In this episode of the series ‘study here, live here’ we show neighborhoods that offer a good balance between short travel times to suidobashi as well as high livability and affordable rent.

In the last segment we covered yoyogic. Click here to see the recommended school and recommended neighborhoods.

Today’s featured school is the Tokyo Designer Gakuin, located in Suidobashi, between Suidobashi and Ochanomizu stations on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line. Suidobashi is also a stop on the Toei Mita metro line.

Tokyo Designer Gakuin is one of the schools available through the GaijinPot study program. The curriculum focuses on preparing students to enter the design industry, and students have the opportunity to practice in a real-life work environment while being mentored by industry professionals.

The school has eight departments: graphic design, visual image design, product design, interior design, architectural design, illustration, manga and comic. To apply for these programs you need a minimum of JLPT level N2. For more information about the school and how to apply through GaijinPot Study, please visit: Tokyo Designer Gakuin.

Suidobashi is a centrally located neighborhood and station on the JR Chuo-Sobu line. It is also a stop on the metro Toei Mita line.

Bird’s-eye view of the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster over Laqua Tokyo Dome City Mall and Tokyo Dome Stadium, May 3, 2021, via iStock 1345003802 Credit:kuremo)

Its main claim to fame is that it is the easiest station to access the Tokyo Dome City complex, a sprawling entertainment complex complete with a baseball stadium called the Big Egg, where the Yomiuri Giants play; event hall, spa, amusement park and many shops and restaurants.

Suidobashi is also home to the campuses of no less than seven different universities (Tokyo Dental College Suidobashi Campus, Tokyo Dental College Junior College, Chuo University Korakuen Campus, Toyo Gakuen University Hongo Campus, Nihon University College of Economics, Nihon University School of Law , and Senshu University Kanda Campus); and many vocational and packed schools.

The neighborhoods around Suidobashi, namely Korakuen, Ochanomizu, and To wear are also known for their high concentration of universities and other educational institutions.

As a student you can of course live in Suidobashi or one of the surrounding neighborhoods. However, because Suidobashi is quite centrally located (part of the district is in Chiyoda Ward and part is in Bunkyo Ward), the average rent here is not cheap.

As of October 2021 average rent in Suidobashi per room layout:

  • 1R: ¥108,500 ($952 USD)
  • 1K: ¥101,500 ($890 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥175,400 ($1,538 USD)

Here is an example of a typical 1R apartment currently available for rent in Suidobashi.

1R (one-room) apartment currently for rent in Suidobashi, just a 3-minute walk from Suidobashi Station. No key money. The total monthly rent for this property is ¥68,300 ($599). It is available through the GaijinPot Housing Service. For more information about it, click on the image to see the full list and to inquire! Image: SkyCourt

Click here to see everything apartments for rent in Suidobashi.

There are also many neighborhoods from which you can commute to Yoyogi.

In this post, we have three highly recommended:

station: Koiwa on the JR Chuo-Sobu line

Time to Suidobashi: 21-minute direct ride to Suidobashi

We recommend apartments near Koiwa Station as it is an area known for excellent value for money (below the market average monthly rent), high livability and very commuter friendly distance to Suidobashi.

It is also in a very convenient location to go to Chiba. Koiwa is in the Edogawa district, but the next station to the east is Ichikawa, in Chiba.

This neighborhood is very popular with workers and students who commute to central Tokyo.

Average rent in Koiwa

Average rent in Koiwa by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥57,300 ($503 USD)
  • 1K: ¥67,100 ($589)
  • 1LDK: ¥99,200 ($870 USD)

Recommended real estate in Koiwa

Total monthly costs: ¥57,000 ($500 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥250,500 ($2,197)/month

internet: Internet not included in the rent

Utilities: Not included in the rent

Our featured property this month in Koiwa is a very clean and functional 1K apartment with a full closet, with toilet room separated from bath. Click on the photo for the complete overview. Image: SEIKA

Full kitchen with gas stove and cabinets. Many 1K apartments come with kitchenettes with an electric stove, not full kitchens, so this is a nice amenity if you like to cook. Click on the photo for the complete overview. Image: SEIKA

Click here to see everything apartments for rent in Koiwa.

Station: Shin Itabashi on the subway Toei Mita Line and (Itabashi) on the JR Saikyo Line

Time to Suidobashi: 11-minute direct ride to Suidobashi

We recommend Shin Itabashi as it is good value for money (on two major train lines – the Toei Mita metro and the JR Saikyo line) and takes you straight to Suidobashi in 11 minutes!

Shin Itabashi is a quiet residential area, but it is only 11 minutes direct drive to Ikebukuro and 16 minutes to Shinjuku.

Like Koiwa, this neighborhood is very popular with workers and students who commute to central Tokyo.

Average rent in Shin Itabashi

Average rent in Shin Itabashi by room layout:

Average rent in Koiwa by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥61,000 ($535 USD)
  • 1K: ¥85,800 ($753 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥129,700 ($1,138 USD)

Recommended real estate in Shin Itabashi

Total monthly costs: ¥61,550 ($540 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥182,550 ($16.01 USD)/month

  • No deposit, no agency fees

Internet & utilities: Not included

Furniture: Fully furnished

Our recommended student-friendly accommodation in Shin Itabashi is this fully furnished 1K apartment, just a 4-minute walk from Shin Itabashi Station. Click on the photo for the complete list and inquire directly with the broker. Image: J Huizen

Click here to see everything apartments for rent in Shin Itabashi.

Station: Funabashi on the JR Chuo-Sobu line in Funabashi, Chiba

Time to Suidobashi: 35-minute direct ride to Suidobashi

We recommend Funabashi for those who are okay with commuting a little longer (about 35 minutes straight to Suidobashi).

There are many advantages to living outside of Tokyo, the main one being the lower cost of living and less crowded conditions when you get home from school. However, Funabashi is a major station in the JR East network and so will have to deal with overcrowded trains. Funabashi has fantastic shopping near the station and plenty of restaurants and convenience stores so you don’t have to travel far for your daily needs.

Keisei Funabashi . Station is also close by which means you have easy direct access to Narita Airport.

Average rent in Funabashi

Average rent in Shin Itabashi by room layout:

Average rent in Koiwa by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥59,000 ($518 USD)
  • 1K: ¥67,300 ($591 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥115,500 ($1,013 USD)

Recommended real estate in Funabashi

Total monthly costs: ¥60,550 ($531 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥78,574 ($689 USD)/month

  • Very low entry fees — No deposit, no key money, no brokerage fees

internet: Available for an additional ¥2,310/month (optional)

Utilities: Not included

Furniture: Fully furnished

Special promotion: This broker is currently running a promotion with up to two months of FREE rent. See full list for details.

Furnished apartment for rent in Funabashi currently available! Total monthly cost is 60,550, with up to two months of free rent. Click on the photo for details! Image: Bridge Life Real Estates

Click here to see everything apartments for rent in Funabashi.


If you are looking for an apartment in Japan (whether you are applying from abroad or are already in the country), check out the GaijinPot Housing Service. With the GaijinPot Housing Service:

  • You can choose from over 3,000 properties across Japan.
  • No guarantor needed.
  • Can apply from abroad.
  • Pay all your start-up and monthly fees with a credit card.
  • Receive full English service, from the room view, to the post-move support request.

Learn more about the GaijinPot housing service

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