Esbjerg is Denmark’s youngest big city with 115,000 inhabitants (Esbjerg municipality).
Esbjerg is the place where unique nature experiences are combined with the pulsating life of the city and great sights and attractions. Read more about the city of Esbjerg in our Campus Life guide.
Application and terms
Campus Esbjerg generally guarantees accommodation to all international students* moving to Denmark to study. If you already live in Denmark when you apply, you are last in line for accommodation.
The guarantee only applies to applicants who are applying to become students by May 1/November 1 and who are applying for accommodation as well.
*An international student is a Degree Student coming to Denmark to study a degree offered in English or an exchange or guest student coming to Denmark to study.
How to apply for accommodation
Simply fill out the online form at sduhousing.sdu.dk
Autumn semester: 1 May
Spring semester: 1 November
Applications received after deadline cannot be guaranteed accommodation!
The Accommodation Office can be found at Niels Bohrs Vej 9, 6700 Esbjerg.
If you have questions regarding your accommodation or when you need to give notice, go to the Accommodation Office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we only find accommodation for you once. If you decide to extend your stay, you will either have to keep your accommodation or give it up and find something new on your own.
If you leave Denmark for a period of time (eg. sabbatical leave, internship or exchange stay) we cannot guarantee new accommodation for you when you return to Denmark. We will of course try to help you as best we can.
When do you receive information
You receive an email with information on your accommodation from the Esbjerg Accommodation Office in July for the autumn semester and in late December/early January for the spring semester. This is true if you applied for accommodation by the application deadline.
All rooms are off campus
One student one room. It is not possible for two students to share one room.
Danish students live in either private or rented flats, rented rooms, or in dormitories (kollegium). International students are offered a room in a dormitory or in private rooms. Note that all rooms are off campus. The rooms vary in size and are typically between 10-16 m2.
Furniture and equipment
All rooms have a bed, desk, drawer or wardrobe, and lighting. All rooms have access to laundry facilities. All kitchens have a refrigerator and stove. Master students receive a linen package with pillow, duvet, bed sheets, towels etc. Exchange students will be provided with a pillow and duvet.
- All accommodations has internet access
You are welcome to put in a request if you know which of our accommodation options you would prefer, but we cannot guarantee you'll be offered your request.
Payment, notice and inspection
When do you start paying for your accommodation?
You pay rent from the day your accommodation is available. It may be as early as August 15th/January 15th. If your room is available from August 15th, you pay rent from August 15th even if you do not arrive until e.g. August 25th or some other day after August 15th.
You are asked to pay:
- By way of a payment slip (girokort) enclosed with your tenancy agreement. You can pay the payment slip at the post office or go to the bank to pay it.
- By way of bank transfer. The information will be enclosed with your tenancy agreement.
If you would prefer to pay the deposit and the first month’s rent before you come to Denmark, you receive information on how to do so when you receive information on your accommodation.
If you plan to pay your rent with a credit card when you arrive, you should be aware that most credit cards have a max amount that you can withdraw per month and sometimes also per day.
Generally, your accommodation is yours until you give written notice to the Accommodation Office of the University of Southern Denmark. A few students have a time limited tenancy agreement and do not have to give notice. The notice varies, but can be as much as 3 months. It is usually only possible to give notice the 1st or the 15th of the month. So if you have 3 months notice, the following applies:
If you wish to stay in your room until July 1st, you must give notice April 15th because you pay rent 14 days after you move out. The 14 days are needed to prepare the room for the next tenant. This is also true for Danish tenants.
Those of you renting from a private landlord or subletting have individual terms. The information on payment, notice, inspection and keys below does therefore not necessarily apply to you.
Before you leave your accommodation, the janitor (portneren/vicevært) or landlord has to inspect your room to check that nothing has been damaged or needs painting or cleaning. It is important that you clean the room carefully, as you will otherwise be charged for cleaning. You
should expect to have to pay for the room to be painted after you leave. The expenses of preparing the room for the next tenant will be subtracted from your deposit.
If for some reason your accommodation is not satisfactory on arrival, you should make sure to report it to us, the Accommodation Office, or the janitor within a few days, so that you will not be charged for anything when you leave.
It is very important that you hand in the key to your room when you leave. If the keys have not been handed in, a new lock has to be put in at your expense - as you cannot have access to a room that is no longer yours.
Four students show how they live while studying at SDU