1. What should you pack when moving to Denmark?
What you bring with you when moving here is a subjective matter, since you know the best what you need. However, we could guess a few items that shouldn’t miss from your luggage.
Notwithstanding which country you are coming to Denmark from, make sure you take all the important documents you need. Some examples: passport, visa, birth certificate, driver’s license, health card, credit card, ID from your own country etc. Such documents will not only be of use during your stay in Denmark, but might also come in handy when you want to travel abroad to sightsee other countries.
The other most important thing to bring with you (apart from ID and other documents) is your laptop. Unlike many other countries, you cannot solely rely on the traditional pen and paper for your studies.
Most of what you do at the university takes place virtually: teachers distributing study materials, having access to your study portal (where you can find information regarding your program, schedule, homework etc.), writing and submitting projects and exams etc.
You will see that your laptop will become like your little baby, as you will be carrying it around for all classes, projects and for studying. Thus, in case you have to buy a new laptop, you might want to take into account a few features, such as size and weight and how well the laptop is suited to your specific study line.
For example, multimedia design students might want a laptop with enough processing power and GPU in order for the required IT programs to run well (e.g. Photoshop, Adobe products).
In addition, you will work a lot with Microsoft Office programs, but if you don’t have them, no worries, the university will provide you with FREE access to these tools.
The weather in Denmark has many mood swings and sometimes you can even experience more seasons in a day. What is very common, especially during the cold seasons, is (crazy) wind and rain. Thus having warm clothes is crucial for your health in these cold days. You might also want to throw in a rain jacket, umbrella and good shoes for rainy weather. Hat and scarf as well 😅.
Hygiene and/or beauty products shouldn’t miss from your luggage. Of course you can find such products in Danish stores, but let’s just say that you might perceive the prices quite expensive, depending on which country you come from.
However, if you want to save some storage space and rely on buying such products from Denmark, Normal is a store that has good deals and a wide variety of products. Check out their website to get an idea of their prices.
When it comes to bringing medicine with you, you can most likely do so legally if you are an EU/EAA citizen. The Danish Medicines Agency provides more information in this sense. An alternative is to buy your medicine in Danish pharmacies (Apotek). The most basic drugs are also sold over the counter in supermarkets (paracetamol, ibuprofen, nose spray, throat pills etc.).
Other items to pack:
chargers and other small electronics you use (earphones, power bank, hair straightener, electric shaver, hairdryer etc.)
blanket, pillow, bed covers, towels
few basic kitchen items (glass, mug, plate etc.) - although you can find shared utensils in dorms that have a shared kitchen
basic pen and paper supplies, if you like taking notes
backpack/handbag and accessories
bike (if you are lucky enough to drive here in a spacious car)
2. Do you really get paid for studying in Denmark?
In a way, yes! EU/EAAA students are entitled to receive a study grant, called SU. This is a monthly grant students can receive during their studies, meant as financial support.
In order to qualify for it, you need to fulfill certain requirements. Read more about SU in this article. If you want to find out what other types of financial aid Denmark offers its students, check out this article .
3. What is the monthly cost of Living?
The biggest expense you have as a student here is definitely the rent. Accommodation prices vary a lot, depending in which city you will live, in which zone of that city and in which kind of accommodation (dorm, private apartment etc.). For example rent prices are higher in Copenhagen than in Aarhus, Odense or Aalborg.
If you want an even lower rent, seek accommodation in small Danish cities or in areas surrounding the big cities. Keep in mind that in return, you will have to pay more for transportation when you travel to uni or to the city.
Average rent price per square meter in different Danish regions
Prices for other products/services can also differ from city to city. Here are some price examples in major cities:
Approx. prices for various products in 4 major Danish cities
To see a more in depth comparison between prices in major cities, use this website, and simply change the cities you want to compare.
When it comes to the monthly cost of living itself, you could live on approx. DKK 5000-7500 in Aarhus, Odense or Aalborg. The expense would be much higher in Copenhagen, with a living cost of approx. DKK 9500 and over.
To learn more about accommodation in Denmark, check out our article here.
And if you are scared by the huge expenses, watch this youtube video for some money saving tips.
4. What kind of culture shock can you expect in Denmark?
There are numerous things that set Danes apart from other nations. Here are a few examples.
Culture of trust
In Denmark, people have high trust in each other and in the system. Seeing pets or strollers with babies left alone right outside the supermarket is not uncommon here. Many times, you can even live your valuables unsupervised only to later realize that no one even touched your stuff.
In Denmark, there are bicycles, bike lanes and bike parking places almost everywhere, the cycling culture being very well developed here. People cycle due to different reasons (health, convenience, cheaper than buses etc.) and in all types of weather (and as I mentioned, weather here sucks most of the time).
Depending on where you live and study in Denmark, you can save a lot of money by cycling, that otherwise would be spent on public transportation. It’s true that buying a new bike can be exorbitant, so most of the students choose to buy it second-hand. Fortunately, there are plenty of bike options! We suggest checking out the cycling rules before you hop on your bike, though.
Danish people might seem a bit eerie in the beginning. They are very individualistic and private people, who prefer to keep to themselves and to their close ones.
In fact, they might seem quite cold and unapproachable. Maybe this is why for many of us it is difficult to befriend Danes. But hey, they are humans, and quite nice ones, I would add. I cannot remembe