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Living expenses

There is no getting around the fact that living in Denmark can be quite expensive.

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

We cannot accommodate all students close to the campus, so the cost of transport can be quite high. However, public transportation in Copenhagen is very reliable, punctual, and will take you everywhere you need to go.

In Copenhagen the trains, Metro, and busses (including waterbuses) can be accessed with the same ticket. All you need to know is how many zones you will be passing on your journey.

During Introduction Week we will introduce you to public transport in the greater Copenhagen area. But please note that as long as you have a CPR-number and a NemID (LINK), you are entitled to a public transport discount: Ungdomskort.   

Cheaper still is to hop on your 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 EUR 135. Learn more about public transport and bikes in the Transport and travel section of the International Student Guide.

Below are two estimates for student budgets (monthly expenses stated in Danish kroners). Remember that 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 emergencies.

Sales tax

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


per month

Books 54
Clothing 27
Food and household expenses 200 
(including heat, electricity, water, internet, and furniture*)
 550 - 800
Transport  0-165
Leisure  67
Laundry  20
Quarterly expenses (phone etc.)  40

Total per month

960 - 1,595

More generous budget


per month

Books  54
Clothing  54
Food and household expenses 230 
(including heat, electricity, water, internet and furniture*)
 550 - 800
Transport  0-165
Leisure  94
Laundry  20
Quarterly expenses (phone, electricity etc.)  54

Total per month

 1055 - 1,685

* 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.