Introduction to Housing in Aarhus

Letting vs. Subletting

WHAT IS WHAT, AND WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU?

There are important differences between letting and subletting that you should be aware of and which will influence the type of accommodation that would be best suited to your particular situation or wants.

LETTING 

Letting accommodation refers to the rental of accommodation directly from the owner of the property and is typically for a longer period of time. In our experience, this has normally been for one or more years. 

ProsCons
- Longer Leases- Large Deposits
- No hassle of moving often- Often up to 3 months pre-paid
  rent on top of the deposit
- Decreased chance of 
  getting your deposit back
- Mostly unfurnished

SUBLETTING

Subletting accommodation refers to the rental of accommodation from someone who is letting the property from another and is typically for a shorter period of time, which in our experience has normally been for less than one year, and in most cases between 4-6 months.

ProsCons
- Smaller Deposits- Shorter Leases
- Good solution if intend 
  on a relatively short stay
- Hassle of moving multiple times if 
  you intend on a long stay
- Often no pre-paid rent
- Increased chance of 
  getting your deposit back
- Often furnished

Despite the hassle of moving relatively frequently when subletting, as well as the costs associated with renting a moving van, it is possible to save a lot of money in the long run when subletting. This is since you do not have expenditures related to furnishing a full apartment, whilst you also stand a better chance of getting most of your deposit back, unless you break something or don't look after the accommodation.  

Furnished vs. Unfurnished

WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

From the section above 'Letting vs. Subletting' it should already be clear that furnished apartments are harder to find in Aarhus than unfurnished apartments. Additionally, furnished apartments will typically cost more, particularly when you are searching for something to let rather than sublet.

There are a few companies that offer fully-furnished 'ready-to-move-in' accommodation, however they so do at a premium price. You can find links to these companies on the following site.

Therefore, if you intend on staying in Aarhus for more than one year, then it could be worthwhile for you to include unfurnished apartments into your search and furnish it yourself by shopping at stores such as IKEA, JYSK, Bedre Nætter or any other furniture shop. 

Where should I live in Aarhus?

LOCATION

Universities in Denmark are unlike many others around the world, which often are based on a closely-knit campus and where housing is most often provided. As Aarhus University only has limited accommodation available (mainly single rooms), both on and off campus, it becomes necessary for you to find accommodation via the private market. 

When arriving from a university with campus based housing, the expectations will be that you can also find private accommodation that is right next to Aarhus University's campus. Although it is not impossible, you should be aware that it is very difficult to find accommodation for a reasonable price right next to campus. 

It is therefore important for you to be open the idea of living in areas that are located a little bit further from the main campus. Although this might sound like an inconvenience, you should know that Aarhus is a relatively small city, which is well connected by public transport and is very bicycle friendly.

In addition to searching in more central areas such as Aarhus C, Trøjborg, Hasle, Åbyhøj and Frederiksbjerg, we strongly encourage you to consider searching for accommodation in nearby areas such as Viby, Højbjerg, Tilst, Risskov, Skejby, Brabrand and Lystrup.

Visit Google Maps to get a better idea of the geography of Aarhus. For your convenience, Aarhus University's main address has been pre-located for you on the map.

How do I find housing in Aarhus?

RESOURCES FOR YOUR HOUSING SEARCH ON THE PRIVATE MARKET

Although there are a wide range of resources when it comes to searching for housing on the private market, it can still be difficult to find accommodation due to the high demand for housing. Therefore, it is important to be proactive and quick, and always remember that the International Centre is here to help in case you need it. Read more about how the International Centre can help you in your housing search.

Short-term accommodation

If you are arriving to Aarhus and require accommodation for a few days before moving into more permanent accommodation, then Aarhus offers plenty of possibilities in terms of hotels, B&B's or holiday apartments. 

Long-term accommodation 

When it comes to finding long-term and more permanent accommodation Aarhus offers choices ranging from private landlords to private for-profit rental companies to non-profit social housing associations.  

How much should I expect to pay for accommodation?

AVERAGE PRICES FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION

Below are examples of prices that can be found via the private market. Please remember that this is not a fully representative example, as prices can vary due to many factors, including location, size (measured in square metres - m2), number of rooms, condition of accommodation, furnishing, or whether it is a private person, company or social housing association that is letting out or subletting the accommodation.

To provide a very rough average, accommodation costs approximately between 90-110kr/m2 per month.

Example 1: Example 2: Example 3:
Location Aarhus C, N & V  Viby/Højbjerg Lystrup
Size (m2) 50 90 100
Number of rooms 2 3 3
Furnishing Fully furnished Unfurnished Furnished
Condition Good New New
Rental type Private person Private company Private person
Approximate price (excluding utilities) 7000-1000kr/month 9000kr-15000/month 8000-11000kr/month

* Please note that most furnished apartments will very often only be available for sublet for periods between 2 or 3 months up to 6 to 8 months.

RENT, DEPOSIT AND PRE-PAID RENT

In Denmark, it is typical for a private landlord or company to request a deposit that is the equivalent of up to 3 months rent (exclusive of utilities) as well as up to 3 months of pre-paid rent. By law, this is the maximum they are allowed to request from you. Naturally, you would also have to pay the first months rent.

This means that, in many cases, when you sign a contract you would have to pay a maximum of 3 months deposit, 3 months pre-paid rent AND the 1st months rent.

RENT & UTILITY FEES

As can be understood from the table above, showing average prices, rents can vary largely. Be aware that sometimes the rent for certain advertised apartments can include the cost of all utilities or other times will be charged via a so-called "A conto beløb", or on-account payment. This means that you would pay a fixed monthly price towards, for instance electricity. At the end of the year your total usage of electricity will be measured and the actual price calculated. If there is a difference between your actual usage and the on-account payment you have made throughout the year, you will either have to pay the remaining fee or you will receive money back.

Unless stated otherwise in your contract, rent is always paid in advance. E.g. Paying your rent for January on the 1st of January.

DEPOSIT

The deposit is a security for the landlord or property owner that will be used to cover any damages or maintenance to the property as a result of your stay there. This can for instance be to cover the cost of repainting the residence when you move-out (if this is agreed upon in the contract). Any money leftover from said repairs or maintenance will be returned to you. 

Only transfer the deposit after having signed a contract.

PRE-PAID RENT

Pre-paid rent is also a form of security for the landlord or property owner. However, as opposed to the deposit which is in place for repairs or maintenance, the pre-paid rent exists in the event that a tenant does not pay their rent or it can be used to cover the last few months of the tenancy, depending on whether you paid 1-3 months pre-paid rent.

For instance, if you want to move out, and if your contract states you have a 3 month termination notice period and you have paid 3 months of pre-paid rent, then you do not have to pay the last 3 months rent. This is because the last 3 months rent will be subtracted from the pre-paid rent. 

I found a place to live! Time to draw up a contract

Once you have found an accommodation and have come to an agreement with a landlord, it is time for a contract. We, at the International Housing Office always recommend that you sign a contract with your landlord, so that you can rest assured of your rights regarding the lease or sublease. You can consult with us regarding any questions you may have about (sub-)leasing contracts. 

We recommend that you use the standard leasing contract. You can find an English version of the lease contract here. The English version is not authorized but can be used as a translation of the authorized Danish contract, so that you can understand some of the terms laid out. Each contract can of course be modified to reflect any agreements you make with the landlord.

We also strongly recommend that you do not accept any agreements with landlords/landladys who ask you to pay more than what is stated in the contract or who will not allow you to register the address with the civil registration office (Folkeregistret). It is likely that places like these might not be legally habitable. 

Home insurance

Life is full of surprises and we therefore encourage you to look into signing-up for private home insurance, if you are not already covered.

The International Academic Staff Services (IAS) provides more information on insurances