Cost of Living in Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim is a city and municipality in Trøndelag county in Norway. It is the third-most populous municipality in Norway, and the fourth largest urban area.

The city is relatively small in the sense that everything is within walking distance in the city center, so you’ll be able to save a bunch of money for transport.

You’ll enjoy everything this city has to offer: history, architecture, good restaurants, nice green areas, an eclectic nightlife, and plenty of student associations (given that it’s a University city).

Like all other cities in Norway, Trondheim has a seriously high standard of living.



The city is small and compact, but with a good choice of restaurants, cafés and nightlife. Usually, people that are not well off do not eat in fancy restaurants, since a meal in an inexpensive restaurant in Trondheim would cost you around 20$. If you go for a dinner at a mid-range restaurant, a meal for two will be around 100$.



Grocery shopping will definitely cut your expenses and if you have a shopping list, and you’re smart about your groceries, following all the daily sales in supermarkets – then you can save a bunch of money. You should go to small food stores, such as: Bunnpris (which has the best sales, by far), Rema 1000, Ica Maxi and Coop Prix.



Public transportation is quite expensive, even with their various discounts, so the easiest way to save money is to invest in a bicycle, though keep in mind that you’ll probably need to take the bus at some point anyway. Keep in mind that using a car for everyday transportation will not cost less than 500$ a month. On the other hand, you can travel as much as you like on the metro, trams and buses for around 85$ a month per person.



When it comes to utilities, Trondheim is far cheaper than any of the other cities in Norway mentioned, but the price does depend on the amount of electricity you use and on the size of your apartment. For example, for a bit larger apartment, of about 85m2, all basic utilities like heating (very important in Norway), cooling, electricity and gas will cost you around 135$.

Sports and leisure


When it comes to fitness and sports, you should know that practicing sports or going to the gym in Trondheim is definitely expensive. A gym or a fitness club membership will cost you around 50$, while going to the cinema and enjoying some movie is a bit cheaper than in other cities in Norway. Prepare to pay 13$ per ticket.

Clothing and shoes


Since some cities are very close to the border with Sweden, a lot of people take the bus to go shopping in the neighboring country, and Trondheim could be considered one of those cities. However, if you’re set on shopping in Norway, you should get familiar with the prices right away. Quality jeans will cost you around 100$, and you won’t find any good running sneakers without cashing out close to 110$.

Rent per month


Rent really depends on where you want to rent your apartment and how big it’s going to be but if you intend to rent something in the center of Trondheim, you will have to pay around 600$ for a 200–350m2 room in a shared apartment, and from 1200$ and upwards for a small apartment. A spacious apartment or a house will cost you from 1900$ and upwards.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Trondheim

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 19.81
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 9.32
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 2.38
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 1.96
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 3.00
Eggs (12) $ 4.16
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 4.43
Monthly Pass $ 88.57
Gasoline $ 1.85
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $ 135.93
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $ 0.11
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $ 55.43
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $ 47.44
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $ 30.09
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $ 13.98
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $ 98.56
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $ 71.83
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $ 107.54
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $ 1202.10
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $ 987.49
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $ 1922.79

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Trondheim?

As expected, food is definitely the biggest expense for anyone living in Trondheim – though this is the situation in most countries around the world.

The next highest expense for an average person living in this university city is rent, with very high prices of rooms and apartment in the cities and outside of them alike.

Don’t forget other significant expenses for the people that live here, like restaurants and transportation.

Clothing and shoes draw the least amount of money from them.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Trondheim: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

It is a known fact around the world that Norway has some of the best salaries and best working conditions in the world.

Though, like anywhere else in Norway, there is no set minimum wage in Trondheim, as they differ from sector to sector and there are often different rates to distinguish skilled from unskilled work, the usual minimum wage is around 2400$ which is a decent minimum wage and most people can earn for a normal life.

An average monthly salary in Stavanger is around 3500$ which is absolutely enough for a comfortable life in this country.

Average Salary$ 3353.56
Minimum Wage$ 2321.44
Mortgage Interest Rate3.18%

Cost of Living by City in Norway

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Bergen 102.87
Oslo 107.14
Stavanger 111
Trondheim 99.73

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