Living in Aalborg
Our two swiss interns Silja and Jana have during their stay in Aalborg formed a guide containg good practice for other newcomers to Aalborg.
"We interns have worked and lived in Aalborg for 3 months now and during our stay we have discovered and learned something new everyday. It is not always easy to get comfortable and settle in a new town. Are you also new in Aalborg? Here are a few tips, to make your stay a bit easier."
You have a lot of possibilities when you want to do your grocery shopping. Here are the largest and most varied supermarket chains.
Socialize with people
The Student House (Studenterhuset) in Aalborg has an International Night every wednesday. Here you can meet other international students, have a nice chat, meet new friends, drink a cheap beer and have fun. Everyone is welcome. Read more: http://studenterhuset.dk/index.php?id=index_en
Join the Lingo Lovers at the library - a meeting point, where you can meet people and talk in different languages. Every Tuesday at 16:00. Read more: https://www.aalborgbibliotekerne.dk/vi-tilbyder/aktiviteter?EventId=451
Lytte Lounge: Every month on Wednesdays, a music session takes place in the library. Two librarians talk about a special genre or musician and play selected songs. You can meet people with the same music taste and share storys about your experiences with music, bands, songs and concerts. Read more: https://www.aalborgbibliotekerne.dk/vi-tilbyder/aktiviteter/
Jomfru Ane Gade: If you are a student, you probably already heard about this street…
You like sport? Visit the Gigantium, a big sport and culture centre: https://gigantium.dk/ Here you can find an ice stadium, indoor swimming pool, wellness area, sauna, a cafe and much more. Besides that many sporting events takes place - among other things regional handball games or swimming contests.
Another sport and culture center is Nordkraft: https://nordkraft.dk/forside.aspx
A place where movie fans, sport fanatics, coffee drinkers, art freaks, food lovers and knowledge collectors meet.
Dansk er svær. The danish language is difficult to learn. Especially, when you are a student: always busy, probably thrifty, and overdosed of school and classrooms. Therefore, a great possiblity to learn danish in a cozy, familiar atmosphere is ElskAalborg: http://elskaalborg.dk/
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 14:00-16:00 a language course takes place. During the first hour you learn something about Denmark in a short presentation. Then you practice the vowels, pronounciation and after that, the entire group splits up in four different levels. Level 1 is the basic level, level 4 is for the experienced talkers. It is your desicion which level you want to join. After the offical class at 16:00, you get the chance to try out baking danish pastries, play tablesoccer or boardgames, chat in danish, meet people and enjoy the company. Of course, you don’t have to go every time. It is free and completely open for everyone from everywhere. The values of ElskAalborg are: Kindness, helpfulness and hospitality.
Get acquainted with the public transportation in Aalborg and the best way to do that is at the central station in Aalborg. You have different options regarding buying tickets for a longer periode of time (rejsekort or just a normal seasonal ticket) and some of them requires a CPR-Number. Here you can find the timetables for public transportation (bus and train): https://www.rejseplanen.dk/webapp/index.html
Helpful and interesting links:
Great overview of events, places to go and helpful addresses, summed up in one website.
A very detailed and helpful blog from a expat woman.
The offical tourist website of Aalborg.
Helpful links and advices, including websites from Aalborg civil services.