How to Get Student Accommodation in Denmark

There is no on-campus student accommodation at universities in Denmark for international students. Therefore, you have to find the ideal student accommodation to suit your lifestyle.

It’s not hard to find a place close to campus. However, if you can’t find one, public transport is always readily available. Furthermore, it will be very easy for you to get to university and city center if you decide to live in the suburbs.

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We advise that you start searching very early if you want to find your ideal student accommodation in Denmark. In fact, we advise that you start looking as soon as you’re accepted into a university in Denmark.

Additionally, we advise that you contact the university you’ve been accepted to and ask about the available options for accommodation near the university.

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Be aware that finding accommodation in large cities in the months of August and September is extremely difficult. Therefore, you need to look for accommodation or even book a room before traveling to Denmark.

Types of accommodation in Denmark

  • Studio apartments: this is ideal for students who prefer living alone.
  • University apartments: this is the best option for students who prefer sharing an apartment with other people or even friends. Furthermore, everyone will share rent and bills in addition to sharing kitchen and living room spaces if available.
  • Shared apartments: this is also a very popular option. Students will normally rent a private room while sharing other spaces.
  • Family apartments: this is ideal for married couples or families. Furthermore, this type will normally feature two or three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

Living in a big city is very different to living in a smaller one. You’ll find that the first type of accommodation is the most available and also the most in-demand. Additionally, it will probably cost you less to live in a smaller city, but there are a lot less options to choose from. That being said, you might find your ideal accommodation in a small city rather than a big one.

For those in a foreign exchange program and especially at Copenhagen University, you can seek help through the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation. UCPH is an independent organization that helps international newcomers at Copenhagen University find accommodation in Denmark.

All you need to know when searching for student accommodation in Denmark

  • To live in larger cities like Copenhagen, most students tend to look for accommodations in the suburbs. The reason being is that accommodation tends to be cheaper in the suburbs than the city center. Additionally, public transport is always available for you to travel to and from university.
  • Due to student accommodation being increasingly on-demand, especially in Copenhagen, it now costs you anywhere between €500 and €1,000 a month for a room.
  • Before renting, make sure that bills for electricity, water, and heating are included with the monthly rent.
  • Make sure to sign a renters contract which states the duration, terms and end date of the contract.
  • Whether you rent a house or an apartment, you’ll have to clean and do laundry.
  • Rent will vary according to the type of accommodation, the location, and the renter.
  • A room in student halls will cost anywhere from €240 to €460 a month.
  • The cost of a 12 x 20 private room in a house or apartment will cost anywhere from €270 to €600 a month.
  • A private 35 x 60 apartment will cost you from €600 to €1200.

Learn about the various housing options in Denmark.

Where to live in Copenhagen as a student?

Finding student accommodation in Copenhagen can be a nightmare, even though you can have an endless number of resources and guide at hand. Thing is, it often doesn’t seem less straightforward, and you’ll end up lost in the house hunting jungle if not careful. So, first thing first, be proactive and get to know all your options before doing any other research. 

The types of accommodation and student housing in Copenhagen include: student dormitories, renting a private student room, flat sharing and even buying your own place! The first place to search a place to live in Copenhagen is through the website of your Danish host university. Then you can move to external websites and Facebook groups. Also, part of being proactive is to prepare application letters for tenants and dormitories beforehand. 

In the Copenhagen central areas, there are around 80 dormitories and many more others in the city’s suburbs. To get the first accessible option, you have to sign up in the waiting list. You can check websites like, where you can have a look at the list of the available dormitories with payment of a subscription fee. Moreover, you can also sign up to the waiting list of CIU and KKIK, who are the two largest administrators of youth housing in the Copenhagen region. 

For private rooms, the best place to search for is through social media platforms and word of mouth. However, the private market being poorly regulated, the risk of housing-scams is higher. The wisest move is always to use common sense and make a signed contract, and maybe check the property owner on websites like There are also popular websites such as, that you can browse for free, but you have pay to get in contact with landlords.

Learn also how much does it cost to live in Denmark as a student?

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