Study in Tokyo, Japan
As the only public university in Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan University is one of the most prominent universities in Japan, which promotes research while maintaining high standards of research and education.
All of the university’s campuses are located within Tokyo, a city hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This page is intended to convey the appeal of studying in Tokyo, as well as to provide useful information to international students who wish to study in Tokyo, Japan, in order to make the most of their time as international students with peace of mind.
The appeal of studying in Tokyo, Japan
Japan is a country where a unique traditional culture, which has been passed down from generation to generation over the long course of history, and the leading edge technology co-exist in harmony. The capital city, Tokyo, serves as the core of Japan’s economy, politics and culture and is one of the leading cities in Asia for the development of economies and high-tech industries. With the population of 1,330,000, Tokyo attracts constant traffic of tourists from across the globe and it is a diverse city in terms of globalization and cultural aspects.
In an inner-city area packed with towering skyscrapers, once you take a step inside an alley, you will see shrines and temples, as well as a rich natural environment if you go further out in the suburbs. In addition, there are many facilities such as art museums, galleries, restaurants and shops, as well as the venues for prestigious sports events and entertainment events, presenting social and cultural aspects full of vibrant energy. In this way, the life in Tokyo not only provides a high level of education, but also the traditional culture and rich natural environment, besides cutting-edge culture, creating a significant opportunity for international students to learn just by living in the environment.
The climates in Japan and Tokyo
Japan has four seasons, where the climate changes from spring, summer, autumn to winter throughout the year. Taking advantage of its abundant natural resources, Japan has developed its unique culture including a cherry blossom viewing picnic to see the cherry blossoms in spring and a festival to celebrate an autumn harvest in autumn. Also, the beauty of changing seasons is clearly reflected on a variety of traditional performing arts and fine arts as seen with the literatures, theatrical performances and the Japanese art of tea ceremony. A large metropolis, Tokyo, is no exception and is surrounded by a rich natural environment all year long, and seasonal flowers add colors to people’s lifestyles.
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Useful advice on living as a student in Tokyo
Living away from a familiar environment is always accompanied by a feeling of anxiety.
In order for all of the international students to start their campus life in a different culture with peace of mind, here are some information on Japan’s unique lifestyles and basic rules, as well as useful information to help make the best out of the college life at TMU.
When renting an accommodation in Tokyo, where rents are high, it requires paying a few months’ worth of rent to cover a security deposit, key money, rental agent's commission, besides a monthly rent. In addition, it is challenging to rent a rental accommodation at a real-estate office unless you can understand enough Japanese to have a normal everyday conversation.
On the premises of the Minami-Osawa campus, there are dormitories (Admission capacity: 234) where six students live in a common space at a lower rent than a rental accommodation. Additionally, the personnel at the International Center help the international students find a rental accommodation and housing other than dormitories to ensure their peace of mind.
Some of the famous Japanese dishes include soba, tempura, sushi, and washoku made using seasonal ingredients that are only available in a season. However, not only these dishes, the common Japanese people eat a set meal called teishoku, which comes in a variety of menus offering well-balanced meals.
Not only set meals, there is an extensive selection of a la carte menus that can be chosen according to preferences, so that the students can eat inexpensive, tasty, voluminous meals on a daily basis. <Student cafeteria hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.>
Cost of living and shopping
The cost of living in Japan is one of the highest in the world and Tokyo is said to be the most expensive city in Japan. Despite this, there are a number of stores for daily shopping such as supermarkets and 100-yen shops. Also, most convenience stores stay open around the clock, making it convenient when shopping late at night.
Located two-minute walk from the Minami-Osawa campus, there is a large-scale outlet mall with a variety of about 110 restaurants and shops selling the likes of clothes at outlet prices.
Public transportation system
Tokyo boasts a well-developed public transportation system of trains and buses. By purchasing rechargeable Suica and PASMO cards, it is convenient because passengers can use the cards to pay the fare without purchasing a ticket each time as the fare is deducted automatically. Also, some other characteristics are a highly accurate departure and arrival time, jam-packed trains and busses during rush hours by commuters in the morning and evening and women-only cars on trains.
On the main campus in Minami-Osawa, there is a direct bus that runs from Narita Airport, connecting the airport to the campus in approximately 95 to 175 minutes. The campus also offers convenient accessibility to the heart of Tokyo in approximately 35 minutes by train, as well as the campus bus that runs between Minami-Osawa and Hino.
Japan is known to be strict about public manners and rules, such as people line up and wait in line at stores, and it is undesirable to walk in a large group spread out across the street. Both the roadways and walkways are public space. It is prohibited by an ordinance to litter and smoke cigarettes in an area other than those designated for smoking.
Students are advised to smoke in designated smoking areas on campus. Please be extremely cautious not to bother other people while walking as it is located close to public places such as train stations and commercial facilities.
The Japanese language has many honorifics that show respect to others such as sonkeigo, kenjogo, and teineigo. Because Japan is a country that values good manners, you will be able to make a good impression by using polite Japanese to people especially older and those of higher rank. Also, as the Japanese value cooperativeness, it sometimes happens that they use ambiguous expressions to avoid saying something offensive to others.
Each student is assigned to a tutor and a Japanese-language navigator who carefully teach practical everyday Japanese not available from textbooks, ensuring reliable campus life from the start.
Support for international students
At the TMU International Center, the staff offer close support to international students not only to help with any accommodation needs, but also the guidance concerning lectures for learning the language and social and cultural events.
In order for international students to start their campus life with peace of mind, TMU has a system in which each student is assigned with a tutor. Tutors offer support to new students so that they can adopt themselves to new life in Japan and TMU.
Advice and counselling services for international students
From interpersonal issues, problems related to daily life, health management, VISA to other problems related campus life, TMU has a support system designed to support in various problems faced by international students, where advisers specializing in international students provide support.
Japanese writing skills for college classes
There is a system to support international students where a specially trained graduate student provides one-on-one support to improve the Japanese writing skills for writing academic dissertations and graduation theses.
To provide support for international students to learn the Japanese language, TMU offers a place of mutual interchange between Japanese students and international students.
The staff at the International Center provides support to help international students with scholarships and apartment hunting whenever the need arises.
The International Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on weekdays.