Student housing Copenhagen - The Ultimate guide

Ultimate guide – student housing in Copenhagen

At Kbh-Kollegier.dk, we have gathered 30,000 student housing options in Copenhagen. This consists of both halls of residences and student accommodations. It can be very difficult to find a student accommodation in Copenhagen, but our overview should make it easier for you. After many years of experience within this field, we have gathered information about the different options available and will offer you practical help in the search for a student accommodation.

1: Research is key

First, you need to find out which neighborhood that you would like to live in. There are a lot of housing opportunities for students all over Copenhagen, but the market needs transparency.

At Kbh-Kollegier we provide you with an overview of the different options available.

2: Put yourself on student housing waiting lists

Even though the waiting lists at the larger property management companies can be quite long, you should put yourself on the waiting lists for those places where you would like to live. When putting yourself on a student housing waiting list, you should pay careful consideration to the application criteria, for instance, criteria regarding the type of education. Even though the waiting lists are often long, they can sometimes move quickly.

3: Write a rental application letter

46 different student accommodation options are accepting rental application letters. In our experience, the rental application letter is a great opportunity to influence your chances to find student housing. Writing a good cover letter can get you far up the waiting list, or in some cases, get you an apartment or dorm room straight away.

4: Apply at private student residence halls and housing departments

There are 69 private student residence halls and student housing departments in Copenhagen. These might be of particular interest to you. Often, private student housing departments make less use of marketing, are less known, and are managing the rental applications themselves. This means that they get significantly fewer rental applications. 

Often, the waiting time at these housing departments can come down to a few months if you tackle the application process successfully. In these cases, a rental application letter often plays an important role. As a member of Kbh-Kollegier.dk, you will get an overview of the private student housing departments in Copenhagen, and an overview of student housing departments accepting rental application letters.

VACANT HOUSING FOR STUDENTS

The Copenhagen market for student housing is characterized by a general shortage. However, in recent years, many new student housing units have been built, and even more, are on the way. This means that it will be easier to find student housing in Copenhagen. Often, it is easier to find accommodation at the newer student housing departments. These departments are often managing the applications themselves, and often provide information about vacant apartments or rooms, which in many cases can be booked directly on their website (without a waiting list).

The average rental period for the newer student apartments or rooms is shorter, and this is alleged because some have relatively high rent. Despite the high rent, the newer student residences are often a good temporary solution until a cheaper alternative can be found. However, it is possible to find very cheap student residences, e.g. in Frederiksberg where you can stay for DKK 3,000/month in “Delehusene” – a new concept where students and refugees live side by side.

The many different student housing opportunities and concepts, and not least the number of housing departments, make it difficult to find your way around the market and know where to look to find the right vacant student housing. At Kbh-Kollegier.dk, we, therefore, make sure to inform you whenever there is vacant student housing and are continuously updating the front page of Kbh-Kollegier.dk with vacant student housing opportunities. We do this to make it easier for you to find a home. We also collect all news about vacant student housing and application deadlines here.

As a member, you also have the opportunity to filter the housing types on our website according to your needs. Here you can choose between housing criteria such as your own kitchenette, bathroom, as well as how many rooms you want and much more. In this way, you will only be presented with the housings that are relevant to you, so that you can find the right housing in Copenhagen.

Affordable student ACCOMMODATIONS options

Although especially many of the new student housings in Copenhagen have high monthly rent, there are still many cheap alternatives. A new survey conducted by Kbh-Kollegier.dk in 2020, revealed that there are 11,622 studio flats with a maximum monthly rent of DKK 3,500. The survey is based on a total of 22,841 student housings, divided between 230 housing departments. In the inner city of Copenhagen (Copenhagen K), for example, 10 student residence halls rent out dorm rooms for less than DKK 2,000 per month. These are, for example, Elers Kollegium, Borchs Kollegium and Valkendorf Kollegiet. This is in stark contrast to Boligportalen’s rent survey from 2019, which revealed that average rent for a room in Copenhagen is DKK 5,946 per month (Source: Boligportalen.dk). This suggests that it pays to rent a dorm room at a student residence hall or a student apartment, instead of renting a room from a private person. You can read more about our rent survey here (in danish).

Check our guide about student housing options in Copenhagen.

NEW HOUSING OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS IN COPENHAGEN

What is student housing? New student housing in Copenhagen is often a unit comprising a great number of student apartments. The unit functions as a residence hall with common facilities, such as a cellar for bicycles, common rooms, and communal laundry. Therefore, it has gradually become a grey area when a home for students is called a student residence hall or a student apartment. It can be difficult to understand the difference, and in reality, it often does not make sense at all to refer to them as two different forms of housing.

Most of the housings are usually built with their own toilet, bathroom, and kitchenette. Are you interested in finding student housing? Sign up today and get an overview of the market and choose your new dorm room or student apartment in Copenhagen.

The container homes at Refshaleøen have for a long time been among the most popular choices of student housing in Copenhagen. In 2020 this modular student housing department expanded with even more container homes at Vesterbro, and in 2021 a whole new unit of container homes are expecting to open at Amager. So, if you are not just looking for student housing in Copenhagen, but very special student housing in green surroundings, this may be a good option for you.

CONTAINER HOUSING BY THE WATER

In 2017, the first 88 student apartments of a total of 2,500 planned modular apartments for students in Copenhagen opened. This housing department is called CPH Village, and all the construction projects are based on social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The first modular homes were built in containers by the water on Refshaleøen and house 164 students. Already in the autumn of 2020, the next modular homes built in wood, opened in a green area at Vesterbro, housing 184 students. In 2021, another village of modular homes is expected to open at Amagerbro.

Container homes for students on Refshaleøen

The student apartments on Refshaleøen come with a private kitchen, while the bathroom must be shared with one other person. The container apartments are located next to the water together with several houseboats, and therefore several apartments have a view of iconic buildings such as The Royal Danish Opera, The Esplanade, and the Marble Church by Amalienborg (see the picture below). Reffen – Copenhagen Street food (the former Papirøen) is also close by.

The rent for a home in the container village is approximately DKK 4,400 for 20 square meters, incl. utilities. It is possible to apply for housing benefits.

Application rules

To be eligible to apply for housing in the container village, you must meet certain conditions. You must have one year left of your studies in Denmark. In addition, you must be admitted to a SU-approved education, an education program for students with special needs, or a Production School.

When selecting new residents, the housing departments strive for diversity and community. Therefore, new residents are, among others, selected based on their background, their interests, and their motivation for contributing to the community. You need to consider this when writing your application.

We refer to a external website. Kbh-kollegier.dk gather available accommodations and applications deadlines for students in Copenhagen from the world wide web. We do this to provide you with the best options and overview to help you find an accommodation and save time. We link to the websites in which you can apply or book the rooms. 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT STUDENT HOUSING IN COPENHAGEN

When can I apply for student accommodation?

It differs between the housing department. At some housing departments, you can sign up at 15 and move in when you are 18 years old. At other housing departments, you can apply around 3-6 months before the expected start of your studies. It varies a lot, and therefore you must familiarize yourself with the application criteria of the individual housing departments.

How do I apply for student accommodation?

There are three ways to apply for student accommodation: 1) The traditional waiting list, where you will be one out of many! 2) Some housing departments accept rental application letters, where you have the opportunity to influence the allocation of rentals through your application. 3) There are also several housing departments in Copenhagen, which often have vacant rentals that you can book online.

How do I find student accommodation in Copenhagen?

It is a good idea to sign up for different student housing waiting lists – both at the larger property management companies and at the lesser-known ones, for instance, the private housing departments. In addition, spend some time preparing rental application letters for the housing departments accepting these.

How do I qualify for student accommodation?

Generally, you are eligible to apply for a dorm room and/or student apartment when you are already studying in Denmark, or shortly before the expected start of your studies in Denmark.

What is the definition of student accommodation in Denmark?

Student housing or accommodation is exclusively for students. Often it is for younger students.

What is the difference between youth housing and student housing?

Traditional youth housing is for young people in a certain age group, while student housing is exclusively for young people in education. However, some youth housing units only accept students.

Can I get student housing as an apprentice?

Yes, there are many student housing departments accepting apprentices. However, there may be requirements for a minimum number of weekly work/study hours, just as your income must often be of a SU-like nature. As a member of Kbh-Kollegier.dk you can choose “Apprentice” as education in our filtering system and find 166 housing departments that accept apprentices.

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