real cost of living in Denmark revealed (Student or Job seeker)


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Do you plan on changing your environment? Are you in search of greener pastures in Denmark? Or do you plan on moving to Denmark just for the fun of it and need to know the real cost of living in Denmark as a student or as a job seeker?

Whatever your reason for moving down to Denmark, this article will succinctly examine the cost of living in Denmark for job seekers.

As well as the cost of living in Denmark for international students. But before then, you must get to know Denmark first.

Denmark is one of the countries of the world known for their high standard of living. It has enticing mixture of buzzing cities and calm natural environments, with an ideal work-life balance.

In fact, in an annual report published by the World Happiness Report, Denmark has been featured in the top 10 categories.  

Hence, it is not a thing of surprise that many regard Denmark as an exciting place to work, live, or study.

So whether you are temporarily relocating, retiring, or moving down there for good, you will want to read this.

You will learn the cost of living in Denmark as a student. And you will equally get to know the cost of living in Denmark for job seekers.

As such, you will be able to plan your budget well. On this note, take this guide on the cost of living in Denmark has your cover.

Cost of living in Denmark as a student

Obviously, Denmark is an expensive  country and the standard of living there is one of the highest in the world.

Cost of living in Denmark as a student

So being an international student in Denmark comes with lot of responsibilities. These responsibilities are what form part of the cost of living in Denmark as a student.

With a simple but reliable choice for living like cycling to the university, eating at home, etc., life in Denmark an international student wouldn’t blow your budget.

Although Denmark’s tuition free policy is very appealing to EU students, the cost of living there is generally higher compare to other places.

For you to meet these living expenses, you will have to thread carefully your monthly budget.

A rough estimate of the overall monthly cost of living in Denmark as a student would amount to €750 – €900.

And living in the capital city, Copenhagen, is even more expensive than in the smaller cities. If care is not taken, you may spend as much as €1200 per month.

Nonetheless, if care to stay in a smaller town in Denmark, you may be able to maintain your cost of living. At least, lower it to around €650 per month.

Accommodation costs as an international student in Denmark

Going by the roughly estimated total monthly expenses of the EU students, they often pay 36% or thereabouts on accommodation.

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That is to say, you may be subjected to pay €300 – €500 per month on an average for accommodation and utilities.

This amount may go as high up as €800 Copenhagen, being the capital city. If you look for accommodation early, you may be able to get a place with €200 per month.

But of course, the house will definitely be at outskirts or outside of the city.

There and then, below are some average accommodation costs for international students living in lone or shared apartment.

Student halls of residence (kollogier)

One of the best ways to minimize your cost of living in Denmark as a student is to live in student hall of residence.

Living in the student halls of residence is, without doubt, a great way to settle in and make friends. Most especially, in your first year abroad.

This way of living in Denmark as an international student who is away from home happened to be the cheapest option.

Thus, the total estimation of the expenses and cost of living in halls of residence would be around €240 – €460 per month.

So comparing this accommodation budget to the above mentioned, one will come to the realization that living in Hall of residence help reduce cost.

University-owned student accommodation

There is little differences between living in student halls of residence and University-owned student accommodation.

The former is private owned while the later is owned by the University management. And many universities in Denmark have hostels that they rent to their foreign students.

Also, another differences here is that you can only apply for the University-owned accommodation if you have been offered admission.

You must therefore note that, most schools and colleges in Denmark have an Accommodation Office where applications and queries can be directed.

In the same vein, you must at the same time note that not all institutions in the country with university-owned accommodation guarantee student’s application.

International and domestic student housing is so competitive in nature in Copenhagen and some parts of Denmark.

Hence, it is advisable you start to process or look for a better and affordable accommodation as soon as you can.

Privately rented room/apartment in a house

Still on the cost of living in Denmark as a student. There is another means by which you can save your budget on accommodation.

You also have the opportunity to rent out a room or apartment from a private house owner.

Although prices for individual-owned rented accommodation do fluctuate. it greatly depending on the house location, size, and the quality.

But still, the estimated rent on average at private owned apartment or room is between €270 — €600 per month.

The cost of living in Denmark as an international student breakdown

  • Cost of living within the city of Copenhagen on average costs €800 
  • Cost of living in halls of residence cost €240 – €460 per month.
  •  Private owned apartment or room is between €270 — €600 per month.

Inexpensive shopping and food costs

On average, food expenses for an international student in Denmark will amount to €200 – €270.

And of course, that depends on the student spending habits.

You can actually save money on food if you do your shopping weekly at discount supermarkets like Netto, Bilka, Fakta, Lidl or Aldi.

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Dining and winning out in the beautiful city of Copenhagen costs €25  on average per person, and a soft drink is around €5 in a bar.

Transportation costs

Findings show that almost 50% of foreign and domestic students use bikes to get to their schools and colleges.

While 30% of them use public transport and the cheapest public transport on a monthly basis pass amounts to €50.

So to save your cost of living in Denmark as an international student, you can buy a bike with second-hand value between €30 – €135. Depending on the condition though.

Cost of living in Denmark for Job seekers

Here, we will be discussing the available ways in which cost of living in Denmark for job seekers can be minimized.

Apparently, the cost of living in major cities in Denmark is higher compared to that of the less populated towns. This is practicable in most countries of the world.

For instance, Copenhagen happens to be the capital city of Denmark and it is one of the most expensive cities to live in.

Cost of living in Denmark for job seekers

This truth isn’t just within Denmark, but in the whole world too. In fact, the city was ranked 14 on the ranking of cities in the Mercer 2020 Survey on Cost of Living.

So if you will be relocating down to Copenhagen, you should at least knows the cost of living in Denmark for job seekers like yourself.

Though the cities, towns, and communities surrounding Copenhagen and other areas in Denmark are relatively cheaper.

They are still expensive and too costly to be true when compared to other major cities across the globe.

However, one thing that is very certain about Denmark is that, all foreigner and  job seekers living in Denmark are exposed to quality life.

Without much ado, the following subheadings will guide you through on how to minimize cost of living in Denmark for job seekers.

Accommodation costs in Denmark for Job seekers

As a national of another country living in Denmark, your accommodation cost will be accumulated and the bills will be paid every month.

So when choosing an apartment for yourself, make sure to research the location and the obtainable cost there.

Most especially, if you seek to reside in Copenhagen, a relatively small city but yet, very populated. This means accommodation is very competitive and pricey there.

So this warning is vital so that you don’t go beyond your spending budget. Remember, you are a job seeker, no source of income yet.

And once you get yourself a very nice and affordable place to settle in, three month’s rent is what you will be required to pay.

That is the house rent initial deposit in Denmark when you are seeking for a room or apartment for the first time.

Most often, you would even get the utility costs included to the total cost of renting an apartment. so it is very pertinent and smart of you to plan for these utilities costs.

Breakdown of accommodation cost in Denmark for job seekers

Below is the breakdown of how much the job seekers in Denmark pays on accommodation per month;

Apartment of 1 bedroom situated in the city center cost €875.96 per month.

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1 bedroom or single room apartment outside the city will cost €635.35 per month.

An apartment of bedrooms within the city center will on average cost €1,630.52 per month.

3 bedrooms (or 3 rooms apartment) outside the city will on average cost €1,186.61 per month.

Other than accommodation, there are some other things that will make the cost of living in Denmark for job seekers a bit difficult.

Some of these things are cost to be incurred as a result of feeding, taking can or bus from place to place, feeding, and some other things that will form part of your daily routine.

Cost of Transportation in Denmark For Job seekers

As a job seeker in Denmark, one thing you can’t do away is transportation. You will definitely move from one place to another to hunt for job.

If you use buses and trains to travel, the cost of transportation might be affordable and lenient on you.

But if you go taking taxis regularly, you would end up coughing up a lot of money as your transport fares.

Petrol is very expensive in Denmark and same goes for buying a car, cars are a bit expensive. And since you are not working yet, you may want to keep your spending budget at bay.

You could equally use the options of walking and cycling — they are quite a popular options with the populace.

Other than saving you a lot of costs, cycling and walking are good ways to exercise and stay fit too.

Transportation costs breakdown in Denmark for job seekers

One-way Ticket for local transport   24.00 kr

Monthly Pass regular price   400.00 kr

Normal Tariff for Taxi           50.00 kr

Taxi 1km ride (Normal Tariff)  15.78 kr

An hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 408.20 kr

1 liter of gasoline  11.02 kr

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline   250,000.00 kr

Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort 249,617.30 kr

Cost of Food or Feeding Expenses in Denmark For Job Seekers

You will agree with me that food is one of the necessity of life and as such, you need a decent planning for this while you are in Denmark hunting for employment opportunity.

Shopping for groceries is, without doubt, on the high side and foreigners are often left dumbfounded.

But nonetheless, with enough and adequate planning, you would be able to live comfortably and cost effectively. Even, within and beyond your reach.

Inculcate the habit of cooking at home yourself and stay away from eating out. You will end up spending money on foods that can’t even quench your hunger.

So one of the ways to boycott expensive groceries in Denmark is to patronize locally made products against imported ones. Such is a good and smart way to minimize costs on feeding.


From the foregoing, you will realized that our discussion is centered around cost of living in Denmark as a student and as a job seeker.

So whatever the category you belong too, do take your time to digest it to your advantage.


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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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