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About the UCPH Housing Foundation 

We are a group of 6 employees, many of us with years of experience working with accommodation for international students and staff.

We are:

Søren Peter Hvidegaard Jensen, Director
Mai-Britt Petersen, Housing Coordinator 
Nesrin Saxeide Kristensen, Contracts and IT Coordinator 
Sana Khan, Contracts and IT Coordinator
Lena Bech Pedersen, Finance and Accounts Manager
Robert B. Roll, Head of Economy

Board of Directors:
Erik Bisgaard Madsen, Chairman
Jan Andresen Nielsen
Lone Lund-Rasmussen

About our work

The UCPH Housing Foundation is a non-profit organization independent of the University of Copenhagen. The service is not subsidized by government or university. All income goes into paying the costs involved in providing the service. 

Our focus is on helping as many newcomers to Denmark, and part of this is ensuring that there will be availabilities. For this reason, we only offer service for 1 year. If one intends to stay long term in Denmark, they have first year to find more permanent accommodation. We currently have approximately 1250 rooms available and are able to office service to approximately 2500 persons a year. 

Most property owners in Denmark do not supply short-term rentals due to the amount of work that goes into the tenancy. We negotiate with owners to make sure that short term rentals are a possibility for international students and staff. In return, the UCPH Housing Foundation has to guarantee the rent all year round, and provide extra services to the building. We also furnish the apartments. 

About the Danish housing situation:

The Housing Foundation is the only entity providing housing services for the University of Copenhagen, and we only assist international students and staff. Otherwise, the norm is that students find housing on their own, and choose options in the Greater Copenhagen area (rather than relying on the city centre). A travel time of 45 minutes is considered normal. 

Do not underestimate how difficult it can be to find housing on your own in Copenhagen, especially in the fall semester. The same goes for using our housing system. If you receive an invitation to our system and choose not to make use of it at the time you receive it, please be aware that you cannot expect that there will be vacancies later on.