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With 600,000 residents, Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest city. Located on the east of the island ‘Zealand’, its inhabitants are known for being the happiest on earth. The ‘Danes’ as they are commonly known, are friendly and are also the world’s best non-native English speakers. Walking amongst the hustle of the city, you’ll see stunning architecture that mixes both traditional and innovative styles.
The capital is quite popular as a special destination to both Danes and expats. With an increased quality of life and safer streets, as like most things in Denmark, apartments for rent in Copenhagen are expensive. On average a one bedroom apartment costs about 8,000 DKK per month.
Cheaper apartments are found in the suburbs; in the western suburbs rent on average will be as low as 5,000 DKK. You can minimize these costs by getting a shared flat. This could be a good idea for students or perhaps a ‘Kollegium’. A kollegium is either run by your university or privately. Here you typically have a room and a shared kitchen.
Exploring Copenhagen never gets boring and there are many places to live in the city. Depending on what you want or need, Nestpick has an array of furnished apartments on offer varying in size and location.
For expats who do not want to be too far from the city centre, Østerbro, known as ‘Copenhagen Ø’ to locals, is a great district. It has broad boulevards and has the greenest spaces in the city, including Fælledparken and the new beach park Svanemøllen. Its inhabitants are mostly young families and some quieter young professionals who share and enjoy the neighbourhood too.
If you want to rent a furnished flat in Copenhagen’s livelier alternative, try the popular ‘Vesterbro’. With more people moving to this ‘hip’ neighbourhood, it is well worth a look. It is only 15 minutes by bike and is close to downtown. In Vesterbro you will find unique stores, boutiques and the famous Kalvebod Wave swimming area, although rental prices are going up, Vesterbro’s charm for now remains.
Valby is another neighbourhood that is not too far from Vesterbro, it is popular for its ‘village’ feel and cosy atmosphere. If you're feeling hungry, it is worth a visit to the Halifax Burger Restaurant here.
Vanlose comprises more cost effective housing further out from the city, about 25 minute transit by bike. Vanlose has more residential housing at reasonable prices so is worth a look.
Ørestad is architecturally developed and thus famous for its contemporary residences. It is a new district and was thought to attract a lot of residents. The new town has many attractions such as Fields shopping mall (largest shopping mall in Denmark) and the Bella Centre (largest exhibition and conference centre in Scandinavia).
All fun aside, moving to Copenhagen as a non-EU citizen or an EU citizen, there will be bureaucracy. Things to know are:
- You will need a student visa or work/residency permit to stay in Denmark if you are not Danish or from a Nordic country. If you are from the EU, you can get this within 3 months from the ‘Folkeregisteret’, in your local town hall ‘Rådhus’. If you are from a non-EU country, you must get this prior to your move.
- It is important to register. Once registered it gives you automatic entitlement to the national health care thus you get your ‘Sygesikringsbevis’ insurance card. It is important to also get your residency permit and your CPR number because you will need this when applying for apartments for rent in Copenhagen.
The property market in Copenhagen contains private or social housing; both are open to the general public. There is, however, a waiting list for social housing unless rare circumstances permit. A person can have an unlimited lease in Copenhagen (you must live 180 days of the year there) or you can have a limited lease. A limited lease can be altered on request of the tenant, however, approval from Courts ‘Boligretter’ is needed. All properties in Copenhagen require a deposit, this will be predetermined by the landlord. On average it is 3x the rent and a further upfront payment for one month’s rent will also be needed. Furnished apartments for rent are available in most districts in Copenhagen. An ‘andelsbolig’ means shared apartment, on Nestpick there are lots of furnished rooms for rent or apartments. Renting a room in an andelsbolig is one of the cheapest alternatives in Copenhagen.