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Review: Hvidovre Hospitals Kollegium — the party dorm outside the city

Dorms Disclosed — 20 minutes with public transport from Copenhagen Central Station is the Hvidovre Hospitals Kollegium dorm with parties, excitement, and cheap rent.

If you can handle the bike ride to and from your study programme, you can quickly get a room for less than DKK 3,000 per month with your own toilet and bathroom at the Hvidovre Hospital residence hall.

»It’s a bit far away. But where there’s a will, there’s a way!« says occupant Rasmus Lund Nielsen, who got his room one week after he had applied. And if there is no desire to do this, the bus 11 runs directly to the central station in 20 minutes.

Hvidovre Hospitals Kollegium

Address: Kettegård Alle 70, 2650 Hvidovre.

hhk-kollegium.dk

Rent: DKK 2,900

Average age: 23

Application requirements. Waiting list on kollegierneskontor.dk. You need to study on a certified Danish education programme.

 

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Everyone is welcome

The only requirement that the residence hall makes of its residents is that they are enrolled on a certified Danish educational programme.

»And that they pay kitchen dues and do their cleaning!« adds Katrine Boe Eriksen, who is one of a total of five members on the residents’ council.

You do not need to be a university student or an extrovert to live at the Hvidovre Hospital dorm. When there is a party – and there is often – you decide for yourself whether you want to take part or not.

»There is a big difference between people. On our corridor, we have four or five people who are very social, and four or five people who come in, cook their meals, say hello, and that’s it,« says Rasmus Lund Nielsen.

»Everyone is welcome, but not everyone makes an effort. But that is just how it is.

 

 

 

A lot of dancing takes place at the dorm, according to the residents. 
image: Foto: Anna Trads Viemose.
If you are tired of playing ball, you can drink beer in the dormitory's own bar. 
image: Foto: Anna Trads Viemose.
It takes 20 minutes on public transport from the central station to the dormitory.
image: Foto: Anna Trads Viemose.

 

Absurd number of parties

With almost 300 residents in one residence hall which also has its own café and bar, it can sometimes get a bit wild.

»There are an absurd number of parties. In fact, there have been so many that it has been a real problem during the corona epidemic,« says Katrine Boe Eriksen. Problems are taken up by the residents’ council, which recently agreed on common rules to curb the dorm’s festive proclivities.

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.

But only a bit, because the social life is one of the reasons why it is worth while to live in a dorm, according to Katrine Boe Eriksen. Apart from the residents’ council, you can join the café association, the bar committee or the party committee. And if you have not in a good enough shape from biking back and forth to the dorm, you also have access to both a basketball and soccer pitch.

»They really do a lot for the social part of things out here,« says Katrine Boe Eriksen.

»We have just, for example, set up all the volunteers at the residence hall with a day on a party bus, all paid. Booze and food ad libitum. We really do a lot to make it cool and fun to be here.«

And if there are too many complaints about the noise, it is fortunate that the party can be moved to the basement, which is soundproofed, according to Rasmus Lund Nielsen:

»When we’re down here, we can turn the music up to the max.«

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