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House Rules, Rights and Responsibilities

Living in UCPH Housing Foundation residences means more than just having a roof over your head; it will be your home for several months. Your roommates or neighbours might be staying for a year and would like to be comfortable in their home. This means that you must respect the rights of other people living there too, and at the same time expect them to do so as well. The best way to ensure this is by keeping an open mind and to participate in the daily activities and discussions with your roommates.

It is generally a good idea to sit down with your roommates at the beginning of the semester to discuss and lay out some general house rules. We recommend that you meet on a monthly basis to ensure that the house rules are maintained by all and to welcome new tenants on the floor.

Rights and responsibilities

We believe that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand and when you believe you have certain rights you must also consider the responsibilities that go along with these rights.

For example:

  • You have the right to a safe and secure residence area, but
  • You also have the responsibility to keep your room door locked and not let any strangers into the residence.
  • You have the right to a reasonably peaceful and quiet space in which to sleep and study, but
  • You also have the responsibility to respect quiet hours, keep noise at minimum and to remind others politely that you expect the same from them.

We, at UCPH Housing Foundation, will do our very best to ensure that these rights are upheld during your stay at a UCPH Housing Foundation residence. You share the responsibility. You can help ensure that these rights will be honored through thoughtful communication and discussions with your floor mates.

No noise/partying

It is essential that you respect that noise is to be kept at a minimum level to provide a good study environment to those around you.

We also ask you to respect your neighbours, and remind you that by Danish law loud music etc. is not allowed after 10:00pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends. You live in a regular residential area, not on a secluded campus. If you have guests we ask you to consider the other people living in the residence. Respect them, if they ask you to be quiet.

No longterm visitors and guests

It is not permitted for anyone except you to sleep and live in the room you rent. You are welcome to have family or friends stay with you for a maximum of 1 week, provided that you do not share the apartment or room with anyone else.

Guests staying longer can refer to our section about Finding Housing on Your Own, or refer to the following options:

No Pets

Pets are not allowed in any of the UCPH Housing Foundation residences.  In most places it is due to the building regulation, but we have set this as a general rule for all, so every residence will not cause problems to KU students & staff with a pet allergy.

No Smoking

All Housing Foundation buildings are non-smoking zones. We cannot endorse that future residents be subjected to living conditions that may be hazardous to their health. 

No subletting

It is not allowed to sublet the room/residence you rent via the UCPH Housing Foundation - your booked accommodation is for your personal use only.

Violation of house rules

If you violate the house rules at the place you’re staying, you will receive a first written warning.

If you violate the house rules again, you will receive a second written warning. In a second warning both you, the University of Copenhagen and your home university will be informed of the incident(s) resulting in a warning.

After three written warnings we will consider to terminate your housing contract straight away and evict you from the residence

Responsibility to report maintenance Issues

The residence you are living in is your (temporary) home and therefore it is your own responsiblity to treat and maintan your residence with care. You will be deemed negligent if you fail to report a maintenance issue in good time. Leaving the issue unattended could cause the issue to grow, and it could result in a repairs invoice being issued to you. 

Having the inspector in your home

If the inspector needs to come into your residence to fix an issue, he will use his spare key to let himself in if you are not home. If you prefer to be present when he comes by you need to arrange this directly with the inspector; however, most inspectors work from 7am to 1 or 2pm and cannot be expected to work outside of these hours, so please keep this in mind.

If the issue is urgent (e.g. water damage, smoke coming from the room), the inspector will let himself in no matter what, but will leave a note stating that he has been in the residence.

For more information on practical and maintenance issues, please look here.