Approximate Living Expenses for Exchange Students

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Exchange students are expected to prepare sufficient funds (approx. 150,000 JPY per month) as the living expenses. The chart below gives the approximate costs depending on the housing types and other anticipated expenses.

Anticipated living expenses

Japanese National Health Insurance1,500-3,000JPY /monthContractual Obligations
depends on resident areas
Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research800 JPY /yearContractual Obligations
Housing AccomodationDepends on your choicePlease see this page for Sophia’s Housing list
Commuter Pass5,000-10,000 JPY /month Depends on where you live
Meals30,000-60,000 JPY /month
Textbooks30,000-50,000 JPY /semester 
Personal expenses20,000 JPY /monthdepends on lifestyle

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