It’s crazy to think that a little over 2 months ago I was packing like crazy, doing a Marie Kondo kind of thing where I was asking myself “Do I really need this? Will it bring me joy in Copenhagen?” Just a quick word of advice – bring a raincoat and it will definitely spark joy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught in the rain, and despite having the best intentions to buy one I just still haven’t gotten around it yet.
Despite that however, the weather – although it’s super unpredictable – is not actually that bad. Before arriving in Copenhagen, I expected it to be super cold and overcast but that was definitely not the case! As it turns out, apparently the weather had cleared up to coincide with the arrival of Copenhagen’s newest batch of exchange students and for the first 3 weeks we were having picnics, going to the beach or Islands Brygge for a swim, and took GoBoats for picnics in the canals. Although the weather has taken a bit of a turn in the weeks since, I’ve adjusted to the temperature drop and there have still been plenty of sunny days.
Another word of warning, Copenhagen IS expensive. Before coming everyone told me that it was, and I was probably a little naïve to think that it wouldn’t be that much worse that Sydney – but it seriously is! A good way to get around this though is to buy groceries and cook. Even better if you can round up some friends and make communal meals. For me, living in one of the residences offered by CBS has made this super easy as we have a communal deck, common room and kitchen and so there’s never a shortage of friendly faces and we often all eat together.
In saying this though, I am a little guilty of eating and drinking my way through the city, and so the fact that everybody bikes everywhere has forced me to do some much needed exercise. It’s also an added bonus that it’s often the quickest and easiest way to get around the city. I would highly recommend Grød for seriously good risotto, acai bowls and porridge, Meyers Bageri for the best cinnamon buns you will ever eat and going to Reffen for the open-air food markets.
Another added bonus of studying in Copenhagen is its location. The airport is only a quick metro ride away and has great connections to the rest of Europe. Just last week my friends and I went to London for 4 ½ days and the flights were $50 round trip. I’ve also got trips to Vienna, Stockholm and Norway planned and plenty of other places I want to visit – the hardest part is pulling yourself away from Copenhagen too often.
So I guess to sum it up, I’ve already fallen in love with Copenhagen. The city is big enough to have a good nightlife, and great flight connections to Europe, but small enough that you can bike everywhere, eat authentic food and feel like a local in no time and I’m sure it you decide to go on exchange to CBS you’ll love it just as much as I am.
Bachelor of Business
Copenhagen Business School
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