Master of Business
Master of Business

Departing Australia amidst a heat wave, arriving in Copenhagen in mid-January was certainly going to be a dramatic adjustment. Greeted by my smiling buddy at the airport my introduction to my new home for the next 5 months had begun. Hopping on the very efficient and convenient metro system within 30 minutes I was setting up my room at Porcelænshaven residence; a converted porcelain factory. Porcelænshaven is an exchange student only residence, so on arrival everyone is excited to meet and socialise. It wasn’t long before my doorbell was ringing and I was introduced to everyone on the floor. Porcelænshaven is one of the largest and is also the closest residence to the main campus making it a great place to live.

I would really recommend participating in the two social weeks organised by the international office at the start of the semester. Parties and events were organised every night for these weeks, providing a great opportunity to meet the other exchange students from all over the world and these will generally be the students you will be socialising with most throughout the semester. Danes speak excellent English and are very helpful people. However, and I’m generalising here, getting to know Danish people is a little more difficult. Danes don't really do general conversations amongst strangers eg. Talking to the checkout person about their day. You really have to make an effort to get to know them.
Having long winters, the sun in Denmark is worshiped. Any sign of sunshine will see the parks and outdoor cafes full of Danes soaking up the Vitamin D. That been said there is fun to be had during winter; riding a bike through snow for the first time is certainly an experience, not recommended to be attempted as a mode of transport home for a local Bodega (Corner Pub).

Biking to get around is a religion in Copenhagen. CBS has a lot of exchange students so there are always a heap of second bikes available to purchase. If you are not a cyclist Copenhagen has a very good public transport system. If you are going to use public transport everyday it is best to get a monthly pass, otherwise a 10 trip klippekort or the rejsekort (oyster card) are cheaper than buying individual tickets. Ticket inspections are quite common and the fine for not having a ticket is about $150, so it is best not to risk it.

Compared to most other countries Denmark is an expensive place, but at the current exchange rate, prices are very similar to Australia. Drinks at bars are generally cheaper in Denmark, although it varies dramatically depending on the establishment. However, these savings are easily diminished by a late night visit to McDonalds on the way home, with a large meal costing around $18.

5 top tips:

  • Attend both social weeks organised by the CBS International Office
  • Eat at the campus cafeterias if you don’t want to cook. It’s good food at a reasonable price
  • Go to Kulør Bar on Tuesdays
  • Denmark’s version of the trading post/ebay
  • Visit the Sukkerbageren at least once 

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