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How I found a room in Copenhagen – in 2 weeks

Hej everyone,
if you clicked to read this article, I assume you are desperately looking for a place to stay, like I was a couple of weeks ago. I am living in Copenhagen for over 2 years now and it seems like the housing market is always a horror show and I was glad to have found a place. But this summer, the day came where I had to dive back into the pool of hopeless dreams and search for a new place to stay. It was in August as well, the high season of desperate students moving to Copenhagen. I found a place through a good friend of mine first.. but after a while, it was clear that I had to look for another place, a decent apartment, since the landlady and I had different views and the apartment was not well maintained. So a few weeks ago I started to look for a room where I can live long-term.

I found a place through a good friend of mine first.. but after a while, it was clear that I had to look for another place, a decent apartment, since the landlady and I had different views and the apartment was not well maintained. So a few weeks ago I started to look for a room where I can live long-term.
Luckily I found an amazing room in Frederiksberg, close to CBS after only 2 weeks of intense searching and I am so relieved and happy that the horror show is over now.

I want to share my experiences with you and give some advice on finding a room in Copenhagen. These are all my personal opinions and they may vary to some of your experiences, but I hope the advises will still help you 🙂

What did I do to find a place?

  • I know it’s annoying to be that person – but post it on your Social Media and make it public so your contacts can share it or if they like and comment it, their friends might see the post and they could know someone.
  • Ask for help. Tell your friends, colleagues, classmates, family or even pizza man around the corner – and remind them every now and then that you are still looking for a place. Just spread the word out and if you are lucky, a friend of a friend of a friend is looking for a roommate
  • Facebook groups really go a long way, In my opinion, these groups were the best ones and you should join them and turn on the notifications so you know right away when a new post is up:
  • Mostly posted in Danish:
    – Bolig til leje i København – lejligheder og huse
    – Lejligheder, værelser til leje og udleje i KBH V. NV. Ø. N og K
    – Lejlighed udlejes eller lejes
    – Kollektiver i København (mostly for short term from 1 up to 9 months)
     Lejligheder i København
  • Mostly posted in English:
    – Copenhagen Business School Connect (that is where I found my new room)
    Roommate Copenhagen
    There are a lot more groups, but I personally think there are too many scammers in those and during my search, I only focused on the groups above. Note to the Danish groups: I responded to the posts in these groups in English and it was no problem what so ever 🙂
  • Not my personal experiences but some of my friends and colleagues found apartments or rooms on BoligPortal and DBA. You can sign up on these sites, be aware that BoligPortal costs money and it might not lead to anything. If you are already on a tight budget, save yourself the money for the deposit (more about it later) and stick to Facebook. Another website is FindRoommate, but it can be overfilled and you might not get an answer from the landlords you contacted.

 

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How did I found the room I am staying in now?
I have to say that I am very grateful for having amazing friends who were very supportive and they helped me a lot to find a new place. I was tagged by a friend as the first one under a Facebook post and I contacted the girl who put it up and we got in touch. She was so lovely to choose me as her new roommate and I can’t be thankful enough for that 🙂
So my advice for you, if you have the time then:

  • Live on Facebook, DBA or BoligPortal for a few days or even weeks. I know its hard when you have to study or work, but if you see that there are already 10 comments under a post, the chances are that double of that amount has already contacted the person who rents out the room. Be online whenever you can and just write them right away so you have a better chance to be one of the first to write them a message
  • Don’t write too much about yourself. Let’s be honest, no one has the time and nerves to read an essay about your hobbies. Write a short and informative intro and if they answer the message, you can always tell them more about yourself, where you have lived or what your hobbies are.
  • Compromise. I ended up paying almost double rent the first month, for both the old and the new room. Either way, it was worth it. Of course I didn’t like to pay so much money, but on the other hand, I have a long term room now because I made that compromise. For example: If you need a room in January but get a room which starts from 1st December, my advice is: just take it. It is better to pay one month rent than to risk being homeless because you couldn’t find anything or paying way too much for airbnb in January.

Be aware though!
Sadly, there are a lot of people who take advantage of desperate students looking for a room. You can compromise on paying a bit more money for the first month or even the second, but don’t compromise if the room is insanely expensive! Moreover, avoid rooms without CPR and registration and lastly, don’t fall for the scammers who are away but will give you the keys when you send them the money (via Western Union usually).


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So keep in mind:

  • I would say a reasonable price for one room in Frederiksberg, Vesterbro, Nørrebro or Østerbro would be around 3500kr to 4500kr for one person and up to 5000kr tops, if the room is huge, very central and modern. I would never pay more than that for these locations. Nordvest, Valby and Amagerbro are a bit less pricey. Right now I pay under 4000kr for rent and internet, to live about 8 Minutes by bike from Copenhagen Business School and 1 Minute walk from a station and a bus stop.
  • An appropriate amount of deposit would be max. 3 times the monthly rent. I saw posts where landlords want 5 months pre-paid rent and up to 20.000kr deposit. Better not get involved with that, since this already looks overpriced, I would assume the rent would be overcharged as well.
  • Don’t take a long term room without CPR, since you need the registration to do pretty much everything in Denmark (read about why CPR is important here)
  • Take care of scammers. Right now there aren’t many around but when the new semesters begin, they are flooding Facebook groups with room offers that are too good to be true (read about how you can spot a scammer here)
  • And last but not least, read the contract and ask a Danish friend to look over it for you. As far as I know, the contract only holds up in court if it is in Danish. Make sure you don’t overlook hidden costs or sketchy extra charges (for renovation for example). Only pay the deposit if you have seen the contract and pay it only via bank transfer so you have proof in case something goes wrong.

I hope this article helps you finding a place, avoid scammers and overpriced rooms. I wish you the best of luck finding a new place to stay and remember to keep your heads up. Even if the situation seems hopeless sometimes or the apartment where you are stuck in right now is a total sh*thole (believe me, I have been there), you will eventually make it through this phase and happily look back one day from a cozy room, where you feel home 🙂
Don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments or via message if you have any further questions.

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10 replies
  1. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    Hi there!
    As a Dane I can only say that you hit just right on how the “game” is at housing market in Copenhagen! And yes, I completely agree with you, DO NOT pay more than 3 months rent in deposit. Though it is very common in Denmark to pay that much in deposit – a thing that not all foreigners are used to.
    Hope you are enjoying Copenhagen! Me myself are taking care of another part of the world (read: Buenos Aires) meanwhile! 🙂
    Cheers
    Rebecca

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    • Tuni
      Tuni says:

      Hej Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for your comment and sharing your experiences 🙂 The large deposit is really a surprise for some foreigners, but 3x the monthly rent seems reasonable for me 🙂 Ps. I honestly envy you fo being in Buenos Aires! (And I hope the housing market is not as crazy over there) Take care 🙂 Tuni

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  2. Dani
    Dani says:

    Thanks for the article, I’ll check all those sites you mentioned, I don’t think I’ve tried them all, but for now we’re also planning to move to a better place, although it’s so difficult for couples to find a place with CPR registration, or that would even take a couple. Hoping for the best! Thanks again.

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    • Tuni
      Tuni says:

      Hej Dani 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you will find a decent place to stay soon! I can imagine its very difficult to find a room for a couple, since its either too small or landlords charge way too much for a room because there are 2 people living in it and they think 8000kr is a decent price to charge :/ Wish you the best, Tuni!

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  3. Samantha Kong
    Samantha Kong says:

    Hi Tuni, where has your blog been!!! Thank goodness for it! I’m in the midst of planning to continue my masters in CBS in about 2 years time, and of course after that hoping to find a job and live there as I absolutely love the city!
    What can you suggest for me who’s new to Denmark and is currently researching online for potential place to stay and calculating monthly expenditures? I tried looking up on BoligPortal and DBA as you’ve recommended but found nothing suitable… Please could you be my guidance to this matter of concern because i’m already starting to do thorough research about moving to Denmark before it’s too late.

    Thank you!

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    • Tuni
      Tuni says:

      Finding a place to live in Copenhagen is a bit like poker, you never know what you get and you have to play with the cards you have 🙂 I would recommend you to join the expats and housing groups in Copenhagen to find a place and get an overview about the difference price level in the suburbs and inner city of Copenhagen 🙂 I myself spend about 4000kr on rent and then around 500kr on transportation monthly. If I dont travel, its usually enough to live off a part time job and Danish SU 🙂 Hope this helps

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      • Samantha Kong
        Samantha Kong says:

        Do you happen to have the links to those sites with discussion about housing and temporary rentals in Copenhagen? And does the area nearby CBS in Frederiksberg considered as within city center? Because prices to rent the whole apartment are mostly expensive.. Even though i’m only looking for a small unit with a budget of about 1000usd.

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        • Tuni
          Tuni says:

          Hej Samantha, I linked the group further up 🙂 These are the groups with permanent and temporary rooms in Copenhagen/Frederiksberg 🙂 Hope it will help 🙂

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