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Finding accommodation on the private market

The resources below are starting points for you to search for accommodation on the private market in Aarhus. It is not easy to find a room in Aarhus, and therefore you need to start your house hunting at least two months before your arrival. Consider not being too picky about the location of the room - also many Danish students live outside the city centre due to the shortage in housing. 

Tips to start your housing search

1. Start searching immediately!

It can be difficult to find accommodation in Aarhus, especially around semester start and even more so if you do not speak Danish. Therefore it’s very important that you begin your housing search as soon as possible. We advise against travelling to Aarhus without having reserved a room beforehand as there is a serious risk that you will end up without a place to stay.

2. Look outside the city center

We recommend that you will be flexible and open minded about housing possibilities – living outside the city center, living with multiple people etc...

Aarhus is a small city and you can travel from one end to the other within 30 minutes. At this map you see the bus lines outside the city center. As you can see, there is a large number of smaller communities outside the city center. With the help of www.rejseplanen.dk you can find information about public transport. From most places you can reach campus within 30 minutes by bus or train.

Yes, we know you never dreamt of living in Skødstrup, Lystrup or Tilst. But yes, thousands of people live a happy life there - including other students, and we strongly recommend that you consider this option. Rooms are MUCH easier to find and cheaper too. In all the smaller towns outside Aarhus you find shops, sport facilities - and night busses, so you will still be able to have a normal social life.

3. Share a flat

Please be aware that the demand for single rooms is very high and it can sometimes be easier to find an apartment to rent and share with some of your fellow students (please see the list of different Facebook groups below – perhaps you can find your fellow students and find accommodation together).

4. Use Google Translate

Below you can find useful links to some of the more popular sources for finding long-term accommodation via the private market. As the majority of the advertisements on the following sites will be in Danish, then Google Translate can be your best friend. You can copy/paste individual words/sentences in the Google Translate search box or copy/paste an entire URL, which translates the entire website.

5. Avoid housing scams

Last, but not least: take care of scams. As can happen everywhere, from time to time students are cheated by fictitious landlords. Be aware of offers that seem ‘too good to be true’, and if at all possible you should ask a local friend to check the lease before transferring rent and deposit. Read more about how to avoid housing scams.

Find housing at the private market

Boligportaler

  • There are many different housing portals in Denmark where you (for a fee) can search for all sorts of accommodation. Just google 'boligportal' and you will find a great variety.

Facebook groups

  • We suggest that you join some of the Facebook groups like Housing in Aarhus and the like.

Having problems?

  • At https://www.lejeloven.dk/ (in Danish) you find answers to many of the questions regarding the Danish rental law, that you might have.

Housing for a few days or weeks

Short term housing options in Aarhus

Avoid housing scams

As can happen everywhere, from time to time accommodation seekers are cheated by fictitious landlords. Be aware of offers that seem ‘too good to be true’, and if at all possible you should ask a local friend to check the lease before transferring rent and deposit. Read more about how to avoid housing scams.

Rent, deposit and contracts

Read more about rent, deposit and contracts here.