Housing 

Learn about how to get accommodation when moving to Denmark

Housing in Aalborg

Denmark does not have a tradition for on-campus housing as they do in other parts of the world. UCN will do its best to help international students get ready for their stay in Aalborg. However, all incoming students are required to find their own accommodation.

Aalborg is a very popular destination for studying, and so it is important that you begin your search for accommodation as soon as you have decided to study in Denmark. The earlier you start your search, the higher the chances that you will find the right place for you.

Luckily, it is relatively easy to find housing in Aalborg. Prices are quite low compared to other big cities, e.g. Copenhagen. An average monthly rent varies between around EUR 270 and 470, depending on the area, the size of the room/flat, the facilities available and the general standard of the accommodation.

Apart from certain dormitories, most flats for rent in Denmark are offered unfurnished.

In order to help you with finding accommodation, we have compiled a FAQ about this subject. 

Please note: All incoming students are required to find their own accommodation.

 

AKU Aalborg

We have learned that if e.g. 2 students register and apply together at AKU, then it is easier to receive an offer for 2 people sharing a flat. So this is something that you can think about and try to find another student with whom you can share a flat. If you do have any questions regarding this, please send an e-mail to housing@ucn.dk.

Students should expect to pay a deposit for renting a place, which they will get back at the end of renting provided that the place has been kept in good condition. Some places students are also requested to pay at least the first month’s rent. Therefore do count on extra expenses the first month to get settled.

Please note that when applying for housing through AKU-Aalborg most rooms/flats are unfurnished.
UC House

UCN has an agreement with UC House which is situated just opposite the largest shopping area in Aalborg with more than 100 shops, in an area called Skalborg. You will find everything you need here from supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, etc.

UC House is less than 2 kilometres from our department at Sofiendalsvej, approx. 4 kilometres from our department at Hobrovej and about 5 kilometres from the city centre. Several buses connect UC House to the city centre.

We offer refurbished, spacious rooms with beds, computer tables and lamps. The centre of the house is the main living room with direct access to a closed garden with barbeques. There are large sofas in the living room for hanging out with your friends or for watching TV on the big flat screen. There is also table tennis and pool tables.

Furthermore, there is free high‐speed wireless internet. You will find that there are laundry facilities with washing machines and tumble dryers (which you have to pay for). There are also fully fitted kitchens with a place to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Most rooms have the size of 20 m2 and have private toilets. Prices range from DKK 2400 to DKK 4200 for a single room. Interested in sharing a room? Please check out their website uchouse.dk in order to see the prices for sharing a room. Please note that there is also installed a fridge in all rooms.

Address: UC House, Nibevej 12, 9200  Aalborg SV, Denmark.

Website: uchouse.dk

If you do have any questions regarding UC House, please send an email to kim@uchouse.dk.

Private accommodation

If you get accommodation via a private landlord, and you are not sure if the rental agreement is OK or not, please contact the staff at the international office or send an e-mail to housing@ucn.dk. We are here to help you and we will look through the rental agreement in order to see if it looks OK or not. Unfortunately, there are some landlords who can be quite dishonest.

Does UCN provide any accommodation for students at all?

UCN do not have dormitories. However, we do offer housing assistance to new students, e.g. guidance as to where and how to search, contract check, etc. between May 15 – September 15. 
You are strongly encouraged to start looking for accommodation before May 15!

 

What are my housing options in Aalborg?

The following long-term options are available: 

1. Acommodation for students: 

- AKU, an organization appointing student apartments across the entire city to students only, on a waiting list basis. It is highly recommended that you apply for a student apartment on AKU, as their offer is very varied and extensive, as well as grants you Aalborg Municipality’s “Housing Guarantee”, if you have not received accommodation upon arrival to Aalborg. AKU rooms and apartments can on-ly be rented by students, so living conditions, as well as rent are student-friendly. 

- UC House, one small dormitory with common facilities providing student rooms for students only, on a first-come, first-served basis, however with a very limited offer. 

2. Private accommodation that doesn’t require you to be a student: 

- boinord.dk, waiting list based, at local private organisations across the entire city 

- boligportal.dk, where private landlords rent their apartments out on a private basis. 

Short-term housing options are also available, regardless whether you are a student or not:

- BBBB Hostel Aalborg (offering cheap rates through “Housing Guarantee” if signed up on AKU, with-out having received an apartment prior to arriving to Aalborg)

  • hotels
  • hostels
  • AirBnB 
  • HousingAnywhere
How do I apply to AKU?

You can apply to AKU here. Make sure to check out their Quick FAQ on the main page. 

 

How do I apply to UC House?

You can apply to UC House by sending an e-mail to kim@uchouse.dk and/or call to +45 61 81 22 18. 

 

What is the difference between dormitories and AKU apartments?

Dormitories typically have single rooms and shared facilities, such as common bathrooms and big common kitchens on each floor, while AKU apartments are equipped with own kitchen and bathroom. 

How big are AKU apartments?

AKU offers a wide range of apartments in many different areas of the city. They offer apartments containing 1-3 and sometimes even 4 rooms. 

Which housing option from the above does UCN recommend?

UCN undoubtedly recommends that you apply to AKU, as their extensive offer makes it highest likely that you will be offered a place to live before study start, provided that you apply early. You will also be safe from scammers when choosing AKU, as well as pay student-friendly prices.

When should I apply for accommodation through AKU?

You are recommended to apply for accommodation as soon as possible after applying for your chosen study programme at UCN. March – latest May is recommended. 

Should I postpone searching for accommodation until I get accepted to UCN?

No. The sooner you apply, the higher chances you have to get accommodation by study start. 

Does it cost anything to apply for accommodation through AKU?

It is free to apply for accommodation and to be on the waiting list at AKU, and you can also delete your application free of charge, if you for example do not get accepted at UCN. That is why you can apply for accom-modation already before knowing whether you have been accepted to your desired study programme without having anything to lose. 

How long time does it take to get accommodation?

Time is dependent on where you are applying for accommodation, as well as many other factors. It may vary between 2 weeks to several months. 

Can I apply for accommodation together with another student?

Yes. Making a common application with another student on AKU will boost your chances of getting an apartment faster than when applying alone. 

How much do I need to pay when moving into an apartment?

You usually have to pay deposit (3 months’ rent), rent for the first month and sometimes also a prepaid month. However, this can vary from case to case. 

Are apartments furnished?

Apartments in Denmark are unfurnished as a rule. Private rooms and apartments rented through private landlords can be an exception. 

Where can I buy cheap furniture?

You can buy cheap furniture at furniture shops such as IKEA, but most students sell and buy used furnitures very cheaply online, for example in diverse Facebook groups, such as “Aalborg Marked” etc. Second-hand shops also stock furnitures and are a cheap and popular option among students. 

Where can I stay if I didn’t find accommodation upon arrival?

You can stay at BBBB Hostel Aalborg using Housing Guarantee, but please bear in mind that you must book accommodation no later than the day before arrival.

How do I use Housing Guarantee at BBBB Hostel Aalborg?

You need to have an active application on AKU Aalborg and fulfil some requirements – please read more about it here. You can book your stay at BBBB Hostel Aalborg here

 

Can I get my contract checked?

Yes, you can send your contract for check to housing@ucn.dk between May 15 - September 15. 

Contact

International Office
Housing


housing@ucn.dk