Living in Denmark

Located at Scandinavia’s southern edge, Denmark is Europe’s gateway to the Nordic region. Denmark is safe and secure, with a very low crime rate. The Danes are relaxed, informal, and often ironic. ‘Hygge’ – making people feel at home – is an essential part of life. Maybe that is why the Danes have been named as the world’s happiest people on numerous occasions.
Most Danes have a good command of English, so communication is easy even if you don’t speak Danish.

Living costs

The standard of living is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food, transport and leisure are therefore relatively expensive in Denmark compared to other countries. But salaries and PhD stipends are correspondingly high, and services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for through the tax and welfare system so that user fees are not charged.

Sample prices


EUR 330-600/month

Food and daily expenses

EUR 200-350/month

Calls from cell phone

EUR 0.1/minute in DK

EUR 0.2/minute in the EU

Bus ticket

EUR 2.70/ride (EUR 19 for ten-ride pass)

Insurance (accident and personal belongings)

EUR 270/year

Estimated monthly expenses in total

EUR 600-950

1 Euro = DKK 7.45

1 USD = DKK 5.50 (July 2014)


The university’s main campus is located in the city of Aarhus, a dynamic city on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all within a 15-minute bike ride.
With a Top 100 university right in the heart of town, Aarhus is swarming with students eager to study and live life to the full. With students making up 13 per cent of its population, Aarhus is the
youngest city in Denmark. The city is ripe with opportunities aimed at students. Concerts, museums, nightlife and shopping (as well as dormitories) are all within walking distance. Every year the celebrated Spot Festival showcases more than 100 upcoming bands, while the three-day Northside Festival displays the most popular acts in alternative music. ARoS, the city’s groundbreaking
art museum, showcases work by some of the world’s most progressive artists. And the shopping is rated the best in Scandinavia.
Right now, the city’s urban waterfront project is creating stunning new housing and vibrant urban spaces in the old harbour area, while Northern Europe’s biggest hospital is under construction at a new, integrated site where it will deliver innovation based on synergy.

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Aarhus University’s Department of Education is located in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city and a major regional centre for culture, business, media and science. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure, including the largest airport in Scandinavia 15 minutes from the city centre, has made it a regional hub and a popular location for many major companies.

At a glance

The greater Copenhagen area has a population of about 1,000,000. The city is near the water and is very close to Sweden. In 2008 the two were connected by the Øresund Bridge.

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Some of AU’s business and social science programmes, as well as some engineering programmes, are located in the city of Herning. Herning is an entrepreneurial city and its history and culture support close ties between business life, industry and education. The city offers a busy night life, museums, lots of cafés and plentiful sports activities.

At a glance

Herning has a population of about 45,000. It is located in the heart of Jutland, approximately one hour from Aarhus by car.

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