Housing and Other Costs

Prospective international students should be advised that there are some customs regarding private accommodation in Japan. When renting apartments, a Japanese guarantor should be found. Furthermore, an advanced payment of up to six month’s rent is also likely to be levied. This covers payments to the apartment owner and real estate agent, and a deposit (with only the deposit is likely to be returned upon departure).
International students sometimes have difficulty in finding an appropriate Japanese guarantor. To help solve this problem, there is the Housing Surety System for International Students in Fukuoka. If you can not find a guarantor and would like to rent an apartment managed by a rental agent who approves of this housing guarantor system, the Fukuoka International Association can act as a joint guarantor for you. After enrollment, students will be able to obtain detailed information regarding this system.
The living expenses of international students at Kyushu University vary from individual to individual, depending on such factors as their lodgings and eating habits. As a reference, the costs of international student life at a modest but adequate standard are as follows (per month excluding tuition):
Lodging from 30,000 to 50,000 yen
Food from 40,000 to 45,000 yen
Academic costs (books etc.) from 10,000 to 20,000 yen
Miscellaneous from 10,000 to 15,000 yen
TOTAL from 90,000 to 130,000 yen
As mentioned in the scholarship information above, it is unrealistic for international students to assume that they will be able to cover all these expenses with scholarship aid or by means of working part-time. Therefore, please secure in advance sufficient financial funds to meet daily living expenses, rent and tuition fees.