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Finding housing on your own

Finding accommodation in Copenhagen is difficult, but you can find a place to live in different ways. Below you will find some useful tips and internet sites relevant for students who have been admitted to a Master's programme at the Faculty of Humanities.

It is also worth having a look at Copenhagen Municipality's (Københavns Kommune) guide to finding accommodation in Copenhagen.  

The Housing Situation

The housing situation in Copenhagen can be difficult particularly in the period around August and September which is the beginning of the academic year. However, if you invest some time in going room-hunting, you should be able to find a place to live. It is our general experience that the search for housing does get much easier into October and November.

Tips when searching for and finding housing

Include the 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.

Be aware that many buildings in Copenhagen date back one or two hundred years. Most of them have been renovated recently and are kept in very good condition, but quite a few of them still have small bathroom facilities or shared bathroom facilities with other flats in the building. While Copenhageners are used to this, it may be different from what you are used to at home.

Because housing is in great demand, prices have gone up in Copenhagen as in other major international cities. Most rooms in Copenhagen cost between DKK 3,200 and 4,800 per month. When enquiring about a room, remember to ask if all utilities (e.g., electricity, heating and water) are included in the monthly rent.

Enquire about house rules to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on possible terms and conditions. This also extends to more informal housing rules (e.g., are overnight visitors permitted, is smoking allowed in the apartment, who cleans the kitchen, etc.). You should also make sure to get a signed housing contract which includes the rental period and the conditions, including the notice to terminate the lease.

The Faculty of Humanities 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 with the Civil Registration Office (Folkeregistret).

Advice

At the links listed below, you will find further advice for your search for housing:

Insurance

Please note that it is important that you take out Home Contents Insurance. Below we list some insurance companies in Denmark which will cover students on short term stays in Denmark.

Alm. Brand:
Midtermolen 7
2100 København Ø
Tel.: Tel.: (+45) 33 30 60 10
www.almbrand.dk

Tryg Forsikring
Klausdalsbrovej 601
2750 Ballerup
Tel.: (+45) 70 11 20 20
www.tryg.dk