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As a student looking to move to Copenhagen, it may be difficult to find where to begin, looking for student houses can be infuriating and time-consuming. Having necessities by you is very important. As a student this would typically be; your enrolled university, a supermarket, public transport alternatives, other local amenities and most importantly where you enjoy going out!
A great place to start is Christianshavn. This is an autonomous community and is self-governed separate from Denmark. The founders christened it ‘Christiania’ and it's in the borough Christianshavn. Being self-governed it can make its own laws. Here marijuana and other drugs are legal; marijuana and hash is sold on the open market, although it is not legal in Denmark. Visitors must take note ‘harder drugs’ are frowned upon in Christiania. With strict environmental policies, homes are self-built on Christianshavn. It is a special place to many and has a ‘hippy’ atmosphere.
For a more lively district, Nørrebro is perfect for students who are looking for a dive bars, late night snacks and coffees in dingy cafés. It’s always fun rummaging through vintage shops and wandering around it’s quirky galleries in the day. Stop by to the local craft brewery called Norrebro-bryghus for a nice craft beer. Afterwards, some parties like in night-club ‘Rust’ (which is over 3 floors) start midweek, on a Wednesday. This neighbourhood is one of the cheapest and most fun for students.
Vesterbro, as mentioned, is a hip area, it is also good area for students to live in, but it is more expensive due to demand.
The Tietgen kollegium is in this district, plus many other student residences. It is famous, as mentioned, for its architectural brilliance and innovative style.
Copenhagen has many Kollegiums (student housing), these are managed residences for international or national students across the city. Each student room can vary from residency to residency. Some students dorms are more luxurious for example ‘Tietgen’, here rent starts at 2,900-5000 DKK. Alternatives for students could be an andelsbolig (a shared house) or lejlighed (apartment). Most student residences will ask for a further proof of enrolment and reference for payment.
University of Copenhagen
As Denmark’s oldest and largest university, it was founded in 1477. Now it is part of four campuses and its main campus is located centrally. Half of the university's international students come from Nordic countries, nevertheless all cultures are welcome.
North Campus - Located north of the city it is nestled between Østerbro and Nørrebro. Nørrebro is home to the university’s park and is across from Fælledparken.
Metro Stop: There is no metro station. Use bus stop ‘Universitetsparken’ for the North Campus.
City Campus - As the university's oldest campus it is also the administrative campus. It is located across the road from the Botanical Gardens on Øster Farimagsgade. This road is part of a succession of streets that connect Vesterbro and Østerbro.
Metro Connections: Nørreport Station
South Campus - It is situated on Amager island. The campus has a green plaza and café’s to relax in or walk in nearby Grønningen park. Ørestad hosts many students in its artistic architect designed residences.
Metro Stop: Islands Brygge Station
Frederiksberg Campus - Technically in Frederiksberg it occupies the former grounds of the veterinary school. Close by to Frederiksberg Have, this idyllic campus is home to notable buildings. Frederiksberg is one of the most expensive places to live.
Metro Stop: Frederiksberg St.
The Technical University of Copenhagen is just north of the capital and 25-minute drive from the city centre. It was founded as the first polytechnic university in Denmark and now located in the affluent city of Kongens Lyngby. The university's campus is on the previous site of the Lundtofte Flyveplads. The campus is divided into four sections and is organised via conventional quadrant numbering system (navigating the campus is easier than it sounds).
Metro Stop: No metro station. Please use IC commuter trains for transit into Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Business School is commonly abbreviated down to ‘CBS’. The business school is based in Frederiksberg. The campus is an urban campus, the university uses four notable buildings for its teachings. Their names are Dalgas Have, Kilen, Porcelænshaven and Solbjerg Plads. All four campuses are characteristically 'Scandinavian styled' and are all within walking distance from one another.
Metro Stop: Lindevang Station (Dalgas Have) or Frederiksberg Station