Studentsamskipnaden i Agder (SiA) is the welfare and cultural organization for students in southern Norway. They provide the students with several service, a quick rundown of which can be found below.
ESN Agder collaborates with SiA when it comes to welcoming exchange students to the University of Agder.
This is provided through Pick-Up day. Students arriving on the set Pick-Up day each semester will be provided with their keys and transported to the accommodations.
For those arriving outside of Pick-Up day serviced by ESN Agder will have to contact and follow the information provided by SiA.
For more information check out Pick-Up day here.
SiA's visiting address in Kristiansand is "Gimlemoen 32" (Google maps)
Campus map with SiA, Spicheren Gym, and the University bus stop location:
SiA is UiA’s provider of student housing, with nearly 1500 units. You rent without having to make a deposit, and with all main utility bills included in the price. Most exchange students choose to stay in a SiA accommodation.
More information can be found on their website: http://sia.no/en/Housing
Otherwise, they can be contacted at
40 00 10 18
E-mail: [email protected]
40 00 90 07
E-mail: [email protected]
During vacations and holidays, please see our extra ordinary opening hours.
For more on some of the practical aspects of housing in Kristiansand, such as how to pay rent as an international student, see our separate page on housing
SiA Health is a supplementary offer to the public health services for students. They particularly provide help with funding for healthcare, and psychosocial services. Additionally, they can be very helpful in giving advice on how to seek out other health care, and to student friendly prices. They provide occasional courses as well, in topics related to both physical and mental well-being.
For more information, go to http://sia.no/en/Health/About-us
SiA runs Spicheren, an on-campus gym in Kristiansand, with fair student prices. The fitness center is over 2,400 square meters large and the has the facilities like sports hall, swimming pool, gym, climbing wall and various halls for classes.
For more information and schedule, go to: http://spicheren.no/student-information-eng/
Be aware that most of the website still hasn’t been translated into english yet.
SiA runs two cultural houses for students, one on each campus, Bluebox in Grimstad and Østsia in Kristiansand. Here there is a wide array of cultural events being held, such as concerts, stand-up, quiz, ESN’s own International pub, among others. It also serves as student bar.
If you’re curious to see what kind of events each of the student houses have lined up or held in the past, take a look at their facebook pages!
For more information on SiA Culture, go to http://sia.no/en/Culture
Additionally to the services mentioned above, SiA also runs on-campus bookstores, campus café and canteen, and daycare for children.
For more information on each, go to:
For other questions related to SiA, we recommend you to search their FAQ, or to contact them directly