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Housing options in Aarhus

  • EU full-degree students

It is not easy to find a place to live in Aarhus; therefore it is important that you consider where you are going to live as soon as you know you want to attend Aarhus University.

Below you find information about:

  • How to apply for a dorm room in Aarhus
  • How to find accommodation at the private market
  • Top tips in finding a place to stay

How to find a dorm room

Student Housing Aarhus

Most new students in Aarhus choose to live at one of the many halls of residence in the Aarhus area. Rooms in halls of residence are allocated through www.studenthousingaarhus.dk.

Student Housing Aarhus is not part of the university. It is an independent organisation from where most rooms in halls of residences are distributed.

About living in a residence

In Aarhus you don't live on campus. The residences are situated all over the Aarhus area – also in the outskirts, but always with public busses nearby. In all residences you have to cook and clean for yourself, and doing the laundry etc. is also your own responsibility. Only a few residences provide furniture so be aware of this when you are applying for a room. If you choose an unfurnished room, you need to furnish your room after arrival. You can find cheap furniture at IKEA (they can deliver the furniture to your address for a fee) or at one of the many second hand shops. The residences are all very different. In some, you find rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen. In others, you find rooms with private bathroom, but you also find residences with studios where you have your own kitchen and bathroom. You find descriptions of all the residences at the homepage of StudentHousingAarhus.

Housing Guarantee

Aarhus Municipality offers a housing guarantee to all new students in Aarhus admitted to a higher level education. The housing guarantee means that you are given first priority in the queue for accommodation and that you apply from among a pool of rooms reserved for this purpose – normally the halls of residence with the shortest waiting lists located in the outer suburbs. There are specific conditions connected to this service and specified deadlines. Read more about it and fill in your application at www.studenthousingaarhus.dk.

Rent and deposit

It is normal to pay both a deposit (normally three months rent) and either a payment equal to three months' rent or the first month's rent prior to or upon commencement of the lease. It means that you must be able to pay 4-6 months rent at one time BEFORE you can take over the lease. Bear that in mind when you plan your expenses for your first months in Denmark. 

Application guide

Step-by-step: How to sign up for halls of residence

  1. To apply for a room in a residence go to www.studenthousingaarhus.dk.
  2. Read the instructions and the general rules for applicants carefully, and also use the help functions. Please note that it is a good idea to apply for all or a large number of different dorms, not just the centrally located ones which have very long waiting lists.
  3. Submit your application to Student Housing Aarhus as early as possible. The earlier the better! You can send in your application up to 6 months before your studies start. For instance, if your education starts in mid-August, you can send in your application in mid-February. You don't need a confirmation of admission to apply. Student activity will need to be documented after you have moved in. It is free to submit an application and to be on the waiting list. Rooms are allocated according to your seniority on the waiting list. When you apply, we suggest you request a moving in date from June 1 or July 1. If you apply for housing from August or September, you might have to wait for a room until October or November, since most new students in Aarhus want a room from these dates.
  4. To retain your application for accommodation, you must actively renew it every month. Don't forget it (!) - you will have to start from the bottom of the waiting list again.

Top tips in finding a place to stay

Here are our best five advices for new international students looking for a place to stay in Aarhus.

Apply for a room in a student dorm

  • Send in your application to www.studenthousingaarhus.dk 6 months before you start at Aarhus University.
  • You can send in your application without a confirmation of enrolment or any other documentation (you will need it later, but you can gain seniority at the waiting list without it.)
  • Renew your application every month. VERY IMPORTANT.
  • Apply for a room from 1 June or 1 July instead of 1 August or 1 September.

Use the Housing Guarantee provided by the Municipality of Aarhus

  • You can subscribe to the housing guarantee between 1.2.-15.8. Read more here.

Look for rooms outside the campus area.

  • Most students in Aarhus don't live close to campus. With the use of www.journeyplanner.dk you will find, that you can easily commute to/from campus.

Don't arrive without having a place to stay

  • In many countries, it is a tradition that students go to the university cities and find a room with a private landlord within the first weeks. This tradition doesn't exist in Aarhus. It is more or less impossible to find a room in Aarhus in August and September, and we advice against taking the chance.

Don't be too critical

  • Everybody wants a cheap room in the city center. As you compete with thousands of other students about these rooms, we recommend that you set your expectations low, so you won't be disappointed. You may find that the location of your accommodation is not that important after all.