Studying in Denmark and living in Copenhagen requires international students to get a residence permit, CPR number and to find accommodation. We've gathered an overview of the essential practical information when moving to Copenhagen, Denmark.
STUDENT AND RESIDENCE PERMIT (STUDENT VISA)
Before arriving in Denmark, all non-EU citizens must apply for a Danish residence permit. Please note that this can be a long process (usually over 3 months), so apply well in advance. Within one week of receipt of your first semester fee, the DMU Programmes Office will send you our institutionally signed ST1 Residence Permit application form, which you will need for your application.
You may find additional information about application requirements and the application process at New to Denmark - the official portal for foreigners.
- Disclaimer: Student visas may not cover the full period of study in the years where individual DMU programmes are being re-evaluated by EVA. Therefore, students must apply for a visa extension covering the period of study exceeding the current EVA approval.
- Upcoming EVA Evaluations: MSc. International Business and Management: April 2022.
When you arrive in Denmark you need to get a Danish ID Number (CPR no.) by registering your Danish address (by showing an official rental contract) with the municipality. A CPR no. is necessary to get medical assistance, open a bank account, get a job, sign up for student housing etc.
It may take some time to get a CPR no., we therefore request you to take out travel insurance from your home country covering medical insurance as well as making sure you have access to extra funding in the beginning.
- You can find additional information about CPR number registration and requirements at International House Copenhagen.
- You can register for a CPR number at International Citizen Service East
Address: Gyldenløvesgade 11, 1600 Copenhagen
IT, INTERNET AND STUDENT CARDS
As students of the International programmes at Niels Brock, you will use a variety of IT platforms and have access to campus facilites and printers with your student card.
IT and internet
All students are required to bring their own computer to class. Internet access is provided for all students on campus. There is an IT support centre which can help students with their school related IT issues.
Digital student platforms
Regardless of which programme you follow, you will use digital platforms to access teaching materials, submit assignments, check your results, communicate with tutors, find your timetable and attendance record, and check your school email. It is important that you familarize yourself with these platforms as quickly as possible.
You will be issued your own student card which is necessary for:
- accessing campus buildings
- your exam ID
- discounts for (shops, cafés, museums, etc.)
- printing at school
Please have the card with you when you are on campus.
More detailed information about IT, the internet and student cards will be provided during the induction sessions.
Housing in Copenhagen
We advise you to budget with a minimum of DKK 3.500-4.500 per month depending on location and standard.
- A deposit is required from most landlords and is normally 1 month’s rent for a room and 3 months’rent for an
- Please be aware of scams and be wary of deals that are "too good to be true".
- Watch out for landlords/owners who are out of the country, travelling or cannot meet you
- If possible, check out the room or apartment personally. You can also ask a Niels Brock Buddy whether they can help you check the room. Use the Facebook forum created for your You must at least have someone check that the apartment actually exists.
- You should never send money via Western Union or other private money transfer Use only authorised banks for transferring money and ask the landlord to send identification details – e.g. a copy of a passport.
- You should always sign a contract with your Study the contract carefully and be sure tocheck deadlines for how to give notice.
Youth hostels, bed & breakfasts and cheap hotels
- Danhostel (approx. 20 Euros per night in a shared room) Address: Various locations – check their website: www.danhostel.dk
- Generator Hostel
Address: Adelgade 5, 1304 Copenhagen K
- Wakeup Copenhagen Hostels
Addresses: Borgergade 9, 1300 Copenhagen and Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 11, 1577 Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
- Woodah Hostel
Address: Abel Cathrines Gade 1-3, 1654 Copenhagen V
- Sleep in Heaven
Address: Struenseegade 7, 2200 Copenhagen
Bed & Breakfasts (various)
Address: Various addresses in the vicinity of Copenhagen Website: bedandbreakfast.dk
Address: Private accommodation in various addresses – Check their website Website:airbnb.com
- Cabinn (from DKK 495 per night)
Address: Various locations – check their website Website: cabin.com
Contact current students - maybe you can take over their accomodation when they leave.
Visit our facebook page: Niels Brock International
Other suggestions for where you can search for accommodation:
You may have a look at the accommodation links below. Some sites are in Danish only, so please prepare by using the mini dictionary provided below and getting acquainted with the Copenhagen area.
Websites in English
- ciu.dk (possibility to sign up for a waiting list)
- fsb.dk (possibility to sign up for a waiting list)
- aab.dk (possibility to sign up for a waiting list)
- lejerbo.dk (possibility to sign up for a waiting list)
Websites in Danish
(you may use the mini dictionary provided below)
- boligfinder.dk (login required)
- domea.dk (possibility to sign up for a waiting list)
Write to email@example.com and mention that you are a Niels Brock student, and you will get 30% off the service fee.
- Housing in Copenhagen
- Roommate in Copenhagen
- Shared-flats Copenhagen 11/12
- Accommodation in Copenhagen
- Room for rent in Copenhagen
- House/Room Renting in Copenhagen
- Roommates and Flat Finder - Copenhagen
Tools for becoming acquainted with the Copenhagen area and navigating the public transport system:
- Google Maps (Niels Brock, Nørre Voldgade 34, is marked on the map)
- Rejseplanen (Journey Planner) – For finding public transportation (bus, train, metro) in Denmark/Copenhagen
- DSB – For finding and booking public transportation (mainly trains) in Denmark/Copenhagen
- Visit Copenhagen – General information about life in Copenhagen
The online articles from International House Copenhagen may be useful for further information about student housing an expenses.
Real Estate Mini-dictionary:
Danish word - English word
Amt = county
Annonce = ad
At leje = to rent
Beskrivelse = description
Bolig = accomodation/apartment
Boligkvm/størrelse = squaremeter/size
Boligtype = type of apartment
Bytte = swap
Depositum = deposit (to be paid before moving in)
Dreng / mand = boy / man
Excl. forbrug = not including utilities (gas, electricity, etc. - (usually around DKK 300-800 per month)
Husleje = rent
Incl. forbrug = including utilities (gas, electricity etc.)
Indskud = deposit
Lejer = tenant
Lejlighed = apartment
Møbler = furniture
Møbleret = furnished
Norge = Norway
Område = area
Opret = create
Øvrige udland = the rest of the world
Periode = period of renting
Pige /kvinde = girl/woman
Postnr / by = Postal code/ town
Pr/per = from
Sælger = seller
Søg = search
Soveværelse = bedroom
Stue = livingroom
Sverige = Sweden
Til salg = For sale
Tyskland = Germany
Udbetaling = Down payment
Udlejer = landlord
Udlejningsform = Form of renting
Værelse(r) = Room(s)
Vicevært = Janitor