Finding a comfortable place to live in Japan is challenging and time-consuming, yet it is one of the most important things to make your stay with us unforgettable. Although it’s not impossible, let’s just say that arranging your own accommodation is a big deal as you usually need to go through a regular Japanese real estate agency, find a Japanese guarantor, contact your water, electricity, gas, and internet providers, and bring your own furniture (we told you it was a big deal, right?). While we could just give you the how-to-rent-a-place-in-Japan guide, Meiji Academy has already arranged and carefully selected several types of accommodation to ensure a suitable place to live in during your stay in Japan. The four main options are:

Note: Everyone under the age of 18 must stay with a host family.

Private Apartment (Standard and Superior Apartment)

We have fully furnished and high standard private apartments to make you feel like at home. Japanese apartments are commonly called “Mansion” or “Apaato” in Japanese, depending on the height and material of the building. Make sure to expect a standardized condominium apartment with all necessary facilities and not a real “Mansion” under Western standards. You can choose between two types of apartment: standard or superior. Both standard and superior apartments are centrally located, and include a washing machine, bed, microwave, refrigerator, table, cutlery, and even the holy pocket-wifi is provided! Standard apartments are located within 5 to 30 minutes by bus or subway to our school or your working placement, superior apartments are located within walking distance, or 5 minutes by subway or bus. Please note that superior apartments are slightly bigger than the standard ones.

Flat Share

Sharing an accommodation is, by far, the best way to make friends and gives you a fair amount of freedom as other residents may not be at home a lot. Flat shares are usually owned by Japanese residents that rent out part of their own apartment to Meiji Academy students, which means more opportunities to practice your Japanese! You will either get your own private room or share your room with another resident (maximum of two persons in one room). You will share other facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and living room with your flatmate(s). Also, please note that meals are not included, and you are expected to look after yourself. Most of these apartments are located within 30 minutes by bus or train to our school. Please be aware that a 20.000JPY deposit is required (fully refundable). Guest rules might apply. Flat share is available for students who intend to stay for a minimum of two weeks. All flat shares have internet access.

Share House

Sharing an accommodation is, by far, the best way to make friends and gives you a fair amount of freedom. Share houses are usually owned by Japanese people or foreigners and are more spacious than share flats. You will get your own private room but share other facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and living room with other residents. Usually, other residents are Japanese people and foreign students, which means more opportunities to make local and international friends and share the fun! Share houses that we have arranged are located within 30 minutes by public transport to our school. Please note that this option is available for students who intend to stay for at least five weeks. Internet access is provided.

Homestay – Live like a local

How better to experience total cultural immersion and exchange than to live with locals? Our Japanese families have experience in housing international students and are very friendly so do not worry about your Japanese skills. First, you will make quick progress. Second, you will have no issue getting along with your hosts and build a close, long-lasting relationship with them. A homestay gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily life of a Japanese family and make the most of your experience in Japan. You will enrich your understanding and practice at home what you learn with our teachers during lessons or at your workplace. Breakfast is included, and dinner can be arranged separately. You will get your own private room but share other facilities with family members. Our host families are usually located within 10 to 60 minutes by public transportation to our school. Please note that places are limited, therefore contact us as soon as possible to get a spot! Note: curfew and guest rules might apply.

Each type of accommodation has pros and cons so please have a look at the table below and decide which type of accommodation fits you the most.

 

Private Apartment Flat Share Share House Home Stay
Location Standard – within 30mins from school on average
Superior – walking distance from school
within 30mins from school on average within 30mins from school on average within 30-60mins from school on average
Deposit
(refundable)
20,000 JPY 20,000 JPY 20,000 JPY
Period of stay 2 weeks minimum 5 weeks minimum
Kitchen Private Share Share Share
Bathroom Private  Share  Share Share
Breakfast Not Included Not Included Not Included
Bedroom Private Private  Private Private
Laundry
Machine
Included

(Some standard apartments may have coin laundry machine )

 Included  Included Included
Internet
WEEKLY
Price *
Standard – 24.000 JPY
Superior – 28.000 JPY
 10.000 JPY  13.000 JPY 20.000 JPY

*Please note that there is a placement fee of 9.600 JPY (one-time).

CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY

Now that you have found the perfect accommodation, what do you want to do in Japan?