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Review: Kollegiegården — a dorm with an upgrade to a cheap apartment

Dorms Disclosed — Kollegiegården is a peaceful dorm with low rent, and living there gives you access to a cheap two-bedroom apartment shortly after moving in. And the residents repaint the corridors every year

The walls of the long corridor on the 1st floor of Kollegiegården are adorned with Twister dots. These yellow, red, green, and blue spots fill the spaces between the 13 doors. If you go into the next corridor, you will find graffiti paint rather than multicoloured dots, and it feels like you are at a train station in the 90s, and two spray-painted trains have just entered the platform. The explanation for the multicoloured walls is the Danish dorm tradition of ‘Tour des Chambres’. Each year, the walls become a little bit thicker as the residents paint the hallways in preparation for the annual Tour des Chambres.

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KOLLEGIEGÅRDEN

Address: Tagensvej 52, 2200 Copenhagen N.

www.kollegiegaarden.dk
(in Danish)

Monthly rent: DKK DKK 2,430

Average age: 23 years old.

Application process: Waiting list. Waiting list. Join the waiting list at www.s.dk.

It is a fun tradition, say current residents Jonas Munch Andersen and Jonas Allaoua, and they would like to see more traditions at the dorm.

Kollegiegården does not have many traditions. This may be because residents tend to move out after just six months. But don’t worry, they are not fleeing the dorm; after six months, residents reach the top of the internal waiting list for the two-bedroom rental apartments located in an adjacent wing, which are only allocated students living at Kollegiegården.

The dorm is owned by the public housing company fsb, as are Kollegiegården’s rental apartments, which can accommodate two people. Jonas Munck Andersen is one of the residents who decided to stay on at the dorm. He’s happy to live here: »If I had to sell it to you: Peaceful place. Great location. Cheap price.«

image: Rasmus Buhl Kristensen / Uniavisen
image: Rasmus Buhl Kristensen / Uniavisen
image: Rasmus Buhl Kristensen / Uniavisen

Owned by fsb, controlled by residents

Although Kollegiegården is owned by fsb, the residents still have some say over everyday life in the dorm. If you want to change something about the communal dining arrangements or start a new tradition, you can suggest it at a kitchen meeting. The date for these meetings is fixed: the first Monday of every month. Twice a year, a larger meeting is held to discuss matters regarding the entire dorm – although only one representative from each kitchen participates.

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.

On Jonas Munch Andersen and Jonas Allaoua’s corridor, the residents dine together once or twice a week. There is no specific plan for who will be cooking or on what day, but when someone decides to make food, the details are posted on Facebook and Snapchat.

In the basement, there is a gym with dumbbells, wall bars and exercise bikes. At the other end there is a banquet room with a bar, and a room with pool table, which can be rented for parties for a fee of DKK 500.

Despite its location in the middle of Tagensvej in Nørrebro, Kollegiegården is not a very well-known dorm. Jonas Munch Andersen and Jonas Allaoua had never heard of it until they found it on a long list of Copenhagen student accommodation. They joined the waiting list and were offered a room a year later. You can do the same to get a taste of life at the dorm.

[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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