Sports & Recreation

Athletics play a large role in the lifestyle of Copenhagen, so joining a recreational sports club or taking fitness classes while you’re abroad can present opportunities to meet locals.

Sports Teams and Cultural Differences

Sports in Denmark operate differently than college sports in the U.S. Intramural sports do not exist at universities, and therefore, sports clubs function independently. In any given club, you are placed on a team according to your age and skill level. Most clubs are also arranged by where you live, so unlike the U.S., it is uncommon to drive huge distances to participate in athletics. The clubs often function as social, as well as athletic, organizations.

While most Copenhageners speak nearly perfect English, coaches often give instructions in Danish. However, this should not stop you from joining a team! Your teammates will be sympathetic and help you understand the instructions. This is a great way to break the ice – and improve your Danish!

Gyms and Fitness Centers

In Copenhagen, the gym is often referred to as a ‘fitness center’ in English. DIS does not have a gym, nor will your housing option. However, joining a gym is a great way to live like a local and gyms are located both in residential neighborhoods and nearby to DIS, with many student deals available.

See an overview of gyms and other types of fitness you can get involved in here

Yoga Classes
Each semester, Copenhagen Yoga and Hot Yoga Copenhagen offer deals to all current DIS students.

  • Copenhagen Yoga: Sign up at the beginning of your semester and receive four months of unlimited classes for 2000 DKK. Discount code: DIS – 4 month unlimited. Find out more about Copenhagen Yoga here
  • Hot Yoga Copenhagen: Located just a five-minute walk from DIS, this is a cozy studio offering seven classes every day throughout the week, making it easy to fit into your schedule. Their student deal is 1500 DKK for 3 months. Just show up to your first class 20 minutes before and say you are a DIS student. Find out more about Hot Yoga Copenhagen here

There are several public pools in Copenhagen and the surrounding suburbs. You pay a small fee to use the pool. Many also offer deals where you prepay for a set number of visits at a discounted rate. Remember to bring your own towel and swimwear.

See an overview of all swimming pools in Copenhagen here

Sign Up at the Activities Fair

During your first weeks in Copenhagen, you are invited to the Activities Fair, where you can meet representatives from an array of sports clubs.

Explore the City and Get Exercise

Fun Running Routes in and Around Copenhagen

  • Meet a friend at ‘The Lakes,’ the old waterway fortification of Copenhagen, where you can enjoy a four-mile run together in the center of the city with picturesque views
  • Head to beautifully landscaped Søndermarken Park to use its interactive exercise path that times your running speed
  • Take on the star-shaped Kastellet Park, one of the world’s oldest military bases that still functions today

Hop On a Bike

The city is networked with wide and safe bike lanes, and that’s why over 50% of Copenhageners bike to work. To get exercise, use these urban biking trails as well as longer-distance rides outside the city:

  • Ride past the horse farms and beaches of Amager, down to the quaint seaside village of Dragør
  • Head up the coast to the old royal hunting ground of Dyrehaven, a lush, green park full of deer and winding trails
  • Put your transportation pass to work and enjoy free travel with your bike on the S-tog, to reach far off spots outside of Copenhagen for a ride! (Note: You must pay for a bike ticket to carry your bike on the metro or regional trains.)

Read about biking in Copenhagen here