1) What will happen if I decide to decline my housing offer?
As a general rule, each student is offered one housing option each. If you decline our offer, you take on the responsibility of finding housing on your own. Please see tips for finding housing on your own here: www.studies.ku.dk/housing/finding_housing_on_your_own
2) Do I have to pay media license?
Everyone who has access to a computer, radio, or television is required to pay media license. It is a personal responsibility and not that of your university, kollegium, or landlady/landlord. Please read more here: www.dr.dk/OmDR/Licens/sprog/english.htm
3) Do I need a house contents insurance?
Yes, the International Office recommends that you take out a house contents insurance. Please note that you cannot hold any landlady/landlord or Kollegium responsible for your personal possessions. For instance, if your room is broken into, you should not expect anyone else to have an insurance which covers your possessions. In addition, you may cause damages which highly exceed your deposit. Please see some possible companies here: www.studies.ku.dk/housing/finding_housing_on_your_own/
4) I have changed my study period/skipped the pre-semester Danish course after I have received my housing offer. Must I pay rent although I have not arrived yet?
Yes, it is the International Office’s policy that when you change your study period late in the process and therefore already have gotten your housing offer, you are expected to pay the same total rent.
5) What is ”twin”, ”adjoining” and ”en suite” rooms ?
A twin room is one room which is shared by two students of the same gender. There is no wall or door separating the room. The room will have separate beds unless otherwise stated. The students may share other equipment such as a desk or the like. This depends on the individual housing offer. You may also see the term ”adjoining rooms” or ”en suite” which means that it is two rooms with an opening in between them. There will usually not be a door between which can be closed and it is common that you have to pass through one room to get to the other. Therefore, these are also regarded as twin rooms.
6) What type of kitchen equipment and room inventory can I expect to have access to?
You can expect that you will have the most basic kitchen equipment and most students by far will not have any need to bring anything for the kitchen. You should have access to pots, plates, cups, glasses and cutlery as a minimum. The International Office advises that you wait until you arrive and have been in the country a while before you start anticipating needs you may not have after all. However, please note that equipment for very specific foods is not usually provided and for instance special rice cookers are not common in Denmark where an ordinary pot is used for this.
7) Can I move in before my rental agreement starts?
As a general rule you should not expect to be able to move in prior to the first date in your rental contract. If you have a room in a Kollegium offered via the International office you usually cannot gain early access. This is due to that there is a very short period in between students for inspection and cleaning. However, if you have a room with a private landlord/landlady you can ask that person. You do not have a right to enter early and you should expect to pay a minor sum for such service.
8) When I go home, do I have to deregister my address at “Borgerservice”?
Yes, you are required to do so. If you do not, the next student will not be able to register at the address which can cause many problems for this student. Please see www.studies.ku.dk/visa_residence_permit_insurance/cpr/ or after arrival the green pamphlet (available at the International Office) about addresses where you can deregister.
9) Why do I have to pay rent for the full month even though I arrive several days into the month?
In Denmark it is not usual to calculate rent on a daily basis as in a hotel. For instance, if you have planned arrival on the 4th of a month and to go home on the 20 of a month, you should expect to pay full rent for both months.
10) How can I extend my housing contract?
You must see the details in your contract. You cannot get a different housing offer but can only extend where you are already living. If you cannot extend where you are living, as a general rule, you must find alternative housing on your own. If you live in a Kollegium room provided via the International Office, you can apply prior a certain date as stated in your contract. You are not guaranteed to be able to extend.
11) My study period begins in the last week of August but my housing is from 1 August or 1 September, why?
Since rental periods which begin in the middle or the end of a month are quite uncommon in Denmark, you should expect to either pay rent for the full month of August or to stay in a hostel for the first week. You are welcome to state your preference in your application. However, when you have received your housing offer, it will be too late to inform the office and you cannot get a different offer on these grounds.
12) Where is my housing located?
You can look up the location of the housing you have been offered on www.rejseplanen.dk (in English) to calculate travelling options with public transportation and see a map or www.krak.dk for just a map.