Aarhus University Seal

Exchange student Aarhus

Housing options in Aarhus 

  • Exchange & freemover

On the following pages you find information about how you find housing in Aarhus.

Basically, you have these options:

  • Apply for housing through AU (dorms and shared houses, furnished)
  • Apply for housing through Student Housing Aarhus (dorms, not furnished)
  • Find housing at the private market

Be aware that dorms are very different. You find dorm rooms with/without private bathroom, studios (private kitchen and bathroom) and shared apartments (kitchen and bathroom shared with 1-3 other students). 

Note also, that you don't find on-campus housing in Aarhus. 

More questions? Check the FAQ

Should you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at housing@au.dk

Housing through Student Housing Aarhus

In Aarhus dorm rooms are allocated through a municipal organisation called Student Housing Aarhus. Here all students (Danish and international) can sign up for a dorm room. There is no special service for international students and your application will be handled on the same conditions as an application from a Danish student. Be aware that Student Housing Aarhus and AU Housing are two different organisations.

Before accepting a housing offer, check this:

  • Most rooms allocated through Student Housing Aarhus are unfurnished (at the dorms Skjoldhøj, Vilhelm Kiers and Ravnsbjerg there might be some furniture you can borrow (not guaranteed.))
    • Read more about how to collect furniture here
  • Are utilities (electricity, water, heating and internet) included in the rent or have to be paid for separately
  • How are the termination notice deadlines (normally 6 weeks but can be up to 3 months) and how are the procedures if you want to terminate your contract
  • Cancellation procedures (if you have accepted a housing offer, but regret)

Applying at AU Housing and Student Housing Aarhus at the same time

You can apply for housing both at AU Housing and at Student Housing Aarhus. Before you accept a housing offer, you must carefully check the cancellation policy, so you do not end up with unnecessary expenses. 

Application guide Student Housing Aarhus

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. 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. 
  4. To retain your application for accommodation, you must actively renew it every month. Do not forget it (!) - or you will have to start from the bottom of the waiting list again.

Housing Guarantee

Aarhus Municipality offers a housing guarantee in the autumn semester 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. Read more here.

Difference Student Housing Aarhus/AU Housing

AU Housing

  • No housing guarantee
  • Limited available accommodations
  • Furnished
  • Not possible to apply for a specific dorm
  • Possibility of bypassing waiting lists at the more popular dorms with a long waiting list
  • 1-year contract (maximum)
  • Short termination deadlines
  • Offer sent to 1 person
  • All information in English

Student Housing Aarhus

  • Housing guarantee, optional, limited
  • More available accommodations
  • You can apply for specific dorms
  • Unfurnished
  • Possibility of contract for your entire study period
  • Longer termination deadlines
  • Offer sent to 5-20 people

Price range and locations are the same for both organisations