Student Accommodation in Denmark
Most students in Denmark live in off-campus student halls of residence, as it is usually very easy to commute into Danish city centers. If the idea of student halls does not appeal to you, then you can choose to rent a room from an independent landlord or through an estate agent.
The cost of living in Denmark is generally high. Living in Copenhagen can cost up to 1,150 EUR per month, whilst smaller cities such as Aalborg average about 800-900 EUR per month. However, it is worth remembering that Danish universities do not charge tuition fees to EU/EEA students, so you significantly save on cost here.
Here are some details about the different housing options available to you:
Student halls of residence (kollogier)
Living in student halls is a great way to make friends and settle in, especially during your first year. It is also the cheapest option – an estimate of the cost of living in halls would be about 240-460 EUR per month (this does not include catering, cleaning and laundry services which will be your own responsibility). Students should apply for a room through either the ‘Student and Youth Accommodation Office Copenhagen’ (KKIK) or the ‘Central Nomination Committee’ (CIU) – you need to be staying in Denmark for a minimum of two semesters to qualify for this accommodation.
University-owned student accommodation
Many universities also own housing that they rent to their students. You can only apply for this accommodation if you are an admitted student (you often need a student number which should be sent to you soon after your acceptance letter). Most institutes have an Accommodation Office where you can direct applications and queries. Please note, not all universities are able to guarantee all students a place with their university-owned accommodation – student housing is competitive with only 11% of students obtaining housing so it is advisable to start the process as soon as possible.
Privately rented room in a house/apartment
Prices for privately rented accommodation fluctuate greatly depending on location, size and quality. However, renting accommodation independently will always be more expensive, averaging around 270-600 EUR per month in Denmark. Housing in Danish cities are especially pricey – a room in central Copenhagen could cost between 670 – 1350 EUR per month – so it is often a good idea to search the suburbs of a city. Here you can find cheap hidden gems, and commuting into city centers is usually very easy.
Alternatively, platforms like HousingAnywhere.com can help you find accommodation in Copenhagen and other major Danish cities.
Useful student housing & accommodation websites
Student.com offers over 1 million beds in Denmark and other countries around the world. Their website is free to use and offers a dedicated team of expert accommodation consultants and price match comparisons. They also have formal contractual relationships with every landlord on their site for an added layer of security for you!
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