Living in Japan

I have never travelled outside of my country and am worried about living abroad. What kind of support is available to international students?

It is perfectly normal to be nervous about moving away from home. We try to make the transition to your new life in Japan as easy as possible. All incoming students are assigned a Japanese speaking tutor that will help you out with anything you need (filling out forms, traveling around Tsukuba, shopping for necessities, etc.). Also, the staff at the International Student Center can help you with anything from academic advice to living concerns. Feel free to stop by!

Does the university have student residences?

Yes! The university has four student dormitory areas and the majority of international students reside there. Every room has basic furniture (bed, desk, and sink) and there are joint-use kitchens, laundry, showers and toilets. The monthly rent is quite low (~¥14,000-¥17,000) compared to an off campus apartment (~¥35,000-¥60,000).

What is the average cost of living in Tsukuba?

Compared to Tokyo, Tsukuba is quite reasonable! Excluding rent, monthly living expenses like food, clothes, and textbooks range from ¥50,000 to ¥80,000.

What if I get sick?

All students are required to join Japan's National Health Insurance Program and are expected to pay around ¥23,200 per year. When visiting a doctor or hospital, you are expected to pay 30% of your medical costs. If you need to have an extended stay in a hospital or have a serious injury, your medical costs are capped at a specific amount per month and are eligible for a refund. We recommend students take supplemental insurance, which costs around ¥40,000 for four years, which will cover all or most of the other costs..

What kind of extracurricular activities are there?

We have over 250 different student groups at the University of Tsukuba in the fields of sports, culture, and arts. From martial arts like kendo and judo to music groups and choirs, we are sure to have a group that will fit your interests. We also have two student festivals, and two sports days through the year.