Many international students at AGU live in privately rented condominiums or apartments. We do not offer rentals, but we can introduce relatively inexpensive accommodations through Aoyama Gakuin Campus Shop Real Estate Team.
In addition, the International Center will post any information on accommodations for international students by local governments and various organizations, etc.
Please refer to the student portal and bulletin board.
Private Rentals (Condominiums/Apartments)
The rent of private rentals varies depending on the location and the condition of the building.
When searching for accommodations we recommend that you go with someone such as your guarantor(s) and/or Japanese friends who are familiar with the Japanese housing situation.
AGU can help international students with searching for accommodations through Aoyama Gakuin Campus Shop Real Estate Team.
|Aoyama Kobaikai||Real Estate team
You can search for accommodations/intermediaries affiliated with AGU on the Campus Shop website.
Aoyama Gakuin Campus Shop Real Estate Team
*Some of the real estate agents who you can ask for more details about at Aoyama
Accommodations for International Students
There are accommodations managed by off-campus organizations for international students. Please contact each agency directly for more information on rent and to apply.
Accommodations which you can only apply for through AGU
Program to accept international students at corporate dormitories (Foundation of Corporate Friendship Network for Foreign Students)
This is a program of private companies which voluntary accept international students to their corporate dormitories under the same condition as their employees.
Unlike private rentals (condominiums and apartments), you are required to live in accordance to the rules of each dormitory. Corporate dormitory rent costs are low compared to private rentals. The caretaker lives permanently at the building, so the building and the rooms are always kept clean. Applications will be posted on the student portal and bulletin board.
Accommodations which you can apply for directly
The followings are accommodations for international students. Please check with them directly for information on application procedures.
Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan
Generally when renting a private apartment or condominium in Japan, a joint guarantor (hereinafter, a guarantor) is required. If you cannot find a guarantor within Japan, the International Center will be able to assume the role of guarantor as an institution if you join the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES). However, there is a limit on the guarantee period and the guarantee range, please apply in advance after receiving the consent of the lessor/real estate company.
- ①Enrolled in AGU
- ②The renter has a student status of residence
- ③Monthly rent (including common expenses and administrative expenses) must be 80,000 yen or less
- ④Occupancy as a single resident
- ⑤The following 3 items are specified as special agreements in the rental contract.
- 1. The guarantee term is limited to the duration the renter is enrolled at AGU and is a member of the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan. The scheduled termination date of the renter ○ ○ ○ is 20 ×× (year), □ (month), ΔΔ (day) (this may change if the renter took a leave of absence/repeated the academic year).
- 2. AGU’s guarantee as a guarantor is limited to within the scope of the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan.
- 3. If the renter loses their student status of residence, or if they are no longer enrolled at AGU due to graduation/withdrawal/removal from the register, etc. or if they will be absent for a long period and taking a leave of absence or studying abroad etc. the guarantor can cancel the guarantee contract after notifying the fact to the lessor.
Receive instructions about Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan at the International Center on your campus and receive the following documents (①~④).
- ① Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan application form (Specific form for AGU)
- ② Joint Guarantee Regarding International Student’s Rental Contract form (Specific form for AGU)
- ③ Handling of Accommodation Intermediation for International Students (for real estate companies)
- ④ Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan Guidelines
After you have decided on the accommodation, have the lessor/real estate company sign and place their seal on the form ② Joint Guarantee Regarding International Student’s Rental Contract after they confirm the contents of the documents.
Submit ① Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan application form and ② Joint Guarantee Regarding International Student’s Rental Contract (signed and sealed) to the International Center.
Pay the associated premium (1 year: 4,000yen 2 years: 8,000yen) to JEES and receive the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan member’s receipt from the International Center.
Bring the rental contract to the International Center to have the contract contents confirmed, signed and sealed.
*If the 3 items specified above are not part of the special agreements in the contract, we cannot sign and seal the guarantor field.
After the contract has been signed, please submit a photocopy of the rental contract (with the lessor’s signature and seal) immediately.
When searching for housing
① If you will reside together with another person in a room where you will have the lease in your name, you are required to have the lessor’s permission in advance. Please note that you may pay a penalty if you reside together with someone without the lessor’s permission.
② In recent years, many problems regarding rental accommodations have been reported, such as not requiring a security deposit/key money; If the payment of rent is delayed by 1 day, the key will be changed, a very expensive cleaning fee will be charged while moving out, etc. Please be sure to read through the rental contract carefully while contracting and double-check the items which you may have doubts on before signing, such as if there are any additional expenses while moving out, etc.
Example for Initial Fees (Rent is 65,000yen)
|2 months rent||130,000yen|
|Security deposit (1 month rent)||65,000yen|
|Key money (1 month rent)||65,000yen|
|Intermediate fee (1 month rent)||65,000yen|
|Fire insurance fee (for 2 years)||20,000yen|
The following is real estate terminology peculiar to Japan. Please use this as a reference while searching for housing.
- Security deposit: A guarantee for rent or damage to the room. When you move, the remaining amount minus room repair fees, etc. will be refunded.
- Key money: A lump sum paid to the lessor with the contract. When you move, this will not be refunded.
- Intermediary fee: The fee paid to a company while renting a room through a real estate company.
Notification of your place of residence
1. If you decide on housing after you arrive in Japan
If you were issued a residence card at your port of entry, within 14 days after deciding on the place of residence, bring the residence card to your local municipality and submit a moving-in notification/residence notification. (If the residence card was not issued at the port of entry, the card will be mailed by the Immigration Bureau of Japan once you have notified your local municipality).
2. If you already reside in Japan and you will move
Submit a residence notification to your local municipality within 14 days after you have moved in. The procedure depends on where you move. Please proceed referring the following cases.
[Case 1. Move within the same municipality] (e.g. Move within Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Submit a moving-in notification/residence notification (the procedure is completed)
[Case 2. Move to an address in a different municipality] (e.g. Move from Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa to Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
① Submit a moving-out notification to the municipality you are leaving and receive a change of address notification. (You may submit the moving-out notification about 14 days before moving out.)
② ② Bring the change of address notification and submit a moving-in notification/residence notification to the local municipality you are moving in to.
Bring your passport and residence card (your student ID card as well just in case)
After you have completed the procedures for changing your address, a new address will be printed on the back of your residence card. Also for those applicable, bring your insurance certificate and follow the procedures if you are a member of the National Health Insurance system.