New students’ guide

New students guide

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The Student Union (Félagsstofnun stúdenta) manages student housing that only UI (HÍ) students have access to. The goal of the institution is that students can rent suitable and well-located housing at a reasonable price. Here is their information.

Student Building Society (Byggingafélag námsmanna) also operates student housing that students of the University of Iceland can apply for.

Wireless internet WiFi on campus (eduroam)

To access the internet at the UI, you must connect to eduroam. Here are instructions on how to connect to wireless internet on campus.

Print quota

You must have printing quota in order to print at the University. Print quota can be purchased at the service desk at Háskólatorg or online on the left-hand side of Uglan (the owl) under: Computer Services > Print Quota.

Printing black and white costs 1 print quota

Printing in colour costs 5 print quotas.

There are three colour printers in the school: in the computer room at Háskólatorg, Árnagarð and Stakkahlíð.

Group work facilities

Students have access to group work facilities in open areas of the school at Oddi, Gimli and Háskólatorg. There is also a room right outside the Student Cellar that is ideal for group work.

You can also book rooms at the National Library for free. The National Library has four rooms that can accommodate 6-10 people. Group work facilities can be booked here.

The Student Gym

Háskólaræktin is probably one of the cheapest gyms in Iceland, since the annual fee is only 10.000 ISK. You can buy a card at the service desk of Háskólatorg. A card will get you into any advertised classes in the gym and also gives you access to the sauna.

The Gym is open Mondays – Fridays from 07:00 – 22:00 o’clock and on Saturdays from 08:00 – 18:00 o’clock. The gym is closed for holidays, New Years Eve and for six weeks in the middle of summer.

Groups can also rent the gym hall for 2.500 / 3.500 kr. per 45 min. The supervisor is Birna Úlfarsdóttir, you can reach her via email

The Student Card

You can use your Student Card as an ID and a discount card. You can also apply for a version that grants access to one building of your choosing.

You can apply for one at the service desk at Háskólatorg or online in Ugla.

All valid discounts accessible with the card are visible here.


Students are granted various discounts on goods and services so make sure you always have your Student Card with you and that you ask if they have a discount for students! It’s more common than you might think.

A list of the discounts is available here.

Food on campus

Háma is located in various parts of the University, selling various foods and snacks. They always serve warm soup for lunch and offer more lunch options in specific buildings, such as Háskólatorg, Tæknigarður and Læknagarður.

Students with the Student Card get a discount on the lunch or soup of the day in Háma.

Tengslatorg Háskóla Íslands

Tengslatorg or Connection Square is a platform set up by the University of Iceland, there they connect students with possible careers. If you are lucky you might land a summer, part time or a full time job there!
To sign up, you have to go trough Ugla online.