Sorting out accommodation is one of the most difficult tasks when moving into any country. At the University of Tokyo, however, you will not have to worry as all students enrolled in the PEAK program are guaranteed a room at the Komaba Lodge for at least the first two years! Read on to find out more about the dorms at the University of Tokyo ->

The University of Tokyo Dormitories 

Komaba Lodge, B. Photo by Author

Here is list a quick list of all the long-term dormitories offered by the University of Tokyo:

Mejirodai International Village
International Lodge, Komaba Lodge Main, B, C, D
International Lodge, Komaba Lodge Annex
International Lodge, Shirokanedai Lodge
International Lodge, Kashiwa Lodge
Oiwake International Lodge
Oiwake International Hall of Residence
Mitaka International Hall of Residence
Toshima International Hall of Residence

Each residence has its own entry requirements and eligibility. Therefore, I recommend you all to check out the individual links! 

Today, in this article, we will focus on the International Lodge, Komaba Lodge Main, B, C, D as this is where a large number of international graduate students, exchange students, and undergraduate students stay! 

Where is Komaba Lodge? 

Komaba Lodge Main, B, C, D is sandwiched right between Komaba Campus I and II, offering great access to both campuses. It is roughly a 7-minute walk to the nearest station, Komaba-todaimae (Inokashira line). From there, you can catch a train to either the urban hubs of Shibuya or Shimokitazawa in roughly 5 minutes. If you opt to walk, it will take around 15 minutes. 

Red = Komaba Lodge, Yellow = Komaba Campus – It’s so close!

What are the rooms like? 

The rooms at Komaba Lodge Main, B, C, D differ depending on what building you are placed in.

Komaba Lodge Main

The rooms in the main building comprise of identical single rooms with a bathroom inside (bathtub, shower, washbasin, and toilet). 

Each room comes fully furnished with a desk, cupboard, bed, refrigerator, and AC. 

Komaba Lodge B, C, D

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400002319.pdf

The rooms in the B, C, D dorms are also identical single rooms. However, they are smaller than those in the main dorm and do not feature a bathroom or shower.

In both the Main and B, C, D dorms, the kitchen, living room, and laundry area are shared.

How much does it cost?

The prices of the Main and B, C, D dorms differ as follows:

MainB・C・D
Cleaning Fees12,000
(One-off Expenses)
7,900yen
(One-off Expenses)
Monthly Monthly
Accommodation
Fee
48,900yen 31,700yen
Common
Service Fees
2,000yen 2,000yen
Internet Access
Fees
1,300yen 1,300yen
Utilities For Room:prepaid
For Common Areas:
2,200yen
7,200yen
For both Room and
Common Areas
TOTAL54,400*yen42,200yen

In total, excluding the one-time cleaning fees, the rooms at the Main lodge cost 54,400 yen a month, whereas rooms in the B, C, D dorms cost 42,200 yen a month. However, it should be mentioned that the electricity bill is included in the B, C, D dorms but are paid by-the-meter on a prepaid basis in the Main dorm rooms. It is advised to set another 5000 yen aside for utilities if you are considering living in the Main lodge.

Tips for when moving into the lodge (settling into Japan)! 

Supermarket isle in Japan – so many sauces!

Now that we have determined what the rooms at the Main, B, C, D dorms are like, I would like to offer 5 DOs and DONTs for when you move into a new dormitory in Japan! These are written mainly for Komaba Lodge in mind, but should be applicable for most people just settling into Japan! 

1. DO purchase some furnishing

The rooms at the Komaba Lodge, or most Tokyo apartments to be fair, are by no means large and spacious. The main lodge has 15m2 of floor space – with the bathroom taking up a large chunk of it – whereas the B, C, D dorms have just 9m2. To make the most out of your floor space, it is wise to expand verticle storage capabilities by purchasing a few shelves and cupboards. The higher you can stack ’em, the more floor

2. DO NOT throw everything out in the same bin

Japan is very particular when it comes to sorting garbage. There are two standard groupings, Moeru Gomi (combustibles) and Moenai Gomi (non-combustibles) – although these can slightly differ depending on the policies of your local ward. Here at the Komaba Lodge, located in Meguro-ward, we also dispose of glass bottles, cans, and cardboard boxes separately. Therefore, do your bit to keep the planet green by sorting out your rubbish! 

3. DO get yourself a bicycle

Although Japan has some of the most efficient train systems in the world, for those small errands that are a tad too far on foot, a bicycle is a perfect companion. The basket-wielding Mamacharis are great when shopping, though a road bike or cross bike will make your travels a lot faster. I recommend purchasing a bicycle secondhand, at Yoyogi Recycle Garden (7 minutes from Yoyogi Station). Having a bicycle may be just what you need to get to campus on time. 

4. DO explore the neighborhood

It is important to venture out of the comfort of your room and explore the surrounding neighborhood. As well as finding the essentials such as your nearest Convenience store, Supermarket, or Post Office, it is a good idea to find your own little hideout where you can escape the bustle and hustle of Tokyo! Close to Komaba Lodge, there Komaba Park which offers some traditional European gardens and architecture for some well-needed peace of mind. 

Check out this article about some great places to eat around the Komaba Campus!

5. DO get to know your senpais

Last but not least, do make an effort to get to know your senpais! Some of the best perks about living in Komaba lodge is that your senpais will be readily available to help you settle in. From academic questions such as subject selections or casual advice about hanging out spots in Tokyo, don’t be afraid to reach out to ask for assistance. We are all a family at Komaba Lodge.

Reference

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamaiyuya/5695187496