Happy to hear that you are considering the kollegium housing option considering that had the biggest impact on my amazing experience in Copenhagen. Making the most out of your semester is ultimately up to you and your interests. There were some individuals who were more passionate about traveling every weekend and there were others who were more passionate about getting to know the city they were studying in. For me, it was definitely the latter decision. Though I love to travel and experience different cultures and food (of course!), I made the most out of my semester by really immersing myself into Danish culture. So if you’re interested in that type of experience, keep reading. If not, keep reading anyways because maybe you will change your mind. You may not understand these things or places in Copenhagen now, but you will very shortly after your arrival:
1. Volunteer at Studenterhuset! It is a local cafe where you get to be a barista, bartender and get to know local Danes as well as other international students. You are only required to volunteer 15 hours a month, you get free drink cards for every hour you work, and a free cappuccino during work, so worth it.
2. Explore Nørrebro and Vesterbro. Both are different parts of Copenhagen that I didn’t even touch foot on until my second semester there. So don’t wait!!! You are going to get comfortable with inner city very quickly, but studying abroad isn’t a time to be comfortable, it’s a time to get out there and get out of your comfort zone! Nørrebro has a beautiful graveyard to sit in when the weather gets nicer, amazing flea markets, cool and small bars, and so much culture!!!! Vesterbro has the meat packing district for night life, as well as trendy bars and cute boutiques.
3. Get a bike. Should have listed this first. It is the BEST form of transportation, the easiest way to get involved in Danish culture, and the best way to get to know your way around the city. On top of all that, you get some exercise which can never hurt.
4. Learn to cook. Before coming abroad I never tried to cook because I never thought I would be good at it. Now, take a look at my instagram (literally, kelstar21) and ALL you are going to see are new food concoctions that I have made. It has given me the independence to feed myself with food I want to eat as well as the confidence to cook for others. Also, the Dane’s will respect you if they see you cooking food other than pasta (just a little hint :)).
5. This might come off as a strange but STUDY AT THE BLACK DIAMOND LIBRARY, if you don’t have homework, READ AT THE BLACK DIAMOND LIBRARY, and if you don’t want to read, LITERALLY SIT AT THE BLACK DIAMOND LIBRARY. It is so beautiful and you do get a decent amount of assignments from DIS and that library put me in such a zone. I made sure that every family member and friend who visited me abroad saw that library, not kidding.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Copenhagen. It changed my life and if you let it, it will change yours too. Hope this helped!