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Housing for international students

1. Kokusai Kōryū Kaikan (TEL 024-521-2428)

The Fukushima University Kokusai Kōryū Kaikan, located in Funaba-chō, Fukushima City, is a residence for international students and researchers at Fukushima University. Units are fully furnished, allowing residents to move in immediately, without having to purchase household items.

Kokusai Kōryū Kaikan gives priority to international students coming to Fukushima for the first time, so that they can quickly become accustomed to life in Fukushima. The facility is a five-story, 1,412 m² building with 38 single-person units, as well as an office, a multipurpose hall, a Japanese-style room, a laundry room, and a common room. The multipurpose hall can be used for international student-related meetings and international exchange activities.

Living Area Monthly Lodging Cost (for international students)
Single-person unit 12 m² ¥8,900

2. Student Dormitories

There are two male dormitories and one female dormitory on the university campus. All rooms are Western-style, private, and equipped with a heater / air conditioner, bed, steel desk, bookshelf, etc.

Dormitory Name Structure Living Area
(per unit)
Monthly Cost Note
Kisaragi Dormitory 5-story building 9 m² ¥7,800 For male students
Nobuo Dormitory 4-story building 9 m² ¥7,800 For male students
Aoi Dormitory 4-story building 9 m² ¥7,800 For female students

Reference

Student Dormitory FAQ (click here)

Appearance (click here)

3. Noda Residence

Fukushima University's staff housing, the Noda Residence, has around eight units reserved for international students. These are for married couples, families, or two or more persons of the same sex. To live here, you must follow a Japanese living style (being sure not to cause trouble by making loud noise or violating garbage disposal rules).

Dormitory Name Structure No. of Units Monthly Cost
Noda Residence 5-story building around 8 ¥10,000
per unit (plus a monthly
service fee of approx. ¥2,000)

Private Apartments / Insurance

Japanese Private Apartments

Apartments include a kitchen, bath, and toilet, and cost about 35,000 to 45,000 yen per month. The features of Japanese apartments are listed below.

Features of Japanese apartments:

Apartments are unfurnished, so you must buy furniture and household items yourself.
When renting an apartment, it is common to make a lump-sum payment for "key money" and a security deposit, in addition to the monthly rent. The amount of the lump-sum payment is typically equivalent to one or two months' rent. [TRANSLATOR NOTE: In the Guidebook, it says four months' rent (p. 2 of Japanese version).]
If you move out after less than one year, you may have to pay an extra months' rent as a penalty.
Be sure to give one month's advance notice when you plan to move out. (If you fail to do this, you will be charged an additional month's rent.)

In order to rent an apartment, you will need a "guarantor." For international students who do not have a guarantor in Japan (and who reside in Fukushima City), the university will serve as your guarantor on the condition that you enroll in "Comprehensive Insurance for International Student Housing" (see below).

Comprehensive Insurance for International Student Housing (guarantor insurance)

A guarantor is needed in order to rent an apartment. If it is difficult for you to find a guarantor, the university will be your guarantor, on the condition that you reside in Fukushima City and enroll in insurance designated by the university (Comprehensive Insurance for International Student Housing, provided by the Japan International Education Support Association). The cost of this insurance is 4,000 yen for one year and 8,000 yen for two years.

Insurance Coverage

Amount of liability coverage in cases where the international student is found to be legally responsible for causing injury or property damage to others due to accident in everyday life or misuse of residence facilities → Up to 50 million yen Amount of liability coverage when the insured international student him/herself suffers disability following an injury due to accident → Up to 2.4 million yen Coverage for guarantor, in the case that the guarantor pays, on behalf of the international student, unpaid rent or services fees or the cost of repairs to restore a rented apartment to its original state → Actual cost up to 300,000 yen

For more information or to apply, please contact the International Exchange Center. (Click here for details)

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