Housing (Semester)

Housing: An Integral Part of Your Study Abroad Experience

Where you live is an important part of your time abroad, and hopefully the basis for a rich cultural and social experience! DIS Housing Options aim to give you the opportunity to:

  • Build communities, both within your housing and with locals in the surrounding area
  • Experience personal growth and development
  • Engage locally in a meaningful way, by either living with locals or reaching out to local communities beyond your housing

Getting To and From Your DIS Housing

Part of living and studying in Copenhagen means that, just as the Copenhageners do, you commute by bike, bus, train, or metro – or a combination of these! Whether it be to get to classes at DIS, classes held at other institutions, field studies, study tour departures, or extracurricular activities, you can expect that commuting will be a part of your daily life. Most students have a daily commute that is 30 minutes or longer each way. All students should be prepared to commute up to 70 minutes. Danish and international students live in the greater Copenhagen area and commute by public transportation or bicycle daily. Copenhagen’s public transportation is clean, safe, punctual, and efficient. So while the commute may seem intimidating, keep in mind that one million Danes hop on the metro every week, and about 360,000 people daily on the train – so your daily transportation will be similar to the average Copenhagener’s.

Six Diverse Housing Options

Unless otherwise advised by your home institution, you have six housing options to preference at DIS. All options ensure that you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to the local culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing preference. Read the options carefully to rank your three housing option preferences for your Housing Application: Homestay Living & Learning Community (LLC) Kollegium Residential Community Folkehøjskole Rented Room If you’re interested in arranging your own housing while in Copenhagen, go to Independent Housing (Self-Arranged).

DIS Housing Policies – Guaranteed Housing

DIS guarantees housing to all students who request, and pay for, DIS-arranged housing. Additionally, DIS works hard to ensure that you have a meaningful stay in your housing. To learn about how DIS matches you in the best possible housing placement, go to DIS Housing Placement Process.

Applying for DIS Housing

DIS puts a lot of effort in making the right housing match for you. This is why it is extremely important that you provide correct and detailed information on the Housing Appliaction form. The deadline for requesting DIS housing is approximately 1.5-2 months before the term’s official arrival day. See details about applying to housing on each option’s page.

What Each Housing Option Provides

To find out what is included in each housing option, go to Comprehensive Housing and Support Fee Inclusions.

Finding Out About Your Housing Placement

Approximately 10 days prior to arrival, you will receive your housing placement and exact address.

Getting Oriented To Your Housing

DIS Housing & Student Affairs will be available for you on Arrival Day and during the DIS Arrival Workshop, where you will receive information and a personal folder with answers to, hopefully, many of the questions you might have.