10 things (most) students go through when moving to Copenhagen

It is that time of the year again 🙂 Exactly 2 years ago, I was among all the new international students who moved to Copenhagen to start studying. I figured that there a few things which are repeating itself every year. Personally I think, if you don’t go through most of these steps, you haven’t really arrived in Copenhagen yet 😉 Let me welcome you with the 10 things, that (most) students go through when moving here:

  • the first week of your new semester started and by now, you would be happy to live in an overpriced basement or in a garden house instead of being homeless. Harry Potter’s closet seems suddenly like a dream accomondation, and with a legit CPR address you would easily pay 5000kr for that
  • if you finally managed to buy a reasonable priced and used bike, you just need to figure out the slightly stressful biking culture. Then you can go to town with it and have your phone with Google Maps in one hand so you wont get lost
  • you suddenly realize how much cheaper your home country is (and that you took it for granted)
  • you complain when its warm (because the metro turns into a sauna or your hair is messy from sweating)
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  • you complain when its cold (because it’s September, it should be warm!)
  • you complain when its windy (even if its sunny, the wind is cold and you are freezing as soon as you stand in the shadow and no matter how much time you have spent in the morning making your hair look nice, the wind will mess it up)
  • on a sunny day you end up with half of Copenhagen at Amager Beach or Islands Brygge
  • on a rainy day you are sad that you can’t go to Amager Beach or Islands Brygge
    Islands Brygge on a sunny day :)
    Islands Brygge on a sunny day 🙂

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  • you start asking in Facebook groups which bank is the best (Nordea or Danske Bank are usually recommended), which phone contractor to sign (3.dk, Oyster or Lebara), which internet provider to choose (Dansknet or YouSee are amongst the cheapest but sometimes their service will kill your nerves) and which doctor to chose in your area
  • you went out one night in the city and forgot where you locked your bike at Nørreport, so you have to through (what feels like) millions of bikes until you finally find yours. Or not..

If most or all points above sound familiar to you – congratulations, you finally really arrived in Copenhagen 😀

Amalienborg
The view of Marmorkirken from Amalienborg, my all time favourite place in Copenhagen

 

But by all seriousness, welcome everyone who just moved to this beautiful city 🙂 I hope you will figure out the apartment, bank or phone situation and feel home here soon! Copenhagen is a wonderful city and I wouldn’t have chosen any other place to study. I hope you will have such a great time here as I do 🙂
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If you are wondering about SU regulations you can read an older blog post about it here or if you wonder why you need a CPR, you can click here. If you still have some questions or feel a bit lost, you can write me in the comments below or a private message as well 🙂
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  1. This post is so on point! Exactly what I was going through last year when I arrived in Copenhagen 😀 I’ll never take my (cheap) home country for granted any more… 😀

    1. Me neither, never again 😀 Especially not the prices for food and cosmetics!

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