Written by: Daragh Ramage
Moving to Denmark to study and pursue your career can be difficult, especially when you don’t know where to live.
In Aarhus, the University does not have accommodation specifically on campus for Danish or international students to move into. Most students will move into halls of residence provided by the University or private accommodation.
International Student from England, Stephen Menon, confirms how he moved into the student accommodation – Grundtvig Hus Kollegiet, he said, ‘’Anna, the international officer, found my accommodation for me.’’
Anna Katherine Nejrup – International Officer at DMJX – explained why the international students were given university dorms instead of private – ‘’It is easier, safer and more affordable for them’’, she says.
With a 15.7% growth in private housing prices from 2019 to 2021 in Denmark; living and moving here is an expensive process. The rise in prices has caused many Danes to live outside the city centre – also due to student accommodations getting taken up by international students.
Anna answered with, ‘’Private accommodation fees have risen at least another 1000 DKK per month, for students. Which makes studying and work harder just to afford the rent.’’
Lucas Van Diepan, a Danish student now living in Børglum Kollegiet accommodation agrees, as he said, “I prefer living here than in private accommodations because I don’t have to worry about extra costs.’’
Over 30 ‘fake landlords’ incidents have been reported in 2021. Students searching and moving into private housing – around Aarhus City Centre – have been scammed by landlords who do not hold a ‘owner of property sublease’; at the time of going back to university.
Lucas commented on the issue saying, ‘’My older sister attempted finding private housing and she struggled meeting the landlords to see the flats as they put it down to covid-19, however, an issue she had was not seeing a draft of the lease first.’’
Living in halls of residence that was provided by the University has made life moving to Denmark and settling here a lot easier, and not as stressful for the international students.
Stephen commented with; ‘’In general, moving here was quite easy. I just had to get used to the different ways of living, but there’s been no real difficulties moving in.’’
When moving abroad, many comparisons are made from when living back home. Expectations can either be met, too high or too low. International student Stephen Menon expectations of student housing were met and satisfied at the Grundtvig Hus Kollegiet accommodation, as he said:
“I’ve liked living here so far and I’m glad I’m sharing with another guy also from the Erasmus course because that made being here easier knowing I always had a friend”.