Housing

Copenhagen has positioned itself comfortably among the most liveable cities in the world. According to the Global Liveability Index, education and infrastructure are parameters where Denmark’s capital stands out as excellent. Students know this and flock to the city. Consequently, the housing situation – especially in July, August and September – tends to be a bit challenging. However, a range of options exist. Flexibility and starting your room hunt early will get you far.

How to find housing in Copenhagen?

Finding an apartment in Copenhagen can be very hard – no matter if you are a Danish or international student and whether you are staying for one semester, two years or longer. You need to be patient, and it is a good idea to make a plan for your room hunt. On this page, you can find some advice to help you find a place to live in Copenhagen. See tips on how to find housing in Copenhagen.

You can also find information about the different districts in Copenhagen.

Housing

Copenhagen has positioned itself comfortably among the most liveable cities in the world. According to the Global Liveability Index, education and infrastructure are parameters where Denmark’s capital stands out as excellent. Students know this and flock to the city. Consequently, the housing situation – especially in July, August and September – tends to be a bit challenging. However, a range of options exist. Flexibility and starting your room hunt early will get you far.

How to find housing in Copenhagen?

Finding an apartment in Copenhagen can be very hard – no matter if you are a Danish or international student and whether you are staying for one semester, two years or longer. You need to be patient, and it is a good idea to make a plan for your room hunt. On this page, you can find some advice to help you find a place to live in Copenhagen. See tips on how to find housing in Copenhagen.

You can also find information about the different districts in Copenhagen.

Housing Foundation Copenhagen

Housing Foundation Copenhagen is an independent organisation that helps international students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen to find .

For more information about housing options, renting and practical information about your arrival, stay and departure, please visit Housing Foundation Copenhagen's website. 

All questions about the Housing Foundation should be directed to contact@housingfoundation.ku.dk

Housing for students with disabilities

Housing Foundation Copenhagen offers special attention to people with disabilities. Find out more about housing for students with disabilities.

Housing for students with disabilities

 Tips for finding housing in Copenhagen

1

Include the suburban areas around the centre of Copenhagen in your search. Learn about the districts of Copenhagen. The suburban areas are often slightly cheaper, and you can still get to the University and city centre fast and easy with public transportation or on your bicycle. Such suburbs could be Vanløse, Brønshøj, Rødovre, Hvidovre, Søborg, Kastrup and Taastrup.

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Please note that many buildings in Copenhagen date back one or two hundred years. Most of them have recently been renovated and are kept in good repair. However, quite a few of them have small bathroom facilities or shared bathroom facilities with other flats in the building. Most Danish students live in apartments with small bathrooms, and many students rent a room in an apartment with other students with a (small) shared bathroom.

3

As housing is in great demand, prices in Copenhagen have gone up as in other major cities around the world. Most rooms in Copenhagen cost between DKK 4,000–8,000 per month. When you make an enquiry about a room, remember to ask if all costs (electricity, heating and water) are included in the monthly rent.

4

Remember to ask about ’house rules’ to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on the terms and conditions. You should also make sure to get a signed lease contract that includes the rental period and the terms of notice.

5

International Education at UCPH strongly recommends that you do not accept illegal rental agreements, for example if the landlord/landlady asks you to pay more than stated in the contract or denies you to register the address at the national registration office.

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It is important that you take out a house contents insurance policy.

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If you book housing through the Housing Foundation, please note that contracts for residence halls may start prior to the semester start. Please find more information in the booking manual.

Popular districts in Copenhagen

Copenhagen consists of many different districts. The more popular districts are Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbro, North West, Frederiksberg, Indre By (The city center), Christianshavn and the inner part of Amager. Even though Copenhagen has many residence halls, it will probably be easier to find a place to live in Vanløse, Brønshøj, Valbyand Ørestad. Most suburban areas are only 20 minutes away from the city centre by bicycle or public transport. See map of Copenhagen.

Find information about the different districts in Copenhagen

Communal dining in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, you can often find communal dining (fællesspisning in Danish) and private food clubs.