What are the living expenses in Denmark?

Living expenses

Students are required to cover their entire living expenses: meals, accommodation, transport, books, materials and clothing, and any other living costs. 

The cost of transport can be high; we cannot accommodate all students close to the campus. During the induction week you will receive information about the transport system in the Copenhagen area. But please note that international students do not qualify for student discounts in Denmark. You may find it most economical to buy a monthly travel card entitling you to unlimited use of public transport. The cost of such cards varies between DKK 320 and 1180 depending on the number of zones it covers. Copenhagen and Denmark are zoned throughout. Cheaper still is the use of a bike. The Copenhagen area has an extensive cycle-path system. We strongly advise you to invest in a bike. You can buy a used bike for around DKK 1,000. 

The Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment requires that all non-EU/EEA citizens seeking to spend a year in Denmark can demonstrate minimum funds of DKK 50,000 (fifty thousand Danish kroner - approximately Euro 6,750) to cover their expenses while living in Denmark. 

Here are two estimates for student budgets (monthly expenses stated in Danish kroners). These are only estimates and there are as many student budgets as there are students. Budget on the generous side if you can, so as to allow a margin for error or emergency!

Please note that there is 25 per cent consumer tax (‘moms’) on all goods and services sold in Denmark. In stores, this consumer tax is always included in the price.

 

Tight budget DKK per month
Books 400 
Clothing 200 
Food and household expenses 1500 
Rent (including heat, electricity, water, internet and furniture*)  2500 - 6000
Transport  0-1230
Leisure  500
Laundry  150
Quaterly expenses (phone etc.)  300
Total per month  5550 - 10280

 

More generous budget DKK per month
Books 400 
Clothing 400 
Food and household expenses 1700 
Rent (including heat, electricity, water, internet and furniture*)  2500 - 6000
Transport  0-1230
Leisure  700
Laundry  150
Quaterly expenses (phone, electricity etc.)  400
Total per month  6250 - 10980

* Heat, electricity, water, internet and furniture is only included if DTU provides accommodation for you. If you find accommodation on your own, you might have to pay for heat, electricity, water, internet and furniture in addition to your monthly rent.