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Review: Hørhuskollegiet — An underrated gem

Dorms Disclosed — At Hørhuskollegiet you get a tennis court, sauna, and your own private bathroom included in the price

Hørhuskollegiet on Amager houses 192 students on eight floors, for the relatively low monthly rent of DKK 2,600. But not many people know about it, says resident Pernille Hammer.

»We are a very anonymous dorm. I have no idea how we have managed to stay so invisible.«

The dorm, housed in an old concrete building from the 1970s, offers much more than just a roof over your head. For example, there is a reading room, tennis court, and sauna, all of which are used diligently by the residents.

SEE THE FULL ‘DORMS DISCLOSED’ UNIVERSITY POST SERIES: Reviews by student residents of dorms and residence halls in Copenhagen

Not the most social of dorms

HØRHUSKOLLEGIET

Address: Brydes Allé 23, 2300 København S.

www.hhkol.dk (in Danish)

Monthly rent: DKK 2,600

Average age: 22-23 years

Application process: Application process: Waiting list at s.dk. You must be enrolled in a SU-eligible education.

Of course, there are also party rooms with sticky floors and a communal bar that goes by the name ‘Café Koma’. But Hørhuskollegiet is not really a party dorm, says Pernille Hammer.

»It is definitely not the most social dorm you can find. But it is not like there is no social life at all.«

According to Pernille Hammer, the dorm is very inclusive in that regard. There is room for all types of students.

»There are some people who keep completely to themselves; then there are those who we often see in the kitchens, but who do not really come to parties. And then, of course, there are those who are involved in everything that is arranged,« says Pernille Hammer, and adds that not much is expected of you as a resident, as long as you clean the communal kitchen when it is your turn.

»It is entirely up to you how much you want to participate or not participate in the social social life of the dorm.«

The only thing that is expected of residents is that they clean the communal kitchen.
image: Anna Trads Viemose
The residents are spread out over eight floors.
image: Anna Trads Viemose
Hørhuskollegiet has its own sauna.
image: Anna Trads Viemose

Committees for (just about) everything

If you are the type of person who wants to get involved, there are four annual parties – including summer parties where you can take part in a star race and get drinks from the free bar – and a ‘tour des chambres’, where students visit each others’ rooms, is held twice a year. There is also a ‘tour des cuisines’, where residents visit each other’s kitchens.

Dorms disclosed

There are loads of dormitories, kollegiums, and student residences in Copenhagen, yet most of the information available is in Danish.

Some are small, old houses with pretty gardens, others are giant concrete buildings with tiny windows.

This is a review by a student reporter. But in the Dorms Disclosed series, it is the residents themselves that review the dorms that they live in.

Here is an overview with links to all of the dormitory and student accommodation reviews we have published so far, written by the people who know them the best.

If you want to write an English-language review of your dorm write to uni-avis@adm.ku.dk with ‘Dorms Disclosed’ in the subject header.

The self-governing dorm also has a large number of committees, which residents can join in order to keep the place running.

»It’s by far the easiest way to get to know people from other floors,« says Pernille Hammer.

The committees include the all-important residents’ council and the complaints committee, which handles internal problems and disagreements, as well as the seemingly less vital channel committee, which keeps track of which TV channels the dormitory has access to.

Soon there will also be a flag committee for those who dream of taking care of the dorm’s flag and flagpole.

[This review has been written by a student reporter at the University Post. If you want to write an English-language review of your dorm write to uni-avis@adm.ku.dk and mark it ‘Dorms Disclosed’]

READ ABOUT OTHER RESIDENCE HALLS AND DORMS HERE: Student housing reviews: Dorms and residences in Copenhagen

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