10 Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Shinjuku

Our 10 picks for Shinjuku Apartments for Foreigners

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shinjuku

Are you looking for a place to rent in Shinjuku?

Shinjuku has always been a popular area to live for foreigners because of its convenience in transportation, an abundance of 24-hour services, and culture of inclusivity.

In this article, I will introduce the pros and cons of living in Shinjuku-ku (Shinjuku City), plus I’ll introduce our 10 picks for places to live in the Shinjuku area.


Moving into an Apartment in Japan

Moving is probably one of the most stressful yet fun activities that you can have in life. Whether it is your first time or your 10th time, moving will always be a big deal.

When it comes to living in a foreign country, it gets extra tricky because the procedures and paperwork can be different from what you’re used to in your home country. You can find useful tips for renting an apartment in Tokyo here.

However, one of the best parts about moving is the choosing part.

Although it might be challenging to find the perfect valance between apartment features, location, and pricing, it is fun to envision yourself living in that place while checking out apartments.

Living in Shinjuku city

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shinjuku

Many people tend to compare living in Shibuya to living in Shinjuku. Shibuya is more popular among the younger generations (university students) as opposed to Shinjuku being more popular among business people.

1. Basic information of Shinjuku City

Before I go into specifics, it’s important to know that there’s a difference between “Shinjuku” and “Shinjuku City”. When people just say “Shinjuku”, that usually refers to the area around Shinjuku station. However, when people say “Shinjuku City” or “Shinjuku-ku”, this refers to the ward of Shinjuku(Shinjuku city is one of the 23 wards that compose Tokyo).

Now that we have established what Shinjuku city is, the following is some basic information.

Area 13.01 km2
Population 347,434
Population density 19,069/km2
Neighboring wards Chiyoda city, Minato city, Bunkyo city, Shibuya city, Nakano city, and Toshima city

2. Apartment Rent Market Value in Shinjuku city

Renting an apartment in Shinjuku city is relatively expensive. Although not as expensive as Shibuya, rent in Shinjuku rank in the higher spots when it comes to price. The following table shows the average market price of apartments in Shinjuku city. Of course, prices can vary a lot depending on the size, age, and location of the apartment.

1R 89,000 yen/month
1K 102,000 yen/month
1DK 124,000 yen/month
1LDK 160,000 yen/month
2K 133,000 yen/month
2DK 159,000 yen/month
2LDK 207,000 yen/month
3K 181,000 yen/month
3DK 203,000 yen/month
3LDK 252,000 yen/month

3. Merits of becoming a Shinjuku citizen

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shinjuku

Shinjuku has many reasons for being popular among foreigners as an area for living.

First, the convenience of transportation. Shinjuku Station is not only the largest train station in Japan (also being the busiest train station in the world), but it also has a large bus terminal where you can find buses that will take you pretty much anywhere within and out of Tokyo. So if you travel a lot (either for work-related reasons or just for fun), it doesn’t get any more convenient than living in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku is also a city of diversity. The LGBTQ culture in Japan starts here, and you will find many shops and restaurants focused on these themes. Also, you will notice a relatively larger percentage of foreigners working in convenience stores and restaurants within this area.

When it comes to medical aid systems for childbirth, Shinjuku city is one of the more generous wards. For most wards in Tokyo, the city will provide aid for 14 maternity checkups which usually cost anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 yen. In addition to this, Shinjuku city will provide aid for 3 ultrasound tests and 1 cervical cancer screening.

On the flipside, because of the convenience of living in this area, rent costs tend to be also relatively higher. So, it can be difficult to find a good place at a reasonable price.

4. Popular Spots in Shinjuku City

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shinjuku– 1st. Shinjuku Gyoen: This is a vast park located in the heart of Shinjuku. It is one of the most popular spots in Tokyo for cherry blossom viewing.

– 2nd. Kabukicho: known as the biggest red-light district in Tokyo where hundreds of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other red light establishments are located.

– 3rd. Yayoi Kusama Museum: The Japanese queen of pop art, Yayoi Kusama’s very own museum. Besides displaying Yayoi Kusama’s artworks, the 5-story museum also includes a library and a museum shop.

– 4th. Kagurazaka: Located just a few train stations apart from Shinjuku station, this district is full of fancy restaurants from many different countries, cafes, shops, and even has a temple and shrine.

– 5th. Shin Okubo: It is the largest Korean town in Tokyo where hundreds of Korean restaurants and shops gather. It’s located just

Our 10 Picks: Apartments in Shinjuku

From here, I will introduce 10 apartments located in 10 different areas within Shinjuku-Ku (Shinjuku City). I hope you can find a place that interests you.

1. Wakamatsukawada 2DK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shinjuku

2DK apartment located 6 minutes walking from Wakamatsukawada Station (若松河田駅) of the Toei Oedo Line.

Wakamatsukawada is a popular area to live especially for women because it is known to be one of the safest areas to live within Shinjuku city. Accessibility is also well, being able to go to Shinjuku station in 10 minutes.

Monthly Cost: 139,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 40.18 m2 (2DK)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 1996
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Washing Machine Inside/Pet Allowed/Musical Instruments Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

2. Waseda 1DK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shinjuku

1DK apartment located 4 minutes from Waseda Station (早稲田駅) of the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

Waseda is another popular area to live in because the town has a lot of green areas and has many quiet places. Probably due to the fact that it’s near a university, many of the apartments you will find in this area are for one person.

Monthly Cost: 89,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 33.71 m2 (1DK)
Floor: 1F / 4F
Year Built: 1966
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Gas Stove/Built-in Kitchen

For more details and contact, check the following link:

3. Takadanobaba 2DK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shinjuku

2DK apartment located 10 minutes walking from Takadanobaba Station (高田馬場駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Takadanobaba is a college town where you will find many bars and restaurants. It is a popular area, mostly among college students and foreigners. The JR Yamanote Line stops in this station, making it really easy to go pretty much anywhere.

Monthly Cost: 128,000 yen (No Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 41.08 m2 (2DK)
Floor: 3F / 8F
Year Built: 1980
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washing Machine Inside/Elevator/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

4. Ushigomeyanagicho 2DK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shinjuku

2DK apartment located 3 minutes walking from Ushigomeyanagicho Station (牛込柳町) of the Toei Oedo Line.

Ushigomeyanagicho is another area popular among women because of its low crime rate. It may not have many shops and restaurants compared to other stations, but you will find all the essentials nearby the train station. It takes 10 minutes by train to go to Shinjuku station.

Monthly Cost: 127,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 40 m2 (2DK)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 1990
Key Features: No key money/Air Conditioner/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Gas Stove/Self Locking Entrance/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

5. Akebonobashi 1LDK Apartment

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1LDK apartment located 3 minutes walking from Akebonobashi station (曙橋駅) of the Toei Shinjuku Line.

Monthly Cost: 176,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 47.7 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Free Internet, Air Conditioner, Bath / Toilet Separated, Washlet Toilet, Washing Machine Inside, Self Locking Entrance, Corner Room

For more details and contact, check the following link:

6. Shinokubo 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 3 minutes walking from Shinokubo station (新大久保駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Monthly Cost: 80,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16 m2 (1K)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 1990
Key Features: Air Conditioner, Bath / Toilet Separated, Washing Machine Inside, Bicycle Parking, Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

7. Ochiai 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 3 minutes walking from Ochiai station (落合駅) of the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

Monthly Cost: 80,000 yen + 7,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 21.25 m2 (1R)
Floor: 6F / 12F
Year Built: 1999
Key Features: Air Conditioner, Bath / Toilet Separated, Washing Machine Inside, Self Locking Entrance, Elevator, Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

8. Kagurazaka 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 5 minutes walking from Kagurazaka station (神楽坂駅) of the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

Monthly Cost: 111,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 25.05 m2 (1K)
Floor: 1F / 1F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner, Washing Machine Inside, Self Locking Entrance, Motorbike Parking, Elevator, Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

9. Ichigaya 1LDK Apartment

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1LDK apartment located 7 minutes walking from Ichigaya station (市ヶ谷駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 192,000 yen + 0 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 40.84 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 6F / 12F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner, Bath / Toilet Separated, Washing Machine Inside, Self Locking Entrance, Bicycle Parking, Elevator, Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

10. Nishi-waseda 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 8 minutes walking from Nishi-waseda station (西早稲田駅) of the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line.

Monthly Cost: 96,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 25.07 m2 (1K)
Floor: 4F / 12F
Year Built: 2017
Key Features: Free Internet, Bath / Toilet Separated, Self Locking Entrance, Elevator, Musical Instruments Allowed, Corner Room

For more details and contact, check the following link:

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Did you find an apartment that interests you? I hope this article has helped you to have an idea of what kind of apartments you can find in the Shinjuku area.

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