week 

We strongly encourage all new international students to attend Orientation Week 13 to 18 August. After the official Orientation Week program is over, there are also other activities and events, some of which are mandatory.

Orientation Week is a lot of fun and an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU and Trondheim. Orientation Week is something not be missed.

Sign up to participate

It is free to participate in Orientation Week, but you must register to participate. The final deadline to register was 2 August.

If you have not signed up, but would like to particiapte, you can register during Orientation Week for the activities that still have available places. 

Who can participate in Orientation Week

About 1200 international students participate in Orientation Week every August. International students who are eligible to participate in Orientation Week will receive further details by email from the NTNU International Office.

Students who are eligible to participate

  • All new exchange students and free movers
  • International students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • International Erasmus Mundus and Joint Nordic master’s degree students
  • Students doings placement or internship stays at NTNU are usually considered on an individual basis. In some cases, PhD students doing an exchange stay at NTNU are eligible to participate. Please email for further information.

Students who are not eligible

  • International students enrolled in a degree programme taught in Norwegian
  • Norwegian students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • International PhD students doing the majority of their PhD at NTNU
  • Friends and family of participating students

Orientation Week Programme

13 August - Registration

Registration and welcome at Scandic Lerkendal

  • 09:00 Registration for exchange students
  • 10:15 Registration for master´s degree students
  • 11:00 Welcome meeting
  • 12:30 We walk together to campus Gløshaugen to take a group photo
  • 13:15 Provided lunch snack in the garden of International House
  • 14:00 Trondheim Games - see below

Trondheim Games

After lunch, it is time to explore the city centre of Trondheim through a series of challenges and games. Form a group of 8-12 people and pick up the instructions outside International House.

This is an outdoor activity; please dress according to the weather.

14 August - Matriculation and info meetings

Matriculation + Information meetings 

Time Activity Student category Location
09:30 Matriculation ceremony All students On the lawn behind the Main Building
11:45 Information meetings, distribution of bank cards (for non-EU students) and arrival confirmations All exchange students Scandic Lerkendal - more information below
11:45 Matriculation part II Most master's degree students See below

Information meetings for exchange students

Exchange students: Scandic Lerkendal





  • Latecomers: Exchange students

Registration for latecoming exchange students

  • Students who have not found housing

Housing meeting


  • Non-EU / non-EEA exchange students

Information meeting, followed by distribution of bank cards and arrival confirmations


  • Group 1: EU / EEA / Swiss exchange students

Distribution of arrival confirmations, surnames starting with the letters A - H

  • EU / EEA / Swiss exchange students exchange students

Information meeting

  • Group 2: EU / EEA / Swiss exchange students
Distribution of arrival confirmations, surnames starting with the letters I - Z

Matricution part II for master´s degree students - to be updated

If your meeting is at Dragvoll or Tyholt, there will be free buses available after the Matriculation Cermony. The buses will run until all students have arrived at their campus. 

There may be changes! So make sure you consult your study programme website for the latest information regarding times and locations. 

Master's degree students: Matriculation part II*


Faculty / Study programme 



  • Communication Technology (MSTCNNS)

A276, Gløshaugen


  • Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM)
  • Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering
  • Nordic Master in Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnics and Geohazards
  • Hydropower Development
  • Global Manufacturing Management
  • RAMS

S1, Gløshaugen 


  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geosciences

S7, Gløshaugen

  • Natural Gas Technology
B602, Gløshaugen ("Varmeteknisk" building)
  • Childhood studies
Room 119 Pavilion A


  • Marine Technology
  • Nordic Master in Maritime Engineering

T2, Tyholt (by bus)

  • Industrial Ecology
R10, Gløshaugen


R5, Gløshaugen

  • Sustainable Energy
B602, Gløshaugen ("Varmeteknisk" building)

15 August - Info meetings and 63 Degrees North

Information meetings: Master's degree students

Meet outside R1

  • 09:00 - 12:30 Registration for latecomers (master´s degree students only)
  • 09:00 Distribution of bank cards for non-EU / non-EEA master's degree students, surnames starting with the letters A - J
  • 10:00 Information meeting for all master's degree students
  • 12:00 Distribution of bank cards for non-EU / non-EEA master's degree students, surnames starting with the letters K - Z

Information meetings for exchange students

63 Degrees North: Exchange students

Kristiansten Fortress is one of Trondheim’s iconic landmarks and the perfect spot for the competition 63 Degrees North. You will be divided into teams and together you will face numerous challenges. 

Bring a packed lunch and something to drink. This is an outdoor activity; please dress according to the weather.

16 August - CHANGED!

Hiking - changes to the program due to heavy rain

Due to the weather forecast, we have cancelled the afternoon hikes and made changes to the morning hikes. A new link to sign up will be sent via email and shared in the FB groups. 

What to wear and bring

  • Sneakers or hiking shoes, note that some paths may be muddy and wet
  • A wind and water proof jacket
  • A warm sweater
  • A packed lunch and something to drink
  • A small backpack

Meeting point

All hikes leave from outside the Main Building. The buses will leave on time, so please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure. End times are approximate. 

Getting home

You will have to get home on your own. Note that it will not be possible to walk home from all locations. This means you will need to bring a pre-filled AtB bus card / app, or enough cash to buy a one-way ticket (NOK 50).

09:00 - 12:00: Registration for latecomers at International House

Full day hike, Bymarka (300 places)

Departure times: 9:00 

Distance: 12 – 15 km
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Terrain: Trail/off-trail and wetlands. Steep uphill, some rough terrain. Your feet will get wet and muddy.

Short hike, Ladestien (300 places)

Departure time: 10:00

Distance: 7 – 8 km
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Terrain: A scenic walk along the fjord on a gravel path.

Hike for the MSc students in Global Health (as before)

Meet at Øya Helsehus at 10:00
Dress according to the weather and wear walking / hiking shoes
Possibility to swim
Food and drinks will be provided

Quiz (600 places)

Room A2 at Handelshøyskolen

11:00 - 13:00: Group I
14:00 - 16:00: Group II

17 August - BBQ


The BBQ takes places in the garden of International House. You will be provided with a timeslot for the BBQ during registration at NTNU. If you wish to change your allocated timeslot, you will need to find someone to swap with. 

Sit yoga and circuit training

Sit is offering two classes for international students in Idrettsbygget at Gløshaugen. Note that there are very limited places for this activity, and the places will be allocated on a first serve first come basis during registraion for Orientation Week. There will be no waiting list. However, all new students can try out the sports´ facilities for free during August. More information will be provided in your welcome folder. 

Yoga2: 14.30 (75 min) 

Traditional yoga routines will strengthen your body and increase mobility. Focus on relaxation towards the end of the class.

Stærk! 16.00 (60 min) 

Cirquit training in Armfeldtsalen, Gløshaugen. A station based class where you work 7 minutes on each station. A combination of strenght and cardio.


18 August - Picnic

Picnic at Festningen

Join the International Student Union (ISU) for a picnic at Festningen from 17:00 to 20:00. There will be snacks and games. 

In case of bad weather, the picnic may be moved to Sunday 19 August.

This activity is open to all. You do not need to register to participate.

After Orientation Week

20 August onward - Faculty meetings

There may be changes and updates to this information, so make sure you check it at regular intervals. Note that some faculties have meetings during Orientation Week. 

Monday 20 August

Tuesday 21 August

Wednesday 22 August

Friday 24 August

21 August onward - Police Appointments


NTNU organises group appointments for all international students to register at the police station. It is mandatory to meet at your group appointment; you should not book an appointment to see the police on your own. 

You must meet directly at the Police Station at Gryta 4, for your police appointment. Do not go to the Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA), even if that is what your confirmation email from the police says. 

Non-EU / non-EEA students

You will be assigned an appointment based on your master's degree or exchange programme - more information to come, including times for non-EU / non-EEA exchange students. 

If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, you will have to find another non-EU / non-EEA student to switch with. 

Non-EU / non-EEA students



Student category

21 August


Master's degree students from the faculty of:


Non-EU exchange students, surnames A-K

22 August


Master's degree students from the faculty of:

Non-EU exchange students, surnames L-N


Master's degree students from the faculty of:

23 August


Master's degree students from the faculty of:

Non-EU exchange students, surnames O-R


Master's degree students from the faculty of:

Non-EU exchange students, surnames S-Z


EU / EEA / Swiss students*

Your meeting date and time will be based on the first letter in your surname and how many semesters you are staying in Trondheim. You should make every effort to go to your scheduled appointment. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, you will have to find another EU/EEA student to switch times with. 

EU / EEA students



Student category

6 September


EU/EEA exchange students staying 2 semesters


EU/EEA master's degree students 

13 September


EU/EEA exchange students, 1 semester, surnames A-D


EU/EEA exchange students, 1 semester, surnames E-K

20 September


EU/EEA exchange students, 1 semester, surnames L-R


EU/EEA exchange students, 1 semester, surnames S-Z

* Students with Nordic citizenship do not need to register at the police station


22 August - Meet student organisations

Looking for social activities or volunteering opportunities in Trondheim? Check out what NTNU and Trondheim have to offer!

Time: 17:00 - 19:00, 22 August
Location: Elektro A (next to International House)

This event is open for all. You do not need to sign up to participate.

26 August - RBK Soccer match

Soccer game: watch Trondheim's soccer team Rosenborg

Note new date! Sunday 26 August

The game starts at 18:00 at Lerkendal stadion. Tickets will be handed out at during the pre-game activities. Time and location to be determined. 




September - Tuberculosis test

Immigration regulations require that citizens of some countries must be tested for tuberculosis if they are staying more than three months in Norway. The test is free. If you are required to take the test but fail to do so, the police will be notified and it may compromise your residence permit. You can see who are required to take the test at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Students who are required to take the test will receive an email with more information from the Office of International Relations after Orientation Week is over. The appointments will be during the month of September. There will be set appointment times, but you will be able to choose the one that suits you. 

Useful links and documents

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap


Questions regarding Orientation Week? Please email

All other questions: 

Airport transport

How to get from the airport to Trondheim and the student villages. 

Learn Norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.

Roof over your head

Scandic HotelHave you not found a place to live? New students arriving in Trondheim in the autumn are guaranteed short-term accommodation at a discount through "Roof over your head".

Local bus to NTNU

NTNU bus stops

  • Studentersamfundet: Student Society
  • Høgskoleringen or Gløshaugen Nord: Main Administration Building, Matriculation Ceremony, International House
  • Gløshaugen Syd or Lerkendal gård: Natural Science Building (Realfagbygget)

Use ATB's travel planner to get specific route information.

Fares and tickets

Buying a ticket on the bus is expensive (NOK 50/trip). Cheaper one-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine or by using Mobillett on your phone.