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Exchange at the Technical University of Denmark – By Christopher Babadimas

When choosing accommodation, it depends what you want to get out of the experience, I lived in a student house a 10min bike ride from the university. It is great that it’s so close to the university because as you make friends there you spend a lot of time there so it’s good to live close by. Although I may have preferred to stay on the university, more preferably Campus Village, over Campsax. Campsax is where most the Danish students stay, Campus Village is a spot on the university where all the exchange students stay. There are 16 or so ‘containers’ in Campus Village each with around 8 bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen/dining room. The facilities aren’t the best though (still enough to live more than comfortably), and it can be a tad noisy at times depending on how your roommates are, although it’s the best place to make friends and if you want to do something with someone everyone is close by, whereas living at a student house the facilities are very nice and it is more comfortable although it’s harder to meet up with people at university. It’s basically a decision of comfort vs how social you want to be. I have also friends who stayed at dormitories between the university and Copenhagen central and although it’s a tad more expensive and harder to get to university, they really enjoy it and the whole dorm is full of exchange people so it’s a good way to make friends.

When shopping/eating out it’s usually the best to go to Copenhagen central, it’s a small bus ride then train ride from the university. Plenty of places to shop and eat there. Although close by to the university there is the area of Lyngby which has a shopping mall and nice street for food so it is useful if you don’t want to travel to the city. For supermarket shopping there are plenty around so wherever you live there should be one close by.

The best way to get around is buying a bike, everyone rides bikes in Denmark and they have plenty of bike paths to accommodate for everyone. Bikes can easily be bought second hand for around $200Aus either during the university’s introduction week (which I recommend getting in early and buying one then) or as well in the city at many stores. Some bike companies will buy back the bike from you at a reduced price when you’re finished with it. There is also the option of renting a bike which may not be ideal in case something happens to the bike. Riding especially useful if you don’t live on campus because it’s much quicker than walking and much cheaper than public transport.

Public transport is quite expensive in Denmark, approximately $5Aus to get from the university to Copenhagen central, and another $5 to get back. Which can add up. If you live off campus it would be especially useful to buy a bike if you are within riding distance of the university. Otherwise monthly public transport tickets can be bought which is cheaper than using the Rejsekort card. The Rejsekort card is like the Adelaide metro card, and I recommend buying one as soon as you arrive in Denmark, the anonymous card can be bought at most 7-11s and it works out much cheaper than buying your tickets at the train/bus.

As I have heard the second half of the year has much less holidays than the first half of the year. The first half of the year has a few public holidays and a week break for Easter and these dates are all ideal travelling times if you don’t want to miss out on classes. Depending on how your timetable is it might be easy to travel whenever you want.

The education is similar to the Adelaide unis education. The differences are with the subjects there are blocks of subjects (e.g. 4hours for one subject a day, and that’s it for the whole week) so missing a lesson isn’t ideal because you have to wait a week for the next lesson and you could miss out on a lot. And they don’t record lectures here.

Definitely sign up for the universities exchange o week, it’s the best way to meet people and get a head start for making friends, and it’s a really fun week as well. Try make friends early in the semester rather than later. Another way to be involved in things is to sign up for the ESN program, it’s a student organisation that organises activities, it’s a good way to meet people if you are struggling to make friends.

Definitely bring or buy in Denmark and warm winter jacket to wear. It gets much colder than Adelaide and everyone seems to have one winter jacket they always wear.

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