Wondering how to find accommodation in Copenhagen? We are providing you with some tips in this article.
Copenhagen needs no introduction. World famous for the quality of life it provides to its inhabitants, the city has been attracting many expatriates over the years. With around 2 million inhabitants, Copenhagen it famous for its cycling lanes as well as footpaths. It also hosts a wide and developed public transports network which can take you anywhere. However, shops are likely to close after office hours and around 2 pm during weekends.
Copenhagen is divided into 10 administrative neighborhoods. However, other neighborhoods have also been popularly defined and named. Indre By, Amager, Vesterbro, Kongens Enghave, Valby and Osterbro are some of them.
Expatriates in Copenhagen generally turn to Norrebro (an administrative neighborhood) and Frederiksberg (a neighboring municipality), as well as Amager. Norrebro, for its part, is especially popular with the youth while Frederiksberg is a mainly residential neighborhood.
In Amager, on the other hand, you are more likely to find residential buildings.
Rent prices in Copenhagen are with no doubt higher compared to other major Danish cities. For instance, you will need an average of DKK 5,800 to DKK 8,200 per month for a studio, depending on the neighborhood. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need between DKK 10,500 and DKK 15,000 per month.
Note, moreover, that furnished housing units are usually more expensive that unfurnished ones.
You should know, above all, that it can be quite difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen in January and September. In fact, most expatriate employment contracts start as at January while students generally look for accommodation at fall in September. Thus, it is best to start your housing search off the peak season.
In all cases, you may have to wait for at least three months to find the ideal accommodation. You are advised to seek the assistance of a real estate agency for better chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria. Moreover, owners contacted directly rarely respond.
Word of mouth may also help if you have friends or contacts on the spot. So feel free to spread the word among them given the higher demand than supply.