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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

留学生のための生活情報 Daily Life

Cost of Living

Tokyo has the highest cost of living in the world. Average monthly expenses of an international student who lives in Kanto Region is estimated as 154,000JPY(including tuition fee) (JASSO data 2015). It must be a little more expensive in Tokyo. Please guesstimate your monthly living expenses and expected income, and prepare well for Tokyo life.

Student Discount for Commuter Pass

If you are a regular student or an exchange student, you can purchase your train pass to the university with discounted rate. Please ask at the railway company for more detail. The student certificate which you need to show the railway company when you buy the pass will be distributed by the Graduate School Office at the Guidance for new students.

The housing situation

Apartments around this Hongo Campus, usually a dwelling for one(about 20 square meters) which has own kitchen, shower room, toilet should be 80,000JPY for a month.

A dwelling for two (about 40 square meters) usually costs 130,000JPY for a month. It should have two rooms and kitchen, shower room, toilet.

When you sign the contract, in a first place, you are required to pay a deposit of approximately 3 or 4 month’s rent. It includes a damage deposit, key money, and commission.

You will also need to find a guarantor. About 60% of students of University of Tokyo live in private apartments.

Illness or Injury

The Health Service Centers consists of internal medicine, neuropsychiatry, otology and dentistry. Anyone belonging to the university can visit there to receive diagnosis and treatment for illnesses and injuries, as well as for health counseling, first aid and other services, regardless of the department to which he or she belongs. Basically, consultation is free and you need to pay for a medicine charges only.

If you wish to visit the University of Tokyo Hospital, please ask the Health Service Center to provide a letter of introduction for you, otherwise you will have to pay additional 5,250JPY as special healthcare expenditure.

Precautions against Earthquakes

Earthquakes occur frequently in Japan. You should always take precautions against earthquakes.

You can prepare by keeping the following items in your Emergency Backpack: water (or juices, or other beverages), food for two or three days (hard, dry crackers, canned food, etc.), a can opener, medicine, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and a radio with new batteries.

In case of an Earthquake

Turn off any electric or gas burners. Also turn off the main gas valves.

Open at least one window or door to create an exit.

If you are indoors during an earthquake, do not go outside as there is the danger of being hit by falling debris.

If you are outdoors, move to an open and safe area, etc.

Public Security and Emergency Contacts

Emergency numbers:

  • Police Station: dial 110
  • Ambulance/Fire Stations: dial 119
  • On-campus emergency number: 03-5841-4919

In any emergency cases, you should contact the International Student Adviser.