Apartments in Denmark
We live in a small apartment in Aarhus, and we also live in the center of Copenhagen from time to time. We have put together some tips on how to find an apartment in Denmark, and information about prices etc.
The center of Aarhus and Copenhagen are built between 1890-1920, and very few of the buildings were destroyed during the WW2, so remember to look up at the beautiful facades in the city center.
Most apartments in the center of Copenhagen are built in five storeys, and in Aarhus you will find most apartments to have four storeys, and even though most buildings are more than hundred years old, they are strong and well insulated.
We are currently in southern California, and we have noticed some big differences in how you build and construct houses. In Denmark we have strict and high standards, when it comes to insulation, and most buildings are built with the cold Danish winters in mind.
Compared to e.g. U.S buildings, the houses last longer, and heat is retained very well. Newer homes in Denmark even have up to 50 cm (20’’) thick walls!
Rent prices in Denmark
As you probably know it is quite expensive to live in Aarhus and Copenhagen, if you want an apartment in the center of the city. According to Numbeo Denmark is the 5th most expensive country to live in, and when it comes to rent, we are the 16th most expensive country. This is pretty close to the rent prices in Japan and United Kingdom.
It’s not uncommon to pay in the range of 9,000-15,000 DKK for a 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in Copenhagen, and it will probably be around 2,000-3,000 less in Aarhus.
Of course the prices go down significantly, if you stay in the suburbs, and if you choose to do so, you will be happy to know, that public transportation is working very well in Denmark.
We have a well working network of city busses, trains and bike lanes, and in Copenhagen the underground Metro is getting you around super fast.
How to get an apartment
It’s not easy to find a place to stay in the center of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense, because they are the main University cities, and there is a general shortage of homes and apartments, as these cities continue to grow.
If you are looking for an apartment in e.g. Copenhagen there are several ways to go about it. If you are a student the easiest (and cheapest) way is to move into a “Kollegium”, which is student housing.
You will have study to stay there, and most of them have waiting lists, but if you contact the association office, you sometimes get to jump the queue, if you are a foreigner, and have no other options on your hand.
This is great, because you normally don’t have the privilege to plan you stay until a few month before you start, when you get accepted to a university or private school.
If you aren’t studying, the best way is to check boligportalen.dk, but note that you have to respond extremely fast, when a new listing is up. Rentals go very fast on this site.
However the most efficient way is to use any network you might have in the city you plan to stay in. Start out with whatever you can find, because it will be much easier to find a good place, when you actually live in the city.