Living and studying in Copenhagen
What do you need to know about life in the Danish capital? We asked our students to give you some tips and tricks.
GET A BIKE
All Copenhageners bike everywhere and so should you. It’s cheap, fast and good both for you and the environment.
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY
The site AOK is your perfect guide whether you’re looking for a Korean bulgogi barbecue, the perfect place to sip an old-fashioned cocktail or a cheap cup of coffee. It offers guides on every conceivable topic – including overall guides to each Copenhagen neighbourhood.
If you want to stay up-to-date with what the Danes are talking about, have a look at the local English language newspaper Copenhagen Post. What is a CPR and how do you get an appointment with a dentist? Find the answers to all your practical questions at Study in Denmark. Here you can also read about working in Denmark as many students also have a parttime job here.
GETTING A PLACE
Copenhagen is a city of students – both Danish and internationals – and this means that many students live together in shared apartments. Some CCDS-students rent a room and others go together to share a flat. The rent can vary from 2,500 – 6,500 DKK depending on location.
There are many websites to find room for rent. You can find tips and links on the municipality’s website and many also find their room via Facebook housing sites. It can be a possibility to start out at a hostel or airBnB before searching for a room.
Many CCDS students supplement their studies with a student job in evenings and weekends e.g. in shops, hotel business, service business and restaurants. The wages in Denmark are higher than most EU countries.
EXPLORE THE CULTURAL SCENE
Copenhagen’s many stages offer dance, theatre, opera, circus and any mix of the above. There are lots of guest performances, so not speaking Danish is no excuse to stay at home. Youth and/or group discounts are offered almost everywhere.
A few places you must not miss:
The Royal Danish Ballet – one of the oldest ballet companies in the world. Its unique Bournonville tradition is sure to dazzle anyone!
Dansehallerne is home to CCDS and a wealth of other interesting dance related stuff. Keep up to date with performances, workshops and more by signing up to their newsletter.
Dansekapellet offers training, performances and much more.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
There is an impressive number of museums and art galleries, where you can find anything and everything: Viking battle axes, Egyptian mummies, Monets and Manets – and of course a plethora of contemporary art as well. Some of the museums have special free-entry weekdays. The site Kulturklik tells you everything you need to know about the city’s museums.
As any self-respecting European capital, Copenhagen also boasts a lot of festivals. Anything from contemporary circus, jazz, documentary film and food gets its own week. Dancers should take care not to miss:
CPH Stage – theatre and performance of every kind.
Metropolis Festival – a festival for art and performance in urban space.
Copenhagen Summer Dance – an annual treat from Danish Dance Theatre performed in the stunning Neoclassical circular court of the police headquarters.