10 Tips to finding an Apartment/room in Copenhagen

This article will try to give some tips & tricks, when you are starting your new study in Copenhagen.

START IN GOOD TIME:

Try to sign up for waiting list for youth apartments, elderly apartments (being turn into youth apartments), or another rental organizations like KAB. You might have to pay a few hundred kroners a year to be on these list, but they can pay off if you sign up in time.

BE REALISTIC:

Ideally you and your BFF dream of having a 2-3 room, 2 year rental in Nørrebro or Vesterbro for under 7.000 kr., but unless you have a wealthy parent springing for a “forældrekøb” apartment, you might be a little disappointed. Yes, those apartments do exist and we all know someone who knew someone, but lets be honest they were lucky. Rooms are more available then flats, and if you want to live in the middle of it all you will need to pay more for it. Make a list of your must-haves, wishes, what worst case you can live with and make a budget.

(Remember to you can also apply to “boligstøtte,” if you qualify.)

TIPS:

1.The first and best way to find a room/apartment is your own network. Let them know in advance that you are moving to Copenhagen, and if they know anyone who know anyone

2. Check out the Local Newspapers for each neighborhood and see if their are any options there. Some elderly people have nice apartments and their social media would be the ad section of the local newspaper. You can also place an ad announcing your looking.

3.  If you are considering using a private landlord you must be 100% sure that there is a contract. If it is a high rent maybe it would be appropriate to get a professional to look at the contract. You should never pay your deposit in cash - it is a clear sign of fraud.

4. Look outside of the city, you will get more for your money, be closer to nature and the commute won’t be too bad.

5. Before you sign papers on your new home, it could be smart to talk to your future neighbors, and inquire about the landlord.

6. When you move in, the first thing you should do is to take pictures of your apartment. Make sure your photos are dated. Your photos are evidence of the apartment's condition when you move in. Is there damage, problems with the windows, old pipes, etc. Many private landlords will try to make you accountable for these things, when you move out. Never trust a landlord when they say they are laid-back it could lose you thousands of kroner.

7. Look carefully at your rent compared to the number of square meters - many private landlords tend to take too high rents. If so, contact “huslejenævnet” in your city via www.borger.dk

8.If you find errors in your apartment after you have moved in, so it is important that you make the landlord aware of it within 14 days of you moving in.

9. Don’t Panic, and don’t be desperate, every year thousands of students walk in the same shoes. Don’t be against taking a few short term rentals before you land a long term home.

10. Check out these links and Good Luck

- www.ungdomsboliger.dk

- www.Boligdeal.dk

- www.boligportal.dk

- www.lejerneslo.dk

- www.bolig.dk

- www.boligsurf.dk

- www.boligoensker.dk

Velkommen til København 2015 (Recap)

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New education, new city, new home and new people— there is a lot of new and unknown for the 60.000 new students, that arrive in Copenhagen every August.

That’s why over 20 Copenhagen State & independent churches along with some pretty wonderful NGO’s got together to bid welcome to all the new inhabitants of Copenhagen, so they can quickly feel at home.  “We will do what we can, that they know they are welcome here, and together can they know, that there finds many different communities in the city, that wish them to feel included, says Martin Walsøe, our spokesperson for “Welcome to Copenhagen”

Welcome to Copenhagen started in 2015 with 4 events all over Copenhagen, including 50 bicycles fixed at CBS, 200 students at Nørrebroparken chill-fest, 350 enjoying our pop-up community kitchen on Blågardsgade and lastly over 400 students to our big party in Kødbyen including a speech by Pia Allerslev, (børne- og ungdomsborgmester) welcoming everyone.

All the events were free of charge, except for the community kitchen, and all the proceeds went to help Cafe-Night Light, that works to meet women in prostitution with value, neighborly love and spiritual care. 

We are back for 2016, with more experience and great enthusiasm to welcome the next flock of new students welcome.   We have reduced the week to 3 days— Bicycle Repair Day 24. Aug 2016,  Community Kitchen at Blågardsgade 25. Aug 2016, and of course our big concert and party at Kødbyen 26 Aug. 2016.

 Students enjoying live music and community at our Community Dinner!

Students enjoying live music and community at our Community Dinner!

 Despite some thunderstorms we were able to help fix around 50 bikes.

Despite some thunderstorms we were able to help fix around 50 bikes.

 The weather wasn't our best friend on tuesday at the chill out party, but we were glad for the yellow roof to enjoy our party despite the wind and rain.

The weather wasn't our best friend on tuesday at the chill out party, but we were glad for the yellow roof to enjoy our party despite the wind and rain.