Easy Ways to Save Money in Oslo

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oslo is one of the most expensive European cities; here we look at some ways to make your stay there a little more affordable.

Avoid Taxis

Taxis aren't often necessary in Oslo due to its fantastic public transport system. Buses are regular and cover most of the city and the light rail system, known as the t-bane, is also extensive. If you can, buy daily, weekly or monthly tickets as this will save you a packet compared to buying individual tickets for each journey. Public transport stops running at 12.30am so if you can, try to end the night at a club or bar within walking distance of your digs.

Eating Out

Oslo is home to some of the world's best restaurants but dining out is not cheap at all - a bowl of soup can be over  10. Save the restaurants for special occasions and try to get in the habit of making packed lunches and cooking for yourself. Even fast food is very costly in Norway so making your own meals is a great way of saving money.

Use Grrnerllkka

Grrnerllkka is an area close to the centre of Oslo that is home to the city's immigrant markets. It is a vibrant and bustling area full of street vendors and ethnic stalls. The selection of produce is extremely diverse when compared with the local supermarkets and it is much cheaper too.

Go Veggie

Farmers in Norway are heavily subsidised by the government making meat extremely expensive. Many Norwegians travel to Sweden to purchase their meat just to avoid the high prices in their own country. On the other hand, alternative protein sources such as eggs, beans and nuts are comparatively cheap so reducing the amount of meat you eat makes good financial sense.

Avoid Boozing

Like meat, the price of alcohol in Norway is controlled by the government and has been set very high. There are some cheaper Scandinavian lagers such as Ringness and Tuborg but in general it is best to stock up on alcoholic beverages whilst at the airport.

If you can - get a membership to a student bar. Every faculty of the local university has a bar run by volunteers and these are by far the cheapest place to get a drink in the city. A 30-40NOK membership buys a whole year's drinking and student bars are a great place to make new friends as well. Each student bar has a theme of its own and they throw plenty of parties throughout term-time.

Get Some Part-time Work

If you are on a student visa then you are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. There is a labour shortage in Oslo so part-time work is fairly easy to find, even for those that don't speak Norwegian. In the holidays, employment is even more abundant as the local shops take on more staff to help gift wrap purchases and with the general holiday business. Rates tend to be at least 120NOK per hour.

When buying your Norwegian Krone, be sure to use a travel money comparison service to ensure you get the best rate for your money.

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