Tokyo Budget Living

Tokyo Budget Apartments: What you can rent for $600 with No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, including short-term options available now for $600 (¥65,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples below all feature apartments that don’t charge key money, a deposit, and agency fees.

Studio Apartment in Higashi Ikebukuro – 13-min commute to Shinjuku – No guarantor required

Where: 6-min walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho line, about a 13-min commute to Shinjuku with one transfer.

Studio apartment for rent near Higashi Ikebukuro Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Studio apartment for rent near Higashi Ikebukuro Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥65,832 ($599)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 1R studio, 18.16 m² (195-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st-floor in 2-story building
  • Notes: A/C installed closet. Convenient neighborhood, post office, convenience store and supermarket nearby. This unit is offered through the GaijinPot Housing Service, so you will not need a guarantor. Please inquire for more details.

Apartment on the Seibu Shinjuku line – About a 35-min direct commute to Shinjuku – Room sharing ok

Where: 15-min walk from Iogi Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku line, about a 35-minute direct commute to Seibu Shinjuku station

Studio apartment for rent near Iogi Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Studio apartment for rent near Iogi Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥65,040 ($591)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 1R studio, 19.87 m² (213-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st-floor in 2-story building
  • Notes: Loft-style studio apartment. Room sharing (up to 2 people) ok. Available from April 26, 2019. Please inquire now for a room view!

Private Room near Senkawa Station – Easy Access to Waseda University – Short-Term ok – 20-min direct to Shinjuku

Where: 5-min walk from Senkawa Station on the Fukutoshin line, 4-stops/11-min direct to Nishi Waseda Station(Waseda University), 20-min direct ride to Shinjuku Station

Private room for rent in a guest house near Senkawa Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Common area in a guest house for rent near Senkawa Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥65,000 ($591)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: Private room in a guest house, 8.00 m² (86-sqft)
  • Floor: 2nd-floor in 3-story building
  • Notes: Convenient neighborhood. Short-term ok, no guarantor required. Bed, desk, chair, closet and A/C installed in private room. Common area kitchen, washing machine. Supermarket and convenience store nearby. Recommended for Waseda University students.

Apartment near Kita Ayase Station – 27-min direct ride to Otemachi

Where: 13-min walk from Kita Ayase Station on the Chiyoda line, 27–min direct ride to Otemachi, central business district.

Apartment for rent in near Kita Ayase Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Apartment for rent in near Kita Ayase Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥65,000 ($591)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 1K, 19.87 m² (214-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st-floor in 2-story building
  • Notes: Convenient neighborhood on the Chiyoda line, with direct access to Otemachi, Hibiya, Akasaka, and Yoyogi Uehara, stations, etc. Room sharing (up to 2 people) ok. Furnished, WiFi installed.

Private room for rent in guest house near Omori Machi Station – 11-min direct ride to Shinagawa

Where:  5-min walk from Omori Machi station on the Keikyu Main line, 11-min direct ride to Shingawa Station, 21-min direct to Yokohama

Private room for rent near Omori Machi Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Common area dining room in guest house for rent near Omori Machi Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Common area in guest house for rent near Omori Machi Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥64,000 ($581)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: Private room 9.0 m² (96-sqft)
  • Floor: 4th-floor in 4-story building
  • Notes: Convenient neighborhood on the Keikyu line, with easy access to central Tokyo and Yokohama. Two on-site bilingual managers, cross-cultural parties.

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Top photo: Common area in guest house for rent near Omori Machi Station.