Regensen (original Latin name: Collegium Domus Regiæ) is a residential college for students at the University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark (DTU). It is situated in the heart of the old city, right next to the Rundetårn (the Round Tower).
Commissioned by King Christian IV and inaugurated by Royal Charter by on 1 July 1623, Regensen has for centuries provided a unique living and working environment for 100 students. Some of the buildings burned down along with the rest city in the Great Fire of Copenhagen in 1728, but was rebuilt the same year.
Regensen's mission is to provide housing to talented yet non-privileged students at the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Until the 1980s, the foundation behind Regensen, Kommunitetet, provided free housing and a scholarship for students chosen for admission. Because of financial difficulties, a small fee was introduced, which today is DKK 1,600 per month. This is still well under housing price levels in Copenhagen and Regensen thus continues to provide financial stability for its students.
It is the second oldest of the old dormitories of the University of Copenhagen, and many old student traditions live on making the place very lively. Danish citizens studying at the University of Copenhagen or the Technical University of Denmark who have completed two years of full-time studies (120 ECTS points) and have an average grade of at least 7 (in the Danish grading system), can be considered for admission to one of its 100 rooms. Applications are open twice a year, corresponding with the start of the Spring and Autumn semesters. Applications are typically quite competitive, with 120-150 applications for around 10 spots.
Since 2013 there are two scholarships a year for foreign students, in honour of Jonas Thomsen Sekyere.
The residents of Regensen organize themselves in small 'clubs' in which they gather to eat, drink and socialize. The current clubs are 'Gamle' ('Old'), Konvencio, 'PIP' (Primus Inter Pares), 'Ping', 'Skrap', 'HOF' (Carlsbergs HOF), 'Tilia', and 'Uglen' ('The Owl').
Many of Denmark's major social and political debates through the ages have taken shape in the College, through the many prominent alumni ranging from scientists to dramatists, novelists, poets and politicians. Regensen is also characterised by an intricate calendar of special feast days that are observed in the Great Hall with a complex array of festive traditions.
- Thomas Kingo (1634–1703), bishop and poet
- Rasmus Rask (1787–1832), linguist and philologist
- Christian Winther (1796–1876), poet
- D. G. Monrad (1811–1887), bishop
- Rasmus Malling-Hansen (1835–1890), inventor, educator, scientist
- Viggo Hørup (1841–1902), politician and journalist, co-founder of Politiken
- Niels Finsen (1860–1904), doctor, 1903 Nobel laureate
- Vilhelm Buhl (1881–1954), social democratic prime minister
- Kaj Munk (1898–1944), priest and poet
- Jens Otto Krag (1914–1978), social democratic prime minister
- Simon Spies (1921–1984), travel-king
- Mogens Glistrup (1926–2008), politician and lawyer