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About the UCPH Housing Foundation 

We are a group of 6 employees, many of us with years of experience working with accommodation for international students and staff.

We are:

Søren Peter Hvidegaard Jensen, Director
Mai-Britt Petersen, Housing Coordinator 
Nesrin Tufanoglu, Housing Coordinator 
Sana Khan, Housing Coordinator
Lena Bech Pedersen, Finance and Accounts Manager
Robert B. Roll, Head of Finance

Board of Directors:
Erik Bisgaard Madsen, Chairman
Jan Andresen Nielsen
Lone Lund-Rasmussen

About our work

The UCPH Housing Foundation is a non-profit organization which operates solely on the administrative fees by the tenants. The service is not subsidized by government or university but there is also not anyone profiting from the extra service offered to international students and staff, all income goes into paying the costs involved in providing the service.

Our focus is on helping as many as we can when someone first comes to Denmark; therefore, we only offer service for 1 year. If a person intends to stay long term in Denmark, that person then has the first year to find more permanent accommodation. For the time being, we have approximately 1250 rooms available and are able to office service to approximately 2500 persons a year. In addition to the rooms rented via the UCPH Housing Foundation, we have a service of offers from private landladies/landlords which one gain access to once the University of Copenhagen confirm that you are in the groups they have determined we are to assist.

We negotiate with owners of buildings and halls of residence to allow us to sublet rooms to international students and staff, so that short term rentals less than 1 year will be accepted. Moreover, rooms/apartments would usually be unfurnished and therefore we also have a service of furniture. For this to be of any interest to the halls of residence/owners of buildings, the UCPH Housing Foundation most often has to guarantee the rent all year round as well as provide extra services to the administration of the building (given the extra work involved in renting out short term).

About the Danish housing situation:

The Housing Foundation is the only entity providing housing services for the University of Copenhagen, and we only assist international students and staff. Otherwise, the norm is that students find housing on their own, and choose options in the Greater Copenhagen area (rather than relying on the city centre). A travel time of 45 minutes is considered normal. 

It is important that you do not underestimate how difficult it can be to find housing on your own in Copenhagen, especially in the fall semester. The same goes for using our housing system. If you receive an invitation to our system and choose not to make use of it at the time you receive it, please be aware that you cannot expect that there will be vacancies later on.