Students looking for an apartment are welcome to use the information on apartments near the university, available at the Student and Career Support Office. The Ocha-coop (Ochanomizu University Consumers’ Cooperative Association) also provides services for introducing real estate agents.
Research students who become regular students at Ochanomizu University can apply for a room in residence halls. For details, see the link below.
To conclude a lease agreement for a private apartment or other housing in Japan, you need a cosigner. A cosigner assumes responsibility for any debts on behalf of the tenant of the room. This person must have an income sufficient to support an independent household. International students without any relatives or acquaintances who can become a consigner in Japan can subscribe to the “Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan” and have the university serve as a guarantor. This insurance scheme also includes coverage for accidents that can occur in daily life.
For details, contact the International Affairs Office.
Undergraduate and graduate students (regular students) can buy a student commuter pass by showing their student ID card with a commuter certificate (sticker) on the back, distributed by Student and Career Support Office.
Exchange students and Japanese studies students (non-regular students) can apply for a commuter certificate at the International Affairs Office.
* Since January 2012, research students can apply for a commuter certificate with a Commute Declaration of Research Student affixed with their academic advisor’s confirmation seal (limited to certain routes). For details, contact the International Students Section of the International Affairs Office.
International students in Japan with a “Student” visa for the purpose of study or research are, as a rule, not allowed to take part in any part-time job, etc. unrelated to their studies. However, students who have difficulty paying tuition fees and living expenses on an allowance alone can engage in activities outside the scope of their resident status for up to 28 hours a week by applying at the Immigration Bureau and receiving Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted. During extended holidays, the working hour limit is eight hours a day.
If you wish to take on a part-time job, discuss your plans with and receive permission from your academic advisor, and then apply for permission directly at the Immigration Bureau.
If you lose something on campus, contact the Student and Career Support Office. If you find lost property on campus, likewise bring it to the Student and Career Support Office.
If you lose something or find something off campus, notify the nearest Koban police box.