All rooms are in apartments located within Copenhagen, and roommate(s) are generally between 18 and 27 years of age. Apartments come in all sizes, but note that apartments in Europe tend to be smaller than in the U.S., often with limited communal space.
Rented Room Highlights
- Get to know one of the city’s neighborhoods and live like a young local
- As our most independent housing option, you’ll take charge of your own schedule, meals, and social life
This housing option is right for you if, you are willing to:
- Be independent and self-reliant
- Live in the city or metropolitan area
- Commute from home to DIS by bike or by using the many choices of public transportation available in Copenhagen
- Share a bathroom with your roommate
- Share a kitchen with your roommate, 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 other shared living areas
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.
As part of your Rented Room application, you must write letters to both the DIS Host Team as well as your potential host. If you are placed in this housing option, DIS can only match you compatibly if you write honestly and carefully. DIS will use your housing comments as well as your registration information to make the best fit possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q / Who will I live with while living in a Rented Room?
A / Your roommate signed up to rent out one of their rooms to an international student and will thus serve as your landlord. It may be a single person, a young couple, or a collection of several roommates. They could be Danish or international. However, we require that they know Copenhagen and speak Danish as well as English.
DIS staff have visited the apartment and interviewed the residents to make sure the room is furnished and lives up to DIS standards.
Q / Will I live with people of the same sex?
A / We usually match you with someone of the same sex. However, we sometimes match you with someone of another sex if we think it will be the most compatible arrangement. In this case, we will always ask for your consent before finalizing the match.
Q / Why do locals rent out rooms to DIS students?
A / There are many different reasons, but most likely because they…
- Have a room they need to occupy (housing prices in Copenhagen can be expensive, thus they must fill their rooms to meet the rent each month)
- Appreciate collaborating with a trustworthy organization such as DIS, who is in charge of coordinating the logistics
- Renting out a room to a foreign student can be a learning opportunity, and a way to expand an international network
- Want to improve their English
Q / How are hosts approved by DIS?
A / DIS vets all Rented Room hosts before accepting them into the program. We do this by having a team of trained “visiting consultants” who pay all interested roommates a visit in their own home. These visiting consultants are all experienced hosts themselves and they are trained in this vetting process. The three full time staff of the DIS Host Team also visit Rented Room hosts.
At the meeting in the host’s home, the visiting consultant sees the apartment and especially the room the student will be living in to make sure it contains everything DIS requires. They also have a conversation with the host, during which they go through the host’s expectations to ensure they align with DIS’ standards.
After the visit, the visiting consultant writes a profile with important information about the host’s interests, hobbies, and wishes for the semester. This profile also contains information about the hosts themselves, about their motivation for hosting, the physical surroundings, and other relevant information. The Host Team uses this profile (together with all the information the roommate has put into their profile themselves) to match them individually with a student.
Q / How can I expect to interact with my roommate?
A / Interaction can vary greatly per placement. Your roommate may be a student or have a full-time job, which means they may not be home during weekdays. Your roommate could also be in a relationship and often at their partner’s place.
Regardless of whom you live with, your roommate is required to do the following:
- Pick you up on your official Arrival Day during the designated hours
- Share a welcome meal with you
- Inform you about Copenhagen’s public transportation and suggest ways to get to and from DIS
- Show you around the local neighborhood
- Inform you about the opportunities for cultural activities, sport activities, and library facilities
Q / Will I have equal say in regard to discussions about the apartment?
A / Living with another person in an apartment requires that both of you are good at listening and talking to one another. However, at the end of the day, you are the temporary guest and your roommate is the landlord, who lives in the flat permanently, so they have the last word. If you need help with mediation between you and your roommate, please know that you can make use of the Host Team resources.
Q / Will my roommate(s) speak English?
A / Yes, all roommates speak and understand English, but for the grand majority, Danish is their mother tongue.