Finding student housing in Copenhagen can sometimes be difficult, especially if you wait until August or September to go room hunting. However, there are plenty of places to call “home” in Copenhagen — as long as you begin looking early. The most difficult thing to overcome when searching for housing is definitely the availability. And when everyone is searching at the same time, it can be especially brutal.
Many find that it can be pretty expensive for accommodation, especially when you’re looking for space in Copenhagen on a student’s budget. A single room, with a shared bathroom and kitchen, usually runs about €600, and it can include heat, electricity and sometimes even furnishings. A smaller-sized apartment, including one or two rooms, plus a shared kitchen and a bathroom, is in very high demand. They typically cost approximately €1.070 monthly. Apartments that have two or three rooms, along with a shared kitchen and a bathroom, are a little easier to locate. They usually run about €1.750 per month and can be split with roommates.
Larger-sized apartments have between four and six rooms, plus a kitchen and a bathroom, and the cost is generally €2.150 per month.
Copenhagen’s city center is usually called the inner city, or “Indre By,” and it’s the main tourist hub. This is where you’ll find Strøget and its famous shopping.
Amalienborg is the royal residence, and you can watch the Danish Royal Lifeguards, standing at the red sentry boxes, complete with their bearskin hats. There’s also the Prime Minister’s office, Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court at Christiansborg.
And if you’re looking for a vibrant green space, Rosenborg Castle boasts a beautiful park, which is the perfect place for a picnic or a stroll through the Botanical Garden and its rare flowers. It’s also across from the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Social Science.
Across from these beautiful gardens is the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Social Science.
Yet, this is an area where you’ll mostly come to go to bars or have a meal, as that the housing prices are the city’s most expensive.
This area is actually part of the inner city, but because it is set apart by water, it’s become its own unique area. It is mostly known as a “freetown,” going back to the 1970’s when the hippies took it over and turned it into its own city, complete with its own regulations and laws. Here you’ll come across plenty of bars, concert venues and workshops. This area is also home to the Church of Our Savior, or Vor Frelser Kirke, which is renowned because of its corkscrew spire. You can climb to the very top by its exterior staircase, offering unparallelled views of Copenhagen.
Amager is actually an island to the south, and it was once where the city’s trash was taken. But it’s come a long, long way. Now it is home to apartment buildings designed by famous architects, and it’s also right on the Metro line. It’s also the location of the Danish National Broadcasting Corporation and Amager Fælled, offering natural green spaces.
Along Amagerbrogade is the historic area, full of dining and shopping. This is typically where the locals like to hang out. Plus, if you go a bit further east, you’ll come across Amager Beach Park.
University of Copenhagen’s largest campus is on Amager, close to Islands Brygge. Commonly called South Campus, it contains the entire Faculty of Humanities, along with the posh dormitory, Tietgen.
Island’s Brygge is a small area on Amager, slightly separated from the rest of the island. Many people know it from “The Family from Brygge,” which is a Danish reality show following the lives of Linse Kessler and her family.
Often known as Bryggen, it is in proximity to the harbor. This is a popular summer hangout with the locals, whether for sunbathing, tanning or a bit of relaxation.
If you cross over the white bridge of Islands Brygge, you’ll be in Vesterbro. Once the red light district, a gentrification process has replaced most of the prostitutes and drug dealers with little parks and plenty of shopping and dining. The district of Istedgade, however, still has a mix of both.
Vesterbro is also a haven for the hipsters, with cool shops and small cafés. You’ll also find a lot of the “creative types” in this unique area.
Situated north of Vesterbro, Frederiksberg is actually a city within a city. It’s the most densely populated city in Denmark, making it highly sought-after and quite expensive. The residents are wealthy, and the shops offer the best designer clothes.
You can spend the whole day here at the Copenhagen Zoo, which is also near the Frederiksberg Palace and its Danish Army Officer Academy.
The University of Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg Campus hosts the Faculty of Science, along with the Faculties of both Medical and Health Science and Medical Science.
Nørrebro is nestled north of Frederiksberg, and it is known for its cultural diversity. It’s full of halal butchers, Shawarma joints and Middle-Eastern grocery stores. It’s very popular with students and young professionals, and it offers a special biking street that, when you are riding at 20 km/h, you’ll get mostly green lights, not slowing down your progress.
This was once one of the rougher areas, mostly due to ghettos like Blågården, Mjølnerparken and Aldersrogade. Today, new developments have made Nørrebro one of the most up-and-coming areas in Copenhagen. Nørrebro also has UCPH’s North Campus, which houses the Science Faculty.
Østerbro is just to east and right on the sea. This is where you will find the famous Little Mermaid statue, a homage to the fairy tale written by Denmark’s own Hans Christian Andersen.
Østerbero is also the location of Parken, the home of FC Copenhagen, the Danish football team. Fælledparken, a large park, is also nearby, and a great place for barbecues and political rallies, along with a celebration for Worker’s International Day.
Many residents of Copenhagen prefer Østerbro because of its peaceful ambiance. But with its parks and attractions, it’s still a mecca for young people.
Close to the North Campus, on the edge of Østerbro, you’ll also find the Physical Sciences Faculty of UCPH, with its Rigshospitalet and the Niels Bohr Institute.
1. Take a hard look at your budget. Denmark is known as one of the most expensive countries in Europe, and Copenhagen proves to be no exception. Be sure to really go over your budget and manage your finances. Some students both work and study in Copenhagen, but depending on your course load, this may not be an option for you, so only depend on the finances that you have set aside for your expenses.
2. Use your social network. When looking for housing, exhaust all of your options. You never know who may have a friend who knows a friend who is looking for a roommate. Post on Facebook that you are looking for rooms for rent in Copenhagen. There are typically several Facebook groups for just this very reason!
3. Extend your search beyond the center of the city. While you may want to be right in the middle of the action when you’re living in Copenhagen, you’re going to pay more to do that, if you can even find a room available there at all. Look at some of the nearby neighborhoods. You can always hop on the metro and get just about anywhere in a matter of minutes anyway.
4. Find a temporary solution. If you can’t find what you’re after right away, opt for a temporary solution until you can locate the room or the apartment that you’re looking for.
5. Make yourself stand out from the crowd. When speaking to a landlord, express all of the reasons why you’ll be the perfect tenant. A good landlord will want to know that you will take care of the property, so chances are that, if you make them feel secure, your application will get to the top of the pile.
6. Join forces. Think about getting together with a few classmates to rent an apartment in Copenhagen. Trusted rental platforms like Housing Anywhere will even notify you when something matching your preferences is listed. How cool is that?
7. Sign a contract. Always be sure to sign a contract. Never move into a room with a handshake, and most certainly never make a payment of any kind until you sign on the dotted line.