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Rent for housing in Tokyo is high

Monthly living expenses in Japan for a student from overseas (including tuition) on average nationwide comes to about 138,000 yen. The least expensive region is the Tohoku region (northeast Japan), at 110,000 yen. The most expensive region is the Kanto region at 151,000 yen. The Kanto region includes Tokyo, where the monthly living expenses average 154,000 yen, a 44,000 yen difference from the least expensive Tohoku region.
The high expense of Tokyo can be attributed to the high rent costs in the city, along with the costs of transportation for commuting.

Consider entrance examination fees when using Method A

If you choose Method A to enter an undergraduate course or vocational school, you may take several schools' entrance examinations. The examination fee can be nearly30,000 yen per school, and there may be transportation fees, hotel accommodation fees if the school is far away from where you live, EJU or TOEFL fees, and other expenses. These can add up to a large cost per test. When considering that if you are accepting you will have to then pay enrollment fees and tuition (refer to each school's information), the total costs of taking entrance examinations have to be considered.

Tuition fees

National schools and universities will have the lowest tuitions, and tuition will be the same regardless of the subject taken. Public universities will cost slightly more. Private schools may have different tuition costs for different subjects, and compared to public institutions, on average, law and economics courses cost 1.4 times more, arts courses cost 2.3 times more, and dentistry is the most expensive, at 6.2 times as expensive as a public institution program.

Tuition Fees Enrollment Fees Facility and Maintenance Fees Total
National Universities 535,800 282,000 *3 817,800
Public Universities*1 537,960 397,595 *3 935,555
Private Liberal Arts University*2 741,945 250,910 160,424 1,153,279
Private Science University*2 1,035,955 265,942 189,582 1,491,479
(Costs in Yen)

*1: Ministry of Education's "Student Costs Survey 2012".
*2: Ministry of Education's "Private University Newly Enrolled Students First-year Average Costs Survey 2012".
*3: Fee required in some cases.

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