As exams are underway for many students, the struggle of getting a spot in the study halls has also begun. Some, however, have also noticed an influx of students from other institutions making use of their study halls. These «study hall freeloaders» are a common occurrence at the Norwegian Business School, BI. Within the half-hour Universitas was sent to observe there, several students from the University of Oslo and Oslo Metropolitan University were spotted.
Crowded study halls
Third year Economics and Administration students, Alice Fregne (23) and Erica Gapoli (23) personally know students from other institutions who choose to go up to Nydalen to use the study halls. They think it's unfair that students from other institutions take up study spaces meant for BI students.
«Especially during the exam period, it’s crowded with people to start with, so when people from other institutions take up reading places, it means that BI students can’t access them,» says Fregne.
Rune Johanessen (21) and Andreas Sterri (21) are studying to become civil economists. They disagree with whether the issue of these study hall freeloaders is widespread. Johannessen has no problem with students from other institutions using BI’s study halls and has so far not encountered any incidents of this.
«I think that as long as it's available, it should be okay. As long as they don’t start taking the places from the BI students who pay to go here,» he says.
Sterri supports him, despite having personally met students from other institutions on several occasions. While the situation is unfair for students at BI considering the amount they pay, he nevertheless points out that it does not mean that BI students are the only ones exclusively entitled to use the study halls.
«I think it's okay for people to come and read here, but the priority is obviously for BI students.
Master’s in Economics and Management student Ingrid Marie Svendsen says that she personally has not experienced meeting any «freeloaders,» but that there is still a widespread problem at BI. She nevertheless highlights that she has some understanding of why students from UiO, for example, make use of their reading venues.
«I have attended the university myself, so I know that situation. I wouldn’t be mad if there was a UiO student among hundreds of available places, but when it’s full, BI students should of course get priority,» she said.
Never having thought so much about the phenomenon before is Johanne Ingebrigtsen (23), taking her Master’s in Economics and Administration. She is, nonetheless, critical of the fact that students from other institutions may keep mooching off their study spaces.
«It's a little annoying that they take our places since we go here and they don’t,» she says
Library director at BI, Dagmar Langeggen says they have received complaints from students who are dissatisfied with the fact that their places are being used by students from other institutions. She adds that BI's management has chosen that the building should be open to all and without regulated access.
«All group rooms in the building must be booked through the student portal, and external students do not have the opportunity to reserve these rooms,» she says.
The library has previously made a check of student cards in quiet areas but has received complaints from its own students that it seems very disturbing. By the previous «card check,» the maximum number of students from other campuses was five people in one day.