The Cost of Living and Studying in Denmark

You can study in Denmark without having to pay tuition fees if you’re from the EU or if you’re a part of the foreign exchange program. However, if that does not apply to you, then you will have to pay tuition fees to study at a university in Denmark. In previous articles, we have discussed how you can apply to universities in Denmark and how to get a Danish student visa. Today, we will discuss all you need to know about the student living cost in Denmark.

For more information, read our article on how to apply to universities in Denmark.

Also read our article on how to get a student visa in Denmark

The cost of studying at one of Denmark’s universities of higher education can range from €6,000 to €16,000 per year. The cost will vary depending on the university you choose and the type of degree that you will be granted.

Read also our article on the top universities in Denmark

How much does it cost to study at the top universities in Denmark?

University of Southern Denmark

The cost of studying at universities in Denmark depends on the faculty and specialty you pick.

  1. Science: the cost will vary according to specialty. However, the cost will usually range from €9,000 to €13,000 a year.
  2. Humanities: the cost of studying humanities ranges from €10,000 to €13,000 a year.
  3. Economics and sociology: it will cost you around €6,500 a year for a Bachelors degree and €8,500 a year for a Master’s degree.
  4. Health science: the cost of studying health science ranges from €200 to €300 which is quite low in comparison to other faculties.
  5. Engineering: it will cost you around €10,000 to €14,000 a year to study engineering.

University of Aalborg

Tuition fees at the University of Aalborg are approximately €10,000 to €14,000 a year.

Copenhagen University

The tuition fees at Copenhagen university start from €7,000 and go up to €20,000 a year.

Aarhus University

To study at Aarhus University, it will cost you anywhere from €8,000 to €14,000 a year.

Copenhagen Business College

The average tuition fees for Copenhagen Business College are around 12,500 a year.

Technical University of Denmark tuition fees

To study at Technical University of Denmark, you’ll pay approximately €13,500 a year.

Roskilde University

The average tuition fees for Roskilde University range from €14,000 to €36,000 a year.

Study in Denmark: Cost of the top specialties in Danish universities

You can study any specialty you want in Denmark. You can study languages, agriculture, design or engineering at a Bachelor’s or Master’s level. There are certain specialties that are very popular with international students, such as economics or marketing. Learn about the cost of such specialties below:

  • Business management: to study business management, you’ll pay roughly €10,000 a year.
  • Economics: a Bachelors degree in economics will cost you anywhere from €6,000 to €8,500 a year. On the other hand, you’ll pay approximately €10,000 to €17,000 a year for a Master’s degree in economics.
  • Biotechnology: from €12,000 to €22,000 a year.
  • Tourism and hospitality: around €4,000 for a year for a Bachelors degree and €7,000 a year for a Master’s degree.
  • Political science: tuition fees for political science are roughly €7,000 a year.

Tuition fees in Denmark are considerably high. However, the cost is worth it for the options available. Not only that, but the higher education system offers a teaching methodology that combines theoretical studies with applied studies and fieldwork.

That being said, don’t worry about the study cost in Denmark if you can apply for a scholarship that will cover your student cost of living and tuition fees in Denmark.

Learn about the types of scholarships in Denmark

The cost of living in Denmark for an international student

The cost of living in Denmark is quite high in comparison to other countries. To elaborate, the cost of living in Denmark ranges from €750 to €900 a month. However, the cost will vary from one city to another. It should be noted, the cost is higher in large cities and lower in smaller cities with a lesser population. 

  • Student cost of living in Copenhagen: this city is quite popular with international students in Denmark. It also has a large population. Furthermore, the living cost this city for a student is approximately €1,200 a month.
  • The cost of living in Aalborg: the cost of living in this city is roughly €800 a month.


Food expenses in Denmark will range from €200 to €270 a month depending on your spending habits. Eating out at a restaurant in the city will cost around €25 per person.


Most students in Denmark get to university either on a bicycle or through public transport. The cost of public transport (bus, subway or train) is approximately €50 a month.

Learn more about the Best Universities in Denmark


The last component of the living cost for a student in Denmark is of course the accommodation. Most students in Denmark live off-campus in halls of residence or a private housing. Housing costs approximately one third of your living expenses in Denmark. 

For dormitories, monthly rents are usually around US$280-496 per month, while private accommodation costs around US$1,020 per month. You will pay higher price if you live in Copenhagen, same goes if you live in any city center rather than in the suburbs. 

Get more details in our article about the student housing and accommodation in Denmark.

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