SiO is the the welfare organisation for students at 26 educational institutions in Oslo and Akershus.

If you are a student at one of these institutions and have paid the semester fee, you are welcome to use our services. Our main task is to provide our students with products and services that make life as a student efficient and stimulating.

Semester fee

Students at higher eduaction at SiO member institutions pays a semester fee to SiO each semester. The semester fee for SiO is 600 NOK and helps to fund our services. The funding allows us to provide student housing, kindergartens, gyms, cafes, coffee shops, health services, counselling and career guidance.

Not all students are members of SiO but your university will inform you about this. The educational institution is responsible for collecting and registering of the semester fee. If you have questions about payment, deadlines, confirmation that you are registered as a student etc. you must contact your place of study and not SiO.

Some institutions charge their students with an extra NOK 40,- to support the Students and Academics International Assistance Fund.

Financing

All of our income benefits the students directly. Our goal is not to have a financial surplus, but to give students the best possible offer. The semester fee helps to fund important services for our students. We also apply for grants from the government in order to build affordable student housing. Institutions are supporting us with premises that are rent-free. For more details and numbers take a look at our annual report (in Norwegian).

Board

The students constitute the majority in our Executive Board, which is SiO's highest decision-making authority. The Executive Board decides what kind of services we will have. The Welfare Council chooses the Student representatives on the board. The Executive Board also consists of members chosen by the SiO institutions and employees.

Transparency

In addition to information from the executive board, we publish meeting schedules, agendas and minutes from the executive board's meetings. We also give open access to our correspondence by overviews of all post going in or out the previous week.
Note: Sensitive information is excluded from insight.

Environment

Our environmental plan defines our overall objectives and forms the basis on how our environmental work and topics should be managed and prioritised. We commit ourselves to identifying opportunities for environmentally friendly operations, within our financial framework and set objectives. We also require our suppliers and contacts to take a responsible approach towards environmental issues and conduct their business in an ethical manner.