What Kind of Rental Properties are There in Copenhagen?
- A single room within a shared apartment or a house (Værelse)
- A whole apartment (Lejlighed)
- A detached house or row house (Villa or Rækkehus)
Is there Student Housing in Copenhagen?
When Should I Start Looking for an Apartment in Copenhagen?
Which Safety Measure Should I Take During My Apartment Search in Copenhagen?
- Know the market. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Gather as much information on the landlord as you can, especially in Facebook groups. Check their profiles. Are they part of housing groups in several cities? Or random expat groups? Is their profile only a few weeks old with little information? A lot of red flags.
- Don’t rent long-term apartments without CPR registration. Chances are there is something fishy going on.
- If you are unsure whether the landlord and/or the listing are real, you can check who the property belongs to at Tinglysning.
- Never ever make any cash payments or money transfers through Western Union! Period.
- Do not make any payments without having seen a contract first.
How Can I Increase My Odds of Finding an Apartment in Copenhagen?
- Don’t be picky.
- Don’t be picky.
- Don’t be picky.
- 8000 DKK incl. utilities
- Roskilde, Glostrup, Valby, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen N
- Decent condition
- 60+ sqm
- Pets allowed
- 12.800 DKK incl. utilities
- Very good condition
- 50 sqm
- Pets not allowed
- Partially furnished
Is Copenhagen Pet-friendly?
Where Can I Search for Apartments in Copenhagen?
Housing Portals in Denmark
- boligportal.dk: Wide variety of postings. The sign-up fee is 29 DKK for the first 4 days and a further 298 DKK per month.
- housingdenmark.com (An agency which specializes in more upscale properties)
- housingcompany.dk (An agency with mostly big properties on offer)
- boligbasen.dk: Contains offers we didn’t usually see anywhere else. However, be careful of scams. The sign-up fee is 600 DKK for 6 months. [Note: We formerly recommended this portal, but due to several reports of abuse we cannot any longer recommend investing in this portal.]
- Boligdeal.dk & Boligoensker.dk: Doesn’t offer anything the others don’t. Also, once you subscribe the subscription is renewed weekly (99 DKK).
What to Keep in Mind
How Long Will it Take to Find an Apartment in Copenhagen?
Hiring a Relocation Agency in Copenhagen
How Much Will it Cost to Find an Apartment in Copenhagen?
What Will I Need for a Lease Contract in Copenhagen?
- National ID copy (plus possibly residence permit)
- Current address, phone number, etc.
- Possibly university admittance letter
- Possibly work contract or bank statement (some landlords require financial stability)
How Much Will the First Payment Be?
- First month’s rent
This probably goes without saying. Before you arrive you have to “prepay” your first month’s rent.
- First month’s utilities
In addition to first month’s rent, you also have to pay for the utilities.
- Security deposit
This is up to your landlord. The landlord is allowed to charge you up to 3 months worth of deposit. This is also the amount you should be expecting. It is rare that the deposit will be less than that.
- Prepaid rent
This is a bit of a strange concept. Basically, the landlord can charge you 3 months prepaid rent which they would use to cover the last 3 months of your lease period.
Other Costs to Consider
What to Consider When Moving into an Apartment in Copenhagen
- Get started on your search for an electricity provider on elpris.dk
- Use internetpriser.dk to get an idea of prices for internet
I Found Something, But I’m Overpaying
If you want to avoid paying rent in two places simultaneously, try to talk to your landlord. Often the landlord will let you out of your contract early if a new tenant is found in time.
Always make sure to double check your rental contract as you may be required to move out a week before the end of your lease to allow time for renovations.
Change of Address
- Rent Subsidy, administered by Udbetaling Denmark
The amount of the rent subsidy you can receive depends on several factors, but mostly your income, the size of the apartment, and the amount of rent you pay. You can apply through borger.dk here.
- Security Deposit Loans, granted by the municipality
This applies ONLY to PUBLIC HOUSING! Whether you are granted the loan for your security deposit is determined by your household’s income. You can apply for it through borger.dk here.
Now, what do you think? Have we left any questions unanswered? Or do you have any additional tips on how to find an apartment in Copenhagen for our readers? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! Let’s stay in touch!