Housing in Denmark for students
It can be tough to find a good place to live, while you study in Denmark. Especially Copenhagen and Aarhus are very expensive, if you want to stay in the center of the city.
But there are ways to get around it, but it takes effort, and good networking skills are definitely a plus.
Where to start
Denmark has a good deal of student housing and dorms, and you need to be a student to get in line for one of those rooms. They are typically around 20 square meters (215 sq.ft.), and many are near the universities, but as the cities has grown bigger, you will also find cheaper student housing outside the city center.
Prices vary from DKK1,500 to DKK4,000 according to the Danish news site Business.dk. It’s a good idea to show up at the office, and talk to the managers, in order to show initiative and leave a good impression.
There are a couple of websites, that can be useful, when you need a place to stay. Be aware, that for most of these places, you must be a student to get a room, so if you are here to work or just to hang out, you have to try elsewhere. Some places might accept PHD students and others might not.
For the capital area, you can check out this site, where you can find a list of student dorms. This website also has information in English. It’s free to be listed here, and they have lots of good areas. But as always, it’s a good idea to get on the list as soon as you decide to study in Denmark.
Studenterguiden.dk also has an extensive list worth checking out. Here you can find places outside the city, and it can be a good option to save some money.
Stay outside the city center and save some bucks
As always it is a good idea to avoid the city center, if you don’t want to spend DKK4,000 for a small room.
You won’t necessarily be cut of from social activities, because you can get anywhere in a few minutes, as soon as you figure out the Metro train system (Underground), city busses and S-trains (above ground) in Copenhagen.
Public transportation is generally very safe and efficient in all of Scandinavia.
Both Copenhagen and Aarhus has lots of bike lanes too, so it’s a very good idea to invest in a bike, as it will save you both money and time.
So don’t be afraid to look for a cheaper place 10-20 km from the city center. You can use busses and trains, even late at night after grabbing a beer down town.
In fact you should just go with the first option you get, because it’s a lot easier to find a good place when you arrive here in Denmark. Many people struggle for a long time to find a place, so if you get lucky, just go for it!
Tips for your application
I rent out 6 rooms for student 10 minutes from Aarhus city center, and I have a few useful tips to make sure your application leaves a good first impression.
Many people rent out a room or two in their own house for students, so it a good way to skip a wait list.
Let the landlord know what you are studying, and how long you intend to stay. It’s generally good to mention, that you intend to stay for at least a couple of years, because it’s a hassle to move people in and out.
It’s also a good idea to attach a photo to make it more personal, and if you can make it happen, you should deliver it in person, and see if you can get a chance to meet the landlord.