In order that you can enjoy living and studying in Japan for a lengthy period, it is important to secure a base by finding a good-quality apartment or other accommodation. For this purpose, it is recommended that you consult with your guarantor Since rental apartments are usually unfurnished, you will have to purchase or lease your own necessary furniture.
- 1.Renting accommondation
- To find accommodation after arriving in Japan, foreigners usually go to a real estate agent. If there is a suitable dwelling, you ask the agent to mediate. In this case, since it is difficult for foreigners to follow the special commercial customs of Japan, you are recommended to take along a person who is familiar with the details, such as your guarantor.
- Estimated rents
- There is a large difference in rents between large citis and provincial cities. In addition, even in large cities rents differ according to such factors as distance from the center and size of accommodation.
As a guideline, the rent for an apartment with a simple kitchenette (about 10 sq. meters in total), situated about 30 minutes by train from the city center, would be around \50,000- \60,000 in a large city and around \40,000 in a provincial city. The rent for an apartment consisting of one room with a kitchen and toilet (about 20 sq. meters in total) would be about double these figures.
When renting an apartment, you must pay various fees, such as a deposit and key money. The expence differs according to region and apartment, but in general, as a rough estimate, you should think in terms of needing the equivalent of six or seven months' rent in the first month.
- Signing the contract and caution
- If the landloed and the prospective tenant reach an agreement, the real estate agent will draw up a contract. You will neddd a seal (or your signature) for the contract. You are advised to sign the contract only after reading the contents carefully. Usually you will also be required to have a guarantor for the contract. You are advised to have a qualified person as your guarantor, such as the guarantor for your study.
Since most contracts are written in Japanese, you are also recommended to be accompanied by your guarantor or another Japanese person when signing the contact.
- 2.Points to note regarding residential customs
- Since cultural and living customs in Japan differ from those in other countries, you might face some unexpected problems with your landlord or neighbors. To avoid such trouble, you are advised to take note of residential customs in Japan.
- Keeping your apartment in good care
- If you damage or drty your room or any equipment, you must pay for the repairs out of your own pocket. Inaddition, when you leave an apartment, the custom in Japn is that you pay for restoring it to the condition that it was in when you moved in before handing it over.
- Common facilities and nise
- In Japn generally one person rents one apartment. Neither the contract nor custom allow more than one person to share an apartment without the permission of the lasndload. Furthermore residents, are not prohibited from making too much noise and using common facilities, such as corridors, for private purposes, such as cooking.
As explained in the above section on "Permission to Engage in Activities Other than Those Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted", foreign students at Japanese language institutes can engage in part-time work up to only four hours a day, as long as they receive permission.Therefore, in view of prices in Japan and other factors, it would be impossible for a foreibn student to cover all the necessary expenses for living and study in Japan through part-time work. If a foreign student works for more than the permitted time, he or she could be punished and, in the worst case, could be deported.