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  • Study facilities
  • Wireless network
  • Purchase of reader and books
  • Teaching
  • Photocopies and prints
  • Student ID 
  • Pin Code
  • Student ID-card
  • KUnet (campus net)
  • Absalon
  • University e-mail
  • CPR-number
  • Bank account
  • Kitchenette
  • Canteen
  • Basement Café
  • International Night
  • How to find us
  • Getting around

Study facilities

The library is housing study facilities with plugs for laptops and wireless internet connection;  In order to log in to the computers in our library (and anywhere else in the faculty) you must obtain a user-id and password at the Student Hub at the ground floor by showing your Student ID card. To gain access to our student computers and printers in the adjacent building you also have to register at the Student Hub.

Wireless network 

To access the wireless network you should follow the instructions given at the website
Following the guidelines written on the webside requires logging in to KUnet.
Further help is given at our IT-department, ground floor room 051.

Purchase of reader and books
Some lecturers will use books, which can be purchased at the Atheneum Academic Books, Nørregade 6, Copenhagen. Other lectures will prepare an electronic course reader on the teaching platform Absalon. More information is given at the website


Teaching takes place in room AUD 12 next to the library and room 456 both located on the 4th floor.

Photocopies and prints

Our photocopier and printer is located in the hall close to the libary (in front of the goods lift at the top). You can only print from the student computers in the Library or from the computers in the student computer room (ground floor).

To access our photocopier, printer and student computers you need a special user-id (username) and a password from the Student Hub (ground floor). The user-id (username) can not be changed but you can change your password (ask in the Student Hub how to do so).

You have to pay online to a print and photocopy account before you can photocopy or print. Please read this for instructions for WebPay.

Student ID

All international guest- and exchange students will receive a Danish Student ID number from the International Office. International full degree students will receive a Danish Student ID number by e-mail from the Centre of African Studies. You need this number the first time you access KUnet. All international full degree students will have to apply for a CPR-number (Social Security number) upon arrival and the CPR-number will replace the Student ID number - it is therefor important that international full degree students hand in their CPR-number to the Exam administration. 

Pin code
All international students will receive a pin code by mail. This code is used to activate KUnet (Campus Net) and your KU-username and KU e-mail and together with your Student ID-card it gives you access to buildings etc. Please ask at the Student Hub, ground floor, if you have any problems with your pin code. Visit also

Student ID-card
If you did not receive an application form for a Student ID-card by mail, you should print one from International guest and exchange students will have to pick up their student ID-cards at the International office in Fiolstræde International full degree students will have to pick up their student ID-card at the Centre of African Studies. You need your student card and pin code to enter the library and to enter the university areas at certain hours during the afternoon and night. If your student ID-card has been delayed you may ask for a guest ID-card at the Student Hub, ground floor.

KUnet (Campus Net)

Our campus net is called KUnet. Through KUnet students have their university email accounts, access to Absalon, and print of transcripts. To access KUnet you need a KU-username. To activate your KU-username you must use your student ID and your pin code (sent to you) and follow the instructions

  • Go to KUnet
  • Click on the British flag for English
  • Click on the link "First time you log in". This will open a new page. 
  • Enter your student ID in "PERSON NUMBER" and pin code in "PIN CODE/CARD NO."
  • Now you will see your KU-Username. It is important that you remember your KU-Username.
  • Enter a password
  • Enter your personal contact information (mobile phone and private email address - not your KU email address). If you forget your password, you can receive a new password by text and/or email.
  • Now you can log in to KUnet with your KU-Username.

You can find an instruction video on how to activate your KU-username and access KUnet and Absalon here

The KU username consists of three random consonants followed by a three-digit number, e.g. "bdg123". Your KU Username cannot be changed. Visit also


Absalon is a teaching platform used by some course instructors to upload articles, notes etc. Absalon is accessed through KUnet, and then pressing Absalon under "MY ACCESS" or "SYSTEMADGANGE" in Danish, you will be taken directly to Absalon. Log in help is available at

University E-mail
You will receive a KU email and calendar system. You can synchronise these with mobile units, or invite other students to meetings. All official information from the university is send to your university e-mail. You can access your KU email through KUnet. Help is available at


Once you have a residence permit and an address in Copenhagen, you need to register with the People's Registrars' office. They will issue you with a CPR-number (Social Security number). You need to bring your passport, your "Letter of Admission" to the University of Copenhagen, your lease and your residence permit. You cannot book an appointment with the People's Registar but must be prepared for some waiting time. Click here for addresses. All full degree students have to hand in their CPR-number to the administration at CAS.

Bank account

You can open a bank account with most Danish banks, but remember to bring your passport and your CPR-number. You should also bring your lease and your letter of admission or student card.

Check with your local bank in your home country to find out if they have any collaboration agreements with Danish banks. If you don't want the banks to collect more fees from your transactions than necessary, make sure that the bank of your choice here in Denmark is the partner bank of your bank in your home country.


The Centre has facilities for making tea and coffee. Please remember to pay 2 DKK per cup.


Located in the adjacent building. Open Monday-Friday. Coffee and breakfast from 9:15, lunch from 12:00. Membership is required and costs 50 DKK which must be paid at the beginning of each semester. The canteen is run by students, so please be helpful and clear the tables after use.

Basement café

Located in the adjacent building. This is a place with many functions. The café is open Monday and Wednesday 14-17, and Friday 14 -? (“Friday bar”).

International Night on Wednesdays

Venue: Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52 (next to the Round Tower)
Time: Every Wednesday evening 300-400 international and Danish students meet to socialize, and it is the only central meeting place for international students af the University of Copenhagen. The International Café is run by students for students, so the bartenders, DJ's and other staff are students volunteering their time. If you want to join a volunteer group at Studenterhuset, please contact:   

How to find us

The Centre of African Studies is located in central Copenhagen, Købmagergade 46.

From Copenhagen Airport it is possible to take the Metro to Nørreport Station, which is only approx. 5 minutes walk from the centre down the pedestrian street “Købmagergade”.

On  you can find a map of our location. The map shows "Nørreport Station"; "Købmagergade" where the centre is located near "Rundetårn" (the round tower); and “Frue Plads” where the University Main Building is located.

You enter the building through the gateway with the sign “Det Teologiske Fakultet” in Købmagergade 46. Once inside the building you will find the Student Hub on the ground floor, where also the administration is situated. The Centre of African Studies is located on the fourth floor.

Getting around

The easiest and cheapest way of getting around Copenhagen is by bike. So if you are used to riding a bicycle, we suggest you buy a cheap or used bike when you arrive - it will be cheaper in the long run. However, if you are not used to riding a bicycle in heavy traffic, you should think twice about it.

By bus 

Schedules can be found at the website of Movia (public transport in Greater Copenhagen).

By Metro or S-train

The metro station and S-train station closest to the Centre of African Studies is "Nørreport Station".  From there it is a five minute walk to the Centre.

More information can be found at The Copenhagen Metro's website.

The site may help you find your way in Copenhagen and Denmark when you want to use public transportation.