Sophia University

Campus Life Sophia-Arrupe International Residence

Growing in the environment of multi-culture and multi-language, gaining a sense of diversity

“Sophia-Arrupe International Residence” is derived from Fr. Arrupe Pedro, who was the twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus (SJ) and clarified the principles of “Jesuit Ignatian-Education”, which sets educational policy of Jesuit schools. This philosophy and our school motto, “Men and Women for Others with Others,” is derived from his vision and proposal.

Feature & Concept

Sophia-Arrupe International Residence allows for all students with different origin, culture and religion living in one residence and learning the diversity by. They are encouraged to grow in the environment of multi-culture and multi-language, gaining a sense of internationality and diversity. The residence holds various kinds of educational programs for residents to participate to achieve the Mission & Vision below.


Sophia-Arrupe International Residence is a place that aims to bring up persons of global competency based on the educational principles of Christian Humanism and, guided by Sophia University's vision: “Sophia - Bringing the World Together.”


1. Freedom and Responsibility
Residents have the freedom to create any educational opportunity in accordance with the Mission and are responsible to maintain the order of residence.
2. Coexistence through understanding ‘the other’
Residents are expected to accept others’ characteristics and diversity, and respect the attitude to live together.
3. Self-development as Global Agent
Residents are expected to acquire a sense of global leadership by making own effort and insight toward solving social issues the humanity faces.

Living Group

We have a community system in the dormitory called “Living Group” and every member is assigned to one of Living Groups that consist of 14 members in each (6 members in 8th Floor). Every member is required to join the activity of Living Group and the exchange even beyond the Groups. Living Group is a basic community for the residents to appreciate the given riches and to collaborate in diversity.
Living Group Leader (LGL) system is provided. LGLs represent the residents and work with Center for Student Affairs as partner to build better dormitory. In collaboration with the Center for Student Affairs, LGL should facilitate activities of Living Group to practice the vision and mission of the dormitory as well as carrying out of various activities.

Regulation and living guide

The below contents about the rule and regulation, living guide as well as the educational program held inside the dormitory.

Sophia-Arrupe International Residence Guideline(212.79 KB)

Please check the contents carefully before apply.

Sophia-Arrupe International Residence Living Guide(350.41 KB)

Please check the contents carefully before apply.

Facilities and room layout

One unit consists of six to seven individual rooms (9 square meter) will be sharing dining kitchen, bathroom. Also common living area will be available on the each floor. Open ceiling space makes possible for students on the different floors to communicate. Also two rooms will be offered with the toilet, shower, and the kitchen for students with disabilities. These rooms are also gender inclusive.
The manager and staffs are available during office hours. No meal service provided.
The maximum period of occupancy is 2 years. Extension of period of stay may be decided after screening by the Center for Student Affairs.


House fee

Entrance Fee: 90,000 yen (One-time payment when you move in)
Housing Fee (monthly): 95,000 yen
※Including utility costs (heat, light and water expenses and internet fees)


Location: 33-7, Shinanomachi, Shinjuku city, Tokyo
Maximum Capacity: 180 residents (90 for male & 90 for female)
Structure: RC 9 storey
Completion: April 2019
Transportation: JR Chuo line
(One minute by walk to Shinanomachi station; Ten minutes to Sophia University Yotsuya Campus)
Facilities: multipurpose area, courtyard, study rooms (two), theater room, beverage vending machine, prayer room, sports studio, terrace, laundry rooms with coin-operated washers and dryers; storage, desk, desk lamp, chair, bed, an air-conditioner, curtain, mirror, closet (970*1950*200(mm)); kitchens, shower rooms, toilet, sinks.

Application Information

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Dorm visit for applicants is reservation-only.
Please contact the local office to reserve a time slot.
Arrupe International Residence Office: 03-3351-1028