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Tohoku University provides various kinds of support in finding accommodations. Services vary according to your status.

For International Students

Although Tohoku University has several student residences, there are not enough rooms to accommodate everyone. To make up for the shortfall, we provide various kinds of information on how to find your own accommodations.

For new international students, read below on how to find accommodations.

※We cannot provide accommodations in student dormitories for students staying less than 3 months. They should look for private apartments or hotels.
For Especially Short Stays

Information For New Arrivals

Ask your professor-in-charge about accommodations as soon as you submit your application.
(In some cases, an applicant may search for accommodations before acceptance into the program is confirmed)

For students wishing to live in dormitories

Verify whether or not you are eligible for the dormitories.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, research students, credited auditors, special auditing students and special research students are eligible.
(※At present it is difficult to put all of the students in dormitories, so please verify the present situation with your professor).

Tohoku University International House / University House

Tohoku University provides the International House as accommodation dedicated for international students, and University House for both international students and Japanese students.

Single Rooms
Facility Name Opened Duration of Stay Rent (Monthly) Maintenance Fee
(Monthly)
Deposit Notes
International House Sanjo 1 1983 6 months / 1 year 13,000 yen 1,000 yen 30,000 yen  
International House Sanjo 2 1994 22,800 yen 1,000 yen  
International House Higashi-Sendai (Main ) 1972 10,000 yen 1,000 yen  
International House Higashi-Sendai (Annex) 1991 22,000 yen 1,000 yen  
University House Sanjo A Type 2007 16,600 yen 2,500 yen Mainly for Undergraduate Students
University House Sanjo B Type 2007 17,000 yen 3,100 yen Mainly for Graduate Students
University House Sanjo II 2013 18,000 yen 2,500 yen  
University House Sanjo III 2011 17,000 yen 1,500 yen  
University House Katahira 2013 20,000 yen 1,000 yen Mainly for Graduate Students
University House Nagamachi 2011 17,000 yen 1,500 yen  
Married Couples' Rooms
Facility Name Opened Duration of Stay Rent (Monthly) Maintenance Fee (Monthly) Deposit Notes
International House Sanjo 1 1983 6 months / 1 year 21,000 yen 1,000 yen 30,000 yen  
International House Sanjo 2 1994 32,000 yen 1,000 yen  
International House Higashi-Sendai (Annex) 1991 33,000 yen 1,000 yen  
Family Rooms
Facility Name Opened Duration of Stay Rent (Monthly) Maintenance Fee (Monthly) Deposit Notes
International House Sanjo 1 1983 6 months / 1 year 25,000 yen 1,000 yen 30,000 yen  
International House Sanjo2 1994 50,000 yen 1,000 yen  

In Principle, Move-in Dates are Twice a Year - October 1st and April 1st.
The rough schedule is below.

Application Schedule

Move-in Date Application Period Results Notification
April Mid-December to Mid-January Late February
October Mid-June to Mid-July Late August

※Because there is limited space, not all applicants will be selected. Furthermore, the dormitory that you will enter is decided in this process.

Newly arrived international students may submit their dormitory applications through their professor.
The move-in eligibilities differ depending on the type of dormitory, so please refer to International House and University House for more detailed information.

 

Looking for a Private Apartment

If you miss the application period, or if your application is denied or you do not meet the qualifications for the student dormitory, you should look for a private apartment.
For details about finding private accommodations, look at: How to Find a Private Apartment

Urban Castle

※This is a private apartment, not a Tohoku University Dormitory. Verify whether there are vacancies, and what conditions exist for moving in.
※For stays of less than one month
Urban Castle

Property Information Website for Private Apartments for International Students

This website introduces properties. Click here for information.

Tohoku University International Student Housing Rent Joint Guarantor Program

This service reduces the emotional and financial burden of the guarantor as well as the difficulty in finding a guarantor when housing international students.

To subscribe to this service ask the person in charge of your department.

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For Students Already in Japan

※The maximum amount of time you can stay in a student dormitory depends on the property but it is usually between 6 months and 1 year.

Depending on your period of stay as a student, even if you were able to enter a dormitory, you may have to look for an apartment some months later.

The process for finding an apartment is the same for new students but you may also search by yourself at realtors, websites and magazines.

There are also some properties available for international students at University Co-op.

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For Faculty

Lodging
There is lodgings for members of Tohoku University’s faculty:professors, associate professors, senior assistant professors, assistant professors, research associates.
Please ask the staff in charge when applying.
※Visiting research scholars are not eligible to apply.

Private Apartments

There is no institutional guarantor system. Please discuss finding a guarantor with your contact person.

Because faculty members are allotted a commuting allowance, you can search for properties that are far from the campus. Apartments for Foreign People

 

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For Researchers

If you are a researcher*, vacancies may allow you to move in to the International House and University House Katahira.

*Except for members of Tohoku University’s faculty (professors, associate professors, senior assistant professors, assistant professors, research associates ) and Tohoku University students.

Eligibility here

Applications can be accepted anytime, so please submit them to the staff in charge. However, because there are many requests to stay in the International House, there is a waiting list.

Facility Name Type Floor Space Duration of Stay Rent (Monthly) Maintenance Fee (Monthly) Deposit Notes
International House Sanjo 1 Single 18m² 2 weeks to 1 year 13,000 yen 1,000 yen none  
Married 48 / 49m² 21,000 yen 1,000 yen  
Family 60m² 28,000 yen 1,000 yen  
University House Katahira Single 28m² 1 month to 2 years 27,000yen 1,000 yen  
Married 44m² 36,000 yen 1,000 yen  
Family 56m² 46,000 yen 1,000 yen  

Private Apartments

There is no guarantor system supported by the University for researchers, so look for an apartment requiring no guarantor. Apartments for Foreign People

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For Especially Short Stays

For students staying less than 3 months, the university does not provide dormitories like those for international students. You will have to use a private apartment or a hotel during your stay.

Urban Castle

Guest Houses and Youth Hostels can be found on the Internet by using keywords such as "Youth Hostel" "Guest House" and "Sendai". Tohoku University is not responsible for vacancies, fees etc.

Please take the responsibility to search by yourself.
Sendai City Hotels (For Short Stays)

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