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First, visit the website of your host institution and follow any recommendations you find here in terms of student housing. Also, listed below are useful websites to look for rooms and apartments for rent in Denmark

Consult your host institution

As a first step, we advice you to visit the website of your Danish host institution and follow any recommendations that you find there.

How to find accommodation in Denmark and what to be aware of

When you have decided that you want to study in Denmark, whether it is for an entire degree or a single semester, then you are in need of permanent housing. We will try to help you navigate around the Danish housing market with do’s and don’ts and a little dictionary. 

Get to know the cities

If you are moving to one of the bigger Danish cities, it is nice to have an idea of the many postal codes there are. The further away from the city center you get, the larger your housing will be. If you want your home to be in the center of the city, you should search for rooms, and not entire apartments, as this will often be too expensive for students. In Denmark, it is very common for students to share apartments, or even live as a collective. Therefore, get to know the cities, and whether or not you are ready for shared accommodation. 

How to enter the Danish housing market 

In Denmark, it is common to use the internet as the main source on the hunt for an apartment. There are online portals which only functions as a tool to connect tenants with landlords or other distributors of housing. Here, you can search for accommodation through different functions such as city, size, e.g. The majority of online portals for finding accommodation costs a small fee to give you the ability to communicate with multiple landlords. You write them a message, normally introducing yourself and tell them why you are a reliable tenant. 

See the list below for housing links (both free and pay-to-view)

The Danish rules

In Denmark, a few things are common when it comes to renting an apartment. You pay your rent every month on the first business day - at the latest. Danes are very punctual, which is important to respect. When you move into a place it is common to pay a deposit. The rule is that the value of the deposit maximum can be the value of three months’ rent. It is also common to prepay rent, so your last one, two or three months (maximum) rent already is paid for. Utilities such as water, heating and electricity are often paid ‘a conto’. This means that you every quarter pay an estimate, and annually you will receive a refund, if you have paid too much, or an invoice if you have used more than you have paid for. When you find your place, it is very important that you have a contract which both you and the landlord signs. 

    Student housing links

    There are also local websites, which cover student housing within a specific city:

    Rent from outgoing students (short-term rent)
    If you are looking for housing for a shorter period (e.g. as an exchange student) one option could be to contact Danish students who will be studying abroad in the same time period that you will be studying in Denmark. You can use a service such as Housinganywhere connecting ingoing with outgoing exchange students. You could also try asking the individual student houses (listed above) if they could facilitate a shorter sublet.

    Other housing links

    On the following websites, individuals and agencies offer rooms and apartments for rent and sale. You can also place your own ad in English. Some of the websites will charge you a fee to access contact details.

    Free websites

    • www.findbolig.nu (most comprehensive, only in Danish) 
      Student housing, flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent. With links to landlords/Real Estate Agents.
    • www.boligsurf.dk (in English)
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent.
    • boligdeal.dk (partially English)
      Site coordinating communication between tenants, buyers and landlords of private housing
    • www.gromia.com (partially English)
      Site coordinating communication between tenants and landlords of private housing
    • boligoensker.dk (only in Danish)
      All around housing and accomodation
    • www.findroommate.dk
      Students and others looking for roommates
    • www.lejerbo.dk
      Lejerbo adminsters apartments across Denmark, including youth housing.
    • www.boliga.dk (Google translation)
      Student housing, flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent
    • www.ledige-lejligheder.dk (Google translation)
      Site coordinating communication between tenants, buyers and landlords of private housing
    • www.akutbolig.dk (Google translation)
      Site coordination communication between tenants and landlords of private housing
    • www.findhousingdenmark.com
      Information site about the housing market for tenants

    Pay-to-view

    • www.dba.dk (Google translation)
      Ebay affiliate. List of flats and rooms for rent. Some ads are free to view
    • www.boligportal.dk (in English)
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent: 50 euro/2 months
    • www.bolighit.dk (in English)
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent: 27 euro/3 months
    • www.lejebolig.dk (in English)
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent: 50 euro/2 months
    • www.boligbasen.dk (in English)
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent: 80 euro/6 months
    • https://en.boligninja.dk/ (English (translated version))
      Flats, shared apartments and rooms for rent: 2,5 euro/3 days and afterwards 40 euros/1 month

      How much does it cost?

      Here are some examples. Please note that these are estimates.

      Room in a students hall of residence (kollegium)

      • EURO 240-460 /month
      • USD 350-610 /month

      Privately rented room in a house/flat (with access to shower)

      Estimated price, 12-20m2 room

      • EURO 270-600 /month
      • USD 350-780 /month

      Privately rented flat

      Estimated price, 35-60m2 apartment

      • EURO 470-940 /month
      • USD 600-1200 /month

      Housing benefit (‘boligsikring’)

      EU/EEA citizens are eligible for housing benefits (‘boligsikring’) – a subsidy for rent from the local council. However, other subsidies for housing loans and deposits are not available. For details on the requirements and how to apply, please contact your local council.

      Please note: Non-EU/EEA students in Denmark cannot apply for or receive housing benefits. If you do apply, it may result in your residence permit being revoked.

      Avoid housing-scams

      While crime-rates in Denmark are low, scams do occur. Here is how to avoid them when looking for housing:

      1. Be on the alert if a person with a room or flat for rent sendt you a text message with no visible phone number. These types of messages are sent though the web and may imply a scam.
      2. Never pay money under the table. It is illegal and you have no legal way of getting your money back
      3. Never pay the deposit in cash. Instead make a bank transfer so the transaction can be traced
      4. Never pay the rent or deposit via services where you cannot reverse the transaction, such as Moneybookers Escrow or Western Union.
      5. If you wish to see who owns the property you can do so at www.boligejer.dk
      6. Make sure that you receive a contract signed by the current tenant or landlord
      7. Always read the contract carefully and make sure that what you agreed on is also confirmed in writing
      8. When subleasing make sure that the landlord/owner of the property is informed of the sublease. This will put you in a better position in case of a conflict between the landlord/owner and the person subleasing to you.
      9. Be on the alert if you are required to sign immediately. Do not feel pressured into signing anything.

      Legal help

      Lejerens Frie Retshjælp is a 100% free legal aid organisation, that can help you with issues regarding your housing in Denmark (landlord-tenant law).

      They have more than 45 of the most competent law students from all over Denmark, who are all ready to help you in both Danish and English.

      Just fill out the form on their website with your name(navn), email and a description of your legal issue(besked). The majority of queries are answered within 48 hours. Their site is in Danish, so far, but they can help you in English.

      The Danish housing lingo 

      Just a few nice to know words or phrases when it comes to finding a place to live.

      Rent = husleje

      Deposit = depositum

      Prepaid rent = forudbetalt husleje

      Water, heating, electricity = vand, varme, el

      Apartment/flat = lejlighed

      Room = værelse

      Collective = kollektiv/bofællesskab

      Prepaid utilities estimate = a conto

      Square meters = kvm/kvadratmeter