Sianghleirun Caah Inn Na Kawl Cang Maw? Have You Found Your HOME for College?

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Siangngakchia ahcun keimah hi umnak aa tthial bik pawl ka si ve ko lai. BA kum 3, semester 6 ah i voi 5 umnak kaa tthial. Kum khatnak kha inn kaa tthial lo nain Indonesia ah thla 2 deng ka va um i mah rel chih ah khin cun semester pakhat ah hmun khat bak khi a si ko.

Kristiansand!! One of my favourite towns in the whole world.
Kristiansand!! One of my favourite towns in the whole world.

Inn phun tam ngai ah ka um i mah lakah siangngakchia caah umnak aa tlak tiah ka ruahmi ttial kaa tim. Khua nan tuak deuh khawh nak hnga a tam deuh ttial kaa zuam lai.

 

Semester 1

University Campus ah ka um, UiA i Kadetten timi ah ka um i khaan khat a si nain rawlchuannak a um chih, tikholhnak khaan le zumput a um. 2011 ah a si i thla khat ah 3600Kr hrawng ka pek rua ka ti, mei man aa tel, internet caah 150kr hrawng ka pek chih. Thil suknak cu inn dang teah a um i mi tam tak he kan i hrawm.

Ka innpa he pakhat hmanh kaa kom manh lo, Hei le Hadet (Hi le Bye) lawng bak khi kan si, atu hin an mui hmanh ka thei ti lo.

Semester 2

Indonesia + Kadetten

Indonesia ah Java, Lombok , Flores, Bali, Gili timi pawl ah kan kal. Sianginn program in a si i course pakhat (10 studiepoeng) in a kan rel piak. Kadetten ah ka rak kir tthan. A hmai kum um ka duh ahcun tthal sianginn khar chung (thla 2) inn man pek a hauh lai caah June in ka ap ta.

Java, Indonesia
Java, Indonesia. Photo by Nathalie Saabye. Takk, vennen!

Mi ram ah saupi kan um tti mi ka hawi le he kan i kom chinchin, kan i theithiam chinchin. Na kaimi nih ramdang kalnak program an ngeih ahcun kal hrimhrim ko tiah inn kong a si ko nain ka rak tanh ta.

Semester 3

Private inn ka hawi le he kan hlang. Inn a tlar mi (Rekkehus bantuk) a si i ihnak khaan 4 a um, dot 2 asi. Keimah le Flo le Kip le Joseph kan si. Mei man le internet man a dang tein kan pek chih. Coka le mileng khaan 2 a um, zumput/kholhnak khaan khat a um. Master bedroom pakhat ka um i upa bik ka si caah keimah an ka um ter

The only photo I can find from the house, I didn´t have smartphone. It was Seph´s turn to make dinner.
The only photo I can find from the house, I didn´t have smartphone then. It was Seph´s turn to make dinner.

Mah lio cu kan i nuam bak, nain a man a fak tuk i phaisa a hleimi kan ngei bal lo. Cun kanmah le kanmah kan i kom tuk i a dang hawi thar komh kan philh dih hna.

Semester 4

Sydney, Australia ah study exchange ka tuah.International House timi a sawngah ka um.

This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.
IH. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s. I still can´t find my USB. Thanks girls for the photos.

University of New South Wales timi kha ka kainak Uni cu a si i mah Uni campus chungah cun a um.

The Uni. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.
The Uni. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.
The Uni. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.
The Uni. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.

Ihnak khaan pakhat cio kan ngah, zumput le tikholhnak i hrawm a si, dot 4 a um i dot khat ah tikholhnak le zumput hmun 2 cio ah a um, khan khat ah tampipi a um i a lawng peng ko.

This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.
IH. This photo is either Madoka´s or Miyuki´s or Mana´s I still can´t find my camera. Thanks girls for the photos.

Rawl anmah nih an chuan i nikhat ah voi 3 a kan pek. A dang inn vialte lakah kan rawl a thaw bik.

Aman cu Norway he tahchunh in cun aa deng ngai ko. Umman he eiman he an pahnih ah Australian Dollar 5000 hrawng a si. Gym a um, thilsuknak ah um. Inn dot khat poah ah coka a um i zaan ttim pawttam zong ah okay si ko.

If you can spot me, you have good eyes. This photo is taken by either Rahul or Brandon.
House mates from IH. If you can spot me, you have good eyes. This photo is taken by either Rahul or Brandon.

Rawl ei tti peng a si i hawithar tam tuk kaa chap, kan i komh dan zong khi a thuk phun khi a si. A sawng ah a um tti mi vialte cu kan i thei dih ngawt ko. Lente kan i celh zong ah inn ning piin kan i celh i a nuam tuk, kan i manh bal lo, tuah ding a um peng.

Semester 5

UiA campus i Sersjanten ah ka um. Ihnak khaan pakhat le zumput/tikholhnak pakhat cio kan ting. Coka a nganpi area 2 in an tthen i area pakhat minung 18 kan i hrawm. Ka um hlan cun kan i cuh dih lai tiah ka ruah nain kan i cuh lo tuk nak ahhin ka nih lei a chuak. An chim tawn bang, siangngakchia cu thinghnah ttam in kan i cawm ko haha.

My room in Sersjanten.
My room in Sersjanten.

Coka kan i hrawm tikah kan um tti mi pawl he kan i kom kho. A man hi 3100Kr hrawng mei man tel chih in ka pek i a miak tuk ka ti. Cazoh huam lo tikah coka i rawl a chummi sinah biasawng va tlorh khawh a si.

Semester 6

Malaysia + Inn + Flo le Kip Inn

Inn um cu cazoh thawk a har ngai. Inn rian a um peng lai, asiloah naa hnoh chin lengmang lai, biakinn ah a nuammi a um peng lai. Nan inn pawng ah ngakchia duhnungmi an tam tuk lai i na leng peng hna lai asiloah an in leng pah peng lai. A lung aa tei bakmi na si lawngah inn in kai ding a si tiah ka ruah. Aw, inn man le ei man tu cu free a si hen ta.

View from Kristian IVs Gate
View from Kristian IVs Gate

Flo sin ka um ahcun ihnak khaan kan i hrawm. Ihkhun a ka cawk piak. Kan i kom tuk i kan um tti kho i a si. Cun a zia hi a ttha pah reng, a ruang cu kei hi zaan tlai ah catuah ka hmang i ka ih a tlai, hna ka chet, annih hi tuan deuh it i tuan deuh a tho phun a si. A ih hnu hna ka cheh ah a thin hung bal lo. Inn ka ngah khawh lo ruangah a sinah a ka umtermi a si i kan um tti tuk i amah khi keimah a lo chin lengmang i keimah khi a mah ka lo chin lengmang.

Sersjanten
Sersjanten

Hi vialte hin zei bantuk inn dah a ttha tiah ka ruah ti ahcun,

  1. Ihnak khaan cu i hrawm lo ah a ttha.
  2. Zumput/Tikholhnak zong na khaan ah aa ttuai chih ahcun a ttha, i hrawm a nuam lo ka ti.
  3. Coka cu mi he i hrawm law a ttha bik, hrawmmi na ngeih lo ahcun nangmah lawng um naa ziak thai lai i mi rem lo na hmang sual lai
  1. Rawl a pe chihmi a sawng phunah um ahcun a ttha tuk ka ti. Nain, Norway ahcun a tlawm tuk. Rawl cawk le tuaktan na luat lai, na rawl ei caan a hman fawn lai. Nain, rawl nangmah tein naa chuan a hauh ahcun phaisa zohkhenhdan le hman dan na thiam deuh lai.
  2. Sianginn campus chung um hi cazoh felnak le sianginn kai felnak a si.

6. A si khawh ahcun private inn nakin sianginn inn hlan khawh ahcun a ttha. A man aa den pin ah siangngakchia na si an in theih caah deposit hna chiah a hau lo, i tthial duh tik zongah a fawi deuh.

7.Semester 1 (høst/autumn) ah hin sianginn thawkka a si tikah inn ngah a har tuk. Na ngah lo zongh ah na ngeihchia tuk duh hlah, har nawn zongin um ta ko. Kan hawi pa pakhat cu kum khatnak kan kai ah inn a ngah lo i sizung ah caan tawi te a va um cuh. Kannih cu ka u Peter Sang nih inn ka ngah hlan an inn ah an kan um ter, ka u Bikte le keimah le Thangthang, rawl a kan pek chap. Kan herhmi vialte a kan cawkpi chap.

View from my room in Sersjanten.
View from my room in Sersjanten.

(ENGLISH)

Have you found your HOME for college?

I was literally a nomad while I was in college. I’d lived in at least 5 different places during my 3 years of undergrad study. So, that’s almost a place per semester! If you’d like to know my opinion on what kind of residence a college student should consider living, go on and read further.

First, let me give you a quick overview of my old places.

Semester 1

Kadetten, University of Agder, Uni Campus

Private bedroom with a tiny kitchen area and a private bathroom.

Electricity+Internet+ Room = Ca. 3800Kr (2011)

Go to www.sia.no for more info.

Semester 2

Indonesia + Kadetten

Basically, if your study program offers a travelling or a field course opportunity, please don’t miss it. I’m still praising my faculty for a very smart study program.

Semester 3

Downtown, Kristiansand

Private house with 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. I shared the house with 3 friends who also went to the same school as me. House rent alone cost 4000 Norwegian Kroner per month per person. Not a good choice, I’d say.

Semester 4

International House, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Private bedroom and shared bathroom. Meals are served 3 times a day in a common dining hall. One of my favourite places. For detail and price, go to https://ihunsw.edu.au

Semester 5

Sersjanten, Univeristy of Adger, Uni Campus

Private bedroom and bathroom, I shared a kitchen with 18 other residents.

Around 3100Kr for room, electricity and internet. I got the biggest room in the house, so it was the highest price, other rooms are cheaper. Very satisfied with this one. Again, go to www.sia.no for more info.

Semester 6

Malaysia +

Uni Housing in Krisiansand Downtown, Kristiand IVs gate

I was in Malaysia for my thesis.

Kristiansand: Duplex, private bedroom. Kitchen and bathroom shared with another resident. Situated in riverside (or is it river, I don’t know), it has great view and is close to everywhere. My favourite one of Sia´s (www.sia.no).

My Advice 

  1. I wouldn’t recommend a shared bedroom unless your roommate is your best friend.
  2. Shared bathroom can be okay, but I’d choose a private bathroom if it is possible. I’ve my own biological clock haha.
  3. Shared kitchen is a great idea because you get to know and be friends with other residents. I had a private kitchen during my freshman year and I didn’t make any friends from the building. Don’t be surprised! It’s very common in Norway. We just smiled at each other, said Hi and Bye, and that’s it.
  4. If you have the option to choose a college that facilitates meals, you are one lucky student. We don’t have that kind of luxury in Norwegian universities as far as my knowledge concerns. But, it’s all good, we get better at financial management. I’ve actually learned to appreciate things that I’ve taken for granted.
  5. Living on campus definitely made me a better student, it’s easier to ditch classes when you live far and there was no formal control on school attendance in my school. When I was in UNSW for a semester, 80% school attendance is required to take exams and I still think it’s very smart.
  6. Uni housing is always a good idea if you can get one, private housing are relatively more expensive and most of them will make you pay deposit.
  7. Remember that it’s always going to be difficult to find a place in the first semester because there are many new students. People usually do study exchange or thesis or field course during the second semester, so you might have to wait till new year to get your favourite place.

Hope this helps!

Good Luck!

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