International Staff Mobility (ISM) is part of the Human Resources Department at the University of Copenhagen and supports International Researchers, PhD Students and Administrative Staff of the University of Copenhagen.
The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCPH Housing Foundation) is an independent foundation which assists international students and researchers coming to University of Copenhagen in finding accommodation while in Copenhagen.
You can also look for housing on housing portals such as BoligPortal, LejeBolig, KBH-Bolig, Findroomate.dk and many more. The housing situation in Copenhagen can be difficult - particularly in August and September, so please start your search early, and don't get scamed!
Before moving to Denmark, there are various practical things you need to do. Please check the Pre-Arrival list. When you have arrived, there are also practical things you need to do. Please check the On-Arrival list.
To make sure you remember all necessary practicalities before leaving Denmark, we have created this check list.
On some Fridays we host a NBIA Colloquium, where an invited guest will give a talk at "Colloquium level". Usually, the colloquium is held one or two times a month and begins at 14.15 and will be followed by refreshments in the NBIA Lounge. Participation in these NBIA Colloquia is mandatory for all members of the NBIA.
About once a month, we have a little excursion in order to experience Copenhagen and see what it has to offer - and to get to know eachother better. So far we have been to Tivoli, The Zoo, curling, paintball, and other really cool excursions. There will be a sign-up sheet and information in the NBIA Lounge. You are welcome to suggest excursions to me.
The Fridays where we don’t have a Colloquium, we instead normally have N-talks with more or less local speakers. The N-talks will begin at 15.30 and will too be followed by refreshments in the NBIA Lounge. Participation in N-Talks is also mandatory for all members of the NBIA.
Because we so much love to be social, every second Friday of every month, we go out and have dinner together. We usually meet in the NBIA Lounge at 17.00 and enjoy some refreshments. Hereafter we head out, often to a nearby restaurant.
- 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 kk.dk
- 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: dba.dk, “Den Blå Avis” (“The Blue Newspaper”) for housing adds and much more. It’s the Danish E-bay, say.
- Other sites : Find boliger, lejebolig.dk, ...
Employment for partners
- University: University of Copenhagen Employment portal.
- Municipality: Municipality of Copenhagen employment portal, in Danish.
- English jobs : JobsinCopenhagen.com for English speaking professionals.
- Job advertisements in English newspaper Copenhagen Post.
- 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.
Normally, your hotel stay will be arranged by us. Please contact the NBIA coordinator if you have any questionsIn case your hotel is not being paid by us, the following list contains a few of the hotels that we can recommend. The prices should not be taken too literally and can sometimes vary considerably, depending upon the date.
- Hotel 9 Små Hjem (**), 660 kr, Classensgade 38, +45 35 43 17 84
- Hotel Rye, 650 kr, Ryesgade 115, +45 35 26 52 10
- CabInn City (**), 545 kr, Mitchellsgade 14, +45 33 46 16 16
- CabInn Scandinavia (***), 545 kr, Vodroffsvej 55, +45 35 36 11 11
- CabInn Express (***), 545 kr, Danasvej 32, +45 33 21 04 00
- Hotel Sct. Thomas (***), 595–745 kr, Frederiksberg Allé 7, +45 33 21 64 64
- Comfort Hotel Østerport (***), 761 kr, Oslo Plads 5, +45 70 12 46 46
- Hotel Nora (***), 850–1,200 kr, Nørrebrogade 18 C, +45 35 37 20 21
- Hotel Maritime (***), 770–1,300 kr, Peder Skrams Gade 19, +45 33 13 48 82
- Ibsens Hotel (***), 1,070+ kr, Vendersgade 23, +45 33 95 77 44
- Hotel Kong Arthur (****), 1,100+ kr, Nørre Søgade 11, +45 33 95 77 77
The prices given above are for a single room and they express a rough estimate of the actual cost, so please always confirm with the respective hotels. We are neither responsible for any changes in the prices nor affiliated to any of the hotels.
Arriving by airplane
The Kastrup Airport lies about only about six miles to the southeast from the Institute.
See travel routes from the airport to the institute here.
- Metro: The airport is at the end of the M2 Metro line which travels into central Copenhagen. You can take the metro from the airport station, Lufthavnen, to the Nørreport station. You should first purchase a 3-zone ticket (DKK 36.00), for example at the Airport DSB Travel Centre. If your ticket does not have the time already marked on it, be certain to have your ticket time-stamped before boarding the metro. Note that your ticket should still be valid for the S-train.
- Trains: Trains also run regularly between the airport and central Copenhagen. The train platforms are beneath Terminal 3. These trains can be especially useful after midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the Metro has stopped running.
- Taxi-cabs: It is possible to reach the Institute by taking a taxi-cab directly from the airport. The cost of a ride should be about DKK 250–300. Please note, that it might take longer than e.g. the metro.
Arriving by train
If you are travelling by train, most likely you will be arriving at the Copenhagen Central Station (Københavns Hovedbanegård). Taxi-cabs: From the station, you can take a taxi-cab directly to the Niels Bohr Institute, at Blegdamsvej 17. S-trains: If you are a little more energetic, you can also take one of the S-trains (S-tog) and then walk to the Institute. You must purchase a 2-zone ticket, for example from one of the automated machines in the station.
- The northbound trains depart from tracks 9 and 10 (spor 9–10).
- If your ticket does not have the time already marked on it, be certain to have your ticket time-stamped before boarding the S-trains.
- You should then ride to the station nearest to your hotel or the Institute. The closest to the Institute are the Nørreport station (only 2 stops from København H) or the Østerport station (3 stops).
Directions for walking to the Institute:
Though Denmark is a part of the European Union, it still retains its own currency, the krone. Both the train station and the airport have places where you can purchase some kroner to use during your visit. Most places accept VISA as well as MasterCard with chip. Please note, that you need the PIN code in order to pay with VISA or MasterCard.
The Niels Bohr International Academy is part of the Niels Bohr Institute located at Blegdamsvej 17 in the Østerbro neighborhood of Copenhagen.
The Niels Bohr International Academy is housed in Building B of the Institute. Please ring the bell at the door beneath the “Nordisk Institut for Teoretisk Fysik” sign and visit the Academy's coordinator Jane Elvekjær in her office Ba3 across to where you enter. During business hours [8:30 am–4 pm, Mon–Thurs; 8:30 am–3 pm on Friday], you can enter without an ID-card through the administrative building, Building A, which is across the yard from the Academy. See a map of the institute here.
The NBIA Lounge and Coffee Room is found on the first floor of the Academy (room Ba9-10) to the right of the entrance. During the academic year, members of the Academy usually gather for coffee at 10 am or for tea and cookies at 3:30 pm. There is also a free espresso machine available for visitors to use at any time, and a large chalk board for discussions. Read more about which social events take place at the Academy.
Copenhagen is in the oceanic climate zone. During the summer months, the typical temperatures range from 72°F (22°C) during the day to 57°F (14°C) at the night. Winter temperatures often hover about the freezing point. During February, the coldest month, the average high is 36°F (2°C) and the low is 27°F (–3°C). [Copenhagen weather: Fahrenheit or Celsius] [Danish site: Danish (with radar) or English]
Maps & Directions
You can connect directly to the internet through an ethernet cable at any office. Alternatively, you can also connect wirelessly; please consult your local host or workshop organizer for instructions and the password.
A few portable computers have been stolen from offices at the Institute, so you should always lock the door to your office door whenever it is not occupied.
If you have any further questions, you can contact our it department at it-support*nbi.ku.dk.
Once you have established a connection within the Institute, you should be able to print at any of the printers. The Niels Bohr International Academy has a printer on each of its floors:
- BA (first floor): HP LaserJet 4200 (0001E6B0649B)
- BB (second floor): HP LaserJet 4200 (0001E69DA599)
- BC (third floor): HP LaserJet 4200 (0001E69CD584)
- pslib: HP Color LaserJet 3800dn (8B6F91)
A photocopier is located on the first floor of the Academy (Building B of the Institute) across from the tea-room.
Print conference posters at the Graphics workshop in the Zoological Museum.
If you require any additional assistance or have any general questions during your visit, you can consult with the coordinator, Jane Elvekjær, whose office is on the first floor of the academy, in room Ba3. Her telephone number is (+45) 35 33 78 70 and more information can be found on her web-page.
The Institute Library
- Location: The Institute library is located on the second floor of Building C.
- Hours: A librarian is usually available each weekday: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am–4:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am–3:00 pm Telephone (+45) 35 32 52 33
- Access: The library is open to anyone during the regular hours mentioned above. After hours, you can still enter the main library room by using your key-card.
- Card Catalog: The online card-catalog can be found here