Before you come to Iceland and for the first few weeks of your stay, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. For instance, looking for accommodation, visas, obtaining your Icelandic ID number and registering for courses. Please read all of the sections in our practical information guide here below, it might save you some extra work later on.
Before coming to Iceland
Registering for courses
Registering for courses will happen automatically your first semester. After that you must register for courses yourself through Myschool, RU's internal student website. You can find information on course registration and de-registration deadlines listed on the academic calendar.
Assistance with finding accommodation
Reykjavik University does not offer accommodation on or off campus. Students are in charge of arranging and securing their own accommodation in Reykjavik. We strongly recommended you begin this process early as there is a lot of competition for student housing in Reykjavik, particularly before the autumn term. The International Exchange Office provides support and assistance with finding housing. The international office has a list houses offering special rates for students renting during the off peak season. This will be sent to all new students. Please be advised that the International Exchange Office puts forth information about housing options in Iceland to aid students in information gathering. All decisions regarding housing and possibly working during the student‘s time at Reykjavik University is the student‘s own decision and fully under his responsibility
The price of renting a room can range between 75,000 ISK and 90,000 ISK a month. Please note these prices are for guidance only and prices may vary on the open market. (prices, November, 2015)
- Room with shared bathroom and kitchen– 75,000 – 90,000 ISK
- Room with private bathroom and kitchen facilities – 80,000 – 110,000 ISK
- Studio apartment – 110,000 - 130,000 ISK
Most landlords ask for a deposit that will be refunded when moving out if no damage has been done to the property. Always ask for a receipt for any payments made and never agree to transfer a deposit to a landlord's bank account outside of Iceland.
Usually the landlord completes a tenancy agreement between the landlord and the person renting. Some guest houses use a standard tenancy agreement from the Ministry of Social Affairs in Iceland. Before signing a tenancy agreement it is very important to read it through carefully. Reykjavik University cannot offer advice or assistance should any disputes arise regarding your agreement. Students are fully responsible for any contracts signed and are advised to familiarize themselves with the Icelandic housing law.
Iceland has a reputation of being quite expensive so it is beneficial to see an estimate of how much money you could expect to spend.
The total cost of living in Reykjavik for a student is approximately 184,000 ISK a month. The price of renting a room can range between 65,000 ISK and 90,000 ISK a month.The remaining budget accounts for entertainment, transportation, meals, etc. It will always depend on each student's lifestyle. All these costs were obtained based on the information published by the Office of Icelandic Student Loan Fund.
After arriving in Iceland
Icelandic ID Number
It is essential for all students planning to study in Iceland longer than six months to apply for an Icelandic identification number upon arrival. The word for the ID number is 'Kennitala' (abbreviated kt.) in Icelandic. The ID number is necessary if you want to register as a student, have a scholarship paid, open a bank account, get a tax card, among other things.
During the Introduction day you will be given guidance on how to apply for a Icelandic ID number.
Student web access
Once you have paid the registration fee you will receive your RU username and password access for the internal student website, MySchool. This will be e-mailed to the e-mail address you used for your application. If you have not received your access within a week of paying your registration fee, please e-mail email@example.com. MySchool will be the online centre for your studies at RU. You can use MySchool to access information on: course schedules, content and reading lists, assignments, grades, class lists, important course updates and information. To access MySchool visit myschool.ru.is and when promted use your RU login details to access your account.
Campus access card
Reykjavik University students have 24 hour access to the building and study facilities. You will need to get a student access card in order to take advantage of this. Here is how to get the card:
1. Upload of a picture of yourself to Myschool. To do this go to "My data" > "Personal“> and upload an image that will be on your card. Please note you must wait 24 hours after uploading your photo before collecting your card.
2. To collect your card, please visit the reception. You will need to have your kennitala (Icelandic social security number).