Cost values listed are denominated in JPY. Please convert them to your domestic currency.
Japan is one of the more expensive countries of the world to live in, and Tokyo prices are reputedly the highest in the country. Information on Japan’s currency and the cost of residing in Japan can be found in the “Study Guide to Japan”, which is published by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
Monthly living expenses (for one person)
According to the findings of fiscal 2005 survey on the living conditions of privately financed international students (“the JASSO survey” hereinafter), the living expenses of international students residing in Japan averaged 136,000 yen per month.
The monthly expenditure of postgraduate and undergraduate students residing in the halls of residence of a national university averaged 93,000 yen (100,000 yen and 83,000 yen, respectively), though overheads will increase if students elect to live in private accommodation since rents are expensive in Japan.
* Rents for private accommodation vary according to proximity to the nearest station, the age of the property, the amount of sunlight it receives and the surrounding environment, though a one-room studio apartment will cost in the region of 40,000 to 80,000 yen per month.
According to the findings of the JASSO survey, 80 percent of all international students residing in Japan are engaged in some form of part-time work. Hourly rates of pay range from 800 to 1,000 yen (53.6%) to less than 800 yen (18.1%). Results from the JASSO survey show that approximately 55 percent, or the majority of working students, are employed by the restaurant industry. Other popular choices include sales / marketing and language tuition.
In order to get a part-time job, international students are required to apply for and obtain a “permission to engage in activities other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted”.