Student life in Sogndal

Sogndal is a compact community where “everything” is reachable within a 10-minute walk. Short distances between dorms, campus, activities and nature is the ideal recipe for utilizing your day as a student at Campus Sogndal.

Close and inclusive

Our students appreciate the informal relationship between teachers and students. The teachers know you by name, and their doors are usually open for pop-ins if you have a question. This is one of the many advantages of being a student at a smaller Campus.

Sogndal is famous for its good student life. An appropriate student quantity (around 2500), makes socializing and participation easy.

Experience nature

Sogndal and its surrounding region is known for its wild, beautiful and untouched nature. Fjords, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, snow, green grasslands, fish, fruit and berries, fresh air and clean flowing water calls for people searching for adventure, adrenaline rush, speed and excitement as well as serenity and silence. As a student here, you have endless possibilities of experiencing nature!

Urban vibe

Despite its “outdoorsy” reputation, Sogndal is also an urban town with shopping, cafés and cinema. In the student house Meieriet, you will find café, pub, concert arena and a club. The list of bands visiting Meieriet throughout a semester is impressive, with the student week being a natural highlight.

The student house also has many subgroups in which you may participate. From booking bands, sing in a choir, making the student newspaper, to tending the bar.

Stay in shape

Sogndal has a variety of options for indoor exercise. The fitness center “Idrettssenteret” has locations both at Campus and in the town centre. Idrettssenteret has an extensive variety of group lessons, as well as a 2000 sq. feet gym and a squash hall.

In the sports hall Sognahallen you may climb "The Wall", one of Norway's best indoor climbing walls. If you like swimming, you can go for a swim in the public swimming pool. 

Cultural and historical attractions

In Sogndal, there is only a 20 minute drive to several cultural and historical attractions in the region:

  • The Norwegian Glacier Museum & Ulltveit-Moe Climate Centre - an interactive museum for the whole family, who gives you knowledge about glaciers and climate in new and innovative ways.
  • Kaupanger stave church - the biggest Stave church in the Sognefjord region, built around 1190.
  • The Heiberg Collections – Sogn Folk Museum - At this museum you can experience how people from Sogn have lived and worked from the Middle Ages until the present time. 
  • The Norwegian Book Town, Fjærland, - various second hand bookshops, antique stores, and book cafes

"It surpassed my expectations!"

This statement comes from the Australian student Oskar Cafarella, who spent a semester at campus Sogndal. His conclusion: Sogndal has something for everyone! 

Read Oscars blog!

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