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Cost of living

In Aarhus you find plenty of cafés and coffee bars. Photo: RUNI Photopop, Visit Aarhus

Living costs

The standard of living is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food, transport and leisure are therefore relatively expensive in Denmark compared to many other countries. However, salaries are correspondingly high, and many services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system, so that no user fees are charged. 

You will find more detailed information about opening a bank account, NemID and payment methods in Denmark on the right side.

The table below shows typical expenses of students living in Aarhus. The actual amount of expenses also depends on the individual lifestyle of each student.

Estimated Budget for Student in Aarhus

Housing/rent:

EUR 335 - 670/month
Food and daily expenses: EUR 230 - 325/month
Calls from cell phone: EUR 0.10/minute in DK
EUR 0.20/minute in the EU
Bus ticket: EUR 3.00 per ride
EUR 23 for 10-ride pass

Insurance (accident
and personal belongings):

EUR 270/year

Total EUR 760 - 1000/month
1 Euro = DKK 7.45
1 USD = DKK 6,63 (April 2019)

Average living costs for researchers

Upon arriving in Denmark, you may be surprised to find that prices are much higher than your home country, but there are a number of reasons for this: firstly the salaries in Denmark are among the highest in the world and secondly welfare services such as healthcare, schooling and daycare are provided or subsidised by the Danish state. This means that Danes have a high living standard compared to many other countries.   

See estimated average living costs for daily expenses on the Staff Portal