If you are looking into this article, then you probably thought, or have already decided to come to Denmark.
When it comes to housing and accommodation in Denmark, regardless of where you go, we suggest looking for accommodation a few months before your arrival, as it can be quite an arduous process.
There will be an influx of students around the beginning of the semester, making it challenging to figure out housing and to find a nice one under your budget.
The Danish universities do not have their on-campus housing, so you need to look for permanent accommodation regardless if you are here for a semester or an entire course. However, most of them do provide recommendations and information on how to find a room or apartment.
In this article, we first highlight some of the crucial things you need to consider and know while you are looking and applying for a suitable place, after which you can take a look over the list of accommodation resources we have compiled.
Know your city
It is useful to have an idea of the postal codes in the Danish city you are planning to stay.
If you are living away from the center of the city, then you can find yourself something bigger. If you are planning to live within the center, then it is recommended to look for rooms or studio apartments since it will be expensive to rent a whole apartment.
It is very common for students in Denmark to live in a kollegium (student dormitory) or in a shared apartment. So, know the city where you are going to live and decide if you wish to live alone or willing to stay with other people.
Not only it influences the amount of your rent, but it is much easier to search for accommodation if you already know what you want.
Estimated cost of housing in Denmark
The rent influences your cost of living a lot. Therefore, it matters if you are living within the city center or further away (e.g. the outskirts).
Also, if you are planning to live in cities other than Copenhagen, then the rent is usually cheaper.
Accommodation in Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg can be much less expensive than living in Copenhagen.
The average cost of housing in Denmark often varies between DKK 2500 and DKK 4500 including utilities, but of course the price depends on what type of housing it is and where it is located.
For example, it is very rare to find a room for DKK 2000 in Copenhagen, the rent usually starting from DKK 4000 and over. In other cities you can find places from DKK 2500 and up.
HOWEVER, since rent is the major factor “slashing” your income, remember to consider other living expenses in your budget.
Remember that the rent isn't going to be your only expense. In the beginning, you need to pay the deposit and sometimes even pre-paid rent.
The deposit is the amount you need to pay before moving into the apartment.
In Denmark, the deposit is usually 2-3 times the size of the rent. The landlord uses the deposit to handle any damages you might have caused during your stay. You will receive the rest of the deposit when moving out.
In some apartments, you also need to pay the pre-paid rent, usually amounting to 2-3 months of rent. And since you paid it at the beginning, you don't have to pay the last 2-3 rents before you move out.
The last major expense you need to account for when moving in would be the furniture. Many of the private apartments and even student housings come with little to no furniture.
Taking your time to find the perfect place to live in will surely pay off in the future. It might save you a lot of money and headaches.
How to find furniture on a budget?
Fortunately, there are some budget-friendly ways to furnish your new home.
In Denmark, when people want to get rid of their used furniture they usually place it outside their building or next to the garbage bins. Once it’s there, it’s up for grabs!
While it may feel weird to take thrown-out furniture, no one will judge you for it, as it’s not an uncommon practice. As for the quality, it’s how you would expect second-hand furniture to look like, sometimes better, sometimes worse, depends on your luck!
An alternative option is browsing through buying and selling Facebook groups, Facebook marketplace or even groups dedicated to giving away free furniture. You can find great deals here.
Checking for second hand stores in your area (genbrugsbutikker) can also save you a few crowns and you can find anything from furniture to clothing.
The feeling you have when you discover a genbrug (second-hand shop) in your area
Examples of second-hand stores (check them in maps for addresses in your area):
Can you receive housing support?
If you are EU/EEA citizen, then there is good news for you! Boligstøtte is a subsidy for rent intended for those who rent a home with its own kitchen.
(Not available for dorm rooms with a common kitchen!).
The amount you can receive in housing benefits depends on a number of factors. Read more about this and about how to apply here.
In addition, the municipality you live in can support you with a Lån til beboerindskud. This is a loan covering the deposit when moving into your new apartment. For this, as well, you need to have a kitchen\kitchenette in order to apply. For more information, check out your municipality’s website and borger.dk.
You can only receive housing benefits if you have your own kitchen or kitchenette
What to be aware of when moving in
Make sure CPR registration is possible
Your CPR registration number is your identity during your stay in Denmark. It needs to be registered at the address where you live. Some of the places might not offer CPR registration, so make sure you can do it where you live.
This is the Danish health card that shows your CPR number and address
There is no such thing as a house without CPR registration. If you've encountered an ad that says so, it will likely be a scam.
People might keep themselves registered on an address in Denmark, move abroad and sublet you their apartment. In this case, the landlord will not know about you and you would be essentially living there against the law.
CPR registration must be possible in every apartment.
Electricity and internet
When moving into a new place, there