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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 60 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 - 5,920 JPY / 1 month
- 16,880 JPY / 3 months
- 31,980 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) as of 2019

〔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) ¥21,000 Dorm admission fee (non-refundable) ¥42,000 ¥42,000
Deposit (refundable) NONE Deposit (refundable) ¥42,000 ¥42,000
Rent (¥45,000 per month) ¥180,000 Rent (¥45,000 per month) ¥450,000
(for 10 months)
(for first 6 months)
Bedding rental ¥12,960 Bedding rental ¥24,300 ¥24,300
Total ¥213,960 Total ¥588,300 ¥378,300

*Rent fee includes utilities cost (i.e. heat, light and water expenses and internet fees).
*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 in your room
Internet Free Wi-Fi is available in your room and in the common space of the Administration wing
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 22:00 weekdays and 9:00-18:00 weekends and holidays) . It closes several days from December 30 to January 3. The manager will not be available, but students can stay at the dormitory.


The dormitory consists of variety of common spaces and private rooms.

・ Smoking room will be available until August 31, 2019. Thereafter, smoking will not be permitted in response to” Notification Regarding Smoking on Campus” posted on our website on April 2, 2018.

・ 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, Toilet, Lavatory, Trash can

Please refer to this link for details.(1.40 MB)

  • Soshigaya (Room)

  • main gate
    (Main Gate)
  • cafe
  • lobby

Mission and Vision of 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 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 their 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 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●
・Promote interpersonal and international exchange (concept of a community building)
・Create the culture, atmosphere and order of the House
・Around 20 groups consisting of around 15 members of different gender, nationality, language etc., with a Living group leader
・All residents
・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 international students to get used to live in Japan
Conducting events for cultural exchange, etc.

●Floor Activity●
Members of each floor are responsible and have duty to keep the floor and kitchen clean and comfortable.
・Keep one’s own belongings in the designated storage space in a kitchen
・Never leave your belongings in the shared place
・Clean up the sink and table and leave nothing behind

Rules of the House (Excerpt)

Important: Please follow the rules. Violations of rules can lead to one’s dismissal from the House

(1) Your Room
① The Director of Center for Student Affairs assigns your room. As a rule, you cannot change rooms.
② Never smoke in your room.
③ Men and women live separately on each floor and wing. Do not enter floors of the opposite sex throughout day and night. This includes corridors, kitchen and individual rooms. Do not enter other rooms of even the same sex after 22:00 because that can disturb your neighbors.
④ Visitors cannot come into the Residential Wings for Single rooms. Residents can meet them in either Cafeteria or TV lounge. Residents in single rooms are not allowed to let anyone enter nor stay overnight in their rooms. 
⑤ Do not cook in single rooms.
⑥ Please clean and organize your room by yourself. It is not allowed to remodel your room irreversibly, to put adhesive tape on the floor, or to drive nails into the wall.
⑦ Furnishings in your room are what you rent, not what you bought. Please take good care of them. Do not take them out of your room.
⑧ You cannot exit from the emergency door for your daily use due to the door for the emergency.
⑨ You are responsible for your room key. Do not lend it to anyone or duplicate it.
⑩ Please separate your garbage and throw them at the designated location.

(2) Use of Shared Facilities and Equipments
① Please be careful not to disturb other people when you use shared facilities. Do not break equipment of the facilities.
② Do not leave your things in shared facilities including in the hallway and around emergency ladders (except in designated places in the kitchen).
③ Smoking is not permitted except in designated smoking rooms
④ Drinking and eating are not allowed except in the cafeteria and the auditorium.
⑤ Washing machines and dryers in the laundry room.
・You can use the washing machine for 200 yen a time. Please use your own detergent.
・You can use the dryer for 100 yen for 40 minutes.
・Washing machine and dryer for athletic shoes are available in the 1st floor of both A and B wings.
・Please do not use them after 22:00 not to disturb your neighbors.
⑥ Please 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) Inviting guests
Please ask your guests to write their names on the guest list at the office. And please come down to the office to meet your guests. Visiting hours are 9:00 to 22:00. Your guests can stay in the lounge and the cafeteria but you cannot invite them into your room

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

(6) Disturbing your neighbors
Do not disturb your neighbors by talking loudly, playing musical instruments, or listening to loud music. Please maintain silence especially at night.

(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.
① If your rent is overdue by three or more months.
② If you let someone stay overnight in a single room.
③ If you share a couple or a family room with your guests or let them to stay overnight without permission.
④ If you lend or give the whole or part of your room to someone.
⑤ If you use or alter the whole or part of facilities or equipment without permission.
⑥ If you cause a fire or any other disaster.
⑦ If you do not pay compensation as mentioned in the article (7).
⑧ If you do not follow the rules or corrupt public morals of the House.
⑨ If you are considered not suitable to live here in terms of health or sanitation.
⑩ If the Director of Center for Student Affairs acknowledges that your behaviors cause trouble in terms of management of the House.