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Welcome, new students and staff!

So you've arrived in a new, strange, and foreign land. Need a hand finding your bearings, exploring the city, and making new friends? The University Post is here to help

New university, new city, new country – finding your feet can be tough. How do you find a home, make friends, and find your way around? This article is here to help you get the best start possible.

Housing in Copenhagen

Finding a place to live in Copenhagen is notoriously difficult. Over the years, students have resorted to living in tents, cars and even tauntauns. If you haven’t already succeeded in finding a home and are reading this in desperation from a park bench, here are two essential guides to finding a place to live in Copenhagen. One ‘by the books’ and one alternative guide for the adventurous/desperate:

Meeting people

You can meet fellow students at the university bar Studenterhuset, and at ‘fredagsbar’, the Friday-bars that take place at the university departments and faculties on Friday evenings: very cheap and student-run.

Here at the beginning of the semester, there’s also a chance to get to know everyone on your course with the (in)famous rustur. Rustur is Danish for Frosh, SOAR, Freshers and Orientation, etc. So what happens during the rustur?

If bonding with people in a hypersocial context isn’t your thing, here are some alternative ways of making friends in Copenhagen:

Getting around

Living in Copenhagen, having a bike is a must. Everything and everywhere is within a 15-20 minute cycling distance, and you’ll save money while getting to know the city. Bikes tend to be pricey, but there’s often a good offer on Buy a Bike Copenhagen.

As a newcomer, taking part in the constant bike race that is Copenhagen traffic can seem daunting. Check out our guide for Copenhagen cycling etiquette to avoid some of the common pitfalls:

If you don’t feel up to the task just yet, public transport runs pretty smoothly in Denmark, but costs a lot. See the guide below to travel as cheaply as possible:

Things to see in Copenhagen

There’s a statistical likelihood that you’ve already explored every nook and cranny of Copenhagen by way of Pokémon Go, but here are a couple of (non-augmented reality) recommendations for things to see and do:

Exploring the rest of Denmark

From its other (even smaller) cities to its varied islands, Denmark is much more than its capital. We’ve put together a list of seven places to visit outside Copenhagen:

SU – the study grant

SU is a monthly student grant of DKK 5.900 available to all Danish students. A couple of years ago, it was made available to students from the EU and EEA too. To qualify, you must work 10 to 12 hours a week and be studying at a Danish university for a full degree (that is, not through an exchange programme).

Finally, for more info on life in Copenhagen check out our New at UCPH section, where we have collected some of our best guides for students new to Copenhagen.

A big welcome from us at the University Post, the English-language paper for students and staff at the University of Copenhagen. Enjoy your time here!

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