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 collaborates with a number of Kollegiums throughout the Copenhagen area, which are either publically or privately administered. Furthermore, DIS also owns and operates a few Kollegiums, offering student housing for DIS and local students.
Each Kollegium location is structured differently in dorm-style buildings or apartments, housing a varying number of students (local & DIS) and Social & Residential Advisors. There is also a varying level 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 have your own room. The room sizes vary and there are single, double, and triple rooms
- Share a bathroom with up to three other residents on your floor (note: bathroom facilities might be shared with members of the opposite sex) or maintain/clean your own private bathroom
- Do your own grocery shopping and cook for yourself
- Share cleaning responsibilities for your own room, as well as the common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and living room
Kollegium Options – Two Types for You to Preference
DIS differentiates the two Kollegium types to ensure that you have the option to preference the type of Kollegium experience you hope to have:
Kollegium: Shared Kitchen
You share a kitchen with 3 to 25 Danish and/or international students in a common area. You will, most likely, be the only DIS student on the hall. This gives you a unique opportunity to meet and socialize with students with different backgrounds. Kollegiums with shared kitchens may not be furnished with the latest in modern Danish design, but the students living here appreciate the social interaction with Danish and other international students that come with sharing a kitchen and living spaces.
Kollegium: Kitchenette in Room
You have a kitchenette in your room, either for your own use or to share with one to two DIS roommates. This gives you a great chance to live independently in your own apartment among the larger student housing, while still having the support of the DIS network.
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 comments and information you have listed in registration, as well as the mandatory short essay, where you specify what pros and cons you imagine might be in this housing option.