ExpatinDenmark provides general information regarding housing and accommodation in Denmark, including definitions of key terms and links to the housing search engines. A North Denmark-specific search site is available here. Also, Find Housing Denmark compiles a series of very useful information to make it easier for you to find a place to live in Denmark
The cost of accommodation depends, naturally, on location, size, quality, whether it’s public or private, etc. However, average prices of one bedroom rental apartments in the center of Aalborg, for example, hover around 3,500-4,000kr./month and three bedroom apartments in the same location around 6,500-7,000kr./month. Outside the city center, prices vary widely depending on which area of the city you live.
To buy an apartment or house in Aalborg, plan to pay an average 14,500kr./square meter outside the city center to 20,000kr./square meter in the center.
A less expensive option, if you wish to buy, is a shared ownership apartment (‘andelslejlighed’), often referred to as just 'andel‘ or ‘andelsbolig‘). With this type of housing, you buy the right to live in an apartment, but you do not own the apartment outright. This type of arrangement is generally cheaper than buying your own flat (‘ejerlejlighed’).
The value of an individual apartment equals the price of the entire building divided by the number of apartments. While this is a good solution if you are looking for less expensive accommodation, it is worth noting that any debts accrued (mortgage, for example) or renovations, repairs, etc. done in/on the building are the collective responsibility of all individual owners. Before buying a shared ownership apartment, you should do your homework and perform a background check on the collective’s finances in order to minimize the risk of signing up for more than you bargained for. A lawyer can help you with this.
We recommend that students first approach their university’s or college’s international accommodation office when they begin their search for housing. Make sure to check where your classes will be held as different faculties at UCN and AAU are located in different parts of the city.
AKU is an umbrella organization of housing agencies for students in Aalborg that works in conjunction with Aalborg Municipality. AKU guarantees students with a place at an institution of higher learning accommodation at a local hostel until another arrangement can be found.
Study Aalborg‘s website also has a housing and accommodation section.
In addition to housing-specific search engines, there are also several groups on Facebook where people post rooms and apartments to sublet. Facebook groups are especially useful if you are looking for a place to live for a semester since most people use these groups if they just wish to rent their room or apartment for a limited period of time. However, there are also postings about long-term rentals.
DISCLAIMER / WARNING: Facebook or other social media groups are all run and administrated by individuals. They are very susceptible to fraud so please be careful, especially if you use these groups to find something before coming to Aalborg. And, once again, remember not to pay your deposit in cash – always have proof from your landlord or on a bank statement that you paid your deposit.
If you have a disagreement with your landlord there are several options available to you. You can resort to help from a private lawyer or try consulting with either:
Legal Aid gives free legal advice service in English, Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, and other languages. It is a volunteer organization run by students studying law. See our page entitled Legal Help for more information.
Lejernes Landsorganisation (Lejernes LO) specializes in cases involving tenant-landlord disputes. Help from Lejernes LO is not free; membership costs 680kr/half-year for the first 6 months, and 340kr/half-year thereafter. However, they provide individualized attention and are familiar with the housing community where they are located. The Lejernes LO office that services North Denmark is located at Boulevarden 34, 2. tv., 9000 Aalborg. You can reach them by phone from 10:00 to 13:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or in person on Friday only from 14:00 to 16:00.
Please note: In Denmark it is common to be required to pay 2-3 months’ rent as deposit. It is important that you pay this deposit through your bank account or demand proof in writing that you have paid this to your landlord. Never pay the deposit in cash without a receipt.