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Accommodation IN JAPAN? HERE'S HOW

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1

YOU LET US KNOW

About one month before you are scheduled to head for Japan, we'll email you a questionnaire where you get to tell us which type of accommodation you're most interested in, an average of what you're able to pay in rent, and the most important features of the accommodation.

2

WE START LOOKING

After you've sent us back the questionnaire, we'll go out and search among the several landlords we partner with, to find you something that fit your needs as closely as possible. All landlords that we partner with are people that we have met and communicate with regularly.

3

YOU GET THE DETAILS

After we find something that we think will work for you, we'll present you the accommodation with pictures, monthly rate and other details. If it appeals to you, we'll setup the contact with the landlord and help you reserve your place! If it doesn't, we'll repeat step 2.

FURTHER BELOW YOU'LL FIND EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATION AND RATES, EXACT ACCOMMODATION WILL DEPEND ON AVAILABILITY AND SEASON.

WE’LL MAKE SURE YOU GET A GOOD DEAL

Thanks to the fact that we've been able to help a lot of students to find accommodation in the past, several of our partner landlords can offer special deals, exclusive for Go! Go! Nihon students.

Borderless House, a great high-standard shared house provider, gives all Go! Go! Nihon students a flat discount of 3000 yen off the rates written on their web-site, every single month, regardless of the room

Oak House, a company that offers over 2000 rooms spread all over the Tokyo area, always yield 5000 yen off their standard management fee to all Go! Go! Nihon students.

Of course, we partner with many more housing providers than these two, but Borderless House and Oak House are two good examples of trusted, serious companies that we're proud to work with.

share houses

LIVING WITH JAPANESE PEOPLE

Most houses have a rate of 50% or higher of Japanese tenants, which means that you also get to practice your Japanese at home and make new Japanese friends from day 1 in Japan. Share house is usually what we recommend as the best housing solution.

LOW ENTRY-COST

In most cases the move-in cost is low and consists of a small management fee (non-refundable) and security deposit that is refunded upon moving out. Usually, necessary furniture and equipment like a bed, desk 8 chair, closet and air conditioner are already in place so you don't have to buy all of that yourself. However, you need to bring your own bedding set or buy one from the landlord.

AFFORDABLE AND COMFORTABLE

A share house is what it sounds like - a house shared by a group of people. Either you rent your own private room or share one with another tenant of the same gender. It is a great option if you want affordable housing that still offers a good level of comfort and privacy.

COMMON RULES

Couples are in most cases not allowed to live in the same house, but family and friends can stay a few nights for free if they're just visiting. Smoking is usually prohibited inside the house. Share houses do not have a curfew after a certain time. You can come and go as you please.

SHARING THE FUN WITH OTHERS

You share things like the kitchen, showers, toilets and laundry room with the other tenants. Many houses have a common living room where tenants hang out, play games, watch TV and socialize, Most houses usually offers a fast (50-100 Mbits) Wi-Fi connection shared by the tenants in the house.

DIFFERENT FROM A DORMITORY

A share house differs from a regular student dormitory. The overall quality of the interior is usually higher, and there are less people living under the same roof, giving more of an "at home"-feeling.

apartments

YOUR OWN PLACE

If complete privacy is of the highest importance and you don't mind paying for it, maybe a private apartment would be the choice for you. If you're a couple you can live together, bring friends whenever you like and use the place at your disposal.

TOKYO AND OTHER CITIES

Living in a private apartment in Tokyo by yourself can be quite expensive. However, in other cities the situation is different since the rates are lower. For example, shared house is more common in Tokyo, while living in a private apartment is more common in Kyoto. Also, if you're two people sharing the place it goes a lot easier on your wallet.

THE FINE PRINT

For apartments you usually have to sign a contract for 6 months or even 1 year. Some apartments have the infamous "key money" fee, but we try our best to help you find apartments without that. Besides the first month's rent, a security deposit of one month's rent is standard, and usually landlords ask for 10-30,000 yen extra for fire insurance and cleaning upon moving in.

MOVING IN

Apartments come in all varieties, unfurnished, partly furnished and fully furnished. Some apartments come unfurnished, but with the option to rent utilities and furniture for a monthly fee before you have had time to buy your own stuff. Bills for electricity, gas, water and internet are usually paid separately after monthly usage.

host family
LIVE WITH A GENUINE JAPANESE FAMILY

Living with a Japanese family is as close as you can get to Japanese family life, obviously. If you want to learn and adapt yourself to Japanese social rules from day one, living in a host family can be a great experience.

GREAT EXPERIENCE VALUE

Being under the same roof as Japanese people will make you have to practice and use your Japanese every single day, which could help you learn speaking and listening faster A family can also help you get to know the neighborhood and city, in ways you may not have been able to discover by yourself. And again, having the convenience of getting a cooked meal twice a day is quite a sweet deal.

LIVING COST

When you move in with a host family, you usually pay a smaller management fee and then a flat fee per month which includes your room in the family's house, your usage of utilities (electricity, gas, water & internet) and two cooked meals per day: breakfast and dinner. Committing to stay longer than 3 months will give you a lower monthly fee, while short stays cost more per month.

COMMON RULES

Living with a host family may come with a couple of rules. Sometimes (doesn't apply to all host families, but some), families live a bit outside of the city, which can mean 1 hour or more commuting time to get to school. Also, generally you need to be home for dinner each night and some families have a curfew rule alter 10PM in the evening. If you want to bring home friends, you may need permission first.

tokyo

share house

shared room

private room

Rent ¥46,400

per month

¥64,450

per month

Utility bills ¥7,000

monthly (fixed)

¥10,000

monthly (fixed)

Management fee ¥15,000

one-time

¥15,000

one-time

Security deposit ¥15,000

one time (refundable)

¥15,000

one time (refundable)

Note: This is one genuine example of many shared houses in Tokyo. The exact rent of each house depends on the size of the room and the quality & location of the house.


host family

under 3 months stay

over 3 months stay

Rent, Utilities, Food ¥4,860

daily

¥3,888

daily

Registration fee ¥19,440

one-time

¥19,440

one-time

Note: Living with a host family always includes your own private room and 2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner.


apartment

1 ROOM & SMALL KITCHEN

2 ROOMS & KITCHEN

Rent ¥90,000

per month

¥130,000

per month

Utility bills ¥10,000

monthly average

¥15,000

monthly average

Insurance ¥15,000

for 2 years

¥15,000

for 2 years

Security deposit ¥90,000

one time (refundable)

¥130,000

one time (refundable)

Note: The numbers above are average. Some apartments are cheaper, some are more expensive. Many apartments require you to sign a 1 year contract, or the monthly rent will be higher.


dorm

shared room

private room

Rent ¥35,000

per month

starting from

¥45,000

per month

Utility bills ¥3,000

monthly average

¥5,000

monthly average

Entrance Fee ¥30,000

one-time

¥30,000

one-time

Security deposit ¥30,000

one time (refundable)

¥30,000

one time (refundable)

Note: Only for students studying at the school Akamonkai in Nippori. Bathroom, shower, and kitchen is shared with other tenants. Prices for a private room typically start from 45,000 yen and up depending on the dormitory.

osaka

share house

private room

Rent ¥40,000

per month

Utility bills ¥11,000

monthly (fixed)

Management fee ¥15,000

one-time

  


host family

under 3 months stay

over 3 months stay

Rent, Utilities, Food ¥4,860

daily

¥3,888

daily

Registration fee ¥19,440

one-time

¥19,440

one-time

Note: Living with a host family always includes your own private room and 2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner.


apartment

1 ROOM & SMALL KITCHEN

2 ROOMS & KITCHEN

Rent ¥60,000

per month

¥90,000

per month

Utility bills ¥10,000

monthly average

¥15,000

monthly average

Insurance ¥15,000

for 2 years

¥15,000

for 2 years

Security deposit ¥60,000

one time (refundable)

¥90,000

one time (refundable)

Note: The numbers above are average. Some apartments are cheaper, some are more expensive. Many apartments require you to sign a 1 year contract, or the monthly rent will be higher.


dorm

shared room

private room

Rent ¥28,000

per month

¥38,000

per month

Utility bills ¥5,000

monthly (fixed)

¥10,000

monthly (fixed)

Security deposit ¥20,000

one time (refundable)

¥20,000

one time (refundable)

Note: This is one genuine example of a dormitory in Osaka. The exact rent of each room depends on the size of the room and the quality & location of the building.

yokohama

share house

private room

Rent ¥52,000

per month

Utility bills ¥10,000

monthly (fixed)

Management fee ¥15,000

one-time

Note: This is one genuine example of several shared houses in Yokohama. The exact rent of each house depends on the size of the room and the quality & location of the house.


host family

under 3 months stay

over 3 months stay

Rent, Utilities, Food ¥4,860

daily

¥3,888

daily

Registration fee ¥19,440

one-time

¥19,440

one-time

Note: Living with a host family always includes your own private room and 2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner.


dorm

shared room

private room

Rent ¥35,000

per month

¥51,000

per month

Utility bills ¥4,000

monthly average

¥6,000

monthly average

Security deposit ¥20,000

one time (refundable)

¥25,000

one time (refundable)

Move in fee ¥20,000

one-time

¥30,000

one-time

Facility Fee Zero

per month

¥15,000

per month

Note: All rooms have their own bathroom with toilet. Each floor has a shared kitchen. Utility bills in the chart is an average, how much you pay depends on how much water/gas/electricity you use.

kyoto

share house

private room

rent ¥42,000

per month

Utility bills ¥10,000

monthly (fixed)

Management fee ¥5,000

one-time

Note: This is one genuine example of several shared houses in Kyoto. The exact rent of each house depends on the size of the room and the quality & location of the house.


host family

under 3 months stay

over 3 months stay

Rent, Utilities, Food ¥4,860

daily

¥3,888

daily

Registration fee ¥19,440

one-time

¥19,440

one-time

Note: Living with a host family always includes your own private room and 2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner.


apartment

1 ROOM & SMALL KITCHEN

2 ROOMS & KITCHEN

Rent ¥48,000

per month

¥80,000

per month

Utility bills ¥10,000

monthly average

¥15,000

monthly average

Insurance ¥15,000

for 2 years

¥15,000

for 2 years

Security deposit ¥50,000

one time (refundable)

¥80,000

one time (refundable)

Note: The numbers above are average. Some apartments are cheaper, some are more expensive. Many apartments require you to sign a 1 year contract, or the monthly rent will be higher.

fukuoka

dorm

private room

Rent ¥226,000 (6

months

)
Utility bills ¥60,000 (6

months

)
Security deposit ¥20,000

one time (refundable)

Note: Only for students studying at the school Fukuoka Foreign Language College. Maximum period of using the dorm is 6 months if there are new tenants waiting in line, after that the school will help you find new accommodation.

faq
WILL I GET THE PLACE I WANT?

We always do our best to help you find something that meets your needs as closely as possible. If a specific place you were interested in isn’t available at the time you are supposed to arrive in Japan, we’ll try our hardest to find you a similar option.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I BOOK A PLACE?

It depends on what type of housing you’ve chosen, and what the landlord allows. Usually, it’s around 30 days before you’re supposed to arrive in Japan and move in. If you’re already located in Japan, you can in most situations move in right away if the place is available.

CAN I MOVE?

Of course you’re free to move from one housing to another. Let’s say you want to stay 3 months with a host family, and then move to a shared house: No problem. Just let us know in advance.