5 things to do when you arrive in Copenhagen

Being new in Copenhagen ourselves, we thought about sharing some of the things we found interesting and useful after moving to the capital. We hope these will make your life as a student here at least a little bit easier.

1. Get a bicycle

You have most likely heard a thing or two about the world famous biking culture of Copenhagen already before coming here. You will quickly understand that there is no better way to get around than on a bike – and it’s also good for the environment! Where to get your two-wheeler you may ask? A quick fix is to rent a Bycyklen, beautiful white bikes made available by the City of Copenhagen that come with a built in GPS. However, you’ll soon want to own one and that doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. There are several groups on Facebook where especially students sell second-hand bikes. Examples are ESN CPH: Give-Buy-Sell-Rent, Second Hand Bike Copenhagen or Buy / Sell Used Bike Copenhagen. Juraj found his on DBA.dk, which is the equivalent of eBay in Denmark.

2. Decorate your new home on a budget

There’s no need to spend a fortune making your apartment cozy (or hyggelig). There is loads of flea markets in Copenhagen and in addition to being cheaper than furniture stores, items from there have their own unique stories adding soul to your new place. You can check the list of flea markets in Copenhagen here, otherwise make sure keep an eye out for them on Facebook.

3. Explore the greenery

Copenhagen offers lots of opportunities to relax in its beautiful green oases. Even in the city centre it is easy to find green spots to sit down and enjoy the sun. Many of these spots are found around the Lakes, which stretch almost 3 kilometres from Vesterbro through Frederiksberg and Nørrebro all the way to Østerbro. Another oases is The Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro – this is no ordinary graveyard. It is a public park and a cultural treasure trove where you can explore the history of Denmark and sunbathe on the lawns at the same time. It is the burial site of Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and many other Danish notables. The list of oases in CPH is endless but make sure to also check out Frederiksberg Garden, Søndermarken and the King’s garden.

4. Eat like a local

Let’s start with Danish pastries. Maybe a cliché, but trust us, the scent of freshly baked bread and pastries is something you can’t resist that easily! For the ultimate cinnamon roll (kanelsnurrer) visit Meyers Bageri on Jægersborggade in Nørrebro. Our all time favourite market is Torvehallerne on Israels Plads. Throughout daytime it is a beautiful urban market where you can get fresh locally grown products and in the evening it turns into a food mecca so grab your friends and enjoy a cozy evening out filled with delicacies from all over the world.

5. Be productive from the start

Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to get started on your university assignments or a productive space where you could work on your other projects, it is not necessarily easy to find the perfect setting in a new city. At the beginning, I’ve spend endless amount of hours at The Black Diamond. But make sure not to miss Studenterhuset, which is a popular place among students who come here to enjoy cheap coffee, free WiFi and their great facilities perfect for quiet studying or group meetings.

Finally, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about your career in Denmark already now! Becoming a Youth Goodwill Ambassador will improve your chances of getting a job in Denmark and you will get a unique chance to take part in an interactive career training and company matchmaking, while connecting with students from over 70 countries studying at Denmark’s top universities.

By Kia C. K. Sørensen and Juraj Pal.