Useful Information for Living in Japan

Useful Information for Living in Japan

Find plenty of links to helpful information that you can use as you begin your study abroad experience, including details on the procedures that international students at ICU need to complete in order to study and live in Japan.

Getting ready for immigration

After being accepted to ICU, international students should start working on the pre-immigration procedures.

Immigration procedures

There are several immigration procedures that international students need to complete after arriving in Japan. These links provide more information.

Resident card procedures/resident registration

Complete the registration procedures required by the residency management system for foreign nationals.

Getting health insurance

Foreign nationals with a period of stay of 1 year or longer are required by law to have insurance. If you subscribe to the National Health Insurance System, you only have to pay 30% of the total medical fees if you ever receive treatment for an illness or injury.

Opening a bank account

International students can open accounts at Japanese banks. Contact the Student Services Division for more details.

Living in Tokyo

Learn more about living in Tokyo, the city that ICU calls home.

Living costs

International students living in Tokyo generally spend 140,000 to 180,000 yen on monthly living costs, including rent.


International students at ICU can choose to live in on-campus student dormitories or off-campus housing. Visit the link below for more information.

Part-time jobs

To work part-time, international students need to complete certain procedures and comply with various restrictions. Make sure to be informed about how to find a job and go through the necessary procedures.

Health care

In addition to the Clinic on campus, there are many medical facilities near the ICU campus that provide service in English.

Theft, fire, disaster, and accidents

Learn more about what to do in the event of a theft, fire, disaster, bicycle accident, or other similar situation.

Transportation in Tokyo

There are many convenient ways to get from the airport to the ICU campus: options include the Narita Express, Airport Limousine service, Keisei Skyliner, Tokyo Monorail, and Keikyu Airport Line. When you need to get around Tokyo, taking the train is a great option. Use the handy Train Route Finder for more information on train routes and transfers or visit the websites for various lines and carriers to access timetables and fare information.


The following sites provide a wide variety of information for international students studying in Japan.