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practical details: costs

The actual costs of attending International Cultural Studies will vary from individual to individual, depending in large part on their lifestyle. There are, however, minimum costs that all students should anticipate. 

Autumn Semester at Aalborg University

Expense

Cost in Kroner 

Comments 

Tuition

varies 

Exchange students will pay tuition to their home universities. 

Housing[1]

13,200

Approximately 2,200 per month for 6 months.

Food[2]

12,000 

Based on 2,000 per month for 6 months. This assumes you will do most of your own cooking.

Textbooks
and copy cards

2,000

This assumes that most materials will be purchased individually, not shared.

Health Insurance

0

Students enrolled full-time for at least three months receive health insurance coverage from the Danish government.

Personal Expenses

5,500

This includes such basic expenditures as a two-zone bus pass and/or bicycle, laundry, telephone calls and stamps, as well as school supplies, some clothing, and personal items such as shampoo, hair cuts, toothpaste, etc. See chart below for some detailed prices

Subtotal

32,700 DKK

(4,933 DKK per month for 6 months) 

Optional expenses (Entertainment/
short excursions)

4,800

Movie/concert tickets, participation in Eurasmus activities, short-trips in Scandinavia; this does not include purchase of alcohol or cigarettes, which are very expensive in Scandinavia. See chart below for some detailed prices

Grand Total

37,500 DKK

(6,250 DKK per month for 6 months)

 Important Consideration

When considering your average costs for living and studying in Denmark it is important to keep in mind that your actual cost of living will be dependant on the current exchange rate between your local currency and the Danish Kroner. Thus, things will be cheaper or more expensive depending on the current exchange rate.

For example (October 2007): 
1 USD is equal to 5.35 DKK
1 EUR is equal to 7.55 DKK

To following links provide exchange rates for all currencies and are updated daily: http://www.economist.com/markets/currency/fullconverter.cfm and http://money.cnn.com/markets/currencies/

[1] Housing ranges from 1,700-2,200 DKK per month where facilities (kitchen and bathroom) are shared and from 2,200 to 2,600 DKK where facilities are individual. Housing contracts run for six months regardless when you arrive and depart. 

[2] The International Office estimates between 1,500-2,000 DKK a month for food, if you are extremely thrifty and shop in cheaper stores such as Aldi, Netto and Fakta, then you can probably assume around a 1,500 DKK. However, if you eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, these are quite expensive and you can expect your total food cost to be higher. 

Expense

Cost in Kroner 

Comments 

Bicycle

500 +/-

The local police department holds auctions on used bikes and this is a good way to get an inexpensive bike.

2 Zone Bus Card

280 per month

A ten trip 2 zone bus card is 98 DKK and an individual ticket costs 15 DKK

Laundry Card

100

Prices varies slightly depending on the kollegium or housing arrangement

Phone Card

100

Price per minute depends on the country you are calling, most cards offer very competitive rates and can be bought in the post office.

Hair Cut

300+

Hair cuts are usually rather expensive; however, some shops do offer discounts to students

Stamps

5,00-7,00

Mailing within Denmark costs 5 DKK, within Europe 6 DKK and outside Europe 7 DKK and this is based on an enevelope that is 23 cm by 17 cm, 0,5 cm thick and does not weigh more than 50 grams

Movie Tickets

55-70

Early movies are cheaper-55 DKK while all evening movies are 70 DKK and there are no student discounts on movie tickets 

Alcohol

35

Typically a beer in a bar will cost around 35 DKK with some places such as the Student House offering cheaper prices around  20- 25 DKK. Café du Vé on Campus on Fridays offers specials starting around 15 DKK. Wine and sprits in general are more expensive beginning around 35 DKK.

Eating Out

99

Many restaurants in downtown Aalborg offer specials where you can choose either two or three courses for 99 DKK, this is probably one of the cheapest ways of eating out. Visit the following link to find more information as well as links to restaurants and bars http://www.visitaalborg.dk/page203.aspx


Saving Money

There are ways of saving money during your stay in Aalborg. One way is through thrifty grocery shopping. The table below highlights the different stores and includes a link to their homepage where you can view their latest offerings and specials. Each week stores have different items on sale. It is important to note that the sale price in a more expensive store may be the normal price in a cheaper store. The main difference between a cheaper grocery store and more expensive is not quality (except sometimes in relation to fresh fruit and vegetables but is very much dependant on the individual store) but how many assistants they have working and the overall appearance of the store. Most of the cheaper stores are smaller in size.

Store

Web Address

Comments 

Netto 

www.netto.dk

One of the cheaper stores, limited variety, a good place to buy basic necessities 

Aldi

www.aldi.dk

One of the cheaper stores, limited variety, a good place to buy basic necessities

Fakta

www.fakta.dk

One of the cheaper stores, limited variety, a good place to buy basic necessities

Bilka

www.bilka.dk

Is reasonably priced and can find more variety but is located in the southern end of the city, must take bus number 24 E. Offers free recipes, many which are suitable for two persons and is ready in 15 minutes

Føtex

www.fotex.dk

More expensive than the earlier mentioned; however, it has high quality fruits, vegetables, meats and a larger variety of international foods. Offers very nice free recipes, many which are ready in 15 minutes and for 2 persons.

Super Best

www.superbest.dk

Probably the most expensive grocery store but similar in nature to Føtex

Tips on saving money from Aalborg University Students

Here are some suggestions from current exchange students on how to save money while studying at Aalborg University.

Shopping

  • Shop in cheaper grocery stores such as Fakta, Netto and Aldi
  • Buy bigger packages of food, they are usually cheaper
  • Look for discounts, they are always promoted in the store’s weekly paper
  • Often the discounts require that you buy in bulk, so take a friend and share

Getting around town

  • Buy a used bicycle instead of going to the university with the bus, used bicycles can be bought for around 200 DKK and a bus ticket for one month cost 280 DKK

Going out

  • Go to the pubs in the city center earlier, the beer is cheaper. The prices increase during the night but before 11:00 the prices are rather affordable
  • Many of the International Kollegiums host parties throughout the semester and offer beer and other drinks for very reasonable prices
  • The Student House on Wednesday is always affordable, while many of the bars in the main street have great specials on Thursday nights
  • If you decide to go to the cinema, the best day is Monday and remember to book tickets in advance

Traveling

  • An inexpensive and good way to travel is to find a friend with a car and organize a trip with several people and thus share the cost of petrol. For example, a trip with five people sharing the cost of petrol is very affordable
Participate in some of the trips organized by the Erasmus Student Network. They offer many exciting trips that are very reasonably priced.
 


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