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Life in Copenhagen


Hi! My name is Jake, I’m in my final semester of a law degree, and I’ve been in Copenhagen for almost a month now.  I live on the southern outskirts of the city in an area called Ørestad. It has been built only recently, as part of the city’s efforts to expand and provide cheaper housing. Because it is all so new and full of apartment buildings, it is vaguely reminiscent of Alexandria or a similar recently converted residential area.

While the area I live in is not what you would call picturesque, the city is relatively small so it’s only about a half-hour bike ride into the city. It’s a lovely place: public parks abound, where the locals like to sit and soak up what little sun is on offer, the nightlife is great, and it’s a fun place to walk around exploring.

Louisiana Museum

The university put on a fantastic orientation week for all the law students from abroad, so it was easy to make a ton of friends straight off the bat. Since then, my life has consisted of an enormous amount of socialising, a bit of studying, and enjoying my free time. I feel like I’m living the good life!

Yesterday, I went with a group of friends on what is known as a ‘Go Boat’. It is a little dinghy that you hire for a couple of hours with a group of eight people. It cruises along very slowly, and there is a big table in the middle for drinks and snacks. So we had a grand old time cruising along the river, eating cheese and chocolate and drinking wine. Even better, we got the last vestages of Danish summer, so it was a lovely day in the sun! If you ever come to Copenhagen during the warmer months, I would highly recommend it.


Other things to do in Copenhagen:

  • Eat as many cinnamon scrolls as you can get your hands on
  • Have a walk around Christiania, a self-governed anarchic town in the middle of the city
  • Try your best to pronounce the Danish street signs (you will get it wrong, I promise)
  • Hit the town! There are some really fun bars around

Feel free to get in contact with me if you would like to know any more information about living here 🙂

Jake Bailey
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws
University of Copenhagen

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