When do I start paying for my accommodation?
You pay rent from the day your accommodation is available. It may be as early as 15 August / 15 January. If your room is available from 15 August, you pay rent from 15 August even if you do not arrive until e.g. 25 August or some other day after 15 August.
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 the bank.
- 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 SDU. 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 1 July, you must give notice 15 April 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 or landlord (portner/vicevært) 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.