Finding Accommodation

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

1. International Students

(1) Student Dormitories

Tohoku University offers two types of dormitories for international students: University House, where international students live with Japanese students, and International House, which is exclusively for international students/researchers. The eligibility varies depending on the type of dormitory, so please ask your academic advisor if you are eligible to live in a dormitory before applying.

Reference: Important Notes and Dorm Comparison

If the period of your stay is less than three months, you will not be able to live in a university dormitory. You can find hotels and accommodations for short-term stays in the page below.

(2) Private Apartments

If you are unable to move into a student dormitory due to an unavoidable reason such as not being able to apply in time, a private apartment may be an option. For more information on how to find a private apartment and how much it costs, please see the following page.

Please 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.

2. Faculty/Staff and Researchers

The type of housing available to faculty/staff members and researchers varies depending on their status and employment (contract). Please check with the faculty/staff member who will be hosting you first to see which type of housing is available.

(1) Staff Housing

Faculty members (professors, associate professors, lecturers, assistant professors, and research associates) employed by Tohoku University are eligible to live in the staff housing. Please ask the faculty/staff member at Tohoku University who will be hosting you for details on how to apply for the housing.

Please note that non-regular faculty/staff members and visiting scholars are not eligible to live in the staff housing.

(2) International House/University House

Non-regular faculty/staff and visiting scholars who are not eligible to live in the above staff housing can live in the International House or University House Katahira. However, the number of rooms is limited, and there are many prospective residents waiting for vacancies.

For details on how to apply for the Houses, please contact the faculty/staff member at Tohoku University who will be hosting you. You can also find more information, including eligibility and fees in the following page.

(3) Private apartments and accommodations for short-term visitors

If you are not able to move into the accommodations above, a private apartment may be an option. For more information on how to find a private apartment and how much it costs, please see the following page.

You can also find hotels and accommodations for short-term visitors in the following pages.

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