SiO Housing follows the situation closely and follow the advice given from the Norwegian Institute for Public Health.

We ask all residents that are in home quarantine or home isolation to notify SiO Customer Service at 22 85 32 00.

Notify that we are continuously assessing new measures as the situation changes. The information on this page will be updated continuously.

We get a lot of questions from our tenants. Read the answer to frequently asked questions here.

Quarantine and isolation when sharing common areas
Those sharing common kitchen and/or common bath with people in home quarantine can live as normal and go to school or work. However, they should be alert for fever or respiratory symptoms and if these symptoms arise.

If you share common areas with people that have home isolation because they are infected with the virus, you are considered to be a close contact and must be in home quarantine.

This can be illustrated with to examples:
1) Person B lives with person A. Person A are testing positive and are placed in isolation. Person B must be in quarantine.
2)   Person A has quarantine. Person B have not quarantine and can go to school/work as usual. If person A develops symptoms, this person can be infected with the virus and is placed in isolation. This means that person B must be in quarantine.

What is the difference between home quarantine and home isolation?
Home quarantine means that you may leave your student residence, however, avoid close contact with other. This means:

  • do not go to work or school
  • do not travel or take public transport
  • avoid places where you can come into contact with others
  • do not go to the grocery store or use the common laundry

Home isolation means you must stay at home.
For you that live a student residence and share common areas with other, home isolation means that you must stay in your room. You must limit your visits to common kitchen and common bath to those that are strictly necessary. Keep some food in you room and make simple meals there to reduce your visits to the common kitchen.

Use your own kitchen utensils if you in exceptional cases must use the common kitchen. Clean all surfaces you are in contact with.

If you share a common bath, it is important that you use you own soap and towel after cleaning your hands.
If you are in home quarantine or home isolation you cannot use the common laundry.

Advice to those sharing common areas
Persons in home quarantine without symptoms are considered to pose a low risk of further infection. It is important to follow general advice for good hand hygiene and other infection prevention measures if you share common kitchen and/or common bath with others. Good hand hygiene with frequent hand washing with soap and water is recommended, especially after toilet visits, before cooking and before eating.

If you share common areas with someone in home isolation it is important with frequent cleaning of common kitchen and common baths. Clean surfaces such as bathroom sinks, toilets, door handles and kitchen counters frequently. Ordinary cleaning products are sufficient. Good hand hygiene with frequent hand washing with soap and water is recommended, especially after toilet visits, before cooking and before meals. Remember to wash your hand if you are I contact with the person who is in home isolation, after you have been to the common kitchen and common bath and before leaving the student house.

Do you suspect being infected?
If you feel sick, stay at home. If you have mild respiratory symptoms, you should stay at home for at least one day after you feel well. You do not need to contact your healthcare provider for testing.

If you have severe symptoms, you can call the Oslo corona line on 21 80 21 82, or the Oslo emergency room on 116 117. If you are not able to get in touch with the City of Oslo, you can call us for information (do not book a doctor appointment regarding the coronavirus online).

For more information about home quarantine, see the Norwegian Institute for Public Health´s webpages, fhi.no/en, or call their information line at 815 55 015.