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Housing Blog

Do you want to learn more about different housing options and different areas of Aarhus to live in? Then check out these student testimonials where international students share their housing experience

 Are you living in a part of Aarhus not represented here? Then please contact us at housing@au.dk if you want to share your story. We and future students would love to hear it!  

Marija from Croatia living in a private apartment in Brabrand

I live in Brabrand in a newly built apartment complex close to City Vest. We found our apartment on minlejebolig.dk. There I got a contact of Danbolig, which was more like a medium between us and Deas (the agency that owns the apartment complex). When we signed the contract we had 2 weeks to report any damage in the apartment which was registered and fixed if needed so that we won't pay for it when moving out.

My experience has been pretty good until now. The best thing is that if we have something that needs to be fixed, we just need to contact the agency and then they send the caretaker to solve the problem. Another positive thing is that the bus connections to the city and BSS campus are really good and there is a bus going every 10 minutes or so.

Regarding the neighbourhood I would say that 90% of our neighbours are Danes. Some students are scared of living in Brabrand as it’s known as a not so good area but I don’t feel unsafe. The only problem that we’ve had is that the bikes are getting stolen. However, we do have a closed storage room where the bikes can be left and locked.

Our apartment is 57 square meters and we are paying around 6800 DKK per month with water and heating. Electricity and internet are paid separately every 3 months.

Matej from Czechia and Mihai from Romania living in a student dorm in Aarhus V

Mihai: I live in Herredsvej. It is a 15 minutes walk to the university campus and 25 to the city centre. The experience in this dorm is quite lovely I would say. Since I'm sharing the kitchen and the bathroom with only one other person, I get a lot of privacy and can focus on what I need constantly. I have a really nice view of the garden, which is a big plus during cloudy days and in the summer there are a lot of rabbits coming by. There is also a part that I'm missing, and that is socializing with the neighbours. There is a shared space that everyone can rent but it was closed last year. 

I would say that if you're a person that loves privacy and some quiet days, here it is the perfect place. There are a lot of communities that you can sign up for in order to make friends and go to parties that are not in your dorm.  

Matej: I have been living in this accommodation for more than a year. The location is perfectly close (8 min bike/ 25 min with bus) to the BSS campus of Aarhus University and there are different grocery stores (Rema/Føtex/Fakta/Lidl) and a gym. And if you need fresh air, a park, an outside gym and a football field are nearby as well. It is very good value for money when you compare it to other student accommodations in the city centre.

Lilia from UK in a private apartment in Trøjborg

My situation coming to Denmark was a little different, as I decided to move and study here because my boyfriend is Danish! So, I already knew that I would live with him, and that meant going through Student Housing was a little tricky (long story short – the timings did not really match up, and we could not wait for something to become available).

Therefore, we made the decision to rent privately. The first thing to decide was our budget – many of the housing websites let you set a maximum rent limit, which really helps narrow down your choices! We were not too bothered about which part of the city we lived in, but we preferred to be near to the university and we were so lucky to find an apartment in Trøjborg. I definitely think that writing a long and detailed description of ourselves helped a LOT, because our landlord told us he likes to make sure he puts similar people in his properties (for example, our property is mostly young couples who are studying). I found the whole process to be relatively straightforward, but it was of course made a little easier by having a Danish-speaker at hand, however, most Danes speak perfect English – so you shouldn’t worry.

One thing to note about most Danish apartments (especially the older ones): expect them to have teeny-tiny bathrooms! You might find your shower to be located above your toilet, or that your sink is the size of a matchbox, and as annoying as it is, unfortunately that’s just the name of the game with the more central apartments. However, you will get used to it – trust me!

But on the positive side, the tiny bathroom means more space for a living or bed room – and these often tend to be a decent size. It is also quite common for apartments in the centre to have balconies, which are a total dream during summer, and become useful extra fridge space in winter!

It is really nice to have our own space, and also there is no pressure on the length of the contract, which is great! However, sometimes I do feel like I miss out on the social aspect of living in a kollegium - but as I am studying a master’s, I also really appreciate the lack of parties. ;-)

Marta from Bulgaria living in a student dorm in Aarhus V

Vilhelm Kiers kollegium is a super fun place to live while studying. It is full of young people that are always ready to party. The rooms are very spacious compared to other dorm rooms and are very nice. With my dormmates we have theme nights each semester (for example. a blue theme party, where we cook blue food, make only blue drinks and everyone has to wear blue clothes). We also make 100 beer shot challenge and Tour de Chamber, where everyone gets to see other people's room and have a drink there while playing a game. We also make common dinners or watch movies together. There are also a lot of green areas around the buildings so in summers people get to play a lot of outdoor games.  

(P.S. for more info on the Vilhelm Kiers kollegium check out the Chinese video below. Even though you don't know Chinese it will give you some good views of the common room etc. The Vilhelm Kiers Kolegium is 6:35 minutes in.)

任然 from China living in a studio in Aarhus N

 My place is a studio at Katrinebjerg. I really like the location, there are several supermarkets nearby and it takes around 15mins walk to where I study (Nobelparken). I got this apartment from student housing Aarhus. We do not really have social arrangements since we moved in during the pandemic. This building is also for PHDs, so there are some families. The size is around 45 square meter and the price is around 5000kr without heating, electricity and internet.  

Emma and Venla from Finland living in a private apartment in Aarhus C

 We are two students from Finland living together in an apartment in Aarhus C. We both used to live in dormitories in Brabrand for the first half a year we lived in Denmark. A dorm can be a great way of getting to know new people if you are arriving in Aarhus knowing no one. As full-degree students we both wanted more privacy, our own space and to be closer to uni, so we chose to get our own place. To get everything we wanted, we looked for housing on the private market. Private apartments can be found through websites like boligportal.dk as well as on Facebook groups such as “Housing in Aarhus”.

One might think that getting an apartment this way would be very expensive, but in the end, we didn't have to pay too much extra compared to our previous dorms. Our current apartment includes two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and a kitchen/dining room. We especially love the dishwasher as well as the washing machine that we have in our apartment.  

Nina from Slovakia living in a two-rooms apartment in Aarhus V

My name is Nina and I was moving around quite a lot in my first year in Aarhus. I hope, my current rooftop apartment is finally The One! It's located in Aarhus V, a bit further from the city centre, but only about ten minutes by bike from my uni. The big plus of living outside of the city centre is definitely the price, especially when you share the apartment with someone else. I found my roommate on one of the fb pages about housing in Aarhus and I can say that I was very lucky. Her name is Aurika (Lithuania) and we have so much fun together! We cook for each other, go for runs or even share clothes sometimes. I got the apartment on StudenthousingAarhus.com and even though it's tiny, we both really like our bright rooms with the most amazing sunsets views almost every night. 

Hristina from Bulgaria living in a private apartment in Risskov

I live in Risskov, on the border with Egå. I have two roommates and we share a newly built apartment, located 5 mins away from the Egå lake and 15 mins from the beach. I love the neighbourhood because it’s so quiet and peaceful. With the Letbanen it takes 20mins to go to the centre. The rent is around 3.700kr per person excluding the utilities.  

Radka from Czechia living in a shared house in Aarhus V

After living for half of a year in a very tiny apartment quite far from uni, I decided to move. I found my current place through the Facebook group (Lejligheder til salg og leje i Aarhus) and even though the post was written in Danish I gave it a shot and replied in English. ;-) 

I’m living with three Danes, so I have many opportunities to practice my Danish, even though we speak English most of the time. Our house is quite big (around 150 m2) and each one of us is paying a bit below 3000 DKK (all included). I also love how light and sunny the apartment is! Although I am a bit further away from the city centre, I am very happy with the location. Supermarkets (Netto, Aldi & Lidl) are only 10 minutes far. It takes 15 minutes to get to the city centre, both biking and taking a bus. As a runner I also appreciate the surrounding nature and parks. The only minus is that Aarhus V is located uphill from a city centre. This means that when I am very tired, I rather take a bus than bike.