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Student Housing Aarhus

Student Housing Aarhus is an organisation from where most rooms in dorms in Aarhus are distributed. Aarhus University and Student Housing Aarhus are two different organisations and you might be able to apply for housing through both places. Both places have (at times very long) waiting lists and therefore you need to sign up as early as possible. At Student Housing Aarhus you can sign up at the waiting list 6 months before you start your studies and you don't need any admission documents when you sign up at the waiting list.

About living in a dorm

In Aarhus you don't live on campus. The dorms 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 descriptions of the different residences at www.studenthousingaarhus.dk (click ‘bolig’).  

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. It is free to submit an application and to be on the waiting list. You don't need to be admitted to AU which means that it is a very good idea to apply before you receive your admission papers. Documentation will first be needed when you receive a housing contract.
  4. Rooms are allocated according to your seniority on the waiting list. Every month you add seniority to your place at the waiting list. At www.studenthousingaarhus.dk you find the estimated wait of each dorm.
  5. 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.
  6. It is much easier to have a room from 1 June or 1 July, because the waiting lists are shorter than on 1 August or 1 September. Consider this when you choose your preferred moving in date. (But of course you need to pay rent from the date your contract starts, so you might have a few months extra rent payment to take care of.) 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.

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. Read more here.