Campus Life



On-Campus Housing

What are the University of Tsukuba's residence halls?

Student Residence Halls have been established to offer its students excellent study environment along with the opportunity to experience autonomous civic life. For the other housing options, accommodation for short-term students (Short Stay House) has been installed in April, 2016, and shared accommodations (Global Village), which focuses on international exchange, commenced its operation on April 1, 2017.

A total of 67 residences with about 3,800 rooms are located in Ichinoya, Hirasuna, Oikoshi and Kasuga Area. For further information regarding room types, equipment and monthly rent, please refer to the guide "Student Residence Guide."

How big are the residence halls?

The residence halls are the largest of any national university in Japan, with 3,821 rooms spread across four areas. In recent years, the older buildings were closed and Global Village was established to encourage the internationalization of the campus.

Tsukuba campus map

This is what make the residence halls so attractive!

  • Cost
    The rental costs are slightly lower than private apartments located in the vicinity.
  • Access
    As they are located on-campus you are never far from where your next lecture will be held.
  • Make friends
    You'll be living with other University of Tsukuba students so it's easy to make friends!
  • Events
    There's a residence halls festival held each May, which provides a lively time for those entering the halls!

Communal facilities at residence halls

Every Standard-Single type residence has a laundry room, a communal kitchen and shower room, etc. Also, each area (excluding Kasuga area) has a Community Center that has administrative offices (In Kasuga Area, it is located in Bldg.1, 1st floor). In addition, Hirasuna Community Center has bath house, a barber shop and an electric goods store, Ichinoya Community Center has convenience stores, a barber shop and an electric goods store and Oikoshi Community Center has an electric goods store. In Global Village, each unit has a kitchen and a shower room that are shared only with other residents of the unit. Further, Global Village has its own laundry room and community space "Daiwa Lease Community Station."

One of the basic room
One of the basic room
One of the basic room
Global Village
  • Room
  • Living room
    Living room
  • community
    Community space 1
  • Community space
    Community space 2
  • New year party
    Students chatting at New year party
  • New year party
    New year party Mochi pounding
Student Residence Guide

The university makes sure the rooms are available to undergraduate freshmen on a priority basis. When the number of new applicants exceeds the available number of rooms, students coming to Tsukuba from different district/state are given priority over those local students who can possibly commute to the university from nearby areas.
Application schedule for following academic year will be posted on web bulletin board.

Guide Movie

  • Dormitory Guide Tour Hirasuna
  • Dormitory Guide Tour Ichinoya
  • Aerial Walk (2022)
  • Running on Campus
  • Hirasuna Student Residence Hall
  • Relay Messages from Alumni and Students 2022

Off-Campus Housing

There are a number of apartments and condominiums near the campus. When you look for an apartment, you must go to a real estate agency and tell them what you are looking for in a place to live.

The monthly rent varies depending on the location, the age of the building, and whether the room comes with certain equipment and furniture. The average monthly rent for a 6 tatami (the size of one tatami is on average between 176cm-191cm x 88cm-95.5cm) room with a kitchen, a bath, and a toilet in the city of Tsukuba, would be between 30,000 and 50,000 yen. In Japan, the rent is paid prior to the beginning of the month, so you must be careful not to fall behind with the payment.

When you sign the lease, you must pay a deposit (Shikikin) and key money (Reikin), usually equivalent to 1-2 months of the rent, and a commission.

This is a rental deposit paid to the landlord when you first rent an apartment. On principle you will receive the deposit back when you move out the apartment; however, usually this is the amount that covers the repair costs.


This is key money, meaning "gratuity fee", in Japanese and is non-refundable.

Commission fee:

This is handling charge you pay the real estate agency, when you choose to rent an apartment through an agency.
When you rent an apartment, you must have a joint guarantor, take out fire insurance and pay fees related to them. Ask the real estate agency for any details on the matter.

Joint Guarantor:

In Japan, if you wish to move into a privately owned apartment, you must have a joint guarantor. Usually a family member will be the guarantor. However, if you cannot find one, you can pay a guarantee charge to a guarantee company that has partnership with the real estate agency.

When you apply to a guarantee company, you must have emergency contact information within Japan. If you do not have one, please contact the office of the Tsukuba Futureship Association for International Student Support (Division of Student Exchange).
Fire Insurance:

This covers household property damages by fire, lightning, water, leak, etc. You are required to arrange fire insurance with "personal liability insurance" which covers damages having occurred as a result of your negligence.

[Moving Out]

You must inform the real estate agency of the date you plan to leave, 1 to 2 months prior to vacating. If you inform the agency too close to the date, you might need to pay an extra rent. Also, your room should be in the condition as it was when you moved in. Make sure you understand the conditions in your contract regarding restoration and termination of contract.

Contact Information

[General Inquiries about Residence Halls]
•Division of Student Welfare (Welfare and Housing) (Student Plaza 3F)
TEL: 029-853-2266, 2265

[Student Residence Administration Office]
•Student Residence Hall except Short Stay House and Global Village
Hirasuna Administration Office (Hirasuna Community Center 2F)
TEL : 029-858-0131

•Short Stay House
Short Stay House Administration Office (Ichinoya #35-1F)
TEL : 029-856-7220

•Global Village
Global Village Administration Office (Daiwa Lease Community Station 1F)
TEL : 029-896-5281

[Emergency contact for International Students]
•Division of Student Exchange
TEL : 029-853-6062

Celebrating the 151st 50th Anniversary of the University of Tsukuba
Celebrating the 151st 50th Anniversary of the University of Tsukuba