Practical information for ESRs

Information on accommodation and venues, including maps and travel directions, for PhD researchers at the PLATO kick off conference.

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The Google map shows all locations for the conference, including directions. You can easily open the map on your smart phone and follow the directions from where you are.

Detailed information on how to get to all locations (pdf)

See also an overview of main attractions and suggestions for eating out in Oslo


Cochs Pensjonat

Address: Parkveien 25

All incoming ESRs will stay at Cochs Pensjonat, which is located behind the Royal Palace, in proximity to both the Nationaltheateret metro and train station and the airport bus stop (Radisson Blu Hotel). It is also just a short tram/metro ride away from the conference venues (Oslo Science Park and ARENA).

Breakfast is not included, but can be bought at a discounted price at nearby coffee shops Kaffebrenneriet or Espresso House. Make sure to let them know that you are a Cochs guest. Cochs moreover offers basic cooking facilities, but you will have to ask in the reception for kitchen equipment.

How to get from Oslo Airport (OSL) to Cochs Pensjonat

The airport express train (Flytoget) takes you to Nationaltheateret Station in 25 minutes, which is a 10 minute walk (900 m) from Cochs Pensjonat. Note that only trains with destination Drammen, departing every 20 minutes, stop at Nationaltheateret (other trains will not take you all the way, as they stop at Oslo Central Station). Take the Parkveien exit from the Nationaltheateret platform. Take a right and follow Parkveien until you get to Cochs Pensjonat (5 min walk, 700 m).

The cost of a one-way ticket is 180 NOK. Tickets are available at ticket counters and vending machines at the airport, or can be bought online in advance.

The SAS airport express bus (SAS Flybussen) runs every 15 minutes and takes approx. 55 minutes. Take bus #FB2 or #FB5 to the end stop, Scandinavia Hotel (45-50 minutes). This is only a 5 min walk (500 m) from Cochs Pensjonat: walk down Holbergs gate and take a right at Wergelandsveien. Follow Wergelandsveien to Parkveien (after 400 m) and take a right. Cochs Pensjonat is on your left.

The cost of a one-way ticket is 160 NOK and it is bought on the bus.

Main locations

The 'Professor residence' is located in the backyard of the University Law Faculty

Professorboligen, 14 Oct

Address: Karl Johans gate 47

Professorboligen ('professor residence') is the location of the first meeting. It is located close to the main street Karl Johans gate and is part of the University of Oslo's Law campus. It is a short walk down from Cochs Pensjonat (700 m, about 10 minutes). See the above map for directions.

Enter the gardens through the gate on Fredriks gate and enter the building through the entrance marked ‘Stallen’. We will use the meeting room ‘Loftet’ located on the top floor.

Hard Rock Café, 15 Oct

Address: Karl Johans gate 45

Hard Rock Café is the meeting point on Sunday 15 October. It is located in Karl Johans gate, a short walk away from Cochs pensjonat (600 m, about 10 minutes). See the above map for directions.

ARENA Centre for European Studies, 16-17 Oct

Address: Sognsveien 68, 3rd floor

ARENA is located by the metro stop Ullevål stadion, close to the University of Oslo's main campus Blindern. From Nationaltheateret metro station, take the westbound metro #4 Vestli/Ringen or #5 Sognsvann to Ullevål Stadion (4 stops). Cross the bridge over the metro line and ARENA will be on your left hand side (brick building with the University of Oslo logo).

Oslo Science Park (Forskningsparken), 18-20 Oct

Address: Gaustadalléen 21

Oslo Science Park is located a short walk from the Forskningsparken tram and metro stop: follow the signs to Forskningsparken.

Tram: The easiest way to the conference venue from Cochs Pensjonat is by tram from the stop Dalsbergstien (5 min walk): follow Parkveien to Pilestredet, take a left, and Dalsbergstien will be on your right hand side. Take the tram #17 Rikshospitalet to Forskningsparken (7 stops).

Metro: Take the same metro lines as you did to get to ARENA, but get off at Forskningsparken (3 stops), which is the stop before Ullevål Stadion.


Brasserie Blanche

Address: Josefinesgate 23

The dinner on Thursday will be held at Brasserie Blanche, which is within walking distance of Scandic Holberg and Cochs Pensjonat.

Joint departure from the conference venue at 18:00, by tram from Forskningsparken to Bislett on line #17.

If you would rather like to walk, it would take 30-40 minutes.

Public transportation and tickets

All public transportation in Oslo is operated by Ruter. Since ESRs are staying in Oslo for one week, the most convenient ticket will be the 7-day pass, which costs NOK 240 (zone 1).

  • App: We strongly recommend that you get the Ruter app, where you can buy the 7-day ticket and pay with a visa/mastercard. For more information about the app, visit Ruter
  • Card/paper: Tickets can be bought in most kiosks (for example Narvesen, Deli de Luca, Mix and 7/11). Note that you will have to activate/validate the card on the station or on the tram the first time you use it
  • Note that the 7-day ticket cannot be purchased on the vending machines, neither on board the metro or tram

Travel costs and reimbursements

ESRs travel costs; economy flight tickets to Oslo as well as local travel to/from airports, hotels and conference locations, are to be covered by your institution's local project budget (Institutional Unit Costs).

The accommodation will be paid directly by ARENA.

Published Oct. 5, 2017 10:18 PM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2017 2:31 PM