- Updated on March 1, 2016
Estimated Living Cost
The following is the estimated amount of money that the students spend per month.
|Books and materials||¥10,000|
|Accommodation||Rent for public apartments||¥40,000~|
|Deposit, fees||Depends on property|
|Board & Living expense
|Utility (Electricity, Gas, Water)||¥15,000|
|Transportation (Commuter Pass)||¥15,000~¥20,000|
|National Health Insurance||¥2,000|
|Others / Entertainment||¥10,000|
|TOTAL||¥100,000~ / month|
Activities Other than those Authorized Under the Visa Status
Students residing in Japan on a student visa are not permitted to work. However, those students wishing to engage in part-time work or any other activities for which financial remuneration is received must apply to the Osaka Immigration Office, Kobe Branch to obtain permission. Engaging in such activities without permission is subject to penalty. Students found to be engaged in full-time employment may be subject to deportation and/or other penalties.
Working part time in the adult entertainment, amusement industries (including any business serving alcohol) and pachinko parlor are not permitted and subject to penalties. Foreign nationals, granted permission to engage in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted at the port of entry, do not need to reapply for permission at the Immigration Office
Any part-time work must not interfere with studies and/or research, which is the main purpose of your being in Japan.
If you wish to engage in part-time work, apply to the Osaka Immigration Office, Kobe Branch directly with following documents; 1. Application for Permission to Engage in Activities Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted, 2.Residence Card, 3. Passport. After receiving permission from the Immigration Office, contact the respective faculty/graduate school.
*You can download the application form from the following website:
FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Permitted to work up to 28 hours per week; (or 8 hours per day during spring, summer and winter vacation)
(Unless you work part-time as a TA, RA, or Tutor contracted with Kobe University official permission will be required.)
Insurance system in Japan
National Health Insurance
The National Health Insurance System in Japan is an insurance system to reduce individuals’ medical costs. International students who reside in Japan must become a member of the National Health Insurance scheme.
Registration procedures are carried out at the city/ward office. After enrollment, you will pay monthly premiums. Upon joining the system you will be issued a National Health Insurance Certificate. If you show this at the reception desk when you receive medical treatment, you will need to pay only 30% of the incurred medical costs.
If you have to change to another insurance system because of employment or if you are going to leave Japan, be sure to file for withdrawal at the local ward or city office.
*Reimbursement of High Cost Medical Fees
If you paid over 35,400 yen to the same medical institution within the same month, you are eligible for a refund. Take the receipt, bankbook, and an inkan (personal seal) to the city/ward office and file for a refund.
Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research (PAS)
Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research is a nation-wide mutual aid system for students to provide insurance for physical injuries caused by accidents during regular courses, official programs, and extracurricular activities on and off campus. All students are required to join the Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research Plan for which an application form must be submitted at time of matriculation.
For further details, contact the International Students Section of each faculty.
Comprehensive Insurance for Students’ Lives Coupled with PAS For International Students
Comprehensive Insurance for Students’ Lives Coupled with PAS For International Students is a voluntary insurance for those who wish to expand insurance coverage. Kobe University strongly recommend our students to purchase this insurance when joining Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research, which all students are required to join.
For more details, please contact the Consulting Desk for Student Life and Insurance which is listed on the back side of the pamphlet.
More information: The pamphlet
National Pension Plan
If you reside in Japan and are 20 years of age or over, you are obliged to join the National Pension Plan. This duty also applies to international students. If you enter Japan at the age of over 20 years old, you must join the National Pension Plan when you submit a notification-of-moving-in form to the local municipal office. If you enter Japan at the age of below 20 years of age, you must join the National Pension Plan when you turn into 20 years of age.
For those who have financial difficulties to pay national pension premiums, premium exemption programs are available such as Special Pension Payment Exemption for Students (SPPES). If you wish to apply for SPPES, you must apply to your local municipal office at the time when you register for your National Pension Plan. You need your student ID card to apply for this program. SPPES or exemption programs are valid for 1 year. If you wish to renew, you must re-apply annually.
For more information, please visit the Japan Pension Service website .