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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Housing can be anything from an apartment to a single-family home. Apartments are typically within walking distance of the embassy, while housing is farther out with travel times of about 30 minutes. Most homes have issues with flooding in the basements during heavy rains. Housing assignments are hit or miss, and at times, questionable. There have been many complaints regarding the housing questionnaires not being considered when assignments are made. And then there's the issue with the landlords' lack of upkeep on the properties. - Jul 9, 2016
People without kids live in the city it what are generally very nice two or three-bedroom apartments within minutes from the Embassy. Families live out in the suburbs if they want to be close to the school, though there are large apartments in the city if they want to live there. The biggest downside to the houses are that Danish houses rarely have more than two bathrooms even if the house has five bedrooms. Some of the houses only have 1.5 bathrooms for multiple bedrooms! - May 1, 2014
Good size apartments in the city, near the Embassy. And decent houses in the northern suburbs. 10-20 minutes commute time. - Feb 8, 2014
Mostly apartments in the city for singles, couples and even couples with small children. Others live in houses out near the school. Be prepared for noise in the city. You will hear your neighbors and they can hear you. The summer especially, since no A/C's are needed and everyone leaves their windows open. This also means you hear everything on the streets and in the summer people like to party late with sunset not until midnight. - Aug 7, 2011
Embassy housing is within 15 miles of the Embassy in either apartments, townhomes or houses. Housing is furnished by the Embassy for most employees. Many employees can walk to work in less than 10 minutes, while others took as much as half an hour to drive, depending on traffic. The public transportation system is very good, so many people use buses or the train system to commute. Bicycles are also a very popular mode of transportation and have designated lanes on most roads. - Jul 22, 2011