Housing: An Integral Part of Your Study Abroad 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 through the development of important life skills (i.e. interpersonal communication, cooking, cleaning, etc.)
- 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.
Commuting Culture in Copenhagen
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 Copenhageners 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.
Four Diverse Housing Options
Unless otherwise advised by your home institution, you have four 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 (including the Career Connection Homestay)
- Living & Learning Community
- Residential Community
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, read about the DIS Housing Placement Process here.
Applying for DIS Housing
DIS puts a lot of effort into making the right housing match for you. This is why it is extremely important that you provide correct and detailed information on the Housing Application 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, read more about the Comprehensive Housing and Support Fee Inclusions.
Finding Out About Your Housing Placement
Approximately 10 days prior to arrival, you receive your housing placement and exact address. At this point, you will be able to access relevant information about your housing on the DIS Navigate app.
Getting Oriented To Your Housing
DIS staff is available for you on Arrival Day and during the DIS Arrival Workshop, where you receive information and a personal folder with answers to many of the questions you might have.