Historic Trondheim and its imposing Nidaros Cathedral attracted Christian pilgrims from all over northern Europe. As the former Viking capital of Norway, Trondheim is steeped in memories. Modern Trondheim still attracts people, but these days they’re more likely to be a student or a scientific researcher.
Living in Trondheim
Trondheim is the largest city and regional capital of central Norway, with a population of around 175,000. The local economy is led by education and research. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), together with various research institutes and the University Hospital, attracts students, academics and researchers to Trondheim. Because of this, the city has a youthful feel to it with many bars and restaurants. The suburbs are almost exclusively residential, so those preferring a quiet life are well catered for too.
Areas of Trondheim
City Centre (Northern Trondheim)
The Nidelva river loops right around the city centre, almost separating it from the rest of Trondheim. This city centre is small and compact, easy to navigate on foot thanks to the imposing cathedral. The area is almost exclusively commercial, but some residential lets can be found above commercial properties or in expensive warehouse conversions.
Central & Eastern Trondheim
The central and eastern region of Trondheim is vast with all accommodation types available. To the east of the city centre, Rosenborg offers a good range of apartments. The University complex at Lerkendal ensures many students live nearby, particularly in the accommodation halls at Tyholt and Moholt. About 6km east of the city centre is the former working-class area of Ranheim, now offering a good standard of housing, much of it with fjord views.
Arguably the most desirable area of Trondheim lies on a peninsular to the north-east of the city. Lade offers open spaces, recreational areas and some lovely family homes, but you’ll pay big to live there.
Immediately to the west of the city centre is the desirable residential area of Ila. The Byåsen hills dominate the west of Trondheim. Family homes are dotted across the hillside, offering some great views of city, but beware the icy winters!
The Trondheim urban area continues south for around 10km to the popular suburb of Heimdal. City Syd and Tiller Torget at nearby Tiller combine to make a shopping complex that rivals the city centre.
Public Transport in Trondheim
A comprehensive network of local buses ensures you can get around Trondheim without a car. There is also a tram line that runs from the city centre all the way into the Bymarka city forest. Click here to read all about public transport in Trondheim.
What’s on in Trondheim
Trondheim does major events well. From music to food festivals, check out our guide to major events in Trondheim.
For more current events such as concerts, exhibitions and galleries, check out the city’s English language listings publication, The List, available online and in many outlets around the city.
From the Blog
Here are the latest posts about Trondheim from the Life in Norway blog.