How to Live in TSUKUBA

The Kusaka laboratory belongs to the University of Tsukuba, in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan. Boasting Mt. Tsukuba to the North and Lake Kasumigaura to the east, Tsukuba is an area rich with nature. Although temperatures fluctuate from 35°in the summer to -5°in the winter, the Tsukuba area is quite a pleasant place to be when compared to the rest of Japan.

Below are a few of the merits of the University and on-going research:

1. Tsukuba was established in the 1960’s, and quickly developed into one of Japan’s most cutting edge research cities. The University of Tsukuba forms the core among a large number of established research institutes in the area. Researchers from home (Japan) and abroad come together on campus and engage in day-to-day research. Ranking 3rd nationally with over 1,300 international students enrolled, the University of Tsukuba has an aggressive reputation for accepting international students. The University also has an International Student Center whose purpose is to handle the various needs of international students on campus.

2. With a direct train line from Tsukuba to Akihabara, Tokyo, a trip to the world’s largest metropolitan is only 45 minutes away. The Tsukuba Express, or TX for short, runs between Tsukuba and Tokyo at 130km/h making it much faster than commuting by car. Don't want to take the train? There are rapid express buses that go to various stations around Tokyo as well as Haneda and Narita Airports. For on campus commuting, there are a number of shuttle buses and bike-friendly paths for students to utilize. An annual shuttle pass (annual passport) costs only 8,600 yen. Arriving at 20-minute intervals, by far the most popular mode of transportation on campus are the shuttle buses. We highly recommend this pass if your stay in Tsukuba will exceed 1 month.
 →Access to Tsukuba Univ.

3. The cost of living ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 yen per month (not including tuition). There are many apartments that surround the University, but we recommend the dorms on campus. International students can rent these dorms for roughly 20,000 yen per month. With discounted utilities, these dorms are very popular among international students. Considering that renting in Tokyo can cost upwards of 60,000 yen per month, the campus dorms are super economical. There are also 24hour convenience stores and super markets in the area. And of course, like most of Japan, the Tsukuba area is very safe.
 →Residence Halls / Apartment Information

4. Believe it or not, in order to study abroad in Japan (especially the University of Tsukuba), Japanese is not necessary. Around campus and in the research facilities there are English-speaking staff members ready to assist. If an international student happens to get lost on campus, there are information panels in English for all public transportation routes. Of course, for smooth communication, knowing Japanese is important, but there are plenty of international students graduating the university without ever having attained fluency. For those who wish to improve their Japanese, however, the International Student Center offers Japanese classes.
 →Japanese Language Section in INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER

5. You can view scholarship information on this page.

Let's visit the website of the city If you want to know about Tsukuba more.
Website of TSUKUBA