Finding Housing on your own
We are aware that we might not offer the perfect solution for everybody. We therefore encourage you to search for accommodation on your own. It is our general experience that the search for housing does get much easier into October and November.
If you currently have housing with the Housing Foundation, but will be living in Copenhagen for more than 1 year, you will need to start looking for a place on your own. The Housing Foundation cannot provide more than 1 year of service.
It is also worth having a look at Copenhagen Municipality's (Københavns Kommune) guide to finding accommodation in Copenhagen.
Tips when Searching for Housing
The housing situation in Copenhagen can be difficult particularly in the period around August and September which is the beginning of the academic year. The following tips may save you from a frustrating experience:
- Invest time in going room-hunting. Competition is extremely high.
- Include suburban areas just outside the centre of Copenhagen in your search. They are often slightly cheaper and it is still very easy and fast to get to the University and into town by public transportation or on your bike.
Securing a contract
Enquire about house rules to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on possible terms and conditions. You should also make sure to get a signed housing contract which includes the rental period and the conditions of notice to terminate the lease.
The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation strongly recommends that you do not accept illegal rental agreements, for instance if the landlord/landlady asks you to pay more than stated in the contract or will not allow you to register the address at the civil registration office (Folkeregistret).
Things to consider
Many buildings in Copenhagen date back one or two hundred years. Most of them have been renovated, but it is quite common that apartments have small bathroom facilities, and very few buildings share bathroom facilities with other flats in the building.
Because housing is in great demand, prices have gone up in Copenhagen as in other major international cities. Most furnished rooms in Copenhagen cost between DKK 3,500 and 6,000 per month. When enquiring about a room, remember to ask if all costs (electricity, heating and water) are included in the monthly rent.
It is important that you take out House Contents Insurance. Below we list some insurance companies in Denmark which will cover students on short term stays in Denmark.
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