It is easy to find a place to live in Copenhagen - if money is not an issue. For the regular student, it is a different story.
Reasonably priced, student-friendly apartments are nearly impossible to get hold of, especially for international students.
Luckily, Copenhagen has many dormitories for university students. Read on to see our collection of the 10 best ones. While many of these dormitories only have a website in Danish, they are all open to international students.
10. Rigshospitalets Kollegium
Rigshospitalets Kollegium was originally known as »the beer-case dorm,« because the French balcony that comes with every room was exactly big enough to fit a case of beer, something which most student-residents took advantage of. Unfortunately, after a recent renovation of the façade, the balconies are now too small to accommodate beer-cases.
The 414 rooms are all identical, with 16 square meters of living space and a private bathroom. Kitchen-facilities are shared.
Rent is currently DKK 2,783 per month, which includes both electricity-consumption and Internet.
9. Nordisk Kollegium
Nordisk Kollegium offers breakfast, lunch and dinner plus the option to cook in your hall’s kitchen, which is typically shared by 14 residents.
Once a month, a tour is given for prospective residents – registration is necessary. Applications are processed four times a year.
Rent is DKK 3,922 per month for regular students and DKK 4,922 for PhD-students.
External link: Nordisk Kollegium’s website (only in Danish)
Egmont Kollegium was built in the 1950s. It is home to 492 students who study everything from Arabic to Astrophysics. It is a very popular place, known for its many parties.
It became famous in Denmark when national TV made a series about the residents at 'Nye anden' ('New Other') – one of Egmont’s halls.
Rent ranges from DKK 2,155 to DKK 3,485 depending of the size of the room. The rooms are usually unfurnished (as in most dormitories), but if you have been accepted for housing as an exchange student, the room will be furnished.
7. G.A. Hagemanns Kollegium
Hagemann’s Kollegium is old and full of traditions. The beautiful house fits perfectly to the up-market neighbourhood of Østerbro. Right across from the dormitory is the Russian Embassy with whom the residents of the dormitories have cultivated a long-standing relationship.
Living in this dormitory means no longer having to worry about groceries or cooking – a full-time chef prepares a hot lunch and dinner on all weekdays!
The dormitory consists of 61 rooms spread over five floors. Rent is DKK 4,000 per month, which includes everything – even food. Prior to sending in an application, a prospective resident must attend a walk-through with a current resident.
This luxurious dormitory is especially known for its unique round structure. The architecture is so fascinating that people pay for guided tours, which are given regularly.
Tietgen has 360 rooms, but they are highly sought after, so only a lucky few get in. The dormitory is conveniently situated right next to the IT University (ITU) and the Faculty of Humanities. Its unique construction makes it an attractive site for events such as concerts - for the benefit of the residents.
Rent is comparatively expensive, ranging from DKK 2,900 to DKK 5,000 per month depending on the size of the room (excl. water and electricity). Applications are only accepted four times a year, the next being 1-15 August. Tietgen has a rule that every hall should have at least one international resident, so international students have an advantage.
Before we go on to our top five, no list of University of Copenhagen dormitories, would be complete without the infamous Albertslund:
Special University Post bonus tip: Albertslund dorm 'DIK'
The 800 residents of Copenhagen’s Danmarks Internationale Kollegium ('DIK' dorm) had a rude awakening in May 2011. A fire gutted the cellar in the basement, sending poisonous smoke into living areas, and causing a middle of the night evacuation.
But luckily DIK has other things to offer: DKK 2,415 for one room, DKK 5,040 for a two room flat, it is a relatively cheap alternative to many of the dorms on the list here. And as it is full of international students, it ensures that you will have a truly international experience in Copenhagen.
On the downside: It is a good half hour from the Copenhagen city centre by S-train.
So this was our ranking from 10 to 6, with a little bonus material. Want to see more?
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