Student life

Student cabin. Photo: Tom van Beusekom, exchange student from the Netherlands.

The student cabins

Students in Trondheim have access to something few universities can match: a network of small cabins spread across the county of Trøndelag, and the larger Student Cabin (Studenterhytta), which is located right outside the city centre. 

Hiking or skiing to one of the smaller cabins is a very popular weekend activity. Just remember to bring a map, a sleeping bag and food. If you prefer a little more pampering, the Student Cabin has a sauna, serves cheap meals and there is a bus going from campus.

The Student Society 

"Samfundet" offers students concerts and various cultural events. There are also several bars, a café and a restaurant inside the "red, round building". 

Sports and fitness

All students at NTNU can join NTNUI, which is Norway's largest and most diverse sports association. One of the most popular activities for international students is hiking or skiing to an NTNUI koie, which is a network of small cabins spread across the county of Trøndelag.

Bymarka. Photo: Curdin Wuethrich

Hiking and skiing

Trondheim's charms extend well beyond its city centre. Just a short bus or tram ride away lies Bymarka. The public park offers an extensive network of paths and trails perfect for hiking and cross-country skiing. 

Borrow free sporting equipment from NTNUI-Bumerang

The equipment you can borrow includes skis, tents, fishing gear and ice skates!

Student associations

Sit, the Student Welfare Association in Trondheim

Sit offers training facilities, housing in student villages, cafés and canteens, health care, child care and a multitude of courses.

Student organizations

NTNU's international students organize everything from trips around Norway to family activities and movie nights. The university also has many other student organizations, where you can meet people who are interested in everything from Amnesty International to Nordic skiing. 


Every other year, student volunteers organize two popular festivals: UKA and ISFiT.

International Student Festival (ISFIT)

ISFIT is organized around a student-selected theme that addresses issues of global significance through workshops, debates and dialogue groups. Keynote speakers have included Nobel laureates and world leaders. 


Norway's largest cultural festival features music, theatre, art and stage shows. It is entirely organized by student volunteers.