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Housing and Living Expenses




Students enrolled in the HUSA program are housed in the Ikenoue Student Dormitory Complex, located at 10 minutes walking distance from the campus.


Ikenoue Student Dormitory

The dormitories are 5-story reinforced concrete buildings with a capacity of 100 residents. Dormitory rooms are western-style, furnished with a bed, desk and chair. They are all single rooms. Each room usually has air-conditioning, a private toilet and washing basin. Bedding can be purchased or students can bring their own. Kitchen and shower facilities are shared.

Each floor has a common room, depending on the floor either western style or Japanese style with tatami mats. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, and gas-ranges. There are also laundry facilities with coin-operated laundry machines and dryers. Details are explained in the Information for New Students guidebook.


Type Number of room Furniture
Private room 20 per floor (100) Bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, air-conditioner, telephone, washroom, lavatory
Entrance hall 1 on 1st floor Umbrella stand, etc.
Lounge 1 on 1st floor Table & sofa, TV, notice board, etc.
Conversation room 1 per floor (5)

Japanese room : low table (2nd & 5th floor)

Western room: folding table (1st, 3rd & 4th floor)
Laundry 1 per floor (5) Washing machine 2
Kitchen 1 per floor (5) Sink, gas range, cupboard, chair, garbage can, etc.
Bathroom 1 per floor (5) Shower 3, bathtub 1, basket, etc.
Store room 1 per floor (5)  
Other facility 1 on 1st floor Private mail boxes



Tuition Fee

Students participating in the HUSA program pay their tuition directly to their home institutions. No tuition is required to be paid to Hiroshima University. However, textbooks and other learning materials will be the financial responsibility of the students.

Living Expenses

Dormitory rent is significantly less expensive than rent for a private apartment, which starts at 40,000 yen per month. This makes the HUSA program also attractive for those students who want to study in Japan at their own expense.

The rate for a single room in the dormitory is approximately 4,800-15,000 yen per month plus cleaning fee and utilities.

Meals are the responsibility of the student. There are, however, adequate cooking facilities in the dorms, as well as several inexpensive cafeterias on campus.

Below is a sample of average living costs for a student. It includes rent and utilities for the dormitories, various other charges for health insurance etc. and costs for three meals a day.

It is possible to live and study in Hiroshima for about 70,000 yen (approx. US$700, US$ 1= JPY100) per month, but if a student wants to travel during his/her stay in Japan, he/she will probably need more. The HUSA program estimates that study at Hiroshima will cost a privately funded student between US$900-1,000 per month not including airfare to and from Japan.

Estimated monthly Living Expenses


4,800-15,000 yen


Cleaning fee & Utilities

    10,000 yen


Meals (3 per day, 7 days a week)

40,000 yen


Cell Phone & Internet

    10,000 yen


National Health Insurance Tax

2000 yen



  66,800-77,000 yen



Dormitory utilities include electricity, gas and water. Students pay utilities for individual room usage and for common usage. Apartment utilities include fees for electricity, water, and garbage disposal and sewage. The dormitories provide refrigerators and coin washing machines; where as private apartments do not provide a refrigerator or washing machine.

  1. No room deposit is required.
  2. A private phone line can be installed in the dormitory room for approx. 3,000 yen per month service charge. This does not include the cost of your personal calls. HUSA usually suggests students to get a portable phone, which can be obtained for about 5,000 yen per month. There is also a phone on each floor that can not be used to call out, but can receive calls, including international calls.
  3. If you want to use internet in your own dormitory room, you must have a contract with a telephone company. It usually takes two to three weeks to set up the connection.  Monthly charge will be approximately 3,000 yen-5,000 yen.


Expenses at the dormitory

Automatically withdrawn from your Japan Post Bank account monthly*



Dormitory fee (Rent excluding cleaning fee and utilities)

There is no “pay by the day” system for monthly dormitory fee. Monthly fee is withdrawn from your Japan Post Bank account on the 12th of each month. Your first dormitory fee for the month of September will be withdrawn on October 12 along with the fee for October.

l  Bills for September and October Withdrawn at once on October 12

l  Bills for November and after   Withdrawn on the 12th of the same month



Common Service Expenses (Cleaning fee)

Monthly fee between 700yen and 1,500yen is automatically withdrawn with dormitory fee.





Electricity and gas

l  Bills for September and October Withdrawn at once on November 12

l  Bills for November and after Withdrawn on the 12th of the next month

Water - Automatically withdrawn every second month

l  Bill for September will be withdrawn on October 12

l  Bills for October and after Withdrawn every second month

e.g.) Oct. & Nov. Withdrawn at once on December 12




Will be withdrawn in:










for Sep. & Oct.

for Nov.

for Dec.

for Jan.

For Feb.


for Aug.

Electricity & gas



for Sep. & Oct.

for Nov.

for Dec.

for Jan.

for Jul. & Aug.



for Sep.


for Oct. & Nov.


for Dec. & Jan.


for June, Jul. & Aug.

* Notice

・ If monthly rent could not be withdrawn on a designated date due to a shortage of the balance, you are required to pay the equivalent amount in cash at the dorm caretaker’s office.

 You may be required to move out of the dormitory if you fail to pay your fees (dormitory fee, common service expenses, and utilities) for 3 consecutive months or more and ignore reminders for payments.

 For the month of your departure, please pay bills including rents and utilities in cash at the caretaker’s office before you move out. (Your final utilities should be paid on the day you leave.)


National Health Insurance Tax

l  Period of taxation: The day you start living in Japan – the day you leave the country

l  Payment: Monthly Payment should be made on your own at a bank or convenience store after you receive bills from the city. **


**You will be taxed with the minimum rate (about 2,300yen/month) until March next year, and then the tax rate for the new fiscal year will be re-calculated based on your income in the previous year (Not Fiscal Year) and charged to you from July. (You will not receive any bills between April and June.) For the month of your departure, you may be allowed to pay by the day depending on your departure date. You need to visit the city hall to have the amount of your bill adjusted and pay the bill as well as cancel the health insurance before you leave.


National Pension

Since exemption procedure was completed at the arrival orientation, you are not required to pay for national pension. However, you will be required to fill out forms again for the exemption procedure at city hall at the end of July before your departure.


Cell Phone, phone, internet- Optional

Please cancel contract and complete your payment before your departure.