Renting property in Denmark
Rents in Denmark vary widely, depending on the location, size, and general condition of the specific dwelling. You can rent a room, a flat or a single-family house.
In small towns and in the countryside, it is usually easy to find rented accommodation at a reasonable price, whereas in the capital of Copenhagen and in the second-largest city of Aarhus, affordable accommodation can be somewhat harder to find.
You can rent either from a private landlord or a housing association.
There are many housing associations in Denmark, covering a wide range of flats and single-family houses built with public subsidies. The rent is typically lower than for other types of rental accommodation, but they might be difficult to obtain for foreign nationals because they are usually let out based on a waiting list.
In Danish, the concept "to rent" is "at leje".
Danmark Bolig is a webportal of housing associations in all of Denmark.
Renting property in Herning
Three of the main housing associations in Herning - Fruehøjgaard, Fællesbo and Boligselskabet MidtVest - have a joint sign-up (Lejehuset.dk).
Another housing association is Lejerbo.
Get first in line at the housing associations
Herning Municipality has an agreement with the housing associations (pendlerordning), which means that if your current address is more than 30 kilometers from Herning, and you have a fixed position in Herning or Ikast-Brande Municipality, you can get priority for an apartment. Contact the housing associations directly to learn more about the agreement.
Read more about the priority list here (in Danish)
Private properties for rent cannot be found in one central place, but there are a number of internet portals where available apartments and houses can be found. The most used is Boligportal.dk.
As a further service, Herning Kommune has gathered a list of private rental companies. As registration on the list is voluntary, it is not a complete list.
Buy a place
To buy real estate as a foreigner in Denmark, certain rules apply, depending on where you come from.
If you are from a EU/EEA Member State, you may buy real estate in Denmark without applying for permission as long as the property is to be used as your all-year dwelling, or the property is necessary for you in order to operate as a self-employed person.
If you are from another country than an EU/EEA Member State, you must apply to the Department of Civil Affairs under the Danish Ministry of Justice for permission to buy real estate in Denmark. When the application with all necessary information is submitted to the Department of Civil Affairs, the processing time is usually two to four weeks.
Build a house
It might not be the first step when you come from abroad, but in Denmark it is quite popular to buy a plot of land and build your own home.
Herning Municipality sells plots of land for building and grant
building licences. Read more about buying land for
building here (in Danish).
The three housing associations under Lejehuset.dk manage more than 1000 student apartments in Herning and at the campus in Birk. Visit their website to sign up for an apartment.
The tourist office VisitHerning can help with more information on places to stay short-term.
Useful housing keywords in Danish
Housing = bolig
Private rentals = lejebolig
Public housing association = alment boligselskab
To rent = til leje
Square meter = kvadratmeter
Apartment or flat = lejlighed
Terraced house = rækkehus
Detached house = villa
Housing cooperative = andelsbolig
Post code = postnummer
Post codes in Herning Kommune:
7280 Sønder Felding