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Living Information

1. Accommodations

Akita University has two off-campus dormitories for international students and researchers: Akita University International Student House and Akita University International House.

There’s also Nishiyachi Dormitory* which is both for Japanese and International students. *For male students only.

Announcing for Application for Akita University International Student Dormitories(October,2019)

Due to capacity restrictions, not all applicants can be placed in university residence halls.

Akita University International Student House

Location:
4 Takada, AzaHiroomote, Akita City 010-0041 (15 minutes on foot from campus)

秋田大学留学生会館 Akita University International Student House

  Facilities & Fixtures Rent (/month)
Single Rooms
(27 rooms)
Private bath / shower / toilet, kitchen, bed(no bedclothes nor bed sheet), desk & chair, desk lamp, bookshelf, shoebox, refrigerator, microwave, dehumidifier, fire-extinguisher, security alarm, curtains, gas-heating, closet, air conditioner and internet connection(Wi-Fi)
5,900 yen
Couples’ Rooms
(3 rooms)
In addition to the amenities listed above:
clothes washer, dryer and dining table(No TV)
9,500 yen

Common Space: lounge, tatami room, laundry room
*Electricity, water, gas and management fee for the dormitory are not included in monthly rent.

Akita University International House

Location:
5-50 Tanaka, Tegata, Akita City 010-0862 (5 minutes on foot from campus)

秋田大学国際交流会館 Akita University International House

  Facilities & Fixtures Rent (/month)
Single Rooms
Building A
(10 Rooms)
private bath / shower / toilet, kitchen, bed (no bedclothes nor bed sheet), desk & chair, desk lamp, shoebox, refrigerator, microwave, dehumidifier, fire-extinguisher, security alarm, curtains, clothes storage, air conditioner, internet connection and gas- heating (only in Building-A) 5,900 yen
Single Rooms
Building B
(18 Rooms)
In addition to the amenities of Building-A listed above: clothes washer 15,000 yen

There are also ten “Researcher’s rooms”.
Common Space: Multipurpose Hall, Meeting Room, Laundry Room
*Electricity, water, gas and management fee for the dormitory are not included in monthly rent.

Nishiyachi Dormitory

Please refer to this link

Private Apartments

Information on renting private apartments may be obtained from the Akita University co-op as well as from private estate agents. The averagerent for a single room with a private kitchen, toilet, and bathis around 30,000 yen per month.

2.Housing Support

University Guarantor System

Most apartment leases in Japan require a guarantor, a person who co-signs the lease to share liability with the renter for any debts to the landlord. Generally, a family member (parents, sibling, etc.) serves this role, but for international students Akita University may act as the guarantor. The application process is outlined below.

・Apply at International Affairs Division (General Education bldg.#1-2nd floor, Tegata Campus)

Eligibility Requirements:
①Enrollment, or expected enrollment, at Akita University as a student.
②Must have the residence status of “Student”.
③Enrollment in the designated insurance (Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan).

Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan (RYUHOSHO)

This system provides foreign students residing in apartments with insurance coverage, up to a fixed amount, in the event that they become liable for damage to other people’s property due to fire or water damage. In addition, it provides compensation to the student’s joint guarantor that the student fails to pay the rent or for repair/restoration fees for the apartment. In such cases, the joint guarantor is understood to be the university.

Reimbursement from the University

A part of the total insurance premium will be reimbursed by Akita University Education and Research Support Fund.

Period of indemnity
Premium
Reimbursement
2years
8,000yen
5,000yen
1year
4,000yen
2,500yen

3.Life Expenses

Here are some examples of students’ monthly living expenses:

International House A / B

Boarding fee 5,900~15,000yen Books, School Supplies, etc. 7,000yen
Food cost 30,000yen Leisure 5,000yen
Utility costs 5,000yen Miscellaneous 5,000yen
Transportation cost 0yen Total
57,900円~67,000yen

Private Apartments

Boarding fee 30,000yen Books, School Supplies, etc. 7,000yen
Food cost 30,000yen Leisure 5,000yen
Utility costs 8,000yen Miscellaneous 5,000yen
Transportation cost 0yen Total
85,000yen