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This article on share houses is part of our series on apartments in Tokyo.

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    Tokyo Sharehouses

    5 Reasons Why You Should Live With Roommates in a Sharehouse

    1. Save on Move-in Costs

    2. Save on Monthly Rent

    3. Move in Immediately

    4. Cultural Immersion

    5. Free Amenities

     

    Tokyo Sharehouse Cost

    Here's how much a sharehouse in Tokyo costs!

    Monthly Rent

     

    Private Room

    (60,000-90,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect a private room in a sharehouse to cost an estimated amount of 60,000 to 90,000 Yen. If you are planning on renting in Tokyo with a low budget and value your privacy, then renting a private room in a Tokyo sharehouse will allow you to enjoy the low costs & conveniences of a sharehouse in Tokyo without compromising on your personal privacy.

     

    You can expect the standard private room for a sharehouse in Tokyo to NOT include a private bathroom and to be about 13.5 sqm in size.

     

    Private Bathroom + Bath

    (69,000-75,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect a private room with a bathroom in a sharehouse to cost an estimated amount of 69,000 to 75,000 yen monthly. If you are planning on renting in Tokyo with a low budget and value your privacy, then renting a private room with a bathroom in a Tokyo sharehouse will allow you to enjoy the low costs & conveniences of a sharehouse in Tokyo without compromising on your privacy or private bathroom.

     

    Private Room for 2

    (10,000-20,000 Extra Yen)

     

    You can expect a private room for 2 in a sharehouse to cost an estimated amount of 10,000 to 20,000 extra monthly. If you are planning on renting in Tokyo on a low budget and would prefer to enjoy private accommodations with a partner, then renting a private room for 2 in a Tokyo sharehouse would allow you to enjoy low costs & conveniences of a sharehouse in Tokyo without compromising on your privacy for a small price increase.

     

    Shared Room

    (40,000-50,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect a shared room in a Tokyo sharehouse to cost an estimated amount of 40,000 to 50,000 yen monthly. If you are planning on renting in Tokyo with a low budget and  and planning on making new friends while staying in the Capital of Japan, then renting a shared room in a Tokyo sharehouse will allow you to enjoy the lost costs & conveniences of a sharehouse in Tokyo while meeting new people!

     

    Amenities


    Utilities

    (7,000-15,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 7,000 to 15,000 yen monthly for utilities. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are not guaranteed the cost of utilities included with monthly rent, and so can expect the extra cost of about 7,000 to 15,000 yen monthly for utilities when renting from a sharehouse in Tokyo. There are sharehouses in Tokyo, though, that include the cost of utilities with rent.


    Household Items

    (5,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 5,000 yen for household items. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you can expect NOT to have household items provided by the sharehouse in Tokyo for your personal use in the sharehouse. You can expect to make the payment for household items as a one-time expenditure during your stay in the Tokyo sharehouse. You can expect to pay the extra cost of 5,000 yen the following sort of household items:

     

    • Bed Sheets
    • Tooth Brushes
    • Pillows
    • Toiletries
    • Cook & Bake Ware

     

    WiFi Router

    (3,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 3,000 yen for a WiFi router. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are not guaranteed free WiFi access, and so can expect the extra cost of 3,000 yen for WiFi when renting from a sharehouse in Tokyo as a one-time expenditure. There are sharehouses in Tokyo, though, that include free WiFi as an amenity of the sharehouse.

     

    Initial Costs

     

    Insurance

    (15,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 15,000 yen for insurance on your Tokyo sharehouse room. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are not guaranteed insurance for your room, and so can expect to pay about 15,000 to cover insurance for the duration of your stay in the Tokyo sharehouse. It is standard for sharehouses in Tokyo to require a tenant to possess insurance while staying a room.

     

    Deposit

    (20,000-40,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 20,000-40,000 yen for the security deposit, or in rare cases, you can expect to pay about 2-3 month's worth of rent for the deposit. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you can enjoy the low costs & conveniences of a sharehouse in Tokyo without spending an inordinate amount of money to cover the cost of a deposit. There are sharehouses in Tokyo, though, that don't charge the cost of a deposit.

     

    N/A Costs

     

    Benefits

    (Karaoke Room, Movie Room, etc...)

     

    You can expect to NOT pay extra for the benefits that come with sharehouses in Tokyo. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you can expect the sharehouse to provide benefits that differ depending from which sharehouse in Tokyo you are renting a room. You can expect a sharehouse in Tokyo to provide the following sort of benefits to potential tenants of the sharehouse at no extra cost to the tenant:

     

    • Pool Table
    • Special Events
    • Gym
    • Movie Room
    • Karaoke Room

     

    Total Initial Costs

     

    Private Room

    (110,000-153,000 Yen)

     

    • Rent (60,000-75,000 Yen)
    • Insurance (15,000 Yen)
    • Deposit (20,000-40,000 Yen)
    • Utilities (7,000-15,000 Yen)
    • WiFi Router (3,000 Yen)
    • Household Items (5,000 Yen)

     

    110,000-153,000 Yen

     

    Shared Room

    (90,000-128,000 Yen)

     

    • Rent (40,000-50,000 Yen)
    • Insurance (15,000 Yen)
    • Deposit (20,000-40,000 Yen)
    • Utilities (7,000-15,000 Yen)
    • WiFi Router (3,000 Yen)
    • Household Items (5,000 Yen)

     

    90,000-128,000 Yen

     

    Total Monthly Costs

     

    Private Room

    (67,000-90,000 Yen)

     

    • Rent (60,000-75,000 Yen)
    • Utilities (7,000-15,000 Yen)

     

    67,000-90,000 Yen

     

    Shared Room

    (47,000-65,000 Yen)

     

    • Rent (40,000-50,000 Yen)
    • Utilities (7,000-15,000)

     

    47,000-65,000 Yen

     

    Tokyo Sharehouse Pros & Cons

    Here is what you can expect from living in one of Tokyo's sharehouses.

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    Easy Contract

     

    Move-in

    (1-2 Days)

     

    You can expect to move in to your room at the Tokyo sharehouse sometime between the day you sign the lease for the sharehouse room and 1 day after signing the lease. By renting a room in a sharehouse, you can expect to move into the capital of Japan as soon as possible; the exact time you are allowed to move in is dependent on the sharehouse in Tokyo.

     

    Sharehouse Manager

    (Ask Questions, Give Rent, etc...)

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to have a manager. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to go to the manager of the sharehouse if you have any questions related to the contract stipulations or the rules of the sharehouse from which you are renting a room. You can expect, also, the sharehouse manager to be the one you make monthly rent payments to during the duration of your stay in the Tokyo sharehouse.

    Good Tenants

    (Play Board Games, Do Chores, etc...)

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to have an assorted variety of tenants. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to meet tenants who play board games with others staying in the sharehouse or properly do chores assigned by the sharehouse; the exact way good tenants may affect the quality of your stay depends on the tenants who are staying together with you in the sharehouse.

    Furnishings

    (Dining Table, Couch etc...)

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to include furnishings. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to expect an assortment of furnishings to be included by the sharehouse. The standard appliances in a Tokyo sharehouse include a washing machine, furnished living & dining room common areas, and an outfitted kitchen in the common area. Extra items for your room beyond a bed & desk will cost extra.

    Cultural Immersion

    (Meeting Locals)

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to have an assorted variety of tenants. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to meet tenants who are locals and experience an opportunity to immerse yourself culturally by interacting with those tenants ; the exact amount of cultural immersion you experience during your stay depends on the tenants who are staying together with you in the sharehouse.

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    Cons

     

    Contract Stipulations

    (No Sleepovers, etc...)

     

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to offer stipulations on the contract you sign for your room in the sharehouse. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are required to follow the stipulations throughout the duration of your stay. You can expect the following sort of stipulations to be written on the contract for your new home in the capital of Japan, including a 30 min time limit for baths in the common bathroom:

     

    • No Shoes in Washing Machine
    • No Over-Night Guests
    • 30 Min Baths
    • 30 Min Bath-time Limit
    • After Use, Clean Rice Cooker

     

    Sound Proofing

    (Loud Music, Singing in the Shower, etc...)

     

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to have poor sound proofing in the building of the sharehouse. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to listen to other tenants singing in the common bathroom's shower or playing loud music in private rooms of the sharehouse; the exact way poor sound-proofing may affect the quality of your stay depends on the tenants who are staying together with you in the sharehouse.

     

    Bad Tenants

    (Sexual Harassment, Skipping Chores, etc...)

     

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to have an assorted variety of tenants. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to meet tenants who sexually harass others staying in the sharehouse or skip out on doing assigned sharehouse in the sharehouse; the exact way poor behavior may affect the quality of your stay depends on the tenants who are staying together with you in the sharehouse.

     

    Tokyo Sharehouse Options

    Want to know what your options are? Here's a quick look!

    Room Types

     

    Private Rooms

    (Private Kitchen & Bathroom, etc...)

     

    The private rooms are an option Tokyo sharehouses may offer you. Private rooms are rated at a higher price point because of the privacy the rooms offer you in the sharehouse. If the private room boasts a private bathroom for personal use, or a kitchenette for personal use, the monthly rent will reflect the added amenities that accompany your new living accommodations. 

     

    Shared & Semi-Private Rooms

    (Roommates, etc...)

     

    The shared rooms and semi-private rooms are an option a sharehouse in Tokyo may offer you, too, but are rented to more than one tenant and a small storage space is provided for all of the roommates. The main difference between a shared and semi-private room is that the semi-private room will provide divider between the beds for each tenant in the room.

     

    Compartment & Dormitory

    (Bunk Beds, etc...)

     

    The least expensive option in a Tokyo sharehouse are the compartment and dormitory rooms. You can expect the compartment rooms to be reminiscent of a capsule hotel, while the dormitory rooms feature bunk beds to the multiple tenants in the Tokyo sharehouse to sleep in and a security container for tenants renting the room. The maximum occupancy for a compartment room is a total of 4 tenants.

     

    Sharehouses in Tokyo

     

    Ladies-Only Sharehouse

    (60,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect NOT to pay water, gas, WiFi fees when renting a room in the Ladies-Only sharehouse. By renting a room the Ladies-Only sharehouse, you are saving yourself about 3,000 yen on move-in costs and about 15,000 yen monthly on utilities. You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 60,000 on monthly rent, and at the same time, you can expect the sharehouse to be ladies-only as implied by the name. 

     

    Oakhouse

    (63,000-77,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 63,000 to 77,000 yen monthly when renting a room in the sharehouse owned by the Oakhouse company. By renting a room in the Oakhouse sharehouse, you can expect to have the ability to choose between a couple's private room and a private room for singles, and at the same time, you an enjoy breathtaking views in Shinjuku.

     

    Kagurazaka Flat

    (50,000 Yen)

     

    You can expect to pay an estimated amount of 50,000 yen monthly when renting a room in the Kagurazaka Flat sharehouse. By renting a room in the Kagurazaka Flat sharehouse, you can expect the 9 floors of the sharehouse to be divided by gender, and at the same time, for all of the rooms offered by the Kagurazaka Flat sharehouse to be semi-private. You can expect the Kagurazaka Flat sharehouse NOT to offer private rooms.

     

    Amenities

     

    Free Entertainment

    (Gaming Consoles, Pool Table, etc...)

     

    You can expect sharehouses in Tokyo to include the following sort of amenities: gaming consoles or a pool table in the common area, condiments in the shared kitchen provided by the sharehouse, special events organized by the sharehouse, and even a gym or movie room for all of the tenants occupying the sharehouse in Tokyo. The exact amenity depends on the sharehouse from which you are renting a room.

     

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    Tokyo Sharehouse Contract

    Here's a guide to understanding what you're signing.

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    Tatami Size

     

    Tatami Sizing

    (1.65 sqm)

     

    You can expect the size of the apartment to be measured in Jo units. Jo units of measurement are based on tatami sizing, and you can expect the average tatami size to be 1.65 sqm. The size of a furnished apartment in Tokyo may, for example, be measured as 50 Jo. You can expect the apartment to fit about 50 tatami mats on the flooring of the furnished apartment, making the apartment approximately 82.65 sqm in size.

     

    Sharehouse Size

    You can expect your sharehouse room to be about the following sizes:

    13.5-24.0 sqm 13.5-24.0 sqm 19.44 sqm

    Contract Length

     

    Move in

    (1-2 Days)

     

    You can expect to move into your new room in a Tokyo sharehouse sometime between the day you sign the lease for the sharehouse room and 1 day after signing the lease. By renting a room in a Tokyo sharehouse, you can expect to move into your new home in the capital of Japan as soon as possible; the exact time you are allowed to move in is dependent on the agency that you are renting the room from in Tokyo.

     

    Minimum Stay

    (1-6 Months)

     

    You can expect the lease for your sharehouse room to have a minimum stay stipulation of about 3-12 months. By moving into a Tokyo sharehouse, you are able to rent a room for less than a year; the exact amount of minimum time you are legally obligated to rent your room in a sharehouse is dependent on the agency you are renting the room from in Tokyo. You can expect to stay in a sharehouse room for as little as 3 months.

     

    Yen to USD & Euros

     

    Yen to USD

    (0.009284 USD)

     

    1 yen is worth 0.009284 of a USD. Here is a link to a yen to USD converter to calculate the conversion:

     

    https://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=JPY&to=USD&amount=1.

     

    Yen to Euros

    (0.008082 Euros)

     

    1 yen is worth 0.008082 of a Euro. Here is a link to a yen to Euro converter to calculate the conversion: 

     

    https://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=JPY&to=EUR&amount=1200.

     

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