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Accommodation & Living Costs in Japan


Living in Japan - How & How Much Is It?

Accommodations for foreign students include the following types:

  • Student dormitories
  • Public housing provided by regional public organizations
  • Staff dormitories owned by Japanese firms
  • Private accommodations for rent

While some schools run dormitories for foreign students, some simply offer assistance in finding private accommodations. Though the renting conditions vary greatly, private accommodations are usually leased through a real estate agency in the chosen area. If you experience problems in finding accommodations after you arrive in Japan, we suggest that you first consult with those in charge at your school.

There seem to be many small apartments with a monthly rent of between ¥40,000 - ¥80,000. Rental fees in metropolitan areas differ greatly from those in outlying areas.

Cost of living

Living costs in Japan and especially in Tokyo are famous to be among the world's highest. However, if you live outside of central Tokyo, adjust to a Japanese lifestyle and do not depend too heavily on food and products from your home country, you may be surprised how inexpensive Japan can be. 100-yen shops and budget stores abound in Japan and sell extremely affordable necessities and reasonably priced gifts, and inexpensive restaurants serve meals that cost 1,000 yen or less. Some of the world's most expensive land can be found in central Tokyo. Consequently, housing doesn’t come cheap. Even tiny apartments in the city centre are very expensive. However, housing costs are distinctly lower in Tokyo's suburbs and in other regions and cities of Japan. Utilities such as gas, water and especially electricity are expensive, and phone rates are high. When in comes to food, local supermarkets are relatively inexpensive if you stick to Japanese food such as seasonal vegetables, seafood, soya bean products and rice.

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Last update: 02 Jun 2017

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