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Studying Abroad in Denmark – By Christopher Boras

A lot of time and effort is required to prepare everything needed to study abroad, so here are a few helpful tips to try and make your trip easier.

Accommodation

There are a few different accommodation options that can be chosen when studying at DTU. I stayed in a student house in Virum, which was a 15 minute bike ride from DTU, and I shared this house with seven other people. I shared a room with two of my friends, and the remaining five students were strangers from different parts of Europe. This house was very good to live in as it had very good facilities, including a washing machine and dryer.

Another accommodation option includes campus village, which is like living in a mobile home, and is located at the university. Everyone has their own room, but the overall container has eight people living in it, sharing toilets, showers, and a kitchen. There are a large number of these containers, therefore making it really easy to meet other exchange students, and students also host parties in these containers. This means that there is more noise compared to a student house, making the living conditions a little worse, but more enjoyable in regards to parties etc. Therefore it mainly depends what you want to get out of the experience.

These are the two main accommodation prospects, but there is also ‘Kampsax” which is like a dorm and is located on campus. This is very similar to the lifestyle of campus village, except you live inside a dorm, instead of a container.

I think it is important to try and send in the accommodation application as soon as possible, as this may help you get your first preference. It isn’t easy finding accommodation in Denmark, so it can only be beneficial to submit your application early. Also put the moving out date to the end of the month, and not the first of the next month, as you will pay for half of that months rent.

Transport

The easiest way to get around Denmark is by bike, as this is a very bike friendly country with bike paths everywhere. I bought a second hand bike from Copenhagen Bike Shop, which is located in the city for 1200DKK, and have the opportunity to sell it back for 200DKK, making it the best option.

I also recommend buying a rejeskort card, which the equivalent of a metro card, as this halves the price of single tickets. Public transport is quite expensive in Denmark, with a purchased single ticket from the city to the DTU costing 60DKK. Therefore you can see how buying a bike is the best option.

Travel and Study

As per most semesters, the work load for students tends to be greater at the end as a result of final exams and assignments. Therefore I would recommend doing any travelling early on in the semester, while the work load is manageable. Also it is a good idea to plan ahead, and look at when the long weekends are, so that travel plans can be made on these weekends.

In regards to budget, it is hard to provide information about this as everyone is different, and has their own budget. Most flights to nearby countries are not overly expensive, but transport, food and accommodation can together make the trip costly.

Recommended Trips

  • Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli gardens is an amusement park in Copenhagen, with rides, games and shows being performed. The rides were awesome, and more exciting than the ones back home, and this made for a really amazing experience. The cost of entry and unlimited rides was 320DKK, making the pricing reasonable.

  • Legoland

Legoland was one of the most memorable experiences throughout my exchange, and took me back to being a kid again. Although the rides aren’t as thrilling, it still makes for a really enjoyable experience. Also walking through the park, and seeing the different things built from lego was really cool. The only problem is that it is located in Billund, which is on the other side of Denmark. Therefore if travelling to the other side of Denmark (and i do recommend this), it is definitely worth stopping in.

  • Helsingor to Helsingborg

This trip involves travelling to the top of the island to helsingor, and catching a ferry to Helsingborg, which is in Sweden. This isn’t a major trip, but it’s good to catch the ferry, and see how close these countries are to each other. There are also many markets in helsingor to check out, where you can buy cheap things, mainly alcohol.

  • Northern Lights Trip

This trip is a little different to the others as it involves more planning, a greater cost, and leaving the country, but this is one of the best experiences throughout my exchange. My friends and I went to Iceland, hired a car, and drove around Iceland for four days, and were lucky enough to see the northern lights on the very last day. I do recommend attempting to see them as it is a once off experience, and it is also a really good time to experience heavy snow.

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