Share House in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe

Are you looking for an affordable accommodation where there is a sense of community? A place where you can live with and befriend other international students and native Japanese people? Then Share House is the option for you.

You can stay in a Share House from 1 month and longer, so it is best suited for international students, young professionals studying and working in Japan and long-term visitors.

 

Four reasons to stay in a Share House

  1. It is the cheapest, easiest and most flexible option if you stay in Japan for a few months or longer. You can cancel your room with 30 days notice.
  2. Share Houses are often quite centrally located and fully furnished.
  3. You get more independence than homestay and less lonely than living in your own apartment.
  4. You will live together with young people from all over the world, including Japan, so you can quickly make friends and meet people in a similar situation.
 

What is the disadvantage of staying in a Share House?

You share kitchen and bathroom with the others who live there so sometimes it can be busy and it might not always be as neat as you would like it. If this is important to you, staying in a studio apartment in Japan could be a good option for you.

 

What is included?

You have your own bedroom of about 7-10 square meters. It is also possible to get a shared bedroom at lower cost per person in some Share Houses. You share bathroom, kitchen and common areas with the other residents.

The Share Houses often consist of several floors and accommodates 6-30 guests, usually mixed gender. A ratio of half Japanese and half foreign residents are promised to ensure the cultural diversity and exchange.

The exact furnishings vary between different Share Houses but usually the rooms are equipped with AC, desk, chair, bed, shelves, lighting and sometimes a refrigerator. Internet is included either as Wi-Fi or through a LAN outlet. In the common areas, there are cooking facilities such as a microwave, toaster, electric kettle, hob/hotplates, fridge, dining table, chairs, sofa, and TV. There are also bathrooms and a laundry machine. Please note that the equipment can differ between different Share Houses. When you receive proposals of rooms and Share Houses, you will see what is included in that specific house and room.

A cleaning company cleans the house once a week or twice a week, depending on the size of the house. The rest of the time, we ask the housemates to maintain the cleanliness of the house on their own.

 

Prices and discounts

The price varies between different rooms and Share Houses. A private room costs between 70000 Yen (about 635 USD) and 95000 Yen (about 865 USD) per month including utility fees (water, gas, electricity, and Internet). Shared rooms for 2-4 people cost between 55000 Yen (about 500 USD) to 70000 Yen (about 635 USD) per month and person. The rent is paid monthly, you can cancel your room with 30 days notice.

Before you move in the Share House company usually charges initial fees consisting of a deposit of 20000 Yen (about 180 USD) and Key money 30000 Yen (about 275 USD). The deposit is partially refundable but a restoration fee of 5000 yen (if you stay less than 60 days) or 10000 yen (if you stay more than 60 days) will be deducted from this deposit.

However, students who mentions the discount code DreamStudies don't have to pay the Key money and can therefore save 30000 Yen (about 275 USD) and only pay the deposit before moving in!

If students need to rent a bedding set, there is an additional one-time rental fee 9000 Yen (about 80 USD). Bedding set includes sheet, mattress pad, futon, futon cover, pillow, pillow cover, and blanket.

Price example: if you stay for three months in a Share House room that cost 70 000 Yen per month and use the discount code DreamStudies your total price will be 3 * 70 000 + 20 000 deposit= 230 000 Yen. When you move out you will be refunded 10 000 Yen from the deposit (since you stayed longer than 60 days) so your total cost for three months will be 220 000 Yen. However, you don't have to pay it all at once. The rent is paid on a monthly basis and you can move out with 30 days notice.

 

Where are the Share Houses located?

Our partner Borderless House offer altogether 69 Share Houses in almost all metropolitan centers in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, where many of the language schools and universities are located. In Tokyo this includes Share Houses in areas such as Shinjuku, Shin-Okubo, Harajuku, Roppongi, Waseda and Nihonbashi (close to Akihabara). Share Houses that are located further out usually cost less and are easy to access by public transportation

Search for Share Houses by map or housing list.

 

How to book the Share Houses with a discount?

Save 30000 Yen (about 275 USD) on your Share House with DreamStudies' discount by:

  1. Booking it from our booking form at the end of this page.
  2. Choosing DreamStudies in the field Affiliate organization on Borderless House reservation form.
  3. Writing the discount code DreamStudies on Borderless House contact forms.
 

Advantages of our Share Houses

The Share Houses offered by Borderless House in partnership with yourhomeinjapan.com and DreamStudies offer many advantages over other providers:

  1. You don't pay any key money and save 30000 Yen (about 275 USD) with the discount code DreamStudies.

  2. The minimum length of stay is only one month and you can move out with 30 days notice.

  3. 50% Japanese residents. You don't only live with other international students but half the residents are Japanese whom you can ask for help if you have questions about life in Japan.

  4. Stay for free in Korea or Taiwan or other Japanese cities. We have Share Houses in Korea and Taiwan and four Japanese cities where you can visit and stay for free from 1 week up to 1 month!

  5. Choose from many options we have guest houses in many different locations, big and small. You are never more than 15 minutes walk from a train station in Tokyo, often much closer.

  6. Help to meet friends through Borderless programs: Language Exchange, Club activities and Mates Library where you can connect with other tennants and make international and Japanese friends.

  7. Help to find jobs in Japan. Tenants can use our career support program for free to get counseling and help with job-hunting tips, Japanese business manners, resume writing, interview coaching, and more!

  8. Quarantine support. During the pandemic students must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to Japan. Borderless offers a great package to students who book at least 3 months in their Share Houses. For 55000 Yen in Tokyo or 49000 Yen in Kansai you will get airport pickup and 2-weeks quarantine accommodation! You will also get help with daily life (such as ordering food) and activities during the quarantine). This must be booked at least 10 days before arrival.
 

Booking form

Initiate the booking process by filling in the form below. Then the Borderless House will contact you with suggestions of suitable accommodation. You can submit requests for locations etc. and usually you get a number of different rooms to choose from. Prices and what's included vary between different rooms and Share Houses so check the offers you get carefully. You do not commit to anything by filling in the form below.

Please note that you can't book these accommodations more than 6 months before you want to move in.


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Quick facts about Share House

Is it suitable for students and long term visitors?

Yes

Is it suitable for tourists?

No, unless you stay in Japan for at least a month

How long can I live there?

1 month or longer.

Is there any age limit?

Minimum 18 and maximum 35.

Easy to get to know people?

Yes

Do you have private bathroom?

No

Is food included?

No but you have access to a shared kitchen

Where are the houses located?

In Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.

Discount from YourHomeinJapan.com

30000 Yen (about 275 USD) on the initial fee with the discount code DreamStudies.

Do I need a long term visa?

No, you can stay in share house on visa vaiwer or any visa.

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