Today marks 6 weeks since I packed up and flew to Denmark to begin my semester of study abroad at the University of Copenhagen, and I’ve already made so many memories I don’t know where to start!
I decided to take part in the pre-semester Danish language course, which I would definitely recommend as a great way to meet other exchange students and settle in before classes. I’m also lucky enough to be living at what is arguably Copenhagen’s most sought after dorm, Tietgenkollegiet, where I have met so many of my now great friends – both Danish and internationals alike.
There is lots to see in the city, and no better way to see it than by bike! The bicycle lanes in Copenhagen are amazing (there are even entire bridges dedicated solely to cyclists) and everything is a 10-15 minute ride away.
I’ve been eating and drinking my way through the city, so thankfully the biking is forcing me to do some much needed exercise! I would recommend Grød for unbelievably good porridge and homemade caramel sauce, Sankt Peders Bageri for onsdagssnegle (sticky cinnamon rolls only made on Wednesdays), food markets at Reffen, the meatpacking district (Kødbyen) for cool bars/restaurants and Francis Pony for 2-for-1 cocktails every night of the week!
WARNING: for everyone as addicted to coffee as me… it is liquid gold in Copenhagen and sells for A$7-10. I just invested in my own Nespresso machine to avoid spending my life savings on my usual 3-4 coffees a day. Despite this atrocity, I can confirm all other prices are very similar to Sydney – if not better, in some cases!
The location is also super easy to travel from, with the airport only an easy 10 minute metro ride away from the city. So far I’ve travelled to Greece, Germany and Norway, and have trips planned to Oktoberfest in Munich, Iceland, Finland, Portugal, England and Poland to name a few! There are also lots of day trips to do from Copenhagen, such as visiting Helsingør for Hamlet’s Castle or Malmö in Sweden. It’s well worth keeping an eye out for cheap trips on Ryanair, easyJet and FlixBus – the hard part is pulling yourself away from Copenhagen too often.
All in all, I’ve fallen in love with this amazing city and the people in it, best summed up by the concept of ‘hygge’. It’s no surprise Copenhagen is constantly ranked one of the happiest cities in the world!
Bachelor of Business (Finance) / Bachelor of Laws
For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au