Traveling out to Denmark
You can travel out in several ways. Sometimes students are taken out by parents in a car. Another possibility is to fly out by plane, if you book a ticket well in advance, it won’t be that expensive. Some of the cheaper airlines (Wizz Air, Norwegian, and Ryanair) fly to Copenhagen or Billund. It is also possible to travel by bus (fx. FlixBus).
In Denmark’s biggest cities, it can be a challenge to find accommodation. As a student, you will either live in a dormitory or an apartment. Dormitories are usually cheaper (DKK 2500-4000), but you need to apply for them as early as possible, fx in the winter, because there is a waiting list. Renting an apartment is a pricier solution, students usually look for flatmates to split the costs. Renting a full apartment can cost anywhere between DKK 5000 and 10 000, depending on which city you are planning to move to and the location of the apartment.
Students in Denmark get free health insurance then they get their residence permits. However that can take up to 6 weeks, therefore we recommend that you apply for the ‘blue’ international health card prior to departure. You can do this at your local authorities.
When you get accepted to a school and you have accommodation, you will be able to apply for a residence permit. The process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but most schools will help with it. When you get your ‘yellow card’ it means that you get a social security number, health insurance, residence, and work permit.
In order to cover your expenses while studying, you can take on part-time jobs. Schools recommend that you work a maximum of 15 hours per week, in order not to compromise your studies. There is no official minimum wage determined in Denmark, but most workplaces will pay between DKK 120 -150 per hour. It is a lot easier to find a job if you can speak some Danish. If you do not speak Danish, the types of jobs you will be able to find are dishwasher, kitchen assistant, housekeeper, cleaning assistant, newspaper deliverer, babysitter, and many more.