Finding Cheap Apartments in Tokyo

By Skye | October 28th 2020

This article on cheap apartments is part of the official BFFTokyo series on apartments in Tokyo.

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So, you want to live in Tokyo? You may be moving to Tokyo because of business, family, or personal interest. The fact remains that you will have to pack up all your belongings and move into an apartment that is on foreign soil in a foreign city. It is where you will be living as a resident for a year or more, with a language that you actually might not be proficient in as a speaker. I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations on this big step in your life that will no doubt prove to be quite a memorable experience in your lifetime.

A lot of steps are waiting for you to climb before you are living as a resident inside Japan's capital city of Tokyo. Namely, you will have to find the right apartment that suitably meets your needs as a resident of Japan. BFFTokyo is here to help you with locating the accommodations in Tokyo that will meet all your needs and provide info about the Japanese housing market in this guide. You can rest easy knowing the upfront costs of signing a housing contract and what you can reasonably expect, making the experience nice and simple.

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    Types of Apartments

    What do I need to know?

    You will find that there are numerous types of apartments in Tokyo, the Japanese capital. A cheap apartment, a furnished apartment, a sharehouse room and even average apartments are all available to you as a resident of Japan.

    The place that suitably meets your needs as a Tokyo resident is the one that is for you.

    Here is an introduction to these types of accommodations, so that you may be better equipped when deciding on the correct one for you that will accommodate your lifestyle and become your new home in a new place. The focus of this article guide for BFFTokyo will be the cheap apartments in Tokyo.

    Cheap Apartments in Tokyo

    (¥50,000 or $500 a Month)

    So, a cheap apartment in Tokyo may be the most suitable apartment for you while spending your time in Japan. Cheap apartment types in the capital city of Japan are apartments with a below than average rent for the Tokyo housing market. The rent is able to fall as low as ¥50,000 a month. If that amount of money were to be converted into the currency used by the United States, then it would amount to $500 a month. It doesn't sound cheap? Well, the average rent in New York city is about $3,228 in US dollars a month for a comparison.

    A lower than average rent for the Tokyo housing market is about $2,728 less than the average rent paid for an apartment in New York a month. If you want to know more of benefits you can experience when renting one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo, then, as you may have guessed, the benefits are in the savings. Upfront costs for signing a housing contract are lower when you are signing a housing contract for a cheap type apartment. Enjoy the extra jingle of change in your pocket, because is a lot of money you can save with cheap places in Tokyo.

    You are able to save money from the upfront costs of signing a housing contract because not all of the costs are a fixed amount. Many of the upfront cost amounts are decided based on your monthly rent for the Japanese apartment. The real estate agent fee is one of the costs you pay when signing a housing contract that is not a fixed sum, but is worth one month's rent on average. If you rent one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo instead of the average apartment, that means ¥50,000 or $500 is what you are spending on the fee for the agency.

    So, it may be true that there is a lot of savings to be had from renting a cheap type of apartment, but there is one more benefit. The average apartment size for one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo is about thirteen to twenty-five square meters. Average apartments in Japan for people who live alone are about twenty-five to thirty-eight square meters in size. You have twelve to thirteen square meters less to clean by renting a cheap type of apartment! That is why I would, personally, choose an apartment that was a cheap type in Tokyo.

    A cheap apartment in Tokyo may be the right choice for you because it meets your budget for paying rent and paying the upfront costs to signing a housing contract. It may also be the right choice for you because it gives you an opportunity to save money, allowing you to re-allocate the money into a different budget. Now, why would it not be the right apartment you? It, quite simply, may be too small. The thirteen to twenty-five square meter size is a possible curse just as much as it is a possible blessing for an apartment tenant in Japan's capital.

    Here are some sites that offer cheap apartments

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    Furnished Apartments in Tokyo

    (¥140,000 or $1,400 a Month)

    You may find that a furnished type is the most suitable type of apartment in Tokyo for meeting your needs as a resident of Japan. Furnished apartments are places in Japan where your apartment is furnished with furniture and a minimum amount of amenities before your arrival. All of the work is done by someone else and you only need to be relaxed, enjoying your sofa while watching a new show on the TV. It sounds good, right? The largest step to living in Tokyo, bringing your furniture, may be avoided entirely through this apartment type in Tokyo.

    So, you may find that renting an apartment full of furniture that is not the furniture you possessed before moving to Japan is uncomfortable. You may also find it a relief that the process of finding a moving company was an avoidable process, as it would mean finding one capable of moving all of your furniture across an ocean and then into your new apartment where you will be living in Japan's capital Tokyo. You may not even have a high enough proficiency in the Japanese language to be comfortably hire the company.

    Now, how much will the convenience cost you while in Japan?

    A furnished apartment in Tokyo cost has an average rent of ¥140,000 a month. If you were to convert that amount of money into the currency used by the United States, then it would amount to about an estimate of $1,400 a month. It doesn't sound cheap? Well, you will not be saving as much money as you would be saving by renting one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo. You will still be saving more than the average resident of New York by an estimate of about $1,828. There are even more possible benefits to renting a furnished apartment in Tokyo as well.

    You, namely, can sign a housing contract with a minimum stay stipulations as low as one month. What does that mean? It means you can sign the housing contract for the apartment and leave one month later without any consequences. You will not be facing penalties for breaking the contract, you will not have to pay for more than one month's rent, and you will be free to leave because the contract did not require you to stay for more than a single month. You may find this to be a very useful benefit, although it's sometimes more than one month long.

    So, in the end a furnished apartment may be the right choice for you because you do not want to be stuck in an apartment for months just because of a stipulation in the housing contract. It may also be the right type of accommodations for you as a future resident of Japan because of how convenient it is to unlock the door to your new apartment for the first time and have it be completely furnished, perhaps with an assortment of amenities like towels and a hair dryer. Now, why would it be a bad apartment for you? You can't furnish it yourself.

    Here are some websites that offer furnished apartments

    Sharehouses in Tokyo

    (¥50,000 to ¥95,000)

    A sharehouse room may be the type of accommodations in Tokyo, conversely, that is most suitable for meeting your needs as a resident of Japan. What is a sharehouse, you may ask? How would renting a room in a sharehouse prove beneficial while I'm residing in the capital of Japan as a resident? Here is the information that will help equip you to determine if a sharehouse room is right for you. To begin with, rooms provided by a sharehouse are very different from other types of apartments in the Japanese capital city. It's not the same.

    You are given a room that most likely has another person sharing it, unless you pay extra money for a private room. The room does have not more than a desk and a bed for you unless you pay extra for more amenities like a kitchenette and bathroom inside the sharehouse. Wait, what about the kitchen? Living room? What bathroom facilities are available if you do not opt for a room with its own? Well, you may find all those facilities and more in the sharehouse building. Everyone else who rented a room possesses access to those same facilities as well.

    So, how much does it cost you every month to live in a sharehouse room and share facilities with other people in the building? The lowest average price for renting a sharehouse room is ¥50,000 yen and if that amount was converted into the US currency, then it would amount to an estimate of about $500. You are paying the amount of money you would be paying for the lowest cheap apartment in Tokyo by renting the lowest sharehouse room. Now, the highest average price for a room in a sharehouse is actually about ¥95,000.

    An amount of ¥95,000 when converted into the currency used in the United States amounts to about $950 dollars. A sharehouse room that costs an estimate of about $950 will most likely be a private room and may have extra amenities, like a kitchen, maybe a bathroom. The savings are only slighter lower than that of a cheap type apartment in Tokyo because there are less upfront costs when you are signing a housing contract for a sharehouse room than when you are signing the contract for an apartment. You can think of sharehouses like dorms, as they offer a dorm-like lifestyle.

    You may or may not find that the dorm-like lifestyle of a sharehouse room suits you during your time living in Japan as a resident of Tokyo. You may find that it suits your needs as a resident of Tokyo because of the prices that are low like the cheap places found in Tokyo or that you like meeting new people. Now, why might a room inside a sharehouse not be the right accommodations for you? You might be like me, a shy, introverted person who is more comfortable living alone than with a building full of strangers. I value my personal privacy too much to like dorm life.

    So, one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo may suit you more as a resident of Tokyo because the cheap apartments in Tokyo offer both low prices and personal privacy.

    Average Apartment in Tokyo

    (¥98,191 or $930 a Month)

    So, ultimately, to measure how outside of average an apartment in Tokyo is there must be an average apartment type in Tokyo to which it may be compared by you. Average apartment accommodations in Tokyo are not furnished and you will need to either go to purchase furnishings for the apartment or use your own. You also do not need to go sharing the facilities in the apartment, as that only holds true for a room inside of a sharehouse. It is just a simple apartment. Now, how much does this typical type of apartment cost for those residing in the city of Tokyo?

    A monthly rent of about ¥98,191 is an approximate estimate of the average amount a resident of Tokyo may expect to pay for their apartment a month. When that amount is converted into the currency used by the United States, it becomes an estimate of about $930 a month. A rent of $930 a month is about $330 more than the average cheap type of apartment in Tokyo. It is also about $2,298 dollars less than the average amount anyone may pay every month to live in a New York apartment. There a lot of ways average apartments may appeal to you.

    You may find that the average apartment size of twenty-five to thirty-eight square meters is a comfortable size for you while residing in Tokyo. You are also able to go enjoying privacy that would otherwise be unavailable to you if you rented a room in a sharehouse, as you make yourself comfortable in your new Japanese home. That is without even mentioning the furniture. The apartment, if you do not move all of your belongings into the apartment, needs to be furnished. What does that mean? It's an opportunity to go shopping in the lovely Tokyo markets.

    Outer City VS Inner City

    What do I need to know?

    So, the monthly rent for an apartment in Tokyo actually changes based on whether or not you are renting an apartment in the inner city or the outer city of Tokyo. Both locations have their own average rent per month and the ¥98,191 figure is actually the average of those two amounts. So, what is the average monthly rent in the inner city of Tokyo? Is it a lot more expensive for you to live in the inner city than the outer city of the capital of Japan? ¥123,578 is an estimate of about how much money you will be spending to become a resident of the Tokyo inner city.

    An estimate of about how you will be spending to become a resident of the Tokyo outer city is ¥72,805 a month. If you converted those figures into the currency of the United States, then they would amount to about $1,171 a month and $700 a month. So, you are saving an estimate of about $471 dollars monthly by renting an apartment in the Tokyo outer city. The definite price of your new home in a new city is also determined based on which direction your apartment is facing, the age of the building, the floor level of your apartment, and the amenities available in it.

    You can save even more by renting one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo in the outer city.

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    Cheap Apartments in Tokyo

    What do I need to know?

    You may have found that a cheap apartment in Tokyo sounds like the most suitable apartment type in Tokyo for meeting your needs as a resident of Japan. A small-sized apartment with a lower than average monthly rent may be more of a perfect fit for you as your new home than an apartment that comes with furnishings, an apartment that will offer a dormitory lifestyle, or even an average apartment in Japan.

    Now, is there any information that may change your mind or assure you that you have made what is ultimately the correct choice for your needs?

    So, it is a big decision to decide on an apartment. Here is a bit of information that may help you make sure you are looking in the right direction for the accommodations in Tokyo that will allow you to spend your time living inside an apartment perfect for you, a place that meets all your needs as a Japanese resident. To begin with, you are able to significantly benefit from the lower than average rent of a cheap apartment in an assortment of ways. One of those ways is that you may be able to add more money into your discretionary budget when budgeting your income.

    A second one is that you may be able to comfortably afford the rent for the apartment, as opposed to straining your funds when budgeting for the monthly rent. Lower rent, whatever the reason, is a good thing. Upfront costs for signing a housing contract are even lower when you are signing a housing contract for a cheap type apartment than for other types. Enjoy the extra jingle of change in your pocket, because is a lot of money you can save with cheap places in Tokyo; you are able to even save money from the upfront costs of signing a housing contract as some costs are negotiable.

    You will find that many of the upfront cost amounts are decided based on your monthly rent for the Japanese apartment. The real estate agent fee is one of the costs you pay when signing a housing contract that is not a fixed sum, but is worth one month's rent on average. If you rent one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo instead of the average apartment, that means ¥50,000 or $500 is what you are spending on the fee for the agency. Apts.jp is one of many companies that will only charge you a single month's rent when you hire their realty company's service.

    So, what are these payments made when you are signing the housing contract for a Japanese apartment that I keep writing about? What else will you have to pay besides the agency fee? You will be required to purchase fire insurance for the apartment, for one, and will also be required to pay for new locks to the apartment. You may find a landlord that requires you to gift them key money and you will definitely need to go providing a security deposit to the landlord. You may also find yourself in need of services offered by local guarantor companies.

    Fire Insurance

    (¥20,000 to ¥40,000 Yen)

    A person cannot go about avoiding purchasing fire insurance when signing a housing contract. A few of the payments you are able to reasonably expect to be charged when signing the housing contract for your new home in Tokyo may be avoidable, but the fire insurance is absolute. How much exactly does the purchase of fire insurance hurt your wallet? It will cost you about an estimate of ¥20,000 to ¥40,000 every two years. That is correct, you did not misread those words. You will have ¥20,000 to ¥40,000 charged to your account every two years that you possess fire insurance in Tokyo.

    An amount of that sum, when converted into the currency used in the United States, would amount to an estimate of $200 to $400 dollars. So, why is fire insurance worth spending that amount of money? Why is it required? It does only cover incidences wherein a fire accident occurs in or around your apartment. You can opt for your fire insurance to cover any damages that are incurred from an earthquake, for example; I would recommend opting for insurance that covers earthquakes as well if you are going to become a Japanese resident.

    You may not know, but Japan invests a large amount of resources into preparing for any possible future earthquakes because Japan is situated on an intersection of four different tectonic plates, so there is a real risk that you may actually need the insurance. You are absolutely able to purchase other types of insurance as well. There is even one insurance type that will cover accidents that occur in the household of your Tokyo apartment, like, for example, a washing machine overflowing and ruining all your carpeting inside your apartment.

    So, you will find that the standard fire insurance will cover three different categories of insurance. You may reasonably expect the insurance to cover the home contents to ensure that your belongings are safe, to cover accidents in the household of your apartment like that overflowing washing machine, as well as to cover personal liability. What do I mean when I write personal liability? If the water overflowing from the washing machine actually seeped through the floor and dripped into the apartment below, then your insurance will have you covered.

    Security Deposit

    (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    A fire insurance payment is made every two years at the price between the following estimate of $200 and $400 dollars in USD. For the security deposit, you will only have to make the payment once and that is when you are officially signing the housing contract for your new apartment in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. It is also not a payment that is always required when you are renting an accommodation in Tokyo because some landlords for the cheap apartments in Tokyo do not charge for the security deposit, making it one of many benefits offered by cheap places.

    You will find that not all cheap type apartment do not charge a security deposit, though; how much does it cost you when you do have to sufficiently provide a payment for the security deposit of the apartment? You will have to make a payment that is between about ¥45,000 to ¥50,000 yen to your landlord. When converting that amount into an amount in the currency of the United States, then it is about an estimate of $450 to $500 dollars to pay your security deposit. Now, how does that price compare to the amount paid for an average place?

    So, the average apartment in Tokyo has a much higher security deposit than the security deposit for one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo. Remember when I wrote that the standard measurement for all the payments is the monthly rent for the apartment selected as your future accommodations? A resident of Japan living in the average Tokyo apartment would need to pay about ¥98,191 or $930, minimum, for the security deposit because the standard amount for the security deposit is about one month's rent for your new place. 

    A person signing the housing contract for one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo would not need to pay as much! Renting one of the apartments in Tokyo is a good way to save.

    Agency Fee

    (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    Agency fees are like that security deposit for your new apartment in Tokyo, in that the agency fee is not always a payment you are required to make when finding your own apartment in Tokyo and signing the housing contract for the accommodation, for a simple reason. You see, the agency fee is not a payment you are making to your landlord. It is a payment you are making to whatever service or agency you used to locate the apartment in Tokyo, the one meets all of your requirements as a future resident living in Japan's capital city of Tokyo, and this is their fee.

    So, how much are you paying for the agency fee if you decide to hire one of the real estate agencies in Tokyo? The measurement for the payment is about how much you are spending on the monthly rent for your new accommodation in Tokyo. Like for a security deposit, the standard amount for the agency fee is about one month's rent for the place you are signing a housing contract. As I wrote before, Apts.jp is one of the real estate agencies that really only charge one month's rent for all their services as a reality company.

    A person who picks one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo will ultimately have to make a payment of about a ¥45,000 to ¥50,000 for the agency fee charged by the agency. That amount of money, when converted into the currency used by the United States, amounts to a figure of about an estimated $450 to $500 dollars. The agency fee is just one of the many ways you can save money by choosing to rent a cheap apartment in Tokyo; it actually has a proportional relationship to rent. The higher the monthly rent, the higher the agency fee for the place.

    You could avoid the agency fee entirely if you decide to find an apartment by yourself where you will be able to comfortably reside during your time as a resident of Tokyo, although I would not recommend that course of action. One of the services that a real estate agency will provide is calling up landlords to make sure they are accepting foreigners, for example, and help you with the language barrier. BFFTokyo has an informative guide on real estate agencies in Tokyo where you can learn more information on the topic.

    Lock Exchange Fee

    (¥9,800 to ¥12,000 Yen)

    So a lock exchange fee, on the other hand, is like the fire insurance payment in that you are definitely going to pay a lock exchange fee. It is a guaranteed payment that you will have to make when moving into a Tokyo apartment and a lock exchange fee is not measured based on the monthly rent of your new accommodations. You will make an estimated payment of about ¥9,800 to ¥12,000 regardless of whether the apartment is a cheap apartment in Tokyo. So, you are not saving anything on the lock exchange fee by signing the contract for a cheap place in Tokyo.

    A question you may have now is, why do you have to pay a lock exchange fee to the landlord before moving into your new Tokyo home? Well, it is standard for the apartment landlord to change out the apartment locks whenever a new resident signs a housing contract for renting the accommodation. Replacing the locks is a safety measure. While the fee for the lock exchange will cost you an estimated amount of about $98 to $120 dollars when it is converted into the currency of the United States, the amount of money is worth it because your personal safety is vital.

    Guarantor Fee

    (¥25,000 Yen)

    You will have to pay a guarantor fee if you employ the services of a guarantor company when renting an apartment in Tokyo. What is a guarantor company? It is a Japanese company offering to sign as the guarantor when you are signing the housing contract for your new Japanese home. The concept of a guarantor may not exist in your country, but in Japan, it is the person or organization the landlord is able to contact to pay the monthly rent for the apartment if you fail to pay the rent. The guarantor companies serve to fill that position.

    So, a friend or relative is the typical person who signs as the guarantor when you are signing the contract for new accommodations in Japan. As the guarantor is required to be a resident of Japan too, you may find yourself in need of the services offered by the Japanese guarantor companies unless you happen to have friends or relatives who are currently living on Japanese soil. How much are those services going to cost you? Is that amount going to be a one time payment that occurs when you are signing the apartment's official housing contract?

    A guarantee is not a one time payment. You can reasonably expect to pay an estimated amount of ¥25,000 yen plus a fee that you will pay for every year that you spend living inside the apartment you chose for your residency in Tokyo. If you were to convert that amount of money into the currency of the United States, then it would amount to an estimation of $250 dollars. The annual fee itself will change depending on what the company you hire in Japan to sign as your guarantor during the process of completing the housing contract.

    Key Money

    (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    So, what is a one time payment when you rent an apartment in Tokyo? It is the key money payment you may be asked to pay the landlord. Key money is a payment that is not always required when renting an apartment in Tokyo. In the case that you are asked to make a key money payment, then it is one of the payments that are measured on the monthly rent for the apartment that you have chosen to rent. What is key money, though? Just like a guarantor fee, the fee may not exist in your country, but exists in the Japanese housing market.

    A fee for key money is a non-refundable charge that you are paying the landlord and is a traditional gift to the landlord of the apartment for accepting your application as one potential tenant. It is actually a tradition left over from World War II, during a period of time when the housing market in Japan was experiencing a shortage. The tradition has survived to this day and is still a common payment that a landlord may ask you to pay when signing the contract for your apartment. Now, how much money exactly will this tradition ultimately cost you when renting a place?

    You can reasonably expect to pay about ¥45,000 to ¥50,000 to the landlord as a gift for accepting your application as a potential tenant of the apartment. After that amount of money is converted to the currency used in the United States, it amounts to about an estimated $450 to $500 dollars. It doesn't sound cheap? Since the payment is actually measured by the monthly rent, if you were renting an apartment with an average rent amounting to ¥98,191 or $930, then that is about how much money you would spend. That means at least $300 more would be coming out of your wallet.

    Cleaning Fee

    (¥0 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    Cleaning

    So, a cleaning fee is not a payment you have to make when signing the housing contract before moving into your new cheap apartment in Tokyo. It is actually a sum of money subtracted from your security deposit at the end of your stay in the Tokyo apartment, providing the landlord the money to clean up the apartment. You are given all of the remaining money in the security deposit by the landlord.

    An exact number for the amount of money is dependent on the state of your apartment when you decide to move out, so a clean, maintained apartment will be a ¥0 fee.

    Total Initial Costs

    (¥239,800 to ¥277,000 Yen)

       Rent (¥50,000 Yen)

    + Insurance (¥20,000 to ¥40,000 Yen)

    + Deposit (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    + Agency Fee (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    + Lock Exchange Fee (¥9,800 to ¥12,000 Yen)

    + Guarantor Fee (¥25,000 Yen)

    + Key Money (¥45,000 to ¥50,000 Yen)

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    ¥239,800 to ¥277,000 Yen

     

    You will find that it is possible to find the average total cost when moving into one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo, by adding all of the average amounts for the payments that are standard when signing a housing contract. In total, you can reasonably expect to find yourself paying an estimated amount of ¥239,800 to ¥277,000 yen during the process of acquiring accommodations for your time staying in Japan as a resident. $2,398 to $2,770 is an estimate of how much money ¥239,800 to ¥277,000 is when converted into the USD currency used by the United States. 

    So, how much are you saving in move-in costs by renting one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo? How does the $2,398 to $2,770 price compare to moving into an apartment in Tokyo with an average rent for the Tokyo housing market? Well, a few payments are measured based on the monthly rent for the apartment you have chosen to rent. The monthly payments for rent in Tokyo is about ¥98,191 on average. If you used the same equation to calculate the move-in costs for the average apartment in Tokyo with those figures you can easily come to an answer.

    A housing contract and moving into an apartment would normally cost at least ¥490,955. When you convert that amount into United States currency, it's about $4,695 dollars. You are saving about the following amount by renting cheap: ¥2,297 to ¥1,925 yen, which amounts to about $2,297 to $1,925 in when converted into US dollars. You will not be able to save money on the guarantor cost or the fire insurance because your payment for those costs does not change by renting a cheap apartment. The cost of both is not dependent on your monthly rent.

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    Tips

    What do I want to know?

    Choosing the right apartment can be a difficult decision, especially when you have to make the choice in a short amount of time. Here are some tips to help you make your decision without compromising on your needs as a future resident of Tokyo or the limited time you have to find the accommodations inside Tokyo that is right for you. You, to begin with, do not need to stick with one apartment from the start; if you take advantage of the low minimum-stay requirements of a sharehouse, you can spend a short amount of time living in the inexpensive housing while you spend a comfortable amount of time to search what will be your more permanent home in Japan's capital.

    If you choose a furnished apartment, which also has a low minimum-stay requirement, you can live in that apartment while you look for your more permanent home and still enjoy privacy. You can also wait inside pre-furnished accommodations while the moving company sends over your furniture from across the ocean, before moving out into your more permanent home in Japan's capital while the Tokyo moving company is unpacking your belongings in the place. To be more clear, let us say that you do not have a lot of time to look for the right apartment because you need a place to stay in Tokyo sooner rather than later in your schedule as you leave for Japan.

    A sharehouse room is not expensive and you can leave a short time after signing the housing contract, you do not need to stay for a long time. Furnished apartments come with furniture and in those, too, you can leave a short time after signing the housing contract. You can use either one of those places as a temporary home while you search for a more appropriate accommodation to suit your needs as a resident of Tokyo. Perhaps you may find that place to actually be one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo.

    Cheap Apartment Size

    (13 to 25 Square Meters)

    So, I have written about the average size of the cheap apartments in Tokyo earlier in this BFFTokyo guide. Average apartments in Japan for people who live alone are about twenty-five to thirty-eight square meters in size. You will have twelve to thirteen square meters less to clean by renting a cheap type of apartment! That is why I would choose an apartment that was a cheap type in Tokyo, personally. You may find that all of the convenience that comes with an easily cleanable apartment is what suitably meets what needs you have as a future resident of the capital.

    A thirteen to twenty-five square meter apartment may also not fit your needs as a resident of Tokyo for a number of reasons. You may be the kind of person with a lot of friends and want an apartment where you can invite those friends to play board games or have a sleep over with pillow fights. In that case, the cheap apartment type is not for you. The cheap type of apartment is also not for you if you own a lot of belongings and need places to put those belongings. I know, personally, that I need a big closet because I happen to own a lot of clothing.

    You may, then again, be perfectly fine living a cheap Tokyo apartment because you spend the majority of your time outside your accommodations. The jobs in Japan are known to have long hours expected of the employees, so the time you spend inside your apartment may be short. The free time you have may be spent indulging quite understandably in the many entertainment facilities available in Tokyo that make it world-renowned like the Samurai Armor photo studio. If that sounds like you, it actually may be the right type of apartment for you in Japan.

    Tatami Measurement

    (1.65 in Square Meters)

    So, you should be aware that if you rent an apartment in the Tokyo housing market the sizing of the apartment may be measured in terms of tatami mats. A listing for a place you are looking at may show you a slide of pictures, a reasonable price, and list all a tenant may expect from it. But the size? You may find it, sure, but it will be written in terms of jo. Jo is the unit measurement used by Japan when measuring sizes by a tatami mat. Here is how you may interpret jo if you come across it during your time looking for accommodations inside Tokyo.

    An average tatami mat in Japan is about an estimate of one point sixty-five square meters in size. If the size of the cheap apartment you are looking at on a real estate listing for the Tokyo housing market is measured as about thirteen jo, then you can reasonably expect to cover the flooring of the entire apartment with thirteen tatami mats. The apartment is approximately twenty-one point forty-nine square meters according to that figure. After you know the size you can decide for yourself if it appropriately meets your needs as a resident of Japan.

    Cheap Apartment Pricing

    What do I need to know?

    A section at the beginning of this BFFTokyo guide already mentioned briefly what can affect the final monthly rent of your apartment in Japan. The definite price of your new home in a new city is also determined based on what direction your apartment is facing, the age of the building, the floor level of your apartment, and even the amenities that are available. So, what does that mean for you? What are the amenities you can reasonably expect from cheap apartment prices in Tokyo? If you pick a cheap apartment as your home, then not much.

    You may find that the cheap apartment has Wi-Fi and a phone line. There may be tatami flooring because older apartments were often fitted with tatami flooring, both variables contributing to a low rent for the place. Older apartment buildings inside of Tokyo are where you will commonly find the cheap apartments of Tokyo, and so, you may find yourself signing the housing contract for an apartment with at least partial tatami flooring. Oh yeah, one more thing you should probably know about all the amenities is that the sound proofing is not one of those amenities.

    So, the lack of effective sound proofing due to the age of the apartment in Tokyo may actually be a deal-breaker for you as you consider what apartment type is the right one for meeting your needs as a Japanese resident. You may, just like me, love to listen to loud music while you clean your house. You may want to invite your friends over and hold a sleep over, which may involve a dungeons and dragons game session that proceeds well into the night. Both possible situations would need a better sound proofing than in a cheap Tokyo apartment.

    Discretionary Income

    What do I want to know?

    Discretionary Income

    A person looking to rent an apartment in Tokyo may be able to significantly benefit from the lower than average rent of a cheap apartment in an assortment of ways. A major benefit of renting one of the cheap apartments in Tokyo is how much money you are able to save every month.

    While you may choose a cheap type of apartment in Tokyo for your accommodations because the monthly rent would not be a strain on your income, you may also have chosen it because you will be able to put a sum of money into your savings every month if you one of your priorities is saving.

    You see, putting money into your savings is one of the perks of renting an apartment below your highest budget for rent. It is definitely a possible perk that will make your wallet happy and relieved. You do not need to worry about how to spend your saved money, though, if you don't put it into your savings. You are now living in Tokyo, a city world-renowned as a place where you may find entertainment worth spending all of your savings, like the Robot restaurant or even the Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando that are available to consumers.

    Apartment Contract

    What do I need to know?

    Cheap Apartments in Tokyo Housing Contract

    A sign housing contract will be involved no matter what apartment in Tokyo you ultimately choose to reside in during your time as a Japanese resident. Whether an apartment with a lower than average rent, an apartment that comes with furnishings, a building offers a dormitory lifestyle to tenants, or even an average apartment in Japan, is what you select there will be a contract.

    Now, is there any information that you absolutely may want to know beforehand? Are there any details that change if a particular apartment type, like the cheap apartments in Tokyo, is being rented out to new people?

    You may find that the details will, in fact, change based on the type of apartment a person decides to sign the housing contract for in Tokyo. In the case of a cheap type apartment for residents of the capital city in Japan, the cheap apartments in Tokyo actually may be found to go quite easy on the tenants. What does 'quite easy' contextually mean, exactly? It means that you are able to reasonably expect the Japanese landlord to give you the keys to the apartment as soon as one day later, following the day you sign an official contract.

    So, you may even be able to contact the moving company you hired and tell them tomorrow is the perfect day to send over your belongings. A wall of boxes inside the new accommodations may surround you during your first day as a Tokyo resident, a towering wall that will keep you company as you eat your first dinner inside what will become your new home on foreign soil. That is the kind of situation you may find yourself to be in just a single day after signing the official housing contract for the accommodations in Tokyo. Is it the scenario you are wanting?

    A single day may be the soonest you may expect to receive the keys to your new accommodations in Japan. Now, what is the longest amount of time you go before receiving the new keys to your apartment when renting a cheap type of apartment, reasonably? The answer is twenty-one days. A full twenty-one days may pass by the time you are able to find yourself in that scenario, surrounded by a towering what of boxes as you eat your first dinner inside your new Japanese home. Please refer to whichever realty company you hired or the landlord of the apartment for the exact, specific time range. This just a simple estimate.

    You may not expect 'quite easy' to mean you are able to leave your apartment after living in those accommodations for less than half a year, though. After you sign the housing contract and move a wall of unpacked boxes into your new home in Tokyo, there is no leaving the apartment for about two years. The average minimum stay stipulation for the housing contract of cheap apartment types in Tokyo is a full two years. Now, what does that mean? It means that you will have to pay a penalty if, ultimately, you need to leave before the two years are complete.

    So, a penalty payment will be waiting for you if you have to suddenly leave or just simply want to leave your accommodations before two years have passed. It is for this reason you may find a cheap apartment in Tokyo just does not meet your needs as a resident of Japan. What if you change jobs and your new job has a commute too far away from your accommodations? What if you have to leave the country for months because of an emergency and you still have months left on your Japanese housing contract? A cheap type may not be perfect for you.

    Furnished Apartments in Tokyo

    What do I need to know?

    A furnished apartment, you may have found, sounds like the most suitable type of apartment in Tokyo for meeting your needs as a resident of Japan. A pre-furnished apartment with a small amount of amenities inside the place, like towels or even a hairdryer, may be more of a perfect fit for you than an apartment with a lower than average rent, an apartment that offers a dormitory lifestyle, or even an average apartment in Japan. Now, is there any information that may change your mind, perhaps assure you that you made the correct choice for yourself?

    You may, first of all, want to know how you are going to save on furniture if you need more information to decide whether or not the best apartment for you is the furnished type. There are two ways to acquire furnishings for your new apartment in Tokyo if you do not sign a housing contract for a furnished apartment. How much money you are able to save will absolutely change based on which option you pick. Let us begin estimating all the prices accompanying the second option, so that you can know precisely how money you will need to spend for it.

    So in the second option, you hire a moving company to transport your belongings and furniture across the ocean and to your new home in the capital city of Japan. That perhaps may not be the most convenient option for you because it is not at all a simplistic process: the process of finding a moving company that is capable of transporting your furniture across an ocean, finding an apartment in Tokyo which actually is capable of fitting all of your furniture, packing your furniture, and then the ultimate step of unpacking all of your belongings into your new place.

    A person whose chose the second option may find it more preferable, but how much would it cost you? Well, the precise amount will depend on how many belongings and how much furniture you in total possess. The average amount that hiring a moving company will cost you is an estimate of ¥8,157 yen for singles and couples moving to Japan. For families who are moving to Japan to become residents, the average price is ¥21,960. There are also numerous other variables that may affect the cost of hiring a moving company to transport your furniture to Japan.

    You should be aware that a late night charge will add a payment of ¥1,569 to your ultimate bill, while you will also be charged a holiday fee of about ¥2,091 if you require any moving services during a Tokyo holiday. Is that all? No, there is also a busy season charge that will add a payment amounting to about ¥5,229 to your total bill. March and April are the busy season, therefore the most expensive months to hire Tokyo moving services. The reason actually is those months are when students start school and workers start employment under a new contract at Tokyo corporation.

    So, workers who are just starting a new contract with a company and students who are starting school in Tokyo are all generally going to need to use the services of the Tokyo moving companies. Those circumstances lead to the price estimate for hiring all of the services of a Tokyo moving company being raised. Now, what are all of those price amounts when converted into the currency of the United States? What is the total possible cost estimate for hiring a moving company to transport all of your own belongings to your new apartment, should you do so?

    A total bill for the services when hired by singles and couples, when the amount is converted into USD, will be about an estimate of about $78 to $210 dollars. Families who hire the services of a company when moving to Japan will be charged an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 US dollars. A late night charge will amount to $15, the fee for hiring a moving company during a holiday in Japan will be about $20, and the busy season charge will be actually $50 per box. Yes, I wrote $50 dollars per box. It is expensive when hiring the companies during March and April for all their services.

    You will find that a family would be spending an estimate of $3,285 if they had fifty boxes for the Tokyo moving company to move late at night on a holiday If singles or couples were hiring the services of a company late at night on a holiday, then the total bill would amount to an estimate of $495 in US dollars. That is how much money you will be able to save if, instead of moving all of your furniture across an ocean using the services that a Tokyo moving company may offer, you sign the housing contract for a furnished place to become your own accommodations.

    So, what about the first option? You can transport your own furniture to your new apartment in Tokyo or you can just buy new furniture when you arrive at your home in Japan where you will be residing for quite some time. The price estimate for purchasing new furniture in Tokyo amounts to about ¥65,000 to ¥200,000 yen. If those amounts were to be converted into the currency of the United States, then the amount you ultimately will find yourself spending is about an estimate of $650 to $2,000. It's definitely not a small sum coming out of your own wallet at that amount.

    A person may choose either option instead of renting a pre-furnished apartment, but either option will cost you money that you may not necessarily want to spend, making renting a furnished apartment in Tokyo more of a convenience for you as a future resident of Japan. BFFTokyo has a guide on furnished apartments in Tokyo if a furnished apartment as your new home and accommodations while you reside in Japan's capital city of Tokyo sounds like your best bet.

    Sharehouses in Tokyo

    What do I need to know?

    Sharehouses-in-Tokyo-Sharing-Pizza

    You may wonder, what exactly is a sharehouse and how would renting a room in a sharehouse prove beneficial to me while I am a resident of Tokyo?

    Here is information that will help you become better equipped to decide if the best apartment for you is actually a room in a sharehouse while you are living in Japan. A sharehouse is a building where multiple tenants are renting a room. If you pay the extra money, the sharehouse room you rent may have amenities like a kitchen or a bathroom; roommates will also be avoided if you pay extra money for a private place.

    So, a room in a sharehouse does not generally come with amenities like a kitchen or a bathroom and you may reasonably expect to have a roommate in the room. You see, sharehouse buildings have common areas where all of the tenants may access the amenities. There is a shared bathroom, a shared living room, a shared kitchen, an assorted number of other possible amenities, like a shared game room, and those amenities are not typically added to individual rooms. You would have to make a separate payment for extra amenities and facilities in it.

    A second question you may ask is how do you rent a room in a sharehouse without a roommate? You will also find yourself making an extra payment monthly if you want to have a private room in the sharehouse building. The deposit for a room in a sharehouse amounts to an estimate between ¥15,000 yen and three months of rent. The security deposit will ultimately amount to an estimate based on the monthly rent for the sharehouse where you are renting a room inside of Japan's capital Tokyo.

    You, if you were to convert the least amount of money you are reasonably able to expect to pay for the security deposit for your sharehouse into US dollars, will find that the ¥15,000 yen would amount to an estimated $150 dollars. What is the most amount of money you're able to save on the security deposit by choosing a sharehouse room over an apartment? Well, the least amount of money you are able to go reasonably expecting as a charge for the security deposit of one of the cheap apartments is ¥45,000 in Tokyo, if you want a reasonable comparison.

    So, since the ¥45,000 yen converted into the currency of the United States is $450, then you are saving an estimated amount of about $300 on the security deposit when renting a sharehouse room. One other fee you will have to pay when renting a room inside a sharehouse building is a guarantor fee. You may want to know that you will ultimately not be saving anything on the guarantor fee because the prices for hiring services of a guarantor companies is standard. No matter the type of apartment, customers will pay the same price to hire the guarantor company services

    Ah yes, what are those prices again? Well, you can expect to pay about ¥10,000 to ¥20,000 when hiring a guarantor company. The rent for one of the cheaper sharehouse options actually is an estimate of about ¥50,000 to ¥70,000 yen a month. The rent for a more expensive room in a sharehouse with extra utilities, like a bathroom or a kitchen, is actually somewhere between about ¥70,000 to ¥95,000 yen a month. If all those monetary figures were converted to USD, then you'd be paying about $500 to $950 when renting a room. $500 is with no amenities

    You will find that ¥50,000 yen is $500 when converted to the currency of the United States and ¥95,000 actually amounts to an estimate of $950 in dollars. BFFTokyo specifically created a guide that provides information on sharehouses in Tokyo, if renting a room in a sharehouse in Tokyo sounds like the most suitable lifestyle for you while living in Japan's capital of Tokyo. You actually are able to access the article Sharehouses in Tokyo and learn more about the lifestyle accompanying sharehouses; from this info you may decide if dormitory life is for you.

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