Including rent, school fees and other costs, international students choosing to live in Tokyo, home of Ochanomizu University, should budget about 170,000 yen a month for living expenses (national average for university students).
Ochanomizu University offers three types of student housing. These are available to regular students (undergraduate and graduate), Japanese government scholarship students and exchange students. Occupancy requirements differ, so please check conditions for each dormitory separately.
|Ochadai Students Community Commons (SCC)||International Student House||Koishikawa Student House|
|Eligible Students||Primarily first and second year undergraduate students||Undergraduate students and international students||Japanese graduate students|
|International student eligibility||○||○||×|
As a general rule, applications for entering student housing in April, when the Ochanomizu University school year begins, are accepted from around February. While not every applicant is guaranteed a room due to the large number of candidates, about 60% (approx. 100 in FY2012) of international students eligible for student housing reside at a residence hall.
For details on residence halls and how to apply, follow the link below
Many students from overseas and students from outside the Tokyo area attending Ochanomizu University live in private apartments,
About 57% of international students (approx.130), rent private apartments.
For a 20m2 room with kitchen, a popular size for students, rents range from 40,000 to 80,000 yen a month. Rents can vary greatly depending on conditions such as distance from the train station, age of the building, room layout, and the fixtures in place. Please choose a place in line with your own individual priorities.
When renting an apartment in or around Tokyo, you can expect to pay the following expenses. Requirements differ according to the property and the real estate agent, so be sure to clarify all necessary expenses before signing the rent contract.
Costs generally incurred (there are instances of some of these expenses not being required)
（1）Deposit money (typically one to two months’ rent)
（2）Key money (typically one to two months’ rent)
（3）Key money (typically one to two months’ rent)
（4）Real estate agent’s commission (typically one to two months’ rent)
（5）Rent (one month paid in advance)
Additional costs depending on the property
（6）Fire insurance premium
（7）Key replacement cost
These fees are required at the time of signing the rental agreement. Use six months’ rent (+maintenance fee) as a rough guide to initial costs that you will need to incur.
In addition to this, very few rooms come with furniture, lighting fixtures, electrical appliances, or curtains; you will need to buy these items yourself.
The cost each month thereafter would be only the monthly rent and maintenance fee.
A contract typically lasts two years, and when renewing it you will typically be required to pay a renewal fee of one month’s rent to the landlord and a renewal commission to the real estate agent. Your rent may also change when you renew the contract.
Information pertaining to renewal fees is included in the rental agreement. These will typically not be explained to you at the time of renting the apartment, so be sure to ask for clarification.
[Example] Costs for an apartment with a monthly rent of 60,000 yen and a monthly maintenance fee of 5,000 yen (required only at the time of signing the contract) assuming the deposit and key money are both two months’ rent each and the real estate agent’s commission is one month’s rent.
|3||Real estate agent’s commission||60,000|
|4||First month’s rent||60,000||Paid in advance|
|5||First month’s maintenance fees||5,000||Paid in advance|
|6||Fire insurance premium||15,000|
|7||Key replacement cost||12,000|
|Total||392,000||In addition, other expenses such as for furniture, electrical appliances and curtains will be needed.|
The Student and Career Support Center offers information on apartments near Ochanomizu University. It does not, however, introduce or arrange apartments for you. When looking for an apartment you may choose to consult with the university co-op (Ochanomizu University Consumers’ Cooperative Association) or directly visit nearby real estate agents. The Internet and other resources can also be good sources of information. The University Consumers’ Cooperative Association is located within the university and can introduce you to real estate agents.
When you are looking for an apartment, the vast majority of housing information is available only in Japanese, so consult with a Japanese friend or acquaintance, or a senior international student who is well versed in life in Japan, before you settle on an apartment. It’s also important to actually visit apartments so you can check the surrounding environment and ascertain things like noise levels.
To rent a private apartment in Japan, you generally need a cosigner. A cosigner assumes responsibility for any debts on behalf of the tenant. This person must have an income sufficient to support an independent household. International students without any family members or acquaintances in Japan who can become a consigner can enter a rental agreement by subscribing to the “Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan” and having the university serve as a guarantor. This insurance scheme includes coverage for accidents which can occur in daily life that involve liability for reparation. For details on applying, contact the International Students Section of the International Affairs Office. For details on the scheme, follow the link below.