Life in Copenhagen

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We are in the process of creating new content that will be relevant for you as an international. Come back later this fall to learn more about studying in Denmark and at CBS.

For general information about life as a full-degree student in Denmark, download the International Students' Survival Guide to life in Denmark


Living costs

Banking and creating a budget

It can be quite expensive to live in Denmark, so creating a budget and being aware of your habits and how you spend your money is a good idea to not blow your budget. 

It is advised to open a bank account in Denmark, to use while you are here. It makes it easier if you have any issues with banking or if you get a student job here. You must first obtain a Danish CPR number.

Learn more about banking in Denmark and what things cost here.


It can be hard to find housing in Copenhagen and CBS does not offer help with housing.

If you are looking for housing in Copenhagen, you can find more information and register for residence halls, rental and youth apartments here:

Learn more about how to find housing here.

Student grants (SU)

As a foreign citizen, you have the possibility of applying for the State Educational Grant (SU). You apply for equal status under either Danish or EU law. This depends on which criterias you fulfil.

It is important to remember that you cannot apply for SU before you:

  • Have accepted your study place
  • Are registered as a citizen in Denmark
  • Have checked the rules that apply to your specific situation

Check the rules and learn more about SU here.

Working in Denmark

Student job

It is common for students to have a part-time job while studying. It is a great way of getting to know the Danish business community and to create an invaluable network while making some money at the same time.

Most student work around 15 hours per week and many students have jobs that are relevant to their studies. However, note that finding a job can be a little bit more challenging if you do not speak Danish. Therefore, it is not recommended that you base your semester's finances on having a job.

Some good places to start looking for a job is CBS Careergate and Work in Denmark.

Work Permit

Nordic countries citizens as well as EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not usually need a work permit for normal student jobs.

Non-EU/EEA citizens need to apply for a work permit and can only undertake paid employment while enrolled at CBS. If you need a work permit, note that there will be a maximum amount of hours that you are allowed to work.

Learn more about work permits here.

After graduating 



Language and culture
In Denmark the national language is Danish, but you can manage with English perfectly fine, as almost everyone speaks English as well. 

Free language courses

Danish language courses at either Clavis or UC Plus will be free for international students studying at a Danish educational institution.

You need to have obtained a CPR-number before you can sign up for the free Danish language courses.

For information and to sign-up for the free Danish language course you need to contact the language school.

Danish Culture

Denmark is a country known for being one of the happiest countries in the world. You will find a laid-back lifestyle, that has high levels of social trust.

Learn more about the Danish lifestyle here.

In Copenhagen most people get around by bike. You will find bike lanes everywhere and it is very safe to bike around town. Otherwise people use public transportation. Not many uses cars in Copenhagen, as it is hard to get around, parking is terrible and cars in general are unnecessary in the city.

Public transportation

Public transportation is excellent in all of Denmark. In Copenhagen you will find many busses, trains and the metro. CBS campuses are all located close to the metro stops - so it is easy to get here.

To see how to get places with public transportation you can use the website/app called Rejseplanen and it can tell which bus/train to take and how long it takes.

Rejsekort (Travel card)

Rejsekort is the preferred method to pay for your public transportation ticket. Rejsekort is an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train, and metro. You transfer money to the card and then it is easy to 'check in' and 'check out' when you travel - plus it is cheaper than buying tickets each time!

You can order a card here.


Learn more about travel and transportation in Denmark here.

Social life

CBS student life

At CBS we have over 100 student organisations. Here you can get together with people who have common interests such as sports, food, wine, culture, professional interests and many other things. Joining a student organisation is a good way to expand your network, meet students from other programmes, and broaden and improve the social student environment. ​​​​

Learn more about CBS Students and the different organisations on campus here. 

International Student Ambassadors (ISA) is a group of stu­dents at CBS, who helps international students with settling in at CBS and in Copenhagen. You can talk to ISA and get their advice based on their own experiences with coming to Copenhagen and starting studying at CBS. 

Learn more about International Student Ambassadors here.

Social life outside of CBS



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The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 11/16/2022