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Aerial photo of Campus Kristiansand

Aerial photo of Campus Kristiansand

Campus Kristiansand is based on the American campus model, with everything in one place. It is open and spacious, but easy to navigate in. Students and employees from different faculties share many spaces, which facilitates interaction among them. 

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Kilden Performing Arts Centre. Photo: Elisabeth Høibo

Kilden Performing Arts Centre. Photo: Elisabeth Høibo

Kilden is a theater and concert hall on the island of Odderøya, in Kristiansand. It is the main cultural arena on the south coast and the country’s second largest building for the Arts, following the Oslo Opera. Here you can experience concerts, theater plays and a considerable variety of shows throughout all year around.

Spicheren is the student's gym and it is situated on campus. It is the largest and most complete fitness centre in Southern Norway. The fitness centre has over 2400 m² of sports halls, a workout studio, a swimming pool, a climbing wall, several rooms for group training, among others. Approximately half of its members are external.

Concert at Fiskebrygga. Photo: Jorunn Jensen

Concert at Fiskebrygga. Photo: Jorunn Jensen

Fiskebrygga is a charming area with colorful buildings and a lively atmosphere by the sea. It has a fish market and many outdoor restaurants, where you can try local specialities such as mussels and shrimps. Every Tuesday in the summertime, there are live concerts. Boats and people gather around in and around the canal to watch the show. Kilden and Odderøya are just a few minutes walk away. 

Palmesus. Photo: Maria van Schoor

Beach party in Bystranda, Palmesus. Photo: Maria van Schoor

Bystranda is a Blue Flag beach with fine sand in the southeastern part of the downtown of the city. The music festival Palmesus, Scandinavia's largest beach party, takes place every year here. 

Kvadraturen is the city centre of Kristiansand. The pedestrian shopping street is called Markensgate, "Markens" for short.  The walking zone stretches over seven blocks, and is filled with many stores, coffee shops and restaurants. 

Kristiansand is a city with approximately 90 000 inhabitants, in Southern Norway. People are kind and friendly, and there's plenty of sunshine all year around, which makes it one of Norway’s loveliest cities! Welcome!

There are 650 living units in the student village on Gimle, which is situated on campus. Nature is your closest neighbor; just a few minutes away is the walking and hiking area called Jegersberg. 

The student cafeteria is a natural meeting place for students and employees at UiA. Students have consistently elected it as the best in the country. 

The lawn at Campus Kristiansand. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen/Aptum

The lawn at Campus Kristiansand. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen/Aptum

A green, open space, ideal for studying in the summertime, and where various student activities take place. The student festival at the beginning of the fall semester typically takes place here.

Vrimlehallen. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen/Aptum

Vrimlehallen. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen/Aptum

When you walk through the main entrance on Campus Kristiansand, you walk straight into “Vrimlehallen”, “Vilhelm Krag Hall” in English. It is also a connecting space for classrooms, the library, the service centre, UiA Help, and the student cafeteria. 

The Library. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen

The Library. Photo: Jon Petter Thorsen

At the UiA library at Campus Kristiansand, there are thousands of books, e-books, and periodicals to consult and borrow. There are also plenty of study spots spread around the library to choose from. 

Jegersberg is a large forest close to the campus and to town, with lakes and marked trails. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in nature all year round, on foot, by bike or on cross-country skis. 

With 975 000 visitors every year, this is Norway’s largest amusement park. The zoo contains 150 different animal species, and it is also possible to visit the bathing area Badelandet and the pirate village Abra Havn, watch the Kaptein Sabeltann shows, and so much more!


The area where you can find Norway’s biggest shopping mall, Sørlandssenteret, IKEA, and the Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park. 

The skerries on the south coast are renowned in all of Norway. Experience it from land or sea!

Kristian IVs gate is the only student housing complex owned by SiA in downtown Kristiansand. Sleep right next to an amazing hiking and walking area and wake up to the view of the Otra river.

This is SiA’s newest student housing buildings right on campus. The 182 new rooms are available from the fall of 2015. 

Walking distance from both the University and downtown Kristiansand. Only a stone’s throw away from the, the swimming area Bertesbukta, and Sparebanken Sør Arena and Norwegian league football. Have everything close to where you live. 

Located on Lund, right between campus and downtown Kristiansand. 

SiA’s student housing can also be found in Kongsgård Allé nr 7, 9, and 11, right between campus and downtown Kristiansand. 

This is the city’s recreation area, with several trails, observations posts, swimming waters, and fishing waters. During the winter, tracks are made so that you can take your skis out for a day in the snow. 

SiA is responsible for the infrastructure surrounding ones studies, running student housing, the student cafeteria, the bookshop Sørbok, health services, the student houses Bluebox and Østsia, the student daycare Hokus Pokus, and the wellness center Spicheren in Kristiansand. 

STA works for your rights, interests, and needs as a student. If you experience that UiA or SiA do not fulfill their duties and you are unable to get through to them, you can contact STA. STA is also responsible for all of the organized student activities.

Only half an hour by car away, you can visit the winter sports grounds Sandrip, in Øvrebø, Vennesla. Enjoy 3.5 km of ski tracks, ski jumps with floodlights, and lounge. It is also perfect for walks and trips all year round. 

A scenic park with an outdoor stage and magical concert experiences. Visit to taste the best burger in Norway at Café Generalen. 

A free space, just a stone’s throw from Kvadraturen. Here you can find nice swimming areas, cozy cafés, art galleries, and marked trails. Not to mention, Odderøya is known for its music lovers. In the amazing outdoor amphitheaters Odderøya Amfi and Bendiksbukta, you can delight in grand concerts every year, catering to your tastes. 

Kunnskapsparken is the home of many different businesses and the UiA School of Business and Law.