where to study abroad

December. Charles Dickens would say: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I would say: it was the season of julehygge, it was season of finals.

No, this is not a post swaying you to study abroad in Copenhagen. It’s a collection of my favorite places to STUDY while I’m abroad here. And they’re all in walking distance from DIS’ buildings so you can head there before or after classes! They’re my favorite spots to crack open that blue DIS Dansk book to practice for my Danish final, or write my posts for my Anthropology of Food class.


  • DIS’ Library
    • right in DIS buildings!
    • place to work solo with a quiet environment, or with groups upstairs
    • you can print here
  • Københavns Hovedbibliotek (Copenhagen’s public library)
    • about a five minute walk from DIS!
    • always smells like grilled cheese (I’m NOT kidding)
    • nice nooks on the top floor with outlets
    • connected to Democratic Coffee

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      KPH Library

  • Royal Library, also called the Black Diamond *my favorite
    • about a 15 minute walk from DIS, close to Christianshavn
    • rolly chairs, outlets, lights at each desk. very quiet.
    • this place will get you in the zone



Should I comment on the coffee too? Ja, okay.

  • Any Espresso House around the city
    • similar to US Starbucks, but better (oat milk♥)
    • They always have A LOT of seating and are decorated nicely with pillows
    • Coffee isn’t cheap but a large is actually something that resembles an American large drink size
  • Buzz
    • 1 minute walk from DIS
    • very aesthetically pleasing spot with iced coffee
  • Cafe Fiol *my favorite
    • located right next to Nørreport Station
    • plenty of seating/tables to work at, cozy nooks upstairs
    • reasonable priced ICED LATTE FOR 35 DKK.
    • let’s celebrate that
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my favorite spot in the corner

  • Coffee Industry
    • 2 locations about 5 minutes away walking from DIS
    • plenty of seating options, usually the upstairs is a bit quieter and people are on laptops doing work

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      Coffee Industry upstairs

  • Democratic Coffee
    • connected to Københavns Hovedbibliotek
    • small space in there so most people will take their coffee out to the library area
    • a FIIINE cup of coffee (really good) (small though. but that’s the theme here)
    • almond croissants
    • this is turning more into a food review than study space review
  • The Living Room
    • 1 minute walk DIS
    • kind of interesting vibes here, couches and chairs downstairs
      • like……a living room
    • A comfortable spot to do work
  • Starbucks on Vesterbro
    • right next to DIS, there’s a student discount, and you can use your food stipend to pay ………..
  • Studenterhuset
    • kind of a cafe, turns into a bar/social place at night
    • right next to the Roundtower, about a 10 minute walk from DIS
    • DIS automatically gives you a membership here so you get really cheap drinks and snacks!
    • Upstairs is quieter, everyone up there is doing work


To all my American friends and Copenhagen venner…good luck on finals!

gwen (1)



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