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Cost of Living Information

Living Expenses

The Danish currency is called kroner (DKK)

  • 1 krone is divided into 100 øre (cents)
  • 1 euro is approximately 7.5 kroner*

* The DKK is pegged to the EURO which keeps the exchange rate within the central rate of EUR 1 = DKK 7.3-7.6 (approximately)

The cost of living in Denmark will vary depending on your lifestyle and habits. Many services in Denmark such as medical treatment are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system

Living expenses on average per month




DKK 2,200 -3,000

 Food and other daily costs          

DKK 2,000 - 2,500 


DKK 300


DKK 300

 Media License

DKK 200


DKK 200


DKK 200

 Leisure Activities

DKK 0-1,000



* Please note that in some cases you pay for heating and electricity separately; ca. 400 DKK on a monthly basis. 

** May be included in rent

Total monthly indicative budget: DKK 4,400-7,000 / EURO 580-900

Sample prices in Denmark




 1 litre of milk

DKK 4-7

 1 kilo of pasta

DKK 5-10

 Beer at pub

DKK 30- 50

 Dining out

DKK 150-

 Cinema ticket

DKK 80-90


DKK 30

 Beer/Soft drink in supermarket    

DKK 5-10

More information about living in Denmark can be found here as well: http://studyindenmark.dk/



Danish students primarily use public transportation or bicycles to get around


If you like to ride a bike, we recommend that you buy a bicycle and take advantage of the many bicycle paths and do as many of the Danes do: ride a bike.

You can buy a new bike at stores like Bilka, Kvickly from about €200. If you are looking for a good bike, go to a bike shop. You can also buy a second-hand bike. Look in the local paper or “Gul og Gratis”. Ask a Danish student to help you read the ads. 


You can take city buses around town. You can buy single tickets and a monthly card that gives you free access to all the city buses. There are also buses between cities. Generally buses make stops by the train station


You can take the train to most major cities in Denmark and of course travel to all over Europe. You can book tickets through the travel planner for Danish trains. You can book a seat for an additional DKK 20 (€2.7).

If you travel with a city bus to the train station in connection with your train ride, you can use your train ticket for the bus as well. The exception is if you booked your ticket and printed it out from the internet.


You can travel at a considerably reduced rate if you purchase the so-called “orange tickets”. For more information contact DSB.

If you are between 16-25 years old, you also have the possibility of purchasing a DSB WildCard. With this card you can get reductions on train tickets bought for DSB trains. The reduction is 50% if you travel Mondays – Thursdays and/or Saturdays and 25% if you travel Fridays and/or Sundays. The card costs about DKK 200 a year.


As a student you can bring your car to Denmark and use it up to two years with your foreign license plates. Please note that you cannot drive your car for more than 185 days per year if you bring it. To find information on the rules and complete the form go to:  Application for permit to drive a foreign registered car in Denmark.