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About the UCPH Housing Foundation 

We are a group of 7 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 (Student contact)
Nesrin Tufanoglu, Housing Coordinator (Student and Staff contact)
Rebekka Marie Arborg Poulsen, Housing Coordinator (Student contact)
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:

In Denmark, the universities may by law not involve themselves in housing for the Danish students and staff. They find housing on their own, typically either on the private market or via organizations servicing the halls of residence (which are also independent entities). It is normal to not just live in the center of the city but in the entire Greater Copenhagen area, students mix with other students of all departments, and level of study, travelling times up to 45 minutes is to be expected. It is normal in hall of residences that only applications for a minimum 1 year are accepted.

Therefore, generally speaking there is no University based housing service. However, in acknowledgement of the fact that international students and staff may find it very hard to find housing, especially affordable short term housing, foundations such as the UCPH Housing Foundation has been formed by various universities. We are the only entity providing housing services for the University of Copenhagen. 

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. 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 continue to be vacancies later on.