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Cost of Living

Cost of Living

Studying abroad can be expensive, so creating a realistic budget is very important.

Living expenses vary according to your lifestyle and preferences, but an awareness of the estimated cost of living, which will account for a significant portion of your expenses, will help you budget for studying abroad.

Please note that, for immigration purposes, you will be required to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to meet the financial requirement of a minimum of 400,000 yen for one semester (at least five months).

The following chart provides a sample breakdown of the living expenses that you are likely to incur if you participate in an exchange program at Dokkyo University for one semester (five months).

Estimated living costs(in Japanese yen)

  Per Semester Per Month
Rent 250,000 50,000
Food 100,000 20,000
Transportation 25,000 5,000
Mobile phone 15,000 3,000
National Health Insurance 5,000 1,000
Accident insurance & residence insurance 4,000 --
Textbooks & supplies 15,000 --
Personal expenses 50,000 --
Settling-in expenses 20,000 --

Dokkyo University is situated in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture, which is about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo. Given this, prices in Soka are relatively cheaper than those in central Tokyo. In addition, since you will be living in university housing at an affordable rent that includes utilities, you will be able to keep your living costs (e.g., food, clothing, and entertainment) lower than they would be if you were living in Tokyo. In Soka, you will find many supermarkets, discount stores, inexpensive restaurants, and clothing stores located near the university and your apartment. The neighboring city of Koshigaya also has one of the largest shopping malls in Japan, so you will be able to find anything you want.

Dokkyodaigakumae Station, the nearest station to the university, is located two stops away from Yatsuka Station, where the university housing is located. A round-trip student commuter pass costs about 2,000 yen per month.

Working Part-time
International students with a student visa are allowed to work up to 28 hours per week (up to 40 hours during long holidays).
Dokkyo University recommends that exchange students do not work unless they are confident in their ability to balance study with work since their top priority should be given to studying in Japan.

To work part-time, you must obtain "Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" (Shikakugai Katsudo Kyoka) from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan. You can apply for this at the airport upon entering Japan. You must submit the form entitled "Application for Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" together with your residence card. If permission is granted, a sticker will be affixed to the back of your residence card.

You can download the "Application for Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" [for studetns] here