Practical information – University of Copenhagen

Practical Information


  • To-do list: The Personnel Department  of the University has made a formalities-to-do list for you. Depends on  your nationality. Essential reading, not duplicated here.
  • Embassies: List of embassies of other nations to Denmark
  • FAQ: The city of Copenhagen maintains a site that contains lots of useful info for newcomers, see


  • Housing office: The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation offers some help  with finding housing. Ask your employer after contract has been signed.  Why not look for yourself as well. Read adds and leave your own, see  links below. Pay perhaps to see new adds earlier.
  • Useful phrases: værelse = room, lejlighed = apartment,  andelsbolig = apartment in a collectively owned building (typically  Danish), leje = rent, bytte = exchange, kvm = square meter, fælles  køkken = shared kitchen, egen indgang = own entrance, ikke tilladt = not  allowed, husdyr = pets, mdl. = per month, held og lykke! = good luck!
  • DBA :, “Den Blå Avis” (“The Blue Newspaper”) for housing adds and much more. It’s the Danish E-bay, say.
  • Other sites :,, ...

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  • Bank account: Choose a bank, open an account, obtain a Dankort and a NEMkonto, general information. International Staff Mobility can assist you.
  • “På Beløbet?”: Asked in shops when you pay with a card. Means:  “Pay this amount, or do you want extra cash?” Reason: using ATMs of  banks other than your own costs money.


  • Companies: Find insurance companies and compare prices on this insurance guide. Ask for insurance packages (cheaper).
  • Health: Basic public health care is for free. Your yellow card or “sundhedskort” shows address of your physician. You may choose additional health insurance.
  • Dentist: Dentist is only partly included in your basic health insurance. Take additional health insurance or just pay the dentist.
  • Repatriation: Think of insurance to cover costs of repatriation in case of severe illness or worse.
  • Liability: You are advised to insure against accidentally  injuring other people or damaging their property. Such an  “ansvarforsikring” can save you lots of money.
  • Legal: Usually your “Ansvarsforsikring” already covers the cost  of legal help. Otherwise consider an additional “retshjælpsforsikring.”
  • Household: An “indboforsikring” insures against theft, and fire or water damage.


  • Danish language: A large school is Studieskolen as well as Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use. Find others in Danish yellow pages, search for “sprogundervisning.” Learning Danish can be a subsidized way of making friends.
  • Public library: The “Hovedbibliotek”  offers a reading room with international newspapers. Members can borrow  books in many languages, and CDs from a huge collection. It's all for  free, welcome to Denmark!
  • Service for citizens: In the “Borgerservicecentre” you can ask the local government about child care, pension, etc. Or report a change of address or physician.

Public holidays and other special days

  • Public holidays: A detailed list with occurances along with their meaning (religious or otherwise) can be found at this link.