Kristiansand is often called a “small big city” - here you have all the things you could wish to find in a city - various cultural facilities, shopping opportunities, reliable public transport, parks, and not least, a wide range of educational opportunities within everything from music and teaching to mechatronics and international communication - all in a local southern Norwegian package.
As Norway’s most southerly student city, Kristiansand can offer a lot of good weather and a southern Norway idyll. Here one finds impressive cultural experiences and a beautiful landscape - but Kristiansand is of course more than just Captain Sabertooth and ice cream. When the summer holiday is over and 10,000 students converge on Kristiansand for a new student life, the city not only becomes a fantastically good place to enjoy warm, sunny days. It becomes a student city.
Kristiansand mainly has two institutions for higher education, namely Mediehøyskolen (media college) at Gimlemoen and the University of Agder. Together these two offer a wide range of different education at all levels. Both institutions have also a close association with trade and industry - this means that we are pivotal in being able to give students a sound education that is relevant to the market, and additionally gives them a competitive advantage.
With its 10,000 students, Kristiansand has a lively student life. Whether you are interested in student politics, band music, lacrosse, or quite simply meeting people from around the world, you will find a club in Kristiansand for you. On the website of the student organisation at Agder you can see a summary of all the various student clubs that are registered with the University of Agder. In addition the town also has plenty of independent recreational clubs, whether you are into sport and leisure, art and culture or volunteering generally, there is always something new to try. Kristiansand can also offer a rich cultural life inside and outside of the educational institutions. Within the University of Agder, the university’s own students regularly offer lunchtime concerts, and annually the exam performances for the music and art students are held as a special arts festival called UiArt. Kristiansand in its entirety has a number of theatres, concerts, festivals and other exciting programmes, with the arts centre Kilden as the finishing touch. Here you can both see and hear world-famous plays, opera singers, comedians and symphony orchestras.
The University of Agder’s Kristiansand campus stands out from many Norwegian universities because it is built in the American style. The campus, which is only 20 minutes walk from the city centre, is built as a campus, i.e. all faculties are grouped in one and the same area. The result is a friendly campus where students from all faculties can meet on the large university lawn, and where the student union in Agders student accommodation is only a stone’s throw away from the nearest lecture theatre.
In addition one cannot get away from the fact that Kristiansand is a relatively cheap place to live in relation to many other student cities, and nowhere is cheaper than the student union at Agder. With almost 1,500 residential places, there is space for many students at SiA. They are also the reason why UiA Kristiansand has Norway’s finest campus canteen (awarded in 2016), in addition to a friendly university day-care centre and bookshop.