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Living in Aarhus

The school’s main campus is located in the city of Aarhus. Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city and the youngest measured in terms of the average age of its inhabitants, which is far lower than anywhere else in the country. Aarhus University alone has 40,000 students. This gives the city a youthful and exciting vibrancy of its very own.

The city is often referred to locally as ‘the world’s smallest big city’ – regardless of where you are, everything can still be reached by bike. At the same time, the city has everything a proper city should have: theatres, a concert hall, museums, bars, cafés, restaurants, parks, speciality shops and weekend markets.

At a glance
Aarhus has a population of 315,000. 33% of all Aarhusians hold a higher education. This makes Aarhus the most well-educated city in Denmark.

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Here you can find information that allows you to explore Aarhus’ city life and cultural attractions. Aarhus is a dynamic city on the east coast of Jutland. The scenic location close to dense forests and the Kattegat makes Aarhus perfect for outdoor activities and experiences. As Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus is also ripe with cultural opportunities. 

Getting around
Aarhus has a smoothly running system of busses that will take you to most parts of the city and its suburbs. In addition to busses, the public transport system in Aarhus will be upgraded with trams in 2016.

Despite the efficient public transport system, the bike is a very popular means of transport in Aarhus. Students bike to school, businessmen bike to the office, and parents bike to the daycare centres with their children. The city’s infrastructure is designed to facilitate transportation by bike, and you might find that biking is the most comfortable way to get around the city. 

Cultural life in Aarhus
Aarhus has a vibrant cultural life offering a number of interesting museums and music venues.

The impressive building of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum has become a landmark of the city, and  the Rainbow Panorama at the top of the nine-storey building offers a magnificent view over the city. The museum holds temporary modern and contemporary art exhibitions alongside their permanent collection which includes an impressive collection of Danish Golden Age paintings. Every second month, ARoS hosts the popular ARoS Lounge and many other events for art lovers during the year.

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Moesgaard Museum is a cultural history museum located south of Aarhus. The museum is located in the beautiful forest of Moesgaard, and the modern architecture beautifully integrates the museum into its natural surroundings. The museum houses Danish and international archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions, and the special exhibitions introduce some of the world's finest examples of cultural heritage.

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Aarhus has a number of concert halls and music venues with interesting programs featuring both Danish and international artists. The spacious concert halls of Musikhuset Aarhus is home to great set-ups of musicals, operas, and even stand-up comedy. Musikhuset Aarhus also houses The Royal Danish Academy of Music, and the students give free concerts during their semesters. Atlas and Voxhall also offer interesting and varied programmes featuring international and Danish artists, upcoming bands as well as world famous artists. Whether you’re into heavy rock, jazz, world music, you can find it at Atlas and Voxhall.

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The city also hosts numerous concerts and festivals every year. Spot Festival showcases more than 130 upcoming bands, while the three-day NorthSide Festival displays the most popular acts in alternative music, and the Aarhus Festival in September is the largest themed festival in Scandinavia.

Aarhus is also a vibrant breeding ground for young artists. A number of smallvenues such as Headquarters, Bora Bora, Ambassaden, and Gyngen offer openstages for musicicans, actors, poets, and dancers, and the events are often free and characterised by an informal atmosphere.

Scenic Surroundings
Aarhus has a unique location on the east cost of Jutland with the sea of Kattegat to the east and Moesgaard Forestto the south.

The city’s coastal location makes it easy to practise water sports facilitated by the marinas and the various water sports clubs, among these the Kayak Club and the Water Ski Club.

Beaches are found both north and south of the city and the beach den Permanente is a 10-minute bike ride fromfrom the city centre. On sunny summer days, den Permanente is a popular place for swimming and chilling out during the daytime and having barbecues in the evenings. For the hardy, den Permanente is also home to the winter bathing club Jomsborg which is open to members from October to May.

Moesgaard Forest is a hilly and deciduous forest south of Aarhus. The forest borders on the Kattegat, the sea east of Jutland, and there are plenty of opportunities for taking scenic walks along the water’s edge. Moesgaard Forest is a popular place for mountain bikers and joggers and is also home to Moesgaard Museum and Marselisborg Deer Park. The forest lies within a comfortable distance of the city centre and can easily be accessed by bike or by public transport.

City Centre
Aarhus is said to be the “Denmark’s biggest village”, a saying that contradicts the fact that Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city. However, if you consider Aarhus as a city which combines the pulse of city life with a welcoming feeling, the contradiction makes perfect sense. This page introduces you to some of the popular areas of the city centre. 

In the heart of Aarhus lies the old Aarhus Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century. The cathedral is located between the old Latin Quarter and the more modern part of city centre with its many shopping opportunities and vibrant nightlife. The main shopping streets are pedestrian-only walkways as is Åboulevarden, the broad boulevard running along the river of Aarhus where you find a number of cafés, bars and restaurants. 

The Latin Quarter is the name of the oldest area of Aarhus with some of the buildings dating back to the 16thcentury. The Latin Quarter got its current name in the 1990s due to its many similarities with the well-known area in Paris carrying the same name. The narrow cobblestone streets and old timbered houses create a unique atmosphere, and the Latin Quarter is home to many artisans, cafés, and restaurants.

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In these years, Aarhus is being enriched with a new area on the waterfront, Aarhus Ø (Aarhus East). The new area is characterised by a modern Nordic architecture designed to integrate comfort and aesthetics with environmentally friendly solutions. Taking full advantage of the location at the waterfront, Aarhus Ø has a marina, a kayak club and beach volley courts, and is also home to well-assorted fishmongers and wine shops. The new district also houses a new public media space, Dokk1. The architecture beautifully integrates the urban and maritime surroundings and in itself  makes Dokk1 worth a visit,

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The City Parks
Aarhus has a number of lovely parks that are all free and open to the public. The parks are popular places for the many joggers and for the citizens of Aarhus to relax and enjoy picnics. 

Riisskov is a forest park by the sea right next to the popular beach den Permanente. People enjoy jogging on the paths between the old deciduous trees, and the outdoor fitness facilities are also well used by active visitors. During summer, free yoga lessons are offered in the park which also has its own annual jogging event, Riisskovløbet,which was held for the 101st   time in 2015.

The Botanical Garden features a selection of species from the Danish fauna and in the The Greenhouse you find exhibitions featuring different exotic faunas. During the summer, the park is a popular place for having picnics and barbecues, and for three nights every July, one of the lawns is transformed into an open air-cinema.

Marselisborg Mindepark is the park surrounding Marselisborg Palace, the summer residence of the Danish Royal Family. The park is open to the public and features a scenic garden with cultural and historical elements. In the park, you can take a walk, experience the blooming Japanese cherries in spring, sunbathe or maybe just enjoy a peaceful stay in one of the garden rooms.

The University Park houses Aarhus University Campus. Apart from representing the scenic backdrop of the university where students can enjoy a break on the hilly lawns, the park also hosts several social events such as the annual Spring Regetta, Denmarks Biggest Friday Bar and Sports Day, and the midsummer celebration of Saint Hans where a big bonfire is lit and lights up the sky. 


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