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Living Expenses/Statistics/Housing Arrangement Policies

Approximate Living Expenses for Exchange Students

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Exchange students are expected to prepare sufficient funds (approx. 150,000 JPY per month) as the living expenses. The chart below gives the approximate costs depending on the housing types and other anticipated expenses.

Approximate housing fee

Type of Housing 1 Semester
(4 months)
1 Year
(10 months)
Wakeijuku (men only) 503,000 JPY 1,178,000 JPY 2 meals, utilities&internet
Kasai International House
(women only)
313,000 JPY 716,000 JPY internet included
Sophia Soshigaya International House 202,000 JPY 529,000 JPY internet included
Azalea House 305,000 JPY 635,000 JPY internet included
DK House Tokyo Nerima 329,000 JPY 715,000 JPY Utilities (excluding
electric usage charge) &
internet included
DK House Shinkoiwa 328,000 JPY 717,000 JPY same as above
DK House Matsudo 314,000 JPY 685,000 JPY same as above

*The above figures are approximate estimates. For details please refer to the housing information for each options.
**Fee for the arrival month is charged additionally.

Other anticipated living expenses

Item Amount Remarks
Meals 30,000-60,000 JPY /month  
Textbooks 30,000-50,000 JPY /semester  
Commuter Pass 5,000-10,000 JPY /month  
Personal expenses 20,000 JPY /month depends on lifestyle
Japanese National Health Insurance 1,500-3,000JPY /month depends on resident areas
Personal Accident Insurance 800 JPY /year Mandatory

Statistics of Exchange Student Housing

Type of Housing Number
Sophia Soshigaya International House 50-70
Wakeijuku 15-20
Kasai International House 5-10
Azalea House 15-20
DK House Tokyo Nerima 20-30
DK House Shinkoiwa 20-30
DK House Matsudo 30-40
Others (Self-Arrangement, etc.) 50-70
Total Number of Students 190-220

Housing Arrangement Procedures and Policies     

Housing Arrangement Procedures

1. Exchange students should submit a completed housing application with other application documents. Housing arrangements will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

2. Sophia University will make arrangements for the housing, and a "Housing Notice" with the details of the housing will be sent to each student along with the Acceptance Package.

3. Exchange students are requested to complete the necessary payment by the deadline, which is usually at least one month before the arrival in Japan.

4. Exchange students who make the housing arrangement through Sophia should arrive on the designated arrival dates.
Policy for Sophia Housing Arrangement

1. Sophia University will arrange the housing based on the student's preference, availability of the rooms, and information provided from the student.

2. It is not possible to cancel or change the housing after the "Housing Notice" has been sent.

3. Exchange students are expected to make all necessary payments by the deadline. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the housing arrangement, and charging of a penalty fee.

4. Sophia University will make arrangements only before the students' arrival in Japan. In principle it is not possible to re-arrange the housing after arrival.

5. Students are NOT allowed to move from housing arranged by Sophia without previous notice to Sophia University. They are requested to follow the directions from Sophia, but finding alternative accommodation is their own responsibility.


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