What is a Kollegium?
Danish universities do not have campuses with university housing. Instead, Kollegiums, co-ed residential buildings, house students from different educational institutions and are spread across the greater Copenhagen area. While living in a Kollegium, you get the opportunity to meet students who are 20-30 years old and are studying diverse disciplines for varying lengths of time, since Danes and Europeans do not pursue higher education at a specified age or time.
DIS owns and operates different Kollegiums throughout the Copenhagen area, offering quality student housing for DIS and local students alike.
Each Kollegium location is structured differently. Some Kollegiums are shared apartment-style, where you share a kitchen and bathroom facilities with DIS and local students. Other Kollegiums are kitchenette-style, where you have a small kitchenette and bathroom in an apartment shared with one or two other DIS students. Each Kollegium has a unique social atmosphere and varying levels of social engagement by residents at each location. Choose this housing option if you are ready to proactively meet Danish and international students by knocking on your neighbor’s door!
- A place to meet Danish and international students, while still having a DIS support system
- Living alongside students who come from a variety of backgrounds and are involved across the city in diverse ways
- Have an opportunity to truly live independently and learn important life skills such as cooking your own meals and navigating the city
This housing option is right for you if you are willing to:
- Be independent and seek friendships with your hallmates, initiating social events at the start of the semester, as the level of interaction varies per Kollegium
- Live in the metropolitan area
- Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available in Copenhagen – you can use this time to do homework, take a nap, or just listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy the view. Read more about Copenhagen’s transportation systems here
- Share a room or in some rare cases have your own room. Room sizes vary. DIS has mostly double or triple rooms and a few singles (note: kitchenette-style rooms are also often doubles)
- Share and maintain/clean a bathroom with up to ten other residents on your floor (note: bathroom facilities might be shared with members of the opposite sex) or maintain/clean your own private bathroom (though this is rare)
- Do your own grocery shopping and cook for yourself
- Share cleaning responsibilities for your own room, as well as any common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, living room, and Kollegium common rooms
What this Housing Option Provides
To find out what is included in each housing option, go to Comprehensive Housing and Student Affairs Inclusions.
You will preference your housing choices during the registration process.
If you are placed in a Kollegium, DIS will find the best fit for you by using your housing application essay, potential housing comments, and other information you have listed in Student Registration.