My journey to Denmark- A series by students at BAAA

Arrival in Denmark

• By plane

There are two big airports in Denmark: Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and Billund Airport (BLL). There are direct flights from most European countries to at least one of these airports, so make sure that you look into both options and choose the flight that suits you the best based on these criteria: time of the flight, price of the ticket, distance from your hometown to the airport and distance from the Danish airport to the town where you are moving. We recommend having at least one checked in large suitcase so that you can take the essential things with you. The more things you can bring with you, the better, as you won’t have to worry about buying them when you arrive, and you can use that time to settle into your new apartment.

• By car

Moving to Denmark by car is a popular choice, as students either choose to bring their car with them or their parents want to drive them. The biggest advantage of this method is that you can bring a lot more stuff than you could on the plane, such as more clothes and shoes, blankets and pillows, or even small furniture items. Of course, the most obvious disadvantage of this is the fact that it will take a much longer time to arrive to Denmark, even up to 30 hours, depending where you live in Europe. Remember that if you want to bring your car to Denmark, you will need to register it here and get Danish number plates. For more information, call SKAT(Danish tax office).

The method of transportation is a decision you have to make wisely, by analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of flying and driving and deciding which one suits you the most.


How to get to your city from the airport

• CPH airport

The Copenhagen airport has a train station, and from here you can take a train to Copenhagen Central Station. From there, the easiest way is to take a train to the city you are moving to. If you are moving into Copenhagen and your apartment is not close to the train station, we recommend taking the bus/ metro, as the taxis can be rather expensive. You can check on the Rejseplanen app what bus/ metro can take you to your destination.

• BLL airport

As the Billund Airport does not have a train station, the most convenient way to get to the city you are moving into is to take the bus 43 or 143 to the nearest city, Vejle. From there, you can take a train to any city. If you are moving into Vejle and your apartment is not close to the train station, we recommend taking the bus, as the taxis can be rather expensive. You can check on the Rejseplanen app what bus can take you to your destination.

For both airports there is also the opportunity of pre-arranged private transport, which is easier and more convenient, but is, of course, going to be much more expensive than taking the train. We recommend looking into both options and choosing the one that suits you best.


First essentials once you move into your new apartment

• Food and personal care items

Once you arrive at your new apartment, you will probably be hungry. We recommend you to check the map for the closest supermarket(Lidl, Aldi, Fakta, Netto, Rema1000, Bilka, Meny are the most popular ones) and buy some essential groceries(basic cooking ingredients, snacks and drinks),as well as some personal care items(toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shower gel, toilet paper, etc) that will get you through the first few days.


• Furniture and other apartment necessities

This highly depends on the state of your apartment, whether it is furnished or not. Make a list of what is missing (bed/mattress, chair, desk, wardrobe, dresser, nightstand, lamp, rug, curtains, decoration items etc) and decide which ones you need urgently. If there is something that you need as soon as you moved in, we recommend purchasing it in Ikea, as you can find the store in most big cities and they provide cheap options. There are also second-hand shops in most of the cities, so check for the one closest to you and you might find what you need at a lower price. If you can wait a few days for your items, an even cheaper alternative would be Facebook Marketplace, where you can find second-hand items in good condition at much lower prices than in the stores. Check what is available and wait for the right moment to make an efficient deal.


• SIM card

There are a lot of phone companies that offer SIM cards, but the one that we recommend for students is Lebara, as they have a prepaid plan that offers 100 hours of talk in Denmark and 50 other European countries and 100 GB of internet for only 99DKK. But do your own research and choose the company and plan that fits you the most.


How to get your residence permit and CPR number

In a lot of cases, the university deals with the paperwork for the new students. Once the semester starts, they will assign a day for paperwork and inform the students about what documentation they need to bring (national ID, rent contract, application form, etc). Then, they will start your paperwork and will contact you when your residence permit and CPR number are ready to be picked up.

Sometimes, universities do not do the paperwork for the new students, so you will have to do it yourself. If this is the case, you need to contact Borger Service in your city and they will let you know when to come and what paperwork to bring.


How to open a Danish bank account


Once you have your residence permit and CPR number, you can move on to the next step, opening a Danish bank account. To do so, you first need to choose a bank. Nordea, Danskebank, Arbejdernes landsbank, Jyske Banks, Syd Bank are some of the most popular choices among students. Do your research, choose the bank that you think is the best option for you, and go to one of their branches with the necessary paperwork: ID, CPR number, residence permit, house contract *always check the bank’s website for specific paperwork requirements). They will open an account for you and have the card delivered to you by post. Some of the banks might charge you for an opening fee/ annual administration fee. You will need a bank account to receive your salary and SU, if you want to get a job while you are studying.


How to get a job


Most students choose to have a part-time job. By doing so, you also become eligible for SU (a scholarship from the Danish government-6243DKK before taxes), if you work at least 10-12 hours per week.

The most common student jobs are in newspaper delivery, cleaning, restaurants and bars, supermarkets. There are multiple ways to find a job, starting with job ads on Facebook and job searching websites. A very effective way is also to print a bunch of CVs, go out in the city and hand them to as many places as possible. Finding a job can be a long process, so make sure you are financially covered for a few months, so that you are prepared for whatever happens.

Once you find a job and get the contract, you need to call SKAT (the Danish tax agency) and ask them to open a tax account in your name. After this, you can go to the SU Office at your university and start the application process for receiving SU.