Monday, September 05, 2005

Finding an Apartment

We found our apartment through a website during the summer, so we had no idea what to expect when we arrived. It turns out we got an amazing deal. There is a major housing shortage in Copenhagen. Half of the international students live in “containers” on campus (temporary trailers with one shower, toilet and kitchen for every ten bedrooms) and the other half sublet rooms in Danish houses. Some of those rooms have no windows, others have limited access to kitchens and most are about 10 square meters (for sleeping, studying, relaxing, etc).

By comparison, our apartment is enormous, in great condition and cheap. We share our apartment with an 18-year old high school student who inherited the apartment from her grandmother this summer. We have two large rooms to ourselves: a bedroom with a huge closet and a “living room” with a couch, desk, and dinner table. We share the kitchen and bathroom, but most of the time we have the whole 120 square meter apartment to ourselves.

Photos of our apartment, as well as the "containers" some students live in, are available in our photos

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