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Review: A party every weekend at the Rigshospitalets Kollegium

Dorms disclosed — You can party your way through your studies at Rigshospitalets Kollegium, as long as you also do your fair share the cleaning

You don’t need to be a medical student to live at Rigshospitalets Kollegium, but you are bound to meet a few of them while you are there. Even though the dorm has been open to students from all Danish study grant SU-eligible disciplines for quite some time, a lot of the 414 residents are still medical students, says dorm resident Freja Kristiansen.

They are drawn to the dorm’s location in Nørrebro, close to Panum. But the dorm has a lot more to offer its residents than just its desirable address on Jagtvej.

RIGSHOSPITALETS KOLLEGIUM

Address: Jagtvej 120, 2200 Copenhagen

Rent: DKK 3400 per month

Average age: 22-23 years

Application process: Apply at rhk.dk

Easter lunch and a space rave

»We are definitely a party dorm,« says Freja Kristiansen. »It is surprising how much fun it actually is here.«

The parties include the dorm favourites of Tour de Chambre, Christmas dinner, and Easter lunch. But there are also »friend« parties every weekend, where residents (as the name implies) invite their friends for a party, including warm-ups with planned games.

At the most recent party, smoke machines, disco lights and UV paint transported the guests to outer space, as the theme was »Space Rave«.

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But the dorm has a lot more to offer than just parties, Freja Kristiansen emphasises. There is a gym and a rooftop terrace with a stunning view of the whole of Copenhagen (which is, admittedly, also used for an annual rooftop party).

The dorm’s lounge area.
image: Meike Sørensen
At Rigshospitalets Kollegium, there is a gym in the basement.
image: Meike Sørensen
A typical room at the dorm.
image: Meike Sørensen

Fly dinner and communal cleaning

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 dorm is run by the residents via several committees, including a waste and environment committee, a table tennis committee, a board games committee and, not least, a committee that produces the dorm’s very own magazine »Karsen«.

There are also shared meals in the kitchens and the inevitable, time-consuming, communal cleaning chores.

»We are a lot of people living here together, so there is a lot of cleaning to be done,« says Freja Kristiansen. »That is also a part of dorm life.«

According to Freja Kristiansen, at Rigshospitalets Kollegium, there is a lot of emphasis on doing your bit for the community. For example, new residents are expected to arrange a so-called »fly dinner« for the other residents.

»This is a way to learn what it means to organise an event and have responsibility,« says Freja Kristiansen. »That is something you get a lot of here.«

For most people, it seems to be worth the effort. People rarely move out before they are finished studying.

»Unless they find a girlfriend or boyfriend!« says Freja Kristiansen.

[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’]

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