Housing shall be advertised concurrently with applications for studies. In addition, the Director of Property Management and Housing (Housing Coordinator) shall post a notice calling for applications for available housing.
Information on campus housing and other housing offered through the University (such as studio apartments, student residences or summer houses) shall be made available on the University website. All applications for housing must be sent electronically using a specific application form on the University website. Applications shall include information on the family status of the applicant and the specific type of housing requested. Applications shall specify the number of family members who will be permanently residing in the household, as well as the number of children under the age of 18 who will not be permanent residents.
The application deadline for housing is the 15th of June for the fall semester and the 10th of November for the spring semester. Allocation of housing should be completed 20 days after the application deadline. The allocation is reviewed and approved by a three-member Allocation Committee, composed of the Director of Property Management and Housing, the President of the Residents’ Council and one member appointed by the Rector. The allocation list shall be posted on the University website. Applications received after the specified application deadlines will be processed if and when any housing becomes available.
Points awarded for each semester at the University are contingent on normal cleanliness and prompt payments; they are void in the event that tenants’ obligations are not fulfilled. In the event of serious faults as regards cleanliness or non-payment, residents risk not qualifying for allocation of housing. In the event of any illegal activities in the apartment/room on the part of the tenant or anyone connected with the tenant, the rental agreement may be terminated immediately.
In the event of an equality of points, the following methods shall be used for ranking: 1. Number of children. 2. Age of children. 3. Duration of studies at Bifröst, assuming normal progress of studies. 4. Size of family. 5. Allocation decided by drawing lots.
Family apartments are rented for a period of one year at a time, while single rooms are rented until the end of the school year. Deviations from this rule are permitted on special request.
In the event of changes in the situation of residents living on campus between allocations (e.g., as a result of separation), the parties in question may be relocated to another type of residence (studio apartment/room/family apartment) as per the allocation rules. Such circumstances, if they arise, will be discussed by the Allocation Committee.
If no change in housing is requested and the resident does not give notice that s/he wishes to terminate the rental contract, it will be assumed that the rental contract is to be renewed.
Applicants are responsible for the accuracy of the information in their applications. If an applicant deliberately supplies false information in an application of a nature that affects the allocation of housing, this will lead to expulsion from the housing.
Individuals, or groups of individuals, are not entitled to be allocated family apartments, except in the event that there are no applications from families or couples. However, childless couples may apply for two-room apartments. In such cases, the rental agreement will not be renewed automatically; furthermore, a rental agreement may be terminated and new housing found for the tenant if there is a shortage of family apartments or if a need arises for an apartment due to special circumstances, in the opinion of the Allocation Committee, e.g., for a handicapped person.
The Allocation Committee of the Student Housing Authority may deviate from these allocation rules in special circumstances. Applicants can send written applications for exceptions to the Director of Property Management and Housing for processing by the Allocation Committee. Applications for exceptions shall be supported by documentation (e.g., a medical certificate).
An insurance fee in the amount of 15.000 ISK is collected at the beginning of the rental period. Tenants may be refunded this fee within a month from the end of the rental period, if they so request in an email to the Director of Property Management and Housing, provided that the state of the rental property on leaving is good. The insurance fee will remain untouched between semesters unless the tenant specifically requests a refund. Expenses resulting from repairs due to holes drilled in walls, cleaning or painting due to smoking in the apartment or any other damage to the property will be subtracted from the insurance fee.
The charge for transfers between residences is ISK 10.000. This does not apply in cases of relocation from Skógarsel to other three-room apartments in the University campus housing. Childless couples expecting a child and families who are entitled to move from a two-room apartment to a three-room apartment, or from a three-room apartment to a four-room apartment are exempt from the relocation charge.
In the event of any dispute relating to the interpretation or implementation of these rules that the Board of Directors of the Student Housing Authority is unable to resolve, the dispute may be referred to the University Council.
Each student studying at Bifröst University 40 points
Each semester at the University 5 points
Each child in the home 100 points
Each child not permanently resident 10 points
– In addition, points are awarded corresponding to double the age of each child residing in the home.