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Cost Involved with Studying Abroad

2017年7月5日更新

Living Expenses

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).

Japan Study Support: Expense for Studying

JASSO: Living Cost and Price

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Housing expenses

Student housing

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 Student 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

Student housing (J)

Private apartments

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.

Housing costs associated with 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.

Expenses incurred when signing a contract to rent an apartment

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.

Cost required after signing the contract

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.

  Item Amount (yen) Reference
1 Deposit money 120,000  
2 Key money 120,000  
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.

Tokyo International Communication Committee: Comprehensive Living Guide for Foreign Residents in Japan (Housing, Rent and Moving)

Renting a private apartment

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.

Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan

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.

Japan Educational Exchanges and Services

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