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Student housing in Copenhagen: The guide

There are many types of accommodation in Copenhagen. Private rooms, dormitories or residencies for students, collectives and there is even the option of buying your own place. Here is an overview (updated July 2016)

Housing in Copenhagen can be a complete nightmare. Endless websites and guides telling you where to find accommodation as if it were no big deal. Yet, it often seems a lot less straightforward when you are deep down in the house hunting jungle.

The general rule is to be proactive (yes, we know, the word stinks). Ask around, sign your name up everywhere possible and write James Joyce-y (James Joyce-esque?) application letters for tenants and dormitories. Here is a our complete guide of your options for finding a place.

Dormitories

There are about 80 dormitories in Copenhagen. Some are small, old and quite luxurious, while others are massive buildings with hundreds of rooms. Most have their own bathroom, but facilities vary.

There are several ways of getting a room in a dormitory. A few of them require a personal application letter and the residents themselves choose who they want to take in.

The famous Tietgen dorm. Photo by Anna Sondergaard
Make sure you check out Dorms Disclosed – where students review their own dormitories. Also see our compilation of ‘Student housing reviews: The dormitories and residences of Copenhagen’.

For the majority, however, you can sign up through the two largest administrators and get on a waiting list. Some dormitories have up to three years waiting time, while others take no more than a few months to get into. Apply for a room through KKIK or CIU.

Wanna move around the waiting list? Apply with dormitories that select future residents themselves. See the ‘List of Copenhagen dormitories which need a motivated letter of application’ here

Private rooms

The general shortage of student housing make many students turn to private rooms. This is usually a bit more expensive. Average prices for a room in one of the central neighborhoods usually range between DKK 3,000 DKK up to DKK 5,000.

The private housing market is not regulated very well, and many students experience conflicts or even fraud from their tenants. But as long as you make a contract, and use common sense, private rooms are a good and popular housing option.

The view from Frankrigsgade, Copenhagen. Photo by Martina Zamboni
Many people find private rooms through their networks, especially Facebook and word-of-mouth. There are also a lot of websites facilitating communication. The biggest ones usually have the biggest selection. Some of them are free, but the largest usually charge a fee.

Get an overview with the University Post’s ‘Guide to housing in Copenhagen’ here.

Collective and co-habitation

More social ways of living are getting more popular in Copenhagen, and many – young people especially – find ways of living together in collectives or shared housing. This is often a cheap way to get a lot of value for money, and a lot of new friends.

Again, Facebook and word-of-mouth are common ways of finding a collective, but there are also several sites, which are free, that unites collectives and collectivists.

Meeting at ‘Hegnet’ Collective. Photo by Julie Vulpius
Kollektiv.dk’s Facebook works to promote the collective way of living, but is a good way to find collectives too. You can also check out bofælleskab.dk for listings (grab a nearby Dane or translation robot to navigate the site).

Buying property as a student

Non-Danish citizens are generally not allowed to buy residential property unless you make Denmark the ‘center of your life’ . If you want to buy, you have to get a permit from the Ministry of Justice and document that you plan on staying permanently in Denmark. EU citizens working in Denmark are exempt from these rules, but you should consult a lawyer.

Find out more on RobinHus’ free guide to buying property as a foreigner.

Cash. Photo from Photos.com
For Danes, buying an “andelsbolig” or a flat in a housing co-operative can be a great option but often pricey. There are a lot of things to consider, both in terms of obtaining a loan and what makes for the best investment.

Base1 has specialized in offering loans for students.

The renegade option

Trailer life. Photo by Yazon Lo via Flickr
Every year, the University Post receives hundreds of e-mails from students with queries about housing. Most of them are students looking desperately for a place to stay, but a few of them are students sharing their often very odd ways of getting a place.

Check out as a last resort the University Post’s 8 Creative Ways To Find A Place To Live .

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