Types of housing
Some schools provide accommodation such as dormitories for international students.
Accommodation varies depending on the school, so please confirm the details with the person in charge at your school.
●International student dormitories
There are also a small number of international student dormitories operated by the Government of Japan and private organizations.
These international student dormitories offer good amenities and are relatively cheap, however vacancies are often limited and eligibility criteria may apply.
»Kyoto International Student House(Japanese only)
»Kyoto International Student Orientation Center(Japanese only)*Prospective tenants are asked to confirm the details with the person in charge at NATIONAL STUDENTS INFORMATION CENTER.
»Mukaijima Gakusei Center
»Kyoto International Students House
Public housing is provided by Kyoto Prefecture and municipalities within Kyoto Prefecture. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Japan for a period of one year or more and reside together with family members in the area. However, conditions are relaxed for international students who are given preferential treatment in some cases.
●UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) (former name: Public Housing)
UR ensures the appropriate management of around 750,000 houses and apartment flats in Japan. There are no guarantors, honoraria, commissions, or renewal fees. However, security deposits equivalent to a rent for two months are required.
International students can live in the apartments under the same terms and conditions as Japanese people.
»UR Kansai(Japanese only)
●Private rental housing
|Broadly speaking, there are five types of private rental housing available|
|Apartment||wooden or prefabricated building; usually a two-story housing complex. Kitchen and toilet facilities may be private or shared, and many apartments do not contain a bath.|
|Condominium||reinforced concrete building; usually a three-story or taller housing complex. Has a separate kitchen, toilet and bath. It is often the case that the higher the floor the higher the rent.|
|Detached house||An independent house; usually a one- or two-story structure with a small garden. Has a separate kitchen, toilet and bath.|
|Homestay||A form of accommodation whereby you are accepted into a Japanese home and treated as a member of the family. Many international students desire homestay as it provides a chance to learn about Japanese culture and customs, but the availability of homestay accommodation is extremely limited.
»Homestay in Japan
|Shared housing||A form of accommodation whereby you are provided a private room in a house consisting of multiple rooms and share the living room, kitchen and bathroom, etc. with other household members. Shared housing is a good way to live in a desirable location for a relatively cheap price.|
|Temporary housing is housing in which you can stay temporarily after arriving in Kyoto while looking for more permanent housing. It is possible to sign a monthly or weekly lease agreement.
(Guest houses and hostels are handled differently because they are for accommodations and not permanent housing.)
|Monthly / weekly housing||Housing rented on a monthly or weekly basis often comes furnished with equipment such as a television, air-conditioner, bed and refrigerator. It is easy to move in and to move out and possible to stay at relatively low cost.
|Guest house / hostel||An accommodation facility with a shared living room, kitchen, toilet and showers, etc. You may need to pay a deposit before moving in.|
How to find housing
Many schools have independently concluded partnerships with real estate agents and will help you find safe and secure housing. So it is best to contact your school about housing after you have enrolled.
If searching for housing through a real estate agent by yourself, it’s a good idea to take a Japanese friend or guarantor or a person fluent in Japanese to assist you in negotiations.
□Finding housing through your university or school
Japanese universities, vocational schools and Japanese language schools can introduce private accommodation for students located in the vicinity of the school. Try enquiring at your school’s office.
□Finding housing with a real estate agent
Real estate agents act as an intermediary between property owners and prospective tenants. Many signboards such as “◯◯ real estate” and “×× homes” can be seen around train stations.
□Finding housing over the Internet
You can search for housing over the Internet by area, the name of your university and monthly rent, etc. If you find a property you like, you can make an enquiry over the Internet or visit the real estate agent directly.
Kyoto Housing Search for International Students
Opening of Multilingual Kyoto Housing Search Site for International Students.
Search for student housing in Kyoto with this site just for international students!
●List of housing-related businesses
The following resources contain a great deal of housing information for students. Please take a look.
- »Gakuseikaikan GUIDE (School dormitories)
- »Nasic student condominiums(Japanese only) (student condominiums)
- »House Navi (student condominiums)
- »Flat Agency (student condominiums ・monthly condominiums)
- »Freedom(Japanese only) (student condominiums・Shared housing)
- »Unilife student condominiums (student condominiums)
- »SAKURA RENT(English) (furnished student condominiums・Shared housing)
Concluding a lease agreement
You will conclude a lease agreement with the landlord or real estate agent.
When you conclude the lease agreement, you will have to pay a deposit (an amount equivalent to a few month’s worth of rent), key money and brokerage fees.
You will also need to prepare furniture, as it is not provided in most housing.
In almost all cases, a “guarantor” is required to move into housing. The landlord may demand the guarantor make payment on your behalf in the event you have failed to pay the rent on the due date or have damaged room amenities and failed to pay repair costs, etc.
*The following two options are available if you cannot find a guarantor.
□Kyoto international students housing support system
This is a system by which member universities of the Kyoto International Students Housing Support Organization (currently seven universities) provide support to international students in cooperation with entities that approve of the aim of this system. This system supports international students in the Kyoto area who do not have a guarantor to find housing. The Kyoto International Students Housing Support Organization secretariat is managed by the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto. (A subscription fee of 9,000 yen is required)
»View the Kyoto international students housing support system.
□International Student Housing Comprehensive Security System (Japan Student Services Organization)
Some schools are able to act as a guarantor for students under this system. The following requirements must be met to use this system.
- ・The school is a member of the International Student Housing Comprehensive Security System
- ・You enroll in the insurance prescribed by this system (Premium: 7,500 yen for one year, 14,000 yen for two years)
- ・The landlord agrees to the university acting as your guarantor under this system.
Please enquire at your school’s office for further details.
Please enquire at your school’s office for further details.
After moving in
After moving in to your new home, you will need to complete procedures to start using water, electricity and gas as well as subscribe to fire insurance. Have the real estate company explain the procedures to you. Water, electricity and gas charges are to be paid separately in addition to the rent.