About Lillehammer

Campus Lillehammer summer

The main campus building has a beautiful stone fasade, made of Otta slate embedded with iron particles. Through the seasons the iron particles corrode, giving the building its beautiful and characteristic natural ornamentation.

Lillehammer is located in beautiful surroundings at the northern end of lake Mjøsa (Norway’s largest).

Knut Fineid freeskiing at Sjusjøen

Student life

Our students make up almost 20 percent of the city’s population (of approximately 27.000 inhabitants), making Lillehammer a true student city with a variety of bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants. The student hub 'Studenten' located on campus organizes parties, social events, concerts and quiz nights.  Lillehammer's official website provides an updated overview of upcoming activities and events in the region.

For the culturally minded, there are a number of museums and art galleries to choose from. Lillehammer also offers a variety of other festivals, cultural and sports events such as a  Jazzfestivalthe Norwegian Festival of Literature, Culture Night, the Amamdus Youth Film Festival, World Cup events in ski-jumping, down-hill skiing, slalom, and cross-country skiing and the  Birkebeiner race, a long-distance (54 km) cross-country ski marathon from Rena to Lillehammer.

After the lectures, students can spend time at the ski-slopes (the nearest alpine resort is just 20 minutes from Lillehammer), hiking and enjoying the stunning nature. 

Student groups

At Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University), Campus Lillehammer, there are many student clubs you can join; e.g. film, photo, outdoor sports, longboard, music, basketball, hockey, volleyball, gaming, ski & snowboard, dancing, student choir, the student newspaper, and radio. Joining student groups can offer discounts and is a great way to make new friends and get in contact with other international and Norwegian students. Campus Lillehammer also has a local branch of the  International students union of Norway. The local board is committed to the social, academic and political interests of all international students on campus.

Snow & fun

Lillehammer is best known for the Winter Olympic Games in 1994. The city has a long tradition for organizing World Cup events in ski-jumping, down-hill skiing and cross-country skiing. Many of the sport venues (ski jumping and ice hockey arena, bob track, ski slopes) from 1994 are still being used to organize big sports events throughout all seasons. In 2016 Lillehammer hosted the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games. The entire Lillehammer area has a truly spectacular scenery: mountains, lake Mjøsa, waterfalls along the Mesna river and kilometres of beautiful hiking and cycling routes. 

During winter the Lillehammer region is truly a winter wonderland! The first snow usually comes in November, and from December to the end of March the landscape is covered in white. Very few places in the world can offer such a vast selection of snow-related activities such as; cross country skiing, snowboarding, downhill skiing, tobogganing, (dog) sledding, etc. Alpine ski centres are usually open from late November until the middle of April.

During summer Hafjell, the nearest Alpine resort, converts the slopes to a downhill mountainbike (MTB) park. In spring and summer you can also enjoy Mjøsa beach. This is a grass beach next to lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake. The beach is a great venue for relaxation, barbecuing, wakeboard, beach volleyball and other social activities.