Private Accommodation – University of Copenhagen

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Private accommodation

Renting a Room or a Home Directly from a Private Landlady/Landlord

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation also has a list with offers from private landladies/landlords in Copenhagen and surroundings. The offers are mostly rooms in a house/apartment (typically with shared facilities with landlord) as well as entire apartments.

Please observe: The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation only mediates the contact between tenant and lessor. The rental contract in any private accommodation is made out directly between the two parties.

The landlords/landladies decide which visitor category they want to offer their room or home to: Typically, ‘rooms in private homes’ are offered to students, while the subletting of ‘private homes’ are mainly offered to visiting employees who are bringing their family with them to Copenhagen. When you go through the online application procedure you will be able to see all the private sector accommodation which is offered to your specific visitor category.

We strongly encourage you to sign a rental agreement with your landlord.

Tenancy agreement

Here you can find the only official Danish Tenancy Agreement (in Danish). There is a new Tenancy Agreement, A9, per July 1st 2015.

Here you can find an UNOFFICIAL English translation of the tenancy agreement (for comprehension purposes only)

Private Rooms

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation often has more applicants than the number of residence halls or shared apartments can support. In order to help all applicants when student housing is hard to come by, the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation mediates this contact to private landladies/landlords. This is a very normal way for students in the Copenhagen area to live and many Danish students also choose to rent a room in someone else’s flat or house with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities when they first come to Copenhagen.

Some of these tenancies offer a great way to experience the Danish lifestyle (or at least one version of it) and is a way of living which may be more suited to some student’s needs and temperament. First of all it offers a quiet and stable study environment with a minimal degree of disturbance and interaction with others. In most cases private housing is one of the cheaper solutions for an international student needing accommodation in Copenhagen.

General description

Private Rooms is a broad term and can be many things, but it is generally not a “home-stay” since the concept of a host family is not well-known is Denmark. You will maintain your independence, but still to varying degrees be a part of a Danish household. Please expect to be cooking your own meals, cleaning up after yourself and to participate in daily chores etc. 

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation recommends that you enquire about house rules and what is expected of you before accepting and signing a rental contract. Some students may even have the opportunity to go see the offered housing and meet the landlady/landlord before arrival.

In any case, it is not possible to give an accurate general description of Private Accommodation since there are as many versions as there are rooms available. Some rooms are small, some are large - some have a TV in the rooms, others may have a small fridge. In some tenancies there are several students living there but in most there is only one tenant besides the host. In very few cases private accommodation can mean a small one- or two-room flat (in this case the price may not reflect the below range), but most often it will be only one room.

Your landlady/ landlord may be a single senior citizen who would like to have a little life around the house and maybe practice some language skills. It may be a busy family who feel that an international student will be a valuable addition to the family and a chance for the kids to learn about the world outside Denmark – or it may be a Danish student wanting to rent out a room. Reasons for renting out a room may just as well be social as financial: There are landlords that prefer to have little interaction, or who are much away from home while others are very sociable and are motivated by having company. Most are, however equally interested in sharing their culture as well as learning about yours. Some will love that you have friend or family visiting – some will not allow it. Please make sure to check out these issues with your prospect landlady/landlord!

Private landladies/landlords will often be helpful in assisting you get settled when you first arrive, finding out how things work and give you suggestions about what to experience during your stay. However, you should note that it is not required to be personally involved in order to rent out to an international student.

Is a private accommodation room right for me?

Please be aware that you will be renting a room in someone’s private home with access to their kitchen and their bathroom; this means that you must be prepared to accept certain house rules that your landlord/landlady may have and to respect his or her personal space and property.

The key to a successful stay in private accommodation is to be open and flexible. It is important that you ask your landlord about house rules and keep an open line of communication at all times. This way you will be living in an organized household where you will be able to study in peace as long as the ground rules for the household are respected.

Private Room Facilities

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation asks that the landlady/landlord as a minimum furnish the room with a bed, lamps, a desk with chair, and a dresser/closet for your clothes. You should have access to kitchen and bathroom and it may be subject to some house rules, e.g. when to cook or how often you can do laundry. Some may also provide you with access to a living room and/or garden. However, it may vary what the room contains and what common areas you can use. You may want to get a few items yourself. If nothing else, then it will almost always be up to you to make the room personal and cozy. The actual offers will state more details. The easiest way for you to get an accurate idea of the offer is to ask for pictures of the room. The price of the room will reflect the facilities to which you have access.

Renting a Private Home

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation also offers to mediate contact between visiting guests / employees of the university and lessors who want to sublet their private home. The lessors’ reasons for renting out the home are many – some are going away to be expats themselves, some will rent out the home to postpone a decision on whether to sell, some may need to move to another region for a short term job function. The ‘homes’ category is even broader as sized vary from small apartments to huge villas. The important difference from ‘private rooms’ is that you rent the entire home and your lessor will not be living there. In far most cases the home offered is furnished but in a few cases we may mediate contact to unfurnished homes as some guests may arrive with their own furniture.

As in any rental situation please remember to check out which utilities are included. If you are renting a house you may also need more detailed instructions about practical functions in the house as well as how the local community works in terms of renovation etc.

Payment and costs - for Rooms and Homes

Rent is generally paid monthly. There will be a deposit in order to secure the offer: The UCPH Housing Foundation suggests to all lessors that the deposit should be equivalent to one month's rent but some may ask for a deposit of three months’ rent. Some offers also have pre-paid rent to be paid. All in all, you should expect terms to vary depending on the offer. However, most rooms will have one month’s deposit and a monthly rental amount.

Price range: Typically the rent for a room will be DKK 3000-4500 per month depending on the size of the room, the location of the tenancy etc. Students should expect the cheaper offers to be located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. Utilities are in most cases included but you should always enquire to make sure what is and what is not included in the stated rental amount. Most Danish households have an internet connection you can use and in most tenancies it is included in the rent – but do ask!

We do not recommend that you try to negotiate the price of a rented room. Due to cultural traditions you may risk that the landlady/landlord is no longer willing to rent out to you - even if you later agree to the offer as it was originally. However, you are always welcome to contact The UCPH Housing Foundation if you are uncertain about a high rental price for a room. 

The price range for private homes is very wide as a home may be anything from a small studio flat to a huge villa but the core range will be between DKK 7000 and 15000 depending on size,  location and facilities. You should be prepared that deposits may be large and you may be asked to pay three months’ rent or even the entire rent in advance. Also there may be other request  that you must have a personal liability insurance etc.

In this field it is more culturally acceptable to negotiate the rent but you will need to have a good idea about the price range in the area before you suggest a lower price: Suggesting a rent that is far too low for the location and quality of the home may result in the lessor considering you to not be serious about reaching an agreement. You are always welcome to contact The UCPH Housing Foundation and we will do our best to advise you but the best way is to survey the internet  - on you can see a lot of homes in the Copenhagen area offered for rent and get an idea of prices.

You can also use our Finding Housing on Your Own site.