Accommodation and Cost of Living

The IUA cannot guarantee or offer incoming students accommodation. Most students find rooms/apartments with private landlords or through accommodation providing services. Links provided below.
Note that due to a great increase in tourism it can be tricky to find housing in August so you may need to stay in short term housing during your first days of study. A room for rent may cost between 70.000 - 100.000 ISK pr. month.  Prices for an apartment vary greatly.
Please keep in mind that like many other northern capitals, the cost of living in Reykjavik is high. The official estimated cost of living in Iceland is 180.550 ISK per month for one person, but of course this varies greatly depending on needs and lifestyle. Further information can be found at

Learning the Language

At the Iceland University of the Arts, the main language of instruction at the BA level is Icelandic, while all MA studies are conducted in English (except Arts Education). Though you will find that you can quite easily get away with speaking English in Iceland, we encourage you to learn our language as a part of your experience of living in Iceland.
The University Centre of the West Fjords offers an annual intensive course in August on different levels.
You can also find courses available throughout the year in Reykjavík city:


Student Residence Permits

Citizens from EU/EEA/EFTA countries do not need to obtain a student residence permit in order to study in Iceland. Students staying in Iceland for longer than six months, must register with the Registers Iceland
Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA area must apply for a residence permit in Iceland. This also applies to Erasmus students who don't hold an EU/EEA/EFTA passport. Please note that the process takes time and effort so we urge you to read the information and instructions on the website of the Directorate of Immigration carefully.


Main office: Þverholt 11, 5th floor. 
Opening hours:  Monday - Thursday from 09.00 - 16.00.

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Helga Soffía Einarsdóttir,

Þorgerður Edda Hall,



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