The campus is located in Hamar city center with shops, cafes and restaurants, and park areas just a few minutes away. On campus you will find teaching rooms, auditoriums, library, cafeteria, bookshop and a sports building with a swimming pool. Students can book rooms for meetings and studying. In Midtbyen park you will find one of Norway’s biggest and most advanced Motion Capture studios. Connected to the campus is a garden which is a great place to have lunch or relax with friends on a sunny day. Across the street is the student pub Gregers, which is a concert venue and a meeting place for the students in Hamar.
Activities and culture in Hamar
There are many opportunities for outdoor activities in the region. Hedmarksvidda offers many options for cross-country skiing and other winter activities, Budur and Gåsbu are good starting points. There are also many idyllic bike trails and hiking paths in the surrounding areas. In the summer season lake Mjøsa is a great place for swimming, fishing and water sports. The beach area of Koigen is located in the city center of Hamar just a few minutes walk from campus. Koigen is a great place for a walk, a picnic or just hanging out. See more activities on visit-hedmark.no.
Students can borrow equipment for winter sports and other outdoor activities for free at BUA Hamar. Ankerskogen swimming pool offers discount prices to students. Several gyms in Hamar also offer discounts to students.
In the main square you will find Hamar Kulturhus, which contains concert halls, public library, art gallery, Inland Theatre, cinema, rehearsal rooms and studios. There are many interesting historical sites and museums to visit in Hamar and surrounding municipalities.
Hamar is a small city with approximately 30 000 inhabitants. Hamar is the largest city and the administrative center for Inland county. The city is located along the banks of lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. The capital city, Oslo and Norway’s main airport, Gardermoen is just a short trainride away.
There are several student organizations in Hamar, all working for the welfare of the students, but with different focus areas. The student organzations have set up a joint Discord channel for students to meet, find new friends, explore new hobbies and have fun together! The service is easy to used and free.
Valmuen student association
Valmuen is a student association for students at the INN Game School. They work to improve and maintain the social and academic environment for the students at the Game School.
Valmuen organize events that benefit students at the Game School both socially and academically. Social events range from parties and game nights, to cabin trips and Christmas parties. The academic and professional events include inviting external lecturers to give talks, excursions, organize game jams or discussions on animated films or games.
In Norwegian valmue means poppy flower. Valmuen is named after the poppy flower that opium is produced from, a pun on the acronym OPIM (Experience Production and Interactive Media) which was the name of the Game School up until 2018.
Read more about the association and see upcoming events on their website.
HaSt – Hamar Studentsamfunn
HaSt (Hamar student community) is a student association for all students who belong to campus Hamar. HaSt is an interest organization for students run by students.
HaSt works to give students in Hamar the best possible study experience. Among the activities they organize are sports, theatre, choir and parties. In addition they are in charge of organizing the buddy program and social activities around semester start each year.
HaSt was founded in 1998 and has since then changed their name several times, but their mission has remained the same. “The organization shall preserve and promote cultural, sports and social activities for the student and local community in the best way possible”. Students at campus Hamar are automatically members of HaSt and can participate for free in most of their activities and events.
Follow them on Facebook to see upcoming events.
Studentorganisasjonen i Innlandet – StInn
As a student at INN university you are also a part of StInn (the Inland Student Organization). StInn is an interest organization which works to promote the students’ interests and rights. They especially work towards INN university, Studentsamskipnaden i Innlandet (SINN) and the authorities. Their slogan is “Our education, our study experience, our terms”, and they work daily to promote the rights of 14 000 students.
Read more about StInn on their website.
Student welfare and health services
SINN (Studentsamskipnaden i Innlandet) offers health services to students at INN university. You can benefit from the health service either you are a full time student, part time student or studying online. International students are also welcome to use their services. Their competent team are there to help students who during their studies experience the need to talk to someone. SINN Health is a low-threshold service, but their counselors can help students who need it connect to other professionals in the public health care system. To read more about SINN Health or to book an appointment, go to their website.
SINN also helps students connect with other students through their new friend service Svenn. It works by students answering a few questions about themselves and then SINNs student coordinators will pair them up with other students with similar interests. Do you want to get in touch with other students? Would like a new friendship? Sign up for Svenn and you will have a new Svenn before you know it. (Venn means friend in Norwegian)