When should I start looking for accomodation?
You should start to look for accommodation months before you arrive, as it can be very difficult to find accommodation right before the semester begins.
Therefore, we strongly advise you to contact your Danish host institution for information about housing as soon as you have been accepted into a study programme.
Please be aware that it can be rather difficult to find accommodation in the bigger cities during August and September.
We advise against travelling to Denmark at this time without reserving a room first.
Denmark's no tuition fee policy is very attractive to EU/EEA students, but the high quality of life also means living costs and average prices are generally higher than in other places. To be able to cover these costs, you will have to budget your monthly expenses carefully.
As a rough estimate, international students need between 800 – 1,200 EUR/month to live in Denmark. These costs can go up or down based on your habits: how much you spend on shopping and going out, how much you travel, and so on. You should also expect to pay more if you decide to study in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.
Accommodation represents around one third of your monthly living costs in Denmark. You should expect to pay between 400 – 670 EUR in most cities and around 800 – 900 EUR in Copenhagen.
If you start looking for housing early, you may be able to find places for 250 EUR/month in housing outside the city.
Main accommodation options for students in Denmark:
- Students living alone – 450 EUR/month
- Students living with their partner/a colleague – 500 EUR/month
- Student halls of residence (kollegier) – between 250 - 300 EUR/month
You might find it very difficult to find accommodation right before the semester begins. That’s why you should start exploring your options months before you move to Denmark. This allows you to compare different locations and prices and not make a rushed decision. Another benefit of choosing a place earlier is that you won’t have to deal with the stress of not knowing where you’ll live.
Average food expenses in Denmark will amount to 200 – 270 EUR/month, depending on your spending habits. You can find lower grocery prices at discount supermarkets such as Bilka, Lidl, Netto, Fakta or Aldi.
On average, dining out in the city costs 30 EUR/person, and a beer or a soft drink at a bar is around 5 EUR.