Almost all apartment leases in Japan require a guarantor (rentai hoshonin), a person who co-signs the lease to share liability (jointly and severally) with the tenant for any debts to the lessor. Generally, Japanese students ask a family member (parent, sibling, etc.) to serve in this role, but since international students often do not have someone who they can ask to be a guarantor, the University of Tokyo may act as your guarantor if you meet certain eligibility requirements.
【Regarding the renewal of your lease contract】You need to reapply for the University Guarantor System again when you renew the lease contract. Please note that your guarantee is NOT automatically updated.
Applications take around 7 - 14 days to process, for the time being.
Apply at least two weeks before your planned move-in date.
■ Eligibility Requirements
(1) Must Enroll at the University of Tokyo as an undergraduate, graduate or research student; also prospective students to enroll into the University of Tokyo who require the guarantor service in order to commute to campus before school starts.
* Researchers / post docs are not eligible for the system.
(2) Must be in possession of the status of residence "College Student"
(3) Must enroll in Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan
(You will receive a payment slip for enrolling in this insurance after submitting your online application for the university guarantor.)
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(4)The only people you can share housing with are your spouse, child, or other international students of the University of Tokyo who fulfill requirements 1-3 above.
・About the University Guarantor System (for Students)
【For Realtors and Landlord/Landlady】(Japanese only)
・About the University Guarantor System (for Realtors and Lnadlords)
・Guarantee of Tenancy (Writing Sample for Realtors and Landlords)
■ Application Procedure （from April 2020)
Please read the following【Application Procedure】carefully, and confirm your necessary documents in the
【Checklist】, then apply through【Online Application Form】.
If you renew the lease contract and guarantee, please prepare for the necessary documents and apply via
online application form below.
You can download the necessary forms from the following links.
・Guarantee of Tenancy
・Guarantee of Tenancy (Writing Sample)
・Written Oath (for flat sharing with International student(s) at UTokyo only)
・Letter Requesting Guarantor Cover Before Enrollment at the University of Tokyo (Only if you cannot submit Admission Permit/Acceptance Letter)
・Letter of Proxy *1
*1) The UTokyo guarantor service procedures involve your personal information like your lease contract and other information of the renter. Therefore it is required that the renter himself/herself come to our office and do the procedure for security reasons. However if the renter has a legitimate reason not to be able to come to the office physically, we shall receive an application from a third person with a letter of proxy with the renter's signature on it. The third person has to be someone who is affiliated with the University of Tokyo.
The University of Tokyo does not act as a guarantor for those who have graduated or withdrawn from the University, and who have lost the residence status: "Student". In that case, please inform the office of such changes by submitting "Notice of Lease Termination" from the link below. Please submit the Notice also when you move to another apartment with no need of guarantor.
If you wish to rent the same apartment after graduation (eg. in case you find your job in Japan after graduation), please find an alternative guarantor. In that case you must notify your agent/landlord that you will change your guarantor. (Using a guarantor company instead of university will be one of options. For details, please consult your agent/landlord.)
Even if one of the roommates lose the status"Student", UTokyo cannot act as your guarnator.
■ Termination of the University Guarantee
Please submit Notice of Termination （Online form）below and necessary documents as instructed to International Support Group when you graduate/withdraw from UTokyo, or relocate to an apartment with no need of the university guarantor system.
After submitting the Notice of Termination form, you will receive an auto reply titled 'Submit (upload) your documents' ,where 'Necessary Documents' and 'Where to Submit' will be provided. Please upload the necessary documents as instructed. In case you do not receive an auto reply, please let us know.
・Notice of Termination (online form)
・A copy of your student ID card
・A copy of your residence card (both sides)
・A document which certifies the move-out date （e.g. Letter of Termination, E-mail sent from your agency, the next lease contract, return flight ticket）
・A copy of your bankbook which shows the name of bank and its branch, type of account, holder's name, and account number and the cover page. (if you would get refunded. Note: You can get reimbursed the remaining insurance fee only within the valid priod, limited to Japanese bank.)
■ Offices in charge Note: In-person consulting is not available temporalily.
・Hongo Campus: International Support Group (ISG)
・Komaba Campus: International Education Support Office Komaba Branch
・Kashiwa Campus: International Education Support Office Kashiwa Branch (KIO)
International Support Group
Phone: 03-5841-2530 (Weekdays 10:00-17:00) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
<Last updated July 6, 2021>