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Become a student in Grimstad

Why study in Grimstad?

Grimstad is known for being the sunniest city in Norway. The university and students make up a big part of the city, making it easy to get around and get to know people.

Get to know Grimstad

Silje is student at the University of Agder and lives in Grimstad. These are her favourite places in the city. Enjoy the tour!

What do the students say?

Cyrill Schäpper (photo)
Cyrill Schäpper
From Switzerland
“Campus Grimstad is small and cozy. It is not too overwhelming, so it’s easy to get around here. I feel like it is easy for international students to get to know each other through different social events like parties, climbing, movie nights.”
Stefanie Herr (photo)
Stefanie Herr
From Austria
“I think that the student cafeterias here are really good, and the campus is beautiful and modern. People are very welcoming, especially if you take the initiative to talk to them.
Also, I like how people take care about environment here. I have never seen that many electric cars before!”
Cyrill Schäpper (photo)
Cyrill Schäpper
From Switzerland
“Campus Grimstad is small and cozy. It is not too overwhelming, so it’s easy to get around here. I feel like it is easy for international students to get to know each other through different social events like parties, climbing, movie nights.”
Stefanie Herr (photo)
Stefanie Herr
From Austria
“I think that the student cafeterias here are really good, and the campus is beautiful and modern. People are very welcoming, especially if you take the initiative to talk to them.
Also, I like how people take care about environment here. I have never seen that many electric cars before!”

3D campus tour

Gata in Grimstad

Along Gata, which means "street" in Norwegian, you will find auditoriums, classrooms, the library, UiA Help, the student cafeteria, and other services. There are also many spots available to study and work. See on map.

Health Clinic Lab

The Health Lab has practice rooms with a hospital standard for nursing students, with advanced dolls as patients. The dolls can be programmed with various diseases and injuries. Students learn to perform treatment in different rooms, and to cope with stressful situations. See on map

Get to know the campuses, study cities and Southern Norway!

View the places on the slideshow and browse the map

I nærheten

Campus Grimstad has 3 500 students and is co-located with Grimstad’s Technology Park. The campus was established in 2010 and the view is breathtaking.
The facilities are excellent and include a simulated hospital and smart house where the Centre for eHealth is developing ways to use technology to help care for the elderly and disabled.

> Make your way around campus

Campus Grimstad is located in Grimstad's Technology Park, which is the centre for research and development in Southern Norway. It is home to many innovative small businesses, particularly telecommunication and technology companies.

Gata is the main hall at Campus Grimstad. Here you will find auditoriums, classrooms, the library, UiA Help, the student cafeteria, and other services. There are also many places to study and work.

> Take a virtual tour in Gata

The library at Campus Grimstad has a lot more than just books. Here you will find many kinds of publications to consult, as well as places to study and work. This is also where you will find the general help desk of the university: UiA Help.

The Health Clinic Lab has practice rooms with a hospital standard for nursing students, with advanced dolls as patients. The dolls can be programmed with various diseases and injuries. Students learn to perform treatment in different rooms, and to cope with stressful situations.

> Take a virtual tour around the Health Clinic Lab

If you are a student at Campus Grimstad, you can live on campus. 

> Learn more: SiA Housing

Grimstad is an idyllic city with small, white wooden houses, narrow cobbled streets, tiny cafes and bakeries scattered around the city centre. Ask any one of the 20 000 inhabitants in Grimstad to describe their city, and they will probably tell you about the beautiful coastline covered with islands, skerries and small tucked away beaches. Grimstad is located only 40 minutes by car from Kristiansand.

Visit Grimstad

Cinema, concert and theatre building located in the centre of Grimstad. This is where the renowned Norwegian Short Film Festival is held every year.

Peder Austrud (c) Visit Sørlandet

Peder Austrud (c) Visit Sørlandet

Take a stroll in this picturesque walking street surrounded by Southern Norwegian architecture, niche stores, local bakeries and cozy restaurants. 

Dømmesmoen is a lush and historical park just outside the city centre with many monuments, gardens and trails to explore. 

> About Dømmesmoen

Groos is a large area with sandy beaches and great swimming conditions. There is also a playground, a beach volleyball court, a football field, a summer restaurant, parking, and bathroom facilities.

> About Groos Recreation Ground

Hanne Feyling (c) Visit Sørlandet

Hanne Feyling (c) Visit Sørlandet

From the guest harbour, everything is within five minutes of walking: stores, restaurants, cafés, the cinema, the library, and tourist information. 

Hanne Feyling (c) Visit Sørlandet

Hanne Feyling (c) Visit Sørlandet

Grimstad is known for its beautiful skerries and boat living. Rent a boat, kayak or take a ride with Badebåden. There are many islands and skerries to explore! 

This historical space is a modern arena for theatre and art performances, seating 985 spectators.

> About Fjæreheia Amphitheatre

Heidi Sørvig (c) Visit Sørlandet

Lillesand is a small town by the sea located between Kristiansand and Grimstad. It is a popular summer destination that attracts visitors from all over the country. It is a 20-minute drive from Grimstad and 30 minutes from Kristiansand.

> Visit Lillesand

 During the winter, Sandrip, in Vennesla, is a great place to try cross-country skiing. Sandrip is a 30-minute drive from Kristiansand. It is also perfect for walking trips all year round. 

Arendal is a coastal town with plenty of urban and nature areas to explore. While you are there, talk a stroll in the narrow streets of Tyholmen, the old town centre with wooden houses from the 17th century. 

Arendal is 20 minutes away from Grimstad and about an hour's drive from Kristiansand. 

> Learn more about Arendal

Under Lindesnes is the world's largest and Europe's first underwater restaurant. It was awarded a Michelin star in the 2020 edition. 

The drive from Kristiansand to Under Lindesnes is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, and just under two hours from Grimstad.

Mandal is known for its sandy beaches, white wooden houses, live concerts, and the yearly shellfish festival - "Skalldyrfestivalen". 

You can reach Mandal directly by bus from Kristiansand in 45 minutes. From Grimstad it is about an hour's drive.

> Learn more about Mandal

Interested in outdoor adventures? Head to Evje to try river rafting, go karting, climbing, biking, trekking, among other activities. 

Evje is located in Setesdal valley and it is an hour's drive from Kristiansand, and approximately one hour and 20 minutes from Grimstad.

> About Evje

Photo: Visit Sørlandet © Trond Stegarud

Located in the northern part of the Setesdal valley, the village Hovden is mainly known for its mountains and downhill skiing opportunities, with thirty four pistes and nine lifts. It is also a great place for hiking in the summer months. 

Hovden is three hours away from Kristiansand and three and a half from Grimstad. 

Elisabeth Høibo © Visit Sørlandet

The new building of the public library in Vennesla was completed in 2011 and has won several architectural prizes. 

Vennesla is 20 minutes away from Kristiansand, and 50 minutes from Grimstad.

Learn more about Vennesla Library and Culture House