No need for despair. UCPH has loads of parks and green areas that are excellent for introductory beers and late summer homework. So drop that weekly trip down to the central Kongens Have park and make the start of your studies more fun with Uniavisen’s park guide.
The aesthetic one: Botanical Gardens
A stone's throw from the jam-packed, not-so-interesting, Kongens Have is the Botanical Gardens. It has Denmark’s largest collection of living plants, and no matter whether you are a nature geek or completely indifferent to plants, it is hard not to be fascinated by all the exotic varieties.
Quite apart from this, the large greenhouse in the Botanical Gardens is worth a visit, even if the Danish late summer weather should fail. The garden is aesthetic and formal, and more suited for contemplation and homework than play. In addition, you can supplement your reading with a meal in the adjoining café, where brunch can be had for DKK 95.
TIP: Watch out for Amorphophallus titanum, which continues to be the subject of particular attention. The plant is better known as the corpse flower, or in Danish the penis flower, due to its phallic-like design. It blooms only for a few days every several years, then smelling, according to reports, of rotten meat. Now you have a story to impress your fellow students on your park tour.
The romantic one: Landbohøjskolen Garden
In the old agricultural college in the quiet Frederiksberg district is an even more quiet set of university gardens. Forget the failed pickup lines in the Friday bar and invite your crush on a tour of the Landbohøjskolen Garden. The park is laid out in the style of classic romanticism, and with more than 6,000 plant varieties, there are enough conversation topics for even the most inexperienced daters.
In the garden you will find the cozy Væksthuset café where the barista brewed coffee is so good that the place won Uniavisen’s prize for UCPH’s best coffee shop.
As a bonus, the Væksthuset is run by volunteers from the Faculty of Science, and your study card gives you discounts on coffee and food. If the date really ends well you can finish off with a bottle of bubbly for DKK 275.
TIP: In the middle of the garden there is a small footbridge over a park lake. Pure H. C. Andersen, and the perfect place to gather up your courage for that first kiss.
The party one: University park
Current UCPH students just managed to get to know Universitetsparken as the epicenter of the annual Spring Festival with names like Den Sorte Skole, Ukendt Kunstner and Love Shop performed – but then the festival was temporarily suspended due to the cutbacks.
But the university park Universitetsparken is always worth a visit , especially in August, when the turf is ready to be conquered by beer-happy freshmen.
The park is relatively informal with its flat lawns well suited to games like softball and beer bowling. In the bright sun, a trip to the university park can be a good way to relax and spend the day with new or old classmates. Incidentally: Volunteers planted in June more than 10,000 wild plants in the university park. So the place is also for you with green fingers.
The hidden one: Sun garden Solhaven at CSS
The Center for Health and Society (CSS) campus in the city is steeped in history and leather-bound books. So much so that we sometimes forget that the brown-yellow buildings and associated gardens right up to 1995 were used as a municipal hospital and not as a university campus.
Tucked away in a corner of CSS you will find Solhaven - easiest to access via the entrance at Gammeltoftsgade - unless you want to test your sense of direction in the CSS labyrinthine hallways.
On most days, it is dead quiet, but during intro weeks and on the CSS campus day it is full speed ahead. Enjoy a cup of coffee from the Café Kommunen at CSS, or walk in to the all-day opening hours political science bar Jacques D and take out a couple of beers out into the lovely garden .
The edible one: Pometet
We admit that the Pometet with its Taastrup location is not a simple getaway after class. But the Pometet with its collection of fruit trees and bushes is a fun, and different tour, to take your fellow students on. The park, which is part of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, exhibits more than 750 varieties of apples and a large number of berry and nuts varieties.
The modern one: the roof terraces on KUA
"KUA is a place where the spirit cannot thrive". This was the harsh verdict on the old KUA buildings from Professor of Comparative Literature, Erik A. Nielsen, back in 1995. But that was then. Twenty years later KUA with its associated buildings no longer exhibit the gray shades of drab asphalt.
Strictly speaking, there is no park at KUA.
But one of the winners among the students is the roof terraces on Building 2, which since its inauguration in 2013 has served as a hang-out for those who like a nice view.
Café Mødestedet is located in the same building and serves an espresso-based cappuccino, which can complement the terrace's fresh air. Who said that the island of Amager could not be charming?
Extra: KUA students can look forward to getting another hang-out area in 2017. The Maersk-sponsored Universitetstorv square will be ready. The park has not yet had its first visitors, but the critics are already warming up. Like the rest of KUA, the square is said to be too grey, too boring and too modern.
See the pictures here and judge for yourself: See the pictures of KUA's new university square (article in Danish)