OUR ASSISTANCE, SERVICE and advice
The International accommodation Office at the Copenhagen campus readily provides guidance to international students on how to search for accommodation in Copenhagen.
The housing situation in the capital is one of the most severe ones in Europe, and the task of securing affordable accommodation should not be underestimated. As Aalborg University Copenhagen unfortunately cannot offer any housing guarantee along with your place of study, we recommend starting your search as early as possible, preferably at least three months prior to your study start.
The best way to prepare for your search for accommodation is by reading the short accommodation guide from the International House Copenhagen.
We also recommend reading our advice below and to visit two main websites providing crucial information for newcomers:
We've listed here three typical priorites for students looking for accommodation. Please find our suggestions for each below and we advise you to take action as soon as possible:
As cheap as possible!?
Student dorms are the answer, if you are lucky you can be offered a room in a dorm in the city, but the waiting lists are very long. So it is better to sign up at dorms outside the city center to get a room faster.
The student dorm called “Danmarks Internationale Kollegium” (DIK) has currently reported to us, that they have available student rooms (other than the rooms IAO AAU CPH has access to). The dorm is situated outside the city, in Albertslund, a suburban area, but with a low monthly rent (2.900 DKK), green areas, and conveniently located nearby shops and a S-train station, read more here: https://dkik.dk/about/. The rooms at DIK are very basic and somewhat worn. The tenants themselves have the main responsibility for keeping the interior clean and cozy. You have to be willing to make an effort to get along with the other students, participating in cleaning chores, actively participating in the student kitchen group; in short, life at this student hall can be really great when joining forces with your fellow students to creating a nice atmosphere and making new friends.
To apply for a room you need to contact DIK’s administration office Kollegiernes Kontor i København (KKIK) directly. This means that you can rent the room directly from the organization (and not through us IAO AAU CPH). This is in fact a bit cheaper, but please keep in mind that you will need to bring or buy basic furniture (their contracts are only for unfurnished student rooms). You can write an application for a room addressed to Ms. Janne Høgh: email@example.com
Find more info about other student dorms below
Accommodation on campus?!
AAU CPH does not have nor can offer accommodation on campus. You will need to search for rooms on housing platforms, SoMe, and housing organizations. Tips:
- "Lille Meyer" (little Meyer") is a new student housing building located just besides our campus. These student rooms are rented out through the organisation "CIU" that manages also many other student halls around the city. The waiting list for "Lille Meyer" opened in 2021 and we strongly encourage all students to sign up (for free) as soon as possible. The website is in Danish but you can use google translate to get an overall idea: https://s.dk/studiebolig/building/288189/
To help you getting registered the IAO AAU CPH has made guidelines in English, please download them here - and write us if you have feedback or corrections so we can update the manual continously.
- CPH Village Vesterbro offers compact living for students fairly close to campus around 4.900 DKK per month. They also have other student "villages" further from campus with focus on co-living and sustainability. Read more on their website and write a motivated and personal application: https://cphvillage.com/apply
Want a place in Copenhagen now and having a higher budget?!
Commercial housing companies for students and private property owners might have a solution for you. Rooms, studio's and apartments. Accommodation prices for a single room/studio start from DKK 5.500 pr. month and will easily get more expensive (depending on how much space and privacy you wish for). The deposit is usually enormous: 3 months rent and some months' rent in advance too. Please note that private housing companies almost always will keep a part of your deposit when you leave the accommodation to renovate the whole room including floors and walls. Pay attention to §11 in the rental contract that you receive to sign - align expectations and your budget!
- Take a look at for example Base Camps “South Harbour campus" with newly renovated rooms and studios, with spacious common areas, including a gym and small movie theatre: https://basecampstudent.com/locations/denmark/copenhagen-south-campus/
- Please find also the links below to other companies (chapter "Student halls for students")
- Housing Foundation Copenhagen
An organization helping international students and researchers primarily connected to the University of Copenhagen. But when they have avialable options they also rent out to our students at AAU. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your admissions letter, so they can evaluate your case and decide if you are eligible for housing. On their website you can read more and also find out if they have available rooms ready: https://housingfoundation.dk/
Since Danish law requires that you apply for a Civil Registration number (CPR number) if you stay more than three months, it is crucial that you are allowed to registre the CPR number at your accommodation adress in Denmark. Please take care to ask the landlord in writing before signing any contracts or transferring a deposit.
Read more about the CPR number here
Important rule of thumb to avoid scams: Never transfer money to a non-Danish account - if the landlord owes or sublets property in Denmark they have a Danish bank account.
You have the possibility to book a personal appointment by writing to us on mail if you have a more specific question not addressed at our website. Please note that the IAO AAU CPH can only guide you with your search for accommodation but cannot provide legal assistance concerning rental contracts (non AAU), CPR registration issues, translations, disputes between tenants – private property owners, or matters alike.