Finding an apartment, and moving to Aarhus
In the year 2008, I decided that I was moving to Aarhus for further studies. I had just finished my baccalaureate and one year of sabbatical, which I had spent working.
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, with a population of 260.000 residents, and the preferred place for studies in Jutland. A great deal of young men and woman, move here from all over the western part of Denmark every year, mostly for further studies and new job opportunities.
There are only a few other cities in Jutland that has the same quantity of educational choices as the city of Aarhus, and its well placed in the middle of Jutland, so it makes the perfect choice for the most students to go here.
Prepare to pay a large rent
The price of renting an apartment in Aarhus is close to the same as it is in the capitol Copenhagen. So don’t choose Aarhus as a cheaper alternative for Copenhagen.
If you choose to rent an apartment in the outer areas of Aarhus, you should be able to find a room or small student apartment for a price between 2.000 to 3.000 Danish kroner (268 – 402 Euros).
But if you want to live in Aarhus City, you should expect to pay from 3.000 Danish kroner (402 Euros) and up.
I moved from a small village in Western Jutland where the rent was around half of Aarhus, so the prices came as a shock to me. But this is one of the disadvantages of moving to a larger city, where it’s a struggle just to get a medium prices apartment.
Last of all, you have to watch out for scammers when renting a room or apartment in Denmark. Sadly there are people who are taking advantages of the large amount of people seeking an apartment every year. So just a few advices:
- Never pay up front.
- Meet in person and visit the apartment.
- Read the contract carefully.
- Use your network – Some might know someone who has the perfect apartment for you.
Websites that will help you find a room or an apartment in Aarhus:
- Kollegie8000.dk – The most reliable service for finding a student’s apartment.
If there are none available, you can get placed in queue for one. Administrated by the municipality of Aarhus, so this is by far the most reliable.
- Boligportal.dk – The largest company-owned site, and with a monthly fee.
This site is private persons and companies renting out rooms and apartments.
- 3 other sites that does pretty much the same as Boligportal, but for free:
Studenterguiden.dk, Lejerbo.dk and Ungdomsboliger.dk
Finding a student job to support your finances
If you are looking to find a student job in Denmark, it can be difficult if you don’t speak or understand Danish, but there are places where foreign language and skills can be an asset.
A lot of the companies, who are seeking workforce from international students, put up job postings at schools and educations. So keep your eyes open, and maybe ask some of your friends to be observant for job openings.
If you got a particular skill, it is probably needed somewhere!