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.
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.