Finding Apartments in Tokyo and Surrounding Areas
After the first semester, students are responsible for finding their own housing. If space is available, returning students may continue to stay in TUJ-arranged housing. TUJ provides general information about alternative housing options, and mid-semester OSS will hold information sessions to provide more housing related information. Please note that TUJ does not operate as a relocation service or real estate agency, and does not serve as a guarantor for housing.
Here are the steps to take to find an apartment.
Research on the web, collect information from friends, and discuss with your family to set price limits and expectations.
Consider these essential aspects and look for apartments that fit your needs and limitations.
Contact real-estate agencies and make appointments to go visit open rooms of your interest.
Thoroughly check the apartment onsite when you visit and compare it with others. (We recommend you visit 5 apartments before deciding.)
Learn about the contract procedure from real-estate agents as well as the amount of your initial payment, move-in date, rules and regulations, etc.
Move out and move in. Plan how to move ahead of time (by taxi, train, mover's van, etc.).
Activate utilities (gas, water, electricity).
Submit a change of address form at TUJ through AAC, the post office, and other places (cell phone company, bank, etc.).
Register your change of address on your alien registration card at your ward office, even if you are living in the same ward as before your move. If you moved to a different ward, you will need to re-register for National Health Insurance (NHI) at your new ward office. It is not necessary to update your NHI if you stay in the same ward, this will automatically be done for you when you register your change of address for your alien registration.
For more information on types of apartments, terminology, real estate agents, and guarantors please see the following PDF document.