Practical Matters

Find useful information below as you get ready to start your new life as a student in Copenhagen.

Feel free to navigate through the sections below:

  • Getting Registered in Denmark

    Relocating to and living in another country can be challenging. Often there are many practical matters you must attend to. You will not only need to find a new home. You will also need to apply for a residence permit, a CPR number, NEM-ID, a Danish bank account and more.

    At Cphbusiness we will assists you through the process and all the applications. As soon as you are admitted to Cphbusiness as a student, you will get access to our online platform Moodle. Here you will find additional information on accommodation, applications etc.

    We further recommend that you visit International House Copenhagen and in particular pay attention to their checklists with all you need to know and do, before and after you move to Copenhagen.

    Checklist for International Newcomers

  • Acommodation

    Relocating to a different country can be challenging. At Cphbusiness we aim to help the transition as smooth as possible.

    Have a look at this video from International House Copenhagen - Makes Life Easy in Greater Copenhagen:

    At Cphbusiness, we do not provide students with accommodation. At KKIK (Kollegiernes Kontor) you can find instructions in English on how to apply for a room at different locations in Copenhagen. You can also find a list of dormitories, and more information about rent, deposit and what you will need to bring.

    You can apply for a dorm room through Kollegiernes Kontor (KKIK) even before you have your final acceptance letter from Cphbusiness.

    Other long-term accommodation in Copenhagen

    There is also a possibility of renting a room or a flat on your own.

    You should be aware of scams and never make payments before a contract has been signed. Prior to signing a contract, it is a very good idea to view the place, and make sure you always read all details in the contract.

    Deposit is required from most landlords. Normally, you have to pay a 1-month deposit for a room and a 3-month deposit for a flat.

    You should always make the payment through a Danish bank. This provides you with a receipt of the payment and often cash are not accepted.
    Monthly rent can vary depending on accommodation and location. Here are a few examples;

    Room in a student hall of residence (kollegium)

    • EURO 240-460 /month
    • USD 350-610 /month

    Privately rented room in a house/flat

    Estimated price, 12-20m2 room

    • EURO 270-600 /month
    • USD 350-780 /month

    Privately rented flat

    Estimated price, 35-60m2 apartment

    • EURO 470-940 /month
    • USD 600-1200 /month

    Short-term housing

    If you still do you have your long-term housing in place, or if it is simply not available when you arrive in Copenhagen, there are several hostels which offer short-term student housing. These are often more expensive then dormitories.

    Remember, you are always welcome to ask Cphbusiness International for any assistance you may need.

  • Financial Matters

    When moving to Denmark, it can be challenging to get an overview of the cost and the financial matters.

    Currency

    Denominations of banknotes are: DKK 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.

    The Danish currency is called Kroner and the international abbreviation is DKK. Denmark is not part of the European Monetary union but you may be able to use EUROs in some store in Copenhagen. Please note that the exchange rate will be high.

    1 euro is approximately 7.5 kroner.
    1 US dollar is approximately 6.5 kroner.
    1 UK pound sterling is approximately 10 kroner.

    Living Expenses

    We suggest that you budget with at least 800 Euro per month for personal needs like accommodation, food and local transportation.

    You may have more expenses in the beginning of your relocation because of accommodation, furniture, books, bicycle, study trips in Denmark etc.

    We recommend you have approx. 6500 Euro in savings to start your new life in Copenhagen.

    Please remember this; living expenses depend on your lifestyle and habits. Here are some numbers to give you an idea of average monthly expenses:

    • Rent: varies from 3000-5000 DKK (utilities are usually included)
    • Insurance: Approx. 200 DKK
    • TV license: 100 DKK (All citizens have to pay license to watch Danish TV)
    • Books and supplies: 250-500 DKK (Note that you may need need to acquire a lot of books during the first semester and the cost may therefore be much higher)
    • Phone: 150 DKK (depending on which supplier you choose)
    • Food: approx 1500 to 2000 DKK
    • Public transport: 300 DKK (depending on the proximity to your Cphbusiness campus)

    Other expenses you may have as a student in Copenhagen:

    • Second-hand bicycle: 250 DKK to 1000 DKK
    • Cinema ticket: 95 DKK
    • Dining out: 200 DKK
    • Nightclub entrance: 50-100 DKK
    • Beer at a bar or a café: 30-50 DKK
    • Beer from the supermarket: 5-15 DKK
    • Coffee at a café: 30-50 DKK

    Opening A Bank Account in Denmark

    If you wish to be a customer of a Danish bank, you will need to bring the following documents to the bank:

    • Identity papers with photo (driver’s license, passport or the like)
    • Documentation of your address in Denmark
    • An employment contract

    Once you have an account, most banking transactions can be handled through online banking. An online banking agreement may be made at the same time as you open your account (Source: lifeindenmark.dk and Workindenmark.dk).

    Most Danes use a Dankort, which is a debit card that can be used in almost every shop in Denmark. You can acquire this type of card if you have a Danish bank account.

    Part time and Student Jobs

    Most Danish and international students supplement their income by working alongside their studies.

    International students from EU/EEA are allowed to work unlimited hours, while students from the rest of the world can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year and full time during the summer holidays (June, July and August).

    We recommend that you work no more than 12-15 hours per week during the academic year.

    Finding a part-time job in Copenhagen takes some effort. You compete with Danish students and other international students for the part-time jobs available. Perseverance, optimism and initiative along with good networking skills will help you on the way.

    These links may be useful if you are looking for a part time/student job:

    Salary

    The wage for a part-time job or student job usually ranges from 12-20 €/hour from which taxes will be deducted. You will have to submit a tax deduction card, banking account number, name, current address and CPR number to the pay office of your company.

    You are not required to hold a Danish bank account during your stay in Denmark. However, if you get a student job, you will need a Danish bank account.

    All pay checks are automatically transferred to your bank account. Please note that all pay checks automatically have taxes deducted.

    Taxation

    The general rule is that any income earned in Denmark is subject to taxation in Denmark. Income earned in another country is subject to tax in that particular country. Denmark has entered into double taxation agreements with a number of countries in order to avoid that tax is paid on the same income in both countries. Prior to departure you should contact the local tax authorities in your home country to settle this matter.

    You can get more information on the tax system as well as your tax card at the International Citizen Service Centre in Copenhagen. Or from the website of SKAT.

    You should always mention that you are an international student.

  • Learn Danish

    Have Fun & Learn the Language at Cphbusiness

    From autumn 2020 Cphbusiness International offers Hygge Danish @ Cphbusiness for all new international students. The learning environment is casual, and through fun activities you will get to know both the most common phrases in the Danish language as well as students from different international AP degrees at Cphbusiness. More information will be shared with you after your admission to Cphbusiness.

    UCplus

    UCplus Dansk offers all international students at Cphbusiness 100 % online or combined with day and evening classes at their language center in Copenhagen. UCplus Dansk is an official provider of the Danish Language Education programmes in Copenhagen.

    UCplus offer official tests and have been teaching Danish to international students in Denmark since 2007. Please note that you must pay a refundable fee to enroll which will be 2000 DKR.

    For more information, please contact UCplus directly at ucplusdansk.dk or by calling +45 44 87 01 66.

    Language Exchange Clubs and Language Cafés in Copenhagen

    Share your knowledge, experience and love for languages by joining a language exchange club or a language cafe near you.

  • Transport

    Public Transportation

    Copenhagen has an extensive and efficient transport system of buses, trains, and metro.

    The trains used in the city area and in the suburbs are called S-trains, while the inner city also has metro lines. All facilities of Cphbusiness are located close to S-train stations.

    A very useful tool when planning your trip in and around Copenhagen and Denmark is Rejseplanen.

    We encourage students to use public transportation but if you are experienced riding a bike in a big city, you can do so. Please make sure your bike have the proper light at night and that you know the traffic rules.

    In Copenhagen you can buy and rent bikes many different places. At Cphbusiness we often have good offers for our international students so make sure you ask before you buy or rent your own bike. You can even lease a bike with full service and a monthly payment. For more information visit Swapfiets.

    Pay Per Use Cars

    In Copenhagen, you can register to use Pay per Use cars. There are different companies and listed below are a few of the options:

    No Uber, Only Taxies

    Uber does not operate in Copenhagen. Instead, you can hail a taxi on the street. Look for the green sign in the front window or on the roof of the taxi. You can also order a taxi from any local company. Various companies offer apps for booking as well. Please note that taxis can be quite expensive. A taxi ride from Copenhagen Airport to Rådhuspladsen in the centre of Copenhagen city is appx. 320 DKR.

  • Health and Safety

    Health insurance

    In order to be elegible for Danish health insurance coverage you will need a legal residence permit after which you can apply for a Health Insurance Card (generally referred to as the "Yellow Card" or "CPR Card"). This process can take up to 8 weeks and we therefore strongly recommend that you are covered by your own private insurance during the beginning of your stay in Denmark.

    Additional insurances

    As a supplement to your health insurance, you need a liability insurance to cover personal injury, legal aid and damage to property. During any international visit, the risk of damage or loss of personal property or effects is real and it is highly likely that you are travelling with a number of items that have considerable value. We therefore ask that you make sure to have suitable private insurance to cover luggage, liability and accidents during your stay in Denmark as well as expenses related to home transport in case of severe illness or death in the family. Please be aware that this remains your personal responsibility.

    Safety & Danish Police

    Copenhagen is a safe city with a very low crime rate. But Copenhagen is also a major city in European terms and we ask that you pay careful attention to your surroundings and take care of your belongings.

    The Danish police are generally present in the streets, and if you need to you can always approach officers if you feel insecure, lost or you have experienced a crime.

    Of you need to call the police you can call the 24-hour hotline: 114.

    Station City
    Halmtorvet 20
    1700 Copenhagen V.
    Phone: (+45) 33 14 14 48
    Email: kbh-city@politi.dk

    Covid-19 in Copenhagen

    When you are in Copenhagen, we urge you to follow instructions from the Danish authorities.

    • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, limit physical contact, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, be diligent with cleaning, keep your distance. Source: Danish Health Authorities.
    • Face masks: Please pay attention to where face masks should be worn as a precautionary measure. The Danish authorities may require the use of face masks in public transport, restaurants etc.
    • Stay updated on important information from the Danish authorities on coronasmitte.dk which is continuously updated.
    • Joint Danish Authorities Hotline: +45 7020 0233.

    Emergency & Medical Assistance

    If you experience an emergency - call 112.

    Calls to 112 are directed to the emergency call center. With an acute injury or illness, where there is an urgent need for assistance, call 112.

    A professional health worker takes your call and decides what service you require. The nurse or paramedic will ask you what kind of assistance you need. Based on your description of the situation, they will assess your requirement and if necessary send an emergency ambulance or an emergency doctor’s vehicle. If the emergency operations center concludes that this is not necessary you will be referred to another treatment service in the Region.

    Medical Assistance - Outside Opening Hours

    If you need to see a doctor outside the normal office hours you must call 1813.

    1813 is an emergency number where trained nurses and doctors will assist you. You must provide your CPR number and the medical staff will assess what help you need and refer you to a place where you can be treated. It is free to call the Emergency Phone 1813.

    Pharmacies

    You will find pharmacies (Apotek) in all Danish cities. They are marked with a green A.

    Normal opening hours are:

    • Monday to Friday 9:00-17:30
    • Saturday 9:00-13:00

    Pharmacies with 24-hour service:

    • Københavns Steno Apotek, Vesterbrogade 6C, 1620 Cph V
    • Københavns Sønderbro Apotek, Amagerbrogade 158, 2300 Cph S
    • Lyngby Svane Apotek, Lyngby Hovedgade 27, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby