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Finding Housing on your own

We are aware that we might not offer the perfect solution for everybody. We therefore encourage you to search for accommodation on your own, if we do not offer what you are looking for.

Below and in the left hand menu are some tips and internet sites relevant for for you if you just arrived in Copenhagen, or if you have been, or will be, here for a year and need to start looking for a place on your own (as we can only offer accommodation for 1 year).

It is also worth having a look at Copenhagen Municipality's (Københavns Kommune) guide to finding accommodation in Copenhagen.  

The Housing Situation

The housing situation in Copenhagen can be difficult particularly in the period around August and September which is the beginning of the academic year. However, if you invest some time in going room-hunting, you should be able to find a place to live. It is our general experience that the search for housing does get much easier into October and November.

Tips when Searching for and Finding Housing
Include the suburban areas just outside the centre of Copenhagen in your search. They are often slightly cheaper and it is still very easy and fast to get to the University and into town by public transportation or on your bike.

Be aware that many buildings in Copenhagen date back one or two hundred years. Most of them have been renovated recently and are kept in very good condition, but quite a few of them still have small bathroom facilities or share bathroom facilities with other flats in the building. While Copenhageners are used to this, it may be different from what you are used to at home.

Because housing is in great demand, prices have gone up in Copenhagen as in other major international cities. Most rooms in Copenhagen cost between DKK 3,200 and 4,800 per month. When enquiring about a room, remember to ask if all costs (electricity, heating and water) are included in the monthly rent.

Enquire about house rules to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on possible terms and conditions. You should also make sure to get a signed housing contract which includes the rental period and the conditions of notice to terminate the lease.

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation strongly recommends that you do not accept illegal rental agreements, for instance if the landlord/landlady asks you to pay more than stated in the contract or will not allow you to register the address at the civil registration office (Folkeregistret).


Please note that it is important that you take out House Contents Insurance. Below we list some insurance companies in Denmark which will cover students on short term stays in Denmark.

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