Advice on finding accommodation
The Faculty of Humanities is unfortunately unable to guarantee and facilitate student housing.
Finding accommodation in Copenhagen is difficult, but not impossible. Below you can find information on where to start your search for housing in Copenhagen.
Danish universities do not have a tradition for on-campus housing, since student residence halls are neither owned nor operated by Danish universities. Student residence halls are facilitated via private organisations, but there can be months-long waiting lists for such rooms.
Many of our international students either rent or sublet a room in a shared apartment or house, or they themselves rent a whole apartment which they share with friends in a communal environment.
We advise our students to start looking for accommodation months before arrival, as it can be very difficult to find accommodation in August and September. If you invest some time in searching before the summer months, you should hopefully be able to secure a place to live prior to arriving in Copenhagen. Should you not secure a place by the time you relocate to Denmark, our general experience is that the search for housing gets easier in the months of October and November.
Expand your search to include suburban areas
Once you get established in Denmark, it gets much easier to find accommodation.
We recommend Including the suburban areas outside of the city in your search. If you look along the S-train network for accommodation, you enhance your chances of finding a place to stay. Commuting 45 minutes each way to and from campus may not be a student’s dream scenario, but it can be easier to secure a place by the beginning of the autumn semester.
Once you get settled in, it should be possible to find accommodation closer to the city.
Cost of living
Prices in Copenhagen vary based on location, demand and apartment size. Budgeting DKK 3,500-5,000 per month is the range you can expect to pay for renting a room in Copenhagen.
When enquiring about a room, remember to ask if utilities (e.g., electricity, heating and water) are included in the monthly rent.
Get the rental agreement and house rules in writing
You should always make sure to get a rental contract that includes the rental period, monthly rent, utilities (included/excluded), the length of the lease termination notice and all other agreed-upon conditions.
Remember to enquire about house rules to make sure that you and your landlord/landlady agree on the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. This also extends to more informal housing rules such as use of the common areas, overnight visitors, curfews, smoking policies, cleaning schedules and/or parties.
Avoid illegal rental agreements
The Faculty of Humanities strongly recommends that you do not accept illegal rental agreements. You should be suspicious of situations where a landlord/landlady asks you to pay more than is stated in the contract, or will not allow you to register the address in order to obtain a CPR-number with the Civil Registration Office (Folkeregistret).
At the links listed below, you will find further advice for your search for housing:
- Looking for furnished housing
- Student Housing
- Avoid getting scammed
- Temporary accommodation: Hotels and hostels
- Signing a lease
It is also worth having a look at the Municipality of Copenhagen's guide to finding accommodation.
You can find additional resources on renting, legal aid, and an overview of the neighbourhoods in Copenhagen on International House's website: Finding a place to live in Copenhagen
The housing situation in Copenhagen can be very difficult and we strongly recommend that you, as a newly admitted Master's student, begin your search for housing as soon as possible. It is not recommendable to wait until you have arrived in Copenhagen.
To assist your search, the University of Copenhagen provides some useful information and links.