Rules for living in Japan
【Fukuoka City International Foundation】
You can learn how to live in Japan by watching video.
【Council of Local Authorities for International Relations】
ON CAMPUS HOUSING
Kyushu University Dormitory
*Please see internet environment of each accommodation from here.
Support Center will hold an orientation of the private apartments for the international students who have to move out of Kyushu University dormitories about 2 months before their moving out.
Also, it is recommended to find an apartment introduced by the real estate agency which associates “Housing Guarantor System for International Students in Fukuoka”.
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING
Designated Dormitory of Kyushu University
*Designated Dormitory is a private housing selected by Kyushu University, with convenient conditions for new international students, though its monthly rent is more expensive than Kyushu University Dormitory. For new international students, we will do our best to arrange you a room of Kyushu University Dormitory at your request. However, due to a limited number of rooms, you may be allotted a room of Designated Dormitory. Besides, there might be the case there is no available room depending on the vacant room condition. In that case you are required to find a private apartment by your own. Your understanding will be highly appreciated.
※Moving-in condition or the room interior of Designated Dormitory may be subject to change without prior
※Available Designated Dormitory depends on the vacant room condition in a moving-in period, hence you are
not guaranteed to be able to move in the dormitory of your choice.
The following are public residences established by local public organizations. Applicants should apply directly.
1. Fukuoka Municipal Housing
Inquiry: Fukuoka Municipal Housing Providing Corporation (Tel. 092-271-2561)
Application Period: February, May, August and November
2. Fukuoka Prefectural Housing
Inquiry: Prefectural Housing Management Room, Fukuoka Prefectural Housing Providing Corporation (Tel. 092-781-8029)
Application Period: March, June and October
You can get an application form at the municipal office of the city or ward.
Housing Guarantor System
1. Housing Guarantor System for International Students in Fukuoka
To rent an apartment or house in Japan, you need to find a joint surety for a lease in most cases. But it is sometimes difficult for international students to find a proper surety. If you choose an apartment introduced by the real estate agency which associates this system, Kyushu University can be your guarantor. If you use this system, you need to join the “Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan” provided by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.
Also, Kyushu University could be your guarantor in case you live in a public residence. Please inquire Support Center for details. It will take about 2 weeks to complete all procedures.
【Video: Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan】
（Japan Educational Exchanges and Services Website）
2. Kyushu University Co-op Guarantee System (International Students and Researchers)
Kyushu University Co-op provide guarantor service system when you choose an apartment introduced by the Co-op upon contracting. Inquire at the Kyushu University Co-op (in charge of a residence) for details.
Inquiry：Kyushu University Ito Campus ／ TEL: 092-805-7700
Support Center will help you find a private apartment/house. However, because of the limited housing available to international students, it is recommended to look for one with the help of seniors, acquaintances or a real estate agent.
When you look for housing, you should take it into consideration that deposit, key money and commission fee are demanded to rent a house in Japan.
●Deposit (“Shiki-kin”) : is usually equivalent to the rent for 3-4 months. The landlord uses deposit to make up for the unpaid rent or to pay for the cost of the repairs to the premises when you move out. The remaining balance is refundable.
●Key money (“Rei-kin”): is paid to the house owner to “thank” them for renting you the room. Key money is not returned.
●Commission Fee (“Tesuu-ryo”) 1 month rent which is charged as a commission fee for a real estate agent.
Hotel / Weekly or Monthly Furnished Apartment
For a short-term stay, staying at a hotel is convenient.
For a mid-term stay, a weekly or monthly furnished apartment is also convenient.