Study in Japan: Housing & Living Costs

One of the main reasons to study in Japan is the safe environment, as Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world, with significantly low crime rates. The living cost in Japan compared to other study destinations is high, especially if you choose to live in the capital, Tokyo. However, it all depends on the areas you choose to live and the lifestyle you follow.

The most student-friendly cities in Japan include Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Sapporo or Yokohama, cities that cover all your budget needs. As an international student in an effort to reduce your living costs in Japan, a great option is to live in a university dormitory. 

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Despite the existence of student dormitories provided by the government and universities, the majority of international students live in private accommodation, as there is a limited number of dormitory rooms available. Be aware to seek an accommodation option in either dormitories or private houses the moment you get your letter of acceptance from the university. 

When it comes to private accommodation living costs in Japan, be prepared to spend a lot if choosing Tokyo as your study destination. Consider living in the suburbs and not in the center in order to save some money. In smaller cities, the cost reduces and is quite affordable compared to metropolitan areas. 

The average monthly rent for a one room apartment is around 50-70,000 Japanese yen (around 450-650 USD), always depending on whether you choose to live in the city center or not. Larger apartments cost much more. Keep in mind that utilities like gas, electricity, internet and water are not included in the rent. 

Another popular option are the so-called guesthouses or in Japanese ‘’the foreigner houses’’ (gaijin houses). These kind of houses are an inexpensive type of accommodation and can be rented for a shorter period of time. It can be a great option for you for your first couple of months in Japan, until you find your permanent student home.

Average living costs in Japan: 


900.00 ¥


404.00 ¥


450.00 ¥

Cinema Ticket

1,800.00 ¥

Monthly rent

From 57 to 83,000.00 ¥

Monthly Transport

10,000.00 ¥

Study in Japan - Overview

Over 300,000 international students choose Japan as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Japan to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Education System 

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Japan? Japan is among the top study destinations for students, given its diverse programs, affordable education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Japan!

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Japan may vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Japan. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities available.

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Language & Culture

Japan is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Japan, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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Last update: 28 Jun 2021


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