The University Chaplaincy
Opening Hours during the holidays
December 23 to January 3 CLOSED
January 4 onwards OPEN
If you need someone to talk with when the office is closed, please call Kirkens SOS at: 22 40 00 40.
You can also write us an email in order to make an appointment after the holdidays: firstname.lastname@example.org
All higher educational institutions in Norway have a University Chaplaincy service. The University Chaplaincy in Oslo is a merge of the chaplains at The University of Oslo (UiO), Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), and BI Norwegian Business School (BI).
Do you need someone to talk with?
The Chaplaincy is a resource for all students. You are welcome regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation, or religious conviction. We have professional confidentiality and we have time. The service is free.
The Chaplaincy meet all different kinds of students with all kinds of problems. It could be about love and worries about breaking up. It could be about grief and the loss of a loved one. We meet students from other religious backgrounds than the Christian one. We meet students that are about to come out as homosexuals or bi-sexual, transsexual or queer. We meet those with a deep Christian faith or seekers that would like to talk about life and faith. We also meet those who struggle with problematic peers and professors, and those that has a need to talk about their studies, the pressure, the deadlines, questions about being good enough etc.
No topic is too big or too small!
Contact: via e-mail or chat
Chapel, Mosalla, Room for Faith and Thoughts and Quiet Rooms
The students represent a great diversity, also when it comes to beliefs and philosophy of life. We believe this is an asset. In order to accommodate this diversity, we provide spaces open for all for devotion and prayers.
Frederikke Chapel, Mosalla and Room for Faith and Thought (UiO)
At Frederikke, there is a chapel, a mosalla and a Room for Faith and Thought. The rooms are open every day, and you are welcome to light a candle, pray or just enjoy some peace and quiet.
If you want to use the chapel for organized activities, please contact the chaplaincy at UiO.
The Chapel at The Faculty of Theology (UiO)
The Faculty of Theology has a chapel in the basement that is always open for use. There are scheduled services and hours of prayer every week. The services and hours are normally held in Norwegian. For more information, visit this page.
The Quiet Room - Kjeller Campus (OsloMet)
In the SiO hall, behind Akademika bookstore. In the «Quiet Room» you may relax, pray, sleep, nurse, meditate, or think. You may reserve the room for one hour at a time. You reserve the room by signing the list on the door.
Pilestredet Campus (OsloMet)
Pilestredet 48, 1st floor. Go through the door to the right of Café Eva.
In «The Quiet Room» you may light a candle for reflection and hope. The room has a little library with books from different religious traditions. Please feel free to write down thoughts you wish to share in the copy book. At one end of the room there is a triptych made by the designer Gunnar Torvund. The triptych may be opened and closed. At the other end of the room there is a decoration by Grete Refsum. A Qibla label shows the direction towards Mecca.
Please contact the University Chaplain if you have any questions or feedback in connection with the use of the room. You may make regular use of the room by making an appointment with the University Chaplain.
Prayer Rooms (OsloMet)
Pilestredet 35, 1st floor.
Follow the sign. There are rudimentary washing facilities in the room next door.
Pilestredet 48, 2nd floor.
Use the stairs or the elevator by the cafeteria.
The rooms are prepared for Muslims who want to pray during their day on campus and are open for all students. The prayer rooms are equipped with shoe racks and carpets on the floor. We ask all visitors to take their shoes off before they enter the room.
Quiet Room/Room of Faith and Reflection (BI)
BI has a place dedicated to prayer, meditation and reflection in the D-block 1st floor. Feel free to use it! There is a small library with Holy Scriptures and literature. If you want to start organized activity in the room, contact the University Chaplain to get in touch with the Council of Room of Faith and Reflection: email@example.com
Grief Support Groups
The Chaplaincy also have two grief support groups, one at UiO and one at BI. Students in grief often express that it is difficult for their friends to understand what grief is, and therefor they often feel lonely. Grief is not an illness, but a natural and healthy reaction in a person who has lost someone close. At the grief support groups, you can share experiences related to loss, memories, thoughts and emotions.
If the worst thing happens …
The University Chaplaincy is part of the preparedness group called “When a Student Dies”. This group work to accommodate the different needs that will occur in the event of a student’s death. Fellow students and friends might want to gather to share memories, light candles or talk about what happened. Parents might want to visit the university and teachers or professors might need support when seeing the class the first time after a student’s death.
If you have questions related to emergencies, you are welcome to contact the Chaplaincy.
Sunday Service – the Mass of Jakob
You are welcome to celebrate mass every Sunday @ 8pm at The Cultural Church of Jakob (Kulturkirken JAKOB) down town Oslo (Hausmanns gate 14). The University Chaplaincy work together with the Cultural Church Jakob (the ecclesiastical cultural workshop) with the so-called Jakobmessen - “Mass of Jakob”. During these services, you will experience contemporary music, lights, readings and songs reflecting lived life in modern era.
University of Oslo:
Telephone: + 47 22 85 52 70
Telephone: +47 93 03 26 28
Telephone:+ 47 22 45 20 94
BI - Norwegian Business School
Telephone: +47 46 41 07 43