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Using the Housing Foundation's Private Lessor List

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.

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.

We are now in the process of phasing out the private lessors list

The Housing Foundation has decided to phase out the private lessors list, and this is largely because we have found those eligible for the list provide it to non-eligible groups. This decreases the value of the list and private lessors do not appreciate being contacted by non-eligible students/staff. Since the foundation cannot monitor those who misuse the list, we have decided that the list will no longer be used in the future.

Is a private accommodation room right for me?

The rooms provided on the private lessor list are 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. 

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. Please ask your landlord about house rules and keep an open line of communication at all times. 

Tenancy agreement

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

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.

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)

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.

You should expect the cheaper offers to be located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. 

Price range for a room

A room will typically be DKK 4500-6000 per month depending on the size of the room, the location of the tenancy, and the type of builidng. 

We do not recommend that you try to negotiate the price of a rented room. Due to cultural traditions, and sheer competition you may risk that the landlady/landlord is no longer willing to rent out to you. 

The price range for private homes

The price of homes can vary 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.

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. The Housing Foundation can advise you but the best way is to survey the internet. You can browse www.boligportal.dk and there 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.