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 housing a few months before your arrival in Denmark.
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 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, and then we have a list of places you can search through for finding a suitable apartment.
Know your city
It is useful to have an idea of the postal codes in the Danish city you are planning to stay in.
If you are living away from the centre of the city, then you can find yourself something bigger. If you are planning to live within the centre, 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 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 the accommodation if you know what you want.
Make sure CPR registration is possible
Your CPR registration number is your identity while you stay in Denmark. It needs to be registered where you live. Some of the places might not have CPR registration possible, so make sure you can do it where you live.
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.
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 centre or further away as it is expensive to live in city centres than its outskirts.
Also, if you are planning to live in cities other than Copenhagen, then they are relatively cheaper.
Accommodation in Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg can be much less expensive than living in Copenhagen as the rent is cheaper.
The average cost of living in Denmark is usually shown as anything from DKK 2000 to DKK 4500 including utilities.
HOWEVER, the general prices do not show the actual picture. Rent is one of the factors that slashes your income here!
It is very rare to find a room for DKK 2000 in Copenhagen. It begins around DKK 4000 and setting the upper limit is up to you. When it comes to other cities, it usually starts around DKK 3000 per room.
Another thing to remember is 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 2-3x 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 during your check-out.
In some apartments, you also need to pay the pre-paid rent. It is usually 2-3 months of rent. And since you paid them at the beginning, you don't have to pay the last 2-3 rents before you move out.
The last major expanse would be the furniture. Many of the private apartments and even some student housings are coming without any furniture in the bedrooms.
Indeed, taking your time to find the perfect apartment will surely return in the future. It might save you a lot of money and headache.
Housing benefits for EU/EEA students
If you are EU/EEA citizen, then there is good news for you! ‘Boligstøtte’ is a subsidy for rent available to you through your Kommune or municipality.
To know the details on how to receive it, you need to contact your Kommune.
However, there is no benefit available for loans or deposits.
For non-EU/EEA student, you are not entitled to this benefit, so if you try to apply for this, you may end up losing your residence permit.
Beware of Housing Scams!
There are a lot of cases where people have faced housing scams issues. Therefore, we would like to suggest a few things about how to avoid them:
- If a person sends you text regarding room for rent through unknown phone number, then it is probably a scam.
- Always! ALWAYS! Read the contract properly and check if everything that you have agreed on is mentioned in writing. Also, check for what they say regarding your deposits. The contracts are usually in Danish so take your time to go through them properly and don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Make sure you have a contract that is signed by the tenant or landlord.
- Make sure that your landlord knows if you are subleasing. It will be beneficial in case there is a conflict between the landlord and person you sublet.
- There is no rush to sign immediately. Be aware if you are required to sign immediately.
- NEVER pay money through cash or under the table, as there is virtually no way to get that money back in case it gets lost!
- Always pay deposits through your bank account so that the transaction can be traced if needed.
- You can look up for the owner of the property through www.boligejer.dk
- Give and Take necessary information to confirm if they are authentic.
How to Enter the Danish Housing Market
In Denmark, using the internet is the major source for accommodation hunt!
There are numerous online portals where you can search for apartments and get in contact with the landlord.
However, not all websites provide their services for free. There is usually a small membership charge or fee to access full information and their services along with getting in contact with a potential landlord. Or, you can also search for housing in specific areas with the help of contractors.
Links for housing in Denmark
It is common to list yourself as a possible tenant, along with your budget and accommodation details. However, it might take anything from three weeks to more than three months when you are in the queue.
Therefore, we recommended that you look for both student housing and regular accommodation. It will take intensive research to find a desirable place, especially if you are on a tight budget.
Here are some of the most popular Housing Portals in Denmark:
DanmarkBolig.dk – For standard rented accommodation throughout Denmark
Boligportal.dk – For rented accommodation in Denmark
Housingdenmark.com – Free of charge housing portal. It also gives 3D viewing of apartments on their website
Boliga.dk – For various types of accommodation all over Denmark
Findbolig.nu – For finding a wide range of accommodation and even relatively cheaper ones. They ask for a small fee to get listed as a tenant.
Findboliger.dk – For finding housing apartments and rooms in Denmark
Lelebolig.dk – For rented accommodation in Denmark
Findroommate.dk – For shared apartments and roommates in Denmark
Mgejendomme.dk – For newly built or rented student apartments in Denmark. It is a bit costly than other websites.
Movinn.com – For short and long term furnished apartment in three cities: Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense
Facebook search and groups
You can join different Facebook groups depending on the city you live in, or you are planning to live in. You can do a simple search like “accommodation in Copenhagen” or “room for rent in Odense”. There are a lot of advertisements, and you could find your potential accommodation in these Facebook groups. You can also simply search through Facebook marketplace.
Another option is to look for people who are renting apartments for limited time frame such as for a few months. This will help you lessen stress for furnishing for instance. Sometimes students here go for an exchange program and they rent out their rooms or apartments for brief time.
However, you need to be cautious and see whether the people have shady accounts or if they are giving apartments for too lower prices, then you need to make sure it is authentic. It is better to get information and help from multiple sources during your accommodation.
Legal issues and help
Digura provides legal services for housing-related troubles. The case processing is free of charge, but they will charge a fee when the case gets solved with some profits or savings. You can check their website for further details.
Lejerens Frie Retshjælp is another organisation that helps regarding housing issues in Denmark. They provide free legal aid having more than 45 competent students from Denmark. Their website is in Danish, but they help in both Danish and English. You require to provide your name, email and describe your legal problem.
This article was a general perspective on things to be aware of while finding accommodation in Denmark along with online portals for overall Denmark.
However, we understand the need for location-specific and more detailed information about student housing and accommodation. Do check our Local Guides for further information on Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg.