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Living in UCPH Housing Foundation Residences

We would like to give you a general idea of what it will be like to live in our residences.

Living in UCPH Housing Foundation residences means more than just having a roof over your head; it will be your home for the next 3-6-12 months. By this we mean that you will have both rights and responsibilities similar to those you have in a family and/or residence in your home country.

For most of you, you will be sharing not just common facilities; you will also have to contribute to a nice and comfortable environment for everybody to live and study. 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 floor mates.

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.

Since not two of us are exactly alike in our habits and day-to-day routines, it is generally a good idea to sit down with your floor mates at the beginning of the semester to discuss and lay out some general house rules. This may save you time and frustration later on. We recommend that you meet with your floor mates on a monthly basis to ensure that the house rules are maintained by all and to welcome new tenants on the floor.

Maintenance

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. This means cleaning the residence on a weekly basis and taking the necessary action to avoid problems such as clogged drains and freezers filles with ice. Naturally, we do not expect of you to be able to fix larger maintenenance/repair issues, this is not your job. However, we expect that you inform us of any issues or repairs that need to be taken care of, so that the issues are solved. Please take some time to read all the information about your specific residence here on the website - to the right there is a column called "Contact the inspector" where you will find information on who to contact if you have an issue to report.

Having the inspector in your home

Please note: if the inspector needs to come into your residence to fix an issue which you have reported, 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 etc., 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.


Please note that pets are not allowed in any of the UCPH Housing Foundation residences.

Please note that 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.