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Housing benefits

If you live in rented accommodation, you may be entitled to receive housing benefits. Whether or not you are eligible to receive housing benefits depends on a number of conditions, e.g.:

  • How much you pay in rent
  • How many children and adults live in the accommodation
  • The total income of everyone who lives in the accommodation

Who can receive housing benefits?

Citizens from EU/EEA countries can receive housing benefits on equal terms as Danish citizens. Non-EU/EEA citizens may be able to receive housing benefits depending on which residence and work permit they carry.

In general, non-EU/EEA citizens who are employed by the university or another Danish company can receive housing benefits on equal terms as Danish citizens.

Overview of residence and work permit types that cannot receive housing benefits

The categories below all have a foundation for residence that does not allow one to receive housing benefits.

  • Fee-paying PhD student (enrolled, not employed)
  • Guest PhD student (not enrolled, not employed)
  • Parallel PhD/Master’s students: 4 years (4+4) and 5 years (3+5). It depends on which part of the PhD study you are on, whether you can receive housing benefits. On the first part of the PhD, when you are not employed, you cannot receive housing benefits. On the last part of the PhD education, you can get housing benefits, if you are employed.
  • Bachelor/Master’s students
  • Job seeking period – Master’s students
  • Job seeking period – PhD students

How much can you get?

How much you can get in housing benefits depends on a number of conditions, including:

  • Your rent after deducting expenses for electricity, water and heating
  • The area of the accommodation in square metres
  • The number of children and adults who live in the accommodation
  • Income and capital for everyone who lives in the accommodation

You do not need to pay tax on housing benefits.

Please contact Udbetaling Danmark for further information

How do you apply for housing benefits?

You can apply for housing benefits by contacting Udbetaling Danmark  

Contact Udbetaling Danmark by phone +45 70 12 80 63 or by email at udbetalingdanmark@atp.dk  

You can apply for housing benefits via the municipal online facility borger.dk (in Danish only) if you have a NemID (requires a CPR number).   

Read about Housing benefits and how to apply on Lifeindenmark.dk

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