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What is it like to be a student at UiA? Is it easy to find a nice place to live? What health services and leisure activities are available? Are there many clubs and societies? How is it to get engaged in the student parliament based on the Norwegian democratic model?

We have listed a few things on this page that will give you a better picture of how life on campus looks like at UiA. Life on campus has a real community feel and you will quickly develop strong friendships which will continue long after you graduate. 

Get to know your student town

Welcome to the South Coast of Norway! - Browse the pictures, or navigate on the map.


The Fiskerbrygga provides you with a vibrant summer feel by the sea in the city centre. Do it the easy way and buy a few shrimps to nibble on by the wharf side or enjoy a meal or something refreshing at one of the outdoor restaurants.

Every Tuesday during the summer season, there are live concerts at "Fiskebrygga" in Kristiansand– so come by boat or foot! 

The Fiskebrygga is close to the Centre for Performing Arts and Culture Kilden and the Odderøya island.

UiA’s campus quad is known for its beautiful fresh lawn, lawn benches, oak and whitebeam trees that turn a beautiful foliage in the spring and fall seasons. The well-maintained green lawn is perfect for leisurely reading, picknicking and resting. The lawn also functions as a great event space  for the study start in August, festivals, concerts, gathering and playing team sports such as cricket.

Starttilhengere på Sør Arena (foto)

Sør Arena is a football stadium located in Kristiansand. The all-seater has a capacity of 14,563 people, and serves as the home ground of the Norwegian football club IK Start.  The venue has seen concerts by Elton John, Dolly Parton and A-ha, among others. 

The local team plays in yellow jerseys, black shorts and socks at home, and black jerseys, yellow shorts and socks away.

(Photo: IK Start)

Enjoy the intimate shopping street in Grimstad surrounded by picturesque white wooden houses, specialized stores, welcoming  local restaurants and bakeries. Enjoy a selection of clothes, jewelry and shoes known for its special design, inspired both by Norwegian traditions and international trends. Norwegian products are a safe bet when searching for good looking quality goods.

When you have a chef who has worked as a sous-chef at a Michelin star-restaurant as the cafeteria manager, things suddenly become more serious. The Grimstad canteen competes with the Kristiansand canteen on being the best student canteen in Norway. 

In addition to being a bike city, Grimstad is known for its beautiful skerries. The islands outside Grimstad are open for everyone. Rent a boat or hitch a ride with Badebåden.

A local shopping centre with 35 stores and everything you need. 

Jegersberg is located right next to campus. Marked tracks and swimming spots just a stone’s throw from the study halls. 

Based on the American campus model, with everything in one place. Compact, but open. Large, but easy to maneuver. Easy to get to know, without constantly being recognized. Small enough for closeness, large enough for diversity. Feel at home. 

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This is the main cultural arena on the south coast – and the country’s second largest building for the arts, following the Oslo Opera. The main building is recognized all over the word. Experience concerts by the docks in the summer, or concerts, theater, and shows on the main stage at any time during the year. 

This is the student’s own wellness centre, right on campus, and it is the largest on the south coast. Workout studio, climbing wall, sports-hall, and swimming hall. 

For one weekend every summer, the music festival Palmesus is held here – but you can visit the beach for more than just one weekend in the year. 

Downtown Kristiansand measures exactly one square kilometer. The pedestrian shopping street is called Markensgate, but is known to the locals only as “Markens”.

In Kristiansand, the pedestrian shopping street is actually more of a strolling street. Buzzing with people in the main season, you can enjoy there an ice-cream while walking or sit in one of the beautiful terrasses and chill-out with a refreshing drink. Remember to check out some of the side streets, like Skippergata, for local shops and arts and entertainment. 

With its 90,000 inhabitants, Kristiansand is one of Norway’s loveliest cities! Welcome!

The 650 living units in the student village on Gimle is directly on campus. Your closest neighbor is the walking and hiking area Jegersberg. 

Newly renovated – even though students have chosen it as the best in the country for several years. An important meeting point for students from all the different studies. 

When you walk through the main entrance on Campus Kristiansand, you walk straight into “Vrimlehallen”, which is actually the “Vilhelm Krag Hall”. This is where the students wander about between lectures, the library, the service centre, IT help and the cafeteria, which is all located around Vrimlehallen. 

“Østsia” is the student house on Campus Kristiansand. Pub, café, and concert hall. 


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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!

Photo (Peder Austrud©Visit Sørlandet)

New and modern. Open and accommodating. Plenty of space inside and short distances between students, employees and the working life. Here you get the opportunity to make close connections, both academically and socially. 
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Amazing swimming opportunities, with long sandy beaches, a dock with diving boards and smooth coastal rocks to lay on. There is also a playground, beach volleyball court, football field, a summer restaurant, parking and new bathroom facilities.

Pub, café and concert house. The approximately 100 volunteer workers, who run Bluebox, work hard in order to make your everyday life as a student just a little bit better. 

Campus Grimstad is located in teknologiparken, which houses the South of Norway’s center for research and development, as well as several technological businesses that UiA collaborates with. 

Did you know that one of the country’s best park facilities is located in Grimstad? This is the ideal place for a walk along the trails or running grounds. 

The Library at Grimstad is so much more than the physical spaces and books. We want you to be able to access everything you need - services, spaces or collections – and make the most of what we have to offer.

The Student Welfare Organization has 600 student housing units, whereof 400 are located right on campus!

Cinema, and concert- and theatre building. This is where the renowned short-film festival in Grimstad is held.

White houses by the pier, where the downtown meets the sea. Everything is within five minutes of walking: stores, restaurants, cafés, the cinema, the library and tourist information. 

Grimstad is surrounded by five moors with fabulous views: Fløyheia, Mollerheia, Kirkeheia, Binabben, and Vardeheia. A roundtrip takes about 1.5 hour. 

Track and field sports facility, swimming facility, and the home stadium of the football teams Amazon (women’s top league) and Jerv (men’s first division). 

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 Kristiansand's recreation area, with several trails, forest paths,  swimming and fishing posts lookout points,. During the winter, tracks are made so that you can take your skis out for a day in the snow. 

The spectacular outdoor scene at Fjæreheia can seat 985 people. Fjæreheia is an old quarry, which since 1993 has been used to watch everything from the dramas by Ibsen to modern rock and roll musicals. 

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. 

The Student Organization in Agder (STA) is the official representative body for students at the University of Agder. The overarching goals of the organization is to work for the professional, social, economic and welfare interests of the students at UiA. STA organizes around 13,000 students and is the umbrella organization for a variety of student activities. STA is the voice of our students on campus, in the local arena and nationally.

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.