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. A range of options exist, though. Flexibility, savings, 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 staying for 1 semester, 2 years, or perhaps even longer. Therefore, you need patience and sometimes a bit of luck. No matter what making a plan for your flat-hunting can be a very good idea. On this page, we have collected some of our advice to help you find an apartment in Copenhagen. See our renting tips on how to find an apartment in Copenhagen.

We have also added information on the different neighbourhoods 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. A range of options exist, though. Flexibility, savings, 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 staying for 1 semester, 2 years, or perhaps even longer. Therefore, you need patience and sometimes a bit of luck. No matter what making a plan for your flat-hunting can be a very good idea. On this page, we have collected some of our advice to help you find an apartment in Copenhagen. See our renting tips on how to find an apartment in Copenhagen.

We have also added information on the different neighbourhoods in Copenhagen

Housing Foundation Copenhagen

Housing Foundation Copenhagen is an independent organisation that assists international students coming to the University of Copenhagen in finding accommodation.

For more information about housing options, how to apply for renting, and practical information regarding your arrival, your stay, and also your 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

Renting tips in Copenhagen

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Include the suburban neighbourhoods just outside the center of Copenhagen in your search. Learn about Copenhagen's neighbourhoods. The suburban areas are often slightly cheaper and it is still very easy and fast to get to the University and into town by public transportation or on your bike. For example, you could look for an apartment in Vanløse, Brønshøj, Rødovre, Hvidovre, Søborg, Kastrup, Taastrup and Dragør.

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

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Because housing is in great demand, prices have gone up in Copenhagen as in other major international cities. Most rooms in Copenhagen cost between DKK 4.000 - 8.000 per month. When enquiring about a room, remember to ask if all costs (electricity, heating, and water) are included in the monthly rent.

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Enquire about “house rules” to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on possible terms and conditions. You should also make sure to get a signed housing contract which includes the rental period and the conditions of notice to terminate the lease.

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International Education & Grants strongly recommends that you do not accept illegal rental agreements, for instance if the landlord/landlady asks you to pay more than stated in the contract or will not allow you to register the address at the civil registration office (Folkeregistret).

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It is important that you take out House Contents Insurance.

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Please notice that contracts for residence halls might start prior to the semester start. Please find more information in the booking manual.

Neighbourhoods in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, you can find many types of accommodation, private rooms, dormitories, and shared housing. However, it can sometimes be a struggle to find a place to live - since there is a big demand for housing in Copenhagen. Learn about living in Copenhagen

Popular districts in Copenhagen

Copenhagen consists of many different districts. The more popular districts are Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbro, KBH NV, Indre By (The city center), Christianshavn, and the inner part of Amager. Even though there are many dormitories all over Copenhagen, you might have better luck if you expand the areas where you look for housing. In districts such as Vanløse, Brønshøj, Valby, Holmen and Ørestad it will probably be a bit easier to find accommodation. Most districts are only 20 minutes away from the city centre by bike or public transport. Find information about the different districts in Copenhagen

Social dinners in Copenhagen

Being a student in Denmark means leading an adult life. In general, you need to cater and clean for yourself as well as doing your own laundry and other basic household chores. However, dinners have a central place in Danish culture, and you can often find private food clubs to join, especially at student halls of residence. Among other places, you can join social dinners (fællesspisning in Danish) at Absalon on Vesterbro every evening at 18:00, 7 days a week. The dinner costs only 50 DKK per person. Learn more about social dinners at Absalon. Apart from social dinners,  you can join a ton of activities such as table tennis, coffee, parties, talks, and concerts. See Absalon's calendar to see the many different activities.

Campus life at UCPH

Explore the different campuses and get to know a tiny bit of the student's everyday life. All campuses are integrated into the city of Copenhagen, and all campuses are accessible by bike. The students have easy access to the facilities available in the city and a lot of on-campus options to go for. 

See all campus areas at UCPH