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Sophia Soshigaya International House

Sophia Soshigaya International House

In April 2012, Sophia University opens the co-ed dormitory as an “International House” for foreign international students and Japanese students who come from distant homes; Sophia hopes that living in a community with multiple cultures and languages will enhance important aspects of human growth.
There is a live-in dormitory manager. Meals are not served, but a kitchen is available for shared use.

Basic Information

Housing Type Off-campus dormitory run by Sophia University for Sophia students
Address 4-24-1, Kami-soshigaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Room size Single, 15.08㎡
Commuting time to Sophia

Total: about 50 minutes

Sophia Soshigaya International House
→20 min. walk to Odakyu Line, Seijo-gakuen-mae Station (buses are also available)

Seijo-gakuen-mae Station
→20 min. Odakyu Line (rapid train) to Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station
→5 min. JR Chuo Line (rapid train) to Yotsuya Station

Student Commuter pass - 5,770 JPY / 1 month
- 16,460 JPY / 3 months
- 31,190 JPY / 6 months
Meals No meal service provided
Methods of Payment A remittance should be done in Japanese Yen currency and made from a bank within Japan or by telegraphic transfer (if you are sending fees from overseas) to the designated bank account before the deadline(details will be informed after the selection).
* Handling fees in connection with this remittance will be responsibility of the student.

EXPENSES (Approximate costs before arrival are listed)

〔One semester student〕
Total period of stay at housing 4 months
〔One year student〕
Total period of stay at housing 10 months
You may choose Lump Sum Payment or Separate Payment type.
  4 months   Lump Sum payment Separate Payment
Dorm admission fee (non-refundable) ¥20,000 Dorm admission fee (non-refundable) ¥40,000 ¥40,000
Deposit (refundable) NONE Deposit (refundable) ¥40,000 ¥40,000
Rent (¥40,000 per month) ¥160,000 Rent (¥40,000 per month) ¥400,000
(for 10 months)
(for first 6 months)
Total ¥180,000 Total ¥480,000 ¥320,000

*For one year students who choose the separate payment, invoice for the second semester will be sent in the beginning of December for Spring semester, and beginning of July for Autumn semester respectively.

Other anticipated dormitory fees required after your arrival

Rent for your arrival month (Daily payment) Daily cost will be announced later
Utilities Cost Monthly usage for electricity and water
Internet Need to arrange and pay by yourself
Installation fee: approx.3000 JPY,
Monthly fee: approx. 3000 JPY/month
Bedding Rental (optional) Cost will be announced later


The housing contract will be concluded for the following periods;
For one-year students (period of stay =10 months)
 Spring: from April 1 to January 31 of the following year
 Autumn: from arrival date (mid-September) to July 31 of the following year
For one-semester students (period of stay = 4 months)
 Spring: from April 1 to July 31
 Autumn: from arrival date (mid-September) to January 31 of the following year

Dormitory office opens daytime (8:00 to 20:00 weekdays and 9:00-18:00 weekends and holidays) . It closes several days from late December to January 4. The manager will not be available, but students can stay at the dormitory.


The dormitory consists of variety of common spaces and private rooms.
・ Shared facilities:Cafeteria, Lounge, Gym, Tennis court, Music room, Kitchen, Shower room, Laundry room, Bicycle parking area

・ Private room furnishings:Air-conditioner, Bed, Desk, Chair, Closet, Bookshelf, Lighting, Desk lamp, Curtains, refrigerator, Washroom, Trash can

Please refer to this link for details.

Soshigaya (Room)


Soshigaya (Main Gate)

(Main Gate)



Soshigaya (Lobby)


On Sophia Soshigaya International House (SSIH)
Sophia Soshigaya International House (SSIH) is a dormitory run by Sophia University under its university educational principles which are expressed in the "mission statement" and "vision of the house" as follows. The members of the house are required to actively participate in maintaining its order, house events and its interactional exchange activities. Those who agree with the mission and vision of the house are welcome to send your applications.

Mission statement “Men and Women for Others with Others”
Sophia Soshigaya International House is a home that aims to bring up persons of global competency, guided by Sophia University's Vision: “Character building through Christian Humanism” and “Sophia - Bringing the World Together”

Vision of the house Students who live in this house may:
・Help each other, as a family with unity and responsibility
・Live together understanding and accepting all differences
・Become leading agents of creating its culture, atmosphere and order of the house

Life style and system of the House
We have a community system in the house called "Living Group" and every member of the house will be assigned to one of the 20 Living groups from the beginning. Living group is the basic community for the residents to appreciate the given riches and to collaborate in diversity. The following is the structure and content of Living Groups:

●Living Group●
・Build strong personal and international exchange (concept of a community building)
・Take part in maintaining the culture, environments and order in the House
・Around 20 groups consisting of around 15 members of different gender, nationality, language etc., with a Living group leader/sub leader
・All residents (mandatory)
・A monthly gathering of all members, with refreshments, chats, discussions etc.
・Other activities/events according to the need of the house and groups, (see sample below)
・Supporting activities for new foreign students to get used to live in Japan
・Conducting events for cultural/national exchange, etc.

●Floor Activity●
Members of each Floor are responsible and have duty to keep the floor and kitchen clean and comfortable by keeping the following: examples,
・Keep one’s own storage space in a kitchen
・Never leave your belongings in the shared place.
・On your duty, clean up the sink and table and leave nothing behind.
・Put the left-behind items into the allocated box.

Rules of the House (Excerpt)
(1) Your Room
- Director of the Center for Student Affairs assigns your room. In general, you cannot change rooms
- You receive a key to your room when you move in. Do not lend your key to anyone else. Be sure to return your key when you leave.
- Do not smoke in your room.
- Men and women live separately in each floor and wing. Do not enter the floor of the opposite sex throughout day and night.
- It is not allowed for residents living in a single room to let anyone stay in your room overnight
- Do not cook in a single room.
- Pay careful attention to prevent fire and promote better sanitation.
- Clean and organize your room on your own. But it is not allowed to remodel your room and to put adhesive tape on the floor and drive a nail on the wall.
- Furnishings in your room are not what you bought, but what you rent. Please take good care of them. Do not bring them out of your room.
- Do not block the corridor and the emergency ladder with your things such as your shoes.

(2) Use of Shared Facilities and Equipments
- When you use shared facilities, please be careful not to disturb other people. Do not break equipments of the facilities.
- Do not leave your things in shared facilities (except designated places in the kitchen).
- Smoking is not allowed except the designated smoking areas.
- We have coin-operated washing machines and a dryer in the laundry room.
・You can use the washing machine for 200 yen a time. Use your own detergent.
・You can use the dryer for 100 yen for 40 minutes.
- Keep the kitchen clean.

(3) Spending away, Traveling and Going Temporarily Home
When you spend three nights or more away from the House and when you go back to your country, be sure to submit “Notice of Temporal Leave.” This is important in case of a disaster or an emergency.

(4) Visitors
You can invite someone from 9:00 to 22:00. Visitors can stay in the lounge and the cafeteria, and you cannot invite them into your room except parents / relatives.
Do not let your friend and visitor to stay overnight. Please ask them to leave by 22:00.

(5) Disturbance to Other Residents
Do not disturb other residents by talking very loudly, watching TV and listening to music in a large volume and playing musical instruments noisily. Be quiet enough after 22:00.

(6) Pets
No pet is allowed in the House. Do not feed stray animals.

(7) Indemnification
If you and your visitor damage or lose facilities or equipments in the House, you are required to indemnify the damage or loss.

(8) Expulsion from the House
The Director of Center for Student Affairs requires residents under the conditions below to leave the House. You must leave within a week if you expelled.
- If your rent is overdue by three or more months.
- If you let someone stay overnight in a single room.
- If you share a couple or a family room with your guests or let them to stay overnight without permission.
- If you lend or give the whole or part of your room to someone.
- If you use or alter the whole or part of facilities or equipment without permission.
- If you cause a fire or any other disaster.
- If you do not pay compensation as mentioned in the article (7).
- If you do not follow the rules or corrupt public morals of the House.
- If you are considered not suitable to live here in terms of health or sanitation.
- If the Director of Center for Student Affairs acknowledges that your behaviors cause trouble in terms of management of the House.


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