7 things you should know as an exchange student Part 1

Exchange student Copenhagen

Denmark – and Copenhagen especially – is a wonderful place to study. You should not think twice about coming here! But as it is in most other big cities – you should think twice about the housing situation, since it takes a bit of work to get a proper place to stay.

1. University Housing

Some of the universities offer accommodation in Copenhagen. But that is dependent on which faculty you will study within, so make sure you read their terms closely. Some good links:
Copenhagen University/KU
Roskilde University/RUC 
DTU – Technical university of Denmark 
Copenhagen Business school CBS
Aalborg University Copenhagen/ AAU CPH 

2. Residence permit
A residence permit is needed for some nationalities if you are to live in Denmark.
If you are from a Nordic country, it will not be necessary.
If you are from an EU/EEA country you will need one, IF your stay exceeds three months.
If you are from a non EU/EEA country, you will need to obtain a permit before you go to Denmark – and you have to do it in goooood time, since it can take up to 2-3 months to obtain one, so better come prepared! Read more here.

3. Ungdomskort

Get an “Ungdomskort” (directly translated: youth card). This is a card for public transportation, which allows you to travel freely within Copenhagen – and northern Zealand. It costs 627 a month – so it is a bit pricy – but can safe you a lot of money in the long run! Read more here! 
If you live closer – get a bike, we Danes loooove biking everywhere, and soon you will too!

4. Good places to put your name on the waiting list
A good start to get a place to live, is putting your name on waiting lists – and then choose the accommodations that you would like to get a place within. The earlier you put your name on the lists the better. However, the earliest you can do it is 3 months before your semester starts. The different sites also have other rules, E.g. at Kollegiernes kontor you can only be accepted if you are to stay in Denmark for at least 2 semesters.
Kollegiernes Kontor Findbolig.nu
Find roommateSome sites that are in Danish:

Read the second part of the list here.

About Nanna Vedel-Hertz

Jeg hedder Nanna Vedel-Hertz, er 23 år gammel og læser historie og Kultur- og sprogmødestudier på Roskilde universitet. Lige nu bor jeg i Ordrup i en 4-værelses lejlighed, med to fyre; min bedste ven og min kæreste.

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