30 Best Low-Cost Apartments for Rent

30 cheap apartments in Tokyo for foreigners

Best Low-Cost Apartments for Rent

Are you planning on living in Tokyo? Whether you are moving from abroad or if you’re moving from another prefecture, the idea of moving into a house or apartment in Tokyo is exciting!

However, as you may already know, living in Tokyo is usually expensive. Needless to say it is the most expensive prefecture to live in all of Japan. This is especially true when it comes to living within the 23 wards which constitute Central Tokyo.

But if you look good enough, there are hidden gems of apartments here and there.

In this article, I will introduce to you some apartments in Tokyo whose monthly costs are less than 70,000 yen. I hope you find an apartment that suits your needs.


Moving into an Apartment in Tokyo

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.

Apartment Rent Market Value in Tokyo

Best Low-Cost Apartments for Rent

As you can see in the chart below, there’s a considerable difference between the average rent cost of Tokyo in its totality and the average rent cost of the 23 wards which constitute the central area of Tokyo.

The Tokyo average is already the highest among all prefectures in Japan, so that will give you an idea of how expensive living in Tokyo, especially central Tokyo, is.

Tokyo Average 23 Ward Average
1R – 1DK 79,000 yen/month 97,000 yen/month
1LDK – 2DK 113,000 yen/month 144,000 yen/month
2LDK – 3DK 132,000 yen/month 183,000 yen/month
3LDK – 4DK 163,000 yen/month 190,000 yen/month

However, as I stated in the introduction paragraph, there are some areas that are relatively cheap even within the 23 wards. Especially, Edogawa city, Katsushika city, and Adachi city are known for being areas that are relatively low-cost.

Also, even in high-averaged cost areas, if you look close enough, you will find some hidden gems of apartments.

Our Picks: Low-cost apartments in Tokyo

From here, I will introduce 30 low-cost apartments located in 10 different wards in Tokyo. All of these apartments have a monthly cost of under 70,000 yen.

I hope you can find a place that interests you.

North Side of Tokyo

Itabashi City

Itabashi City(板橋区) is a relatively cheap area among the 23 wards in Tokyo. There are many green areas such as parks which makes it good for families with small children. Access to Ikebukuro is easy as well.

1. Kamiitabashi 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 6 minutes walking from Kamiitabashi station (上板橋駅) of the Tobu tojo Line.

Monthly Cost: 58,000 yen
Type: Apartment
Size: 28.6 m2 (1R)
Floor: 5F / 5F
Year Built: 1973
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine/ Parking lot/ Bicycle Parking/ Room Sharing Allowed/ Corner Room

For more details and contact, check the following link:

2. Itabashikuyakushomae 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 3 minutes walking from Itabashikuyakushomae station (板橋区役所前駅) of the Toei Mita Line.

Monthly Cost: 58,000 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 10.57 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/ Gas Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft

For more details and contact, check the following link:

3. Oyama 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 10 minutes walking from Oyama station (大山駅) of the Tobu Tojo Line.

Monthly Cost: 60,500 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 10.06 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2020
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Self Locking Entrance/ Parking lot/ Bicycle Parking

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Adachi City

Adachi City(足立区) is one of the relatively inexpensive areas in Central Tokyo to live in. there are many quiet areas as well as lively commercial areas. Access to Ueno and Akihabara is easy in this area.

4. Umejima 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 13 minutes walking from Umejima station (梅島駅) of the Tobu Sky Tree Line.

Monthly Cost: 63,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Meintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.94 m2 (1R)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Wash Basin/ Bath Reheating System/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft/ Self Locking Entrance/ Bicycle Parking/ Delivery Box/ Balcony/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

5. Kita-senju 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 18 minutes walking from Kita-Senju station (北千住駅) of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

Monthly Cost: 63,000 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.25 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2017
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft

For more details and contact, check the following link:

6. Senjuohashi 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 8 minutes walking from Senjuohashi station (千住大橋駅) of the Keisei Line.

Monthly Cost: 60,000 yen + 7,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 13.5 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 3F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Self Locking Entrance/ Delivery Box

For more details and contact, check the following link:

East Side of Tokyo

Koto City

Koto City(江東区) is one of the more expensive areas to live in Tokyo. It has a tranquil atmosphere, has many rivers, and is close to the ocean. Access to Odaiba is easy, which is always a good thing!

7. Minamisunamachi 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 9 minutes walking from Minamisunamachi station (南砂町駅) of the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

Monthly Cost: 60,000 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 11.7 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 2017
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft

For more details and contact, check the following link:

8. Kiyosumishirakawa 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 4 minutes walking from Kiyosumishirakawa station (清澄白河駅) of the Toei Oedo Line.

Monthly Cost: 70,000 yen
Type: Apartment
Size: 21.4 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 1973
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Elevator

For more details and contact, check the following link:

9. Nishi-ojima 1DK Apartment

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1DK apartment located 3 minutes walking from Nishi-Ojima station (西大島駅) of the Toei Shinjuku Line.

Monthly Cost: 70,000 yen
Type: Apartment
Size: 25 m2 (1DK)
Floor: 4F / 8F
Year Built: 1988
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Delivery Box/ Elevator/ Balcony/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Katsushika City

Katsushika City(葛飾区) is one of the most reasonably priced areas to live in within the 23 wards. Although it is relatively removed from Central Tokyo, access is still very convenient. It also has good access to major cities of Chiba prefecture.

10. Ohanajaya 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 9 minutes walking from Ohanajaya station (お花茶屋駅) of the Keisei Line.

Monthly Cost: 57,000 yen + 3,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 18.48 m2 (1K)
Floor: 2F / 5F
Year Built: 1991
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Induction Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Self Locking Entrance/ Bicycle Parking/ Elevator/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

11. Shibamata 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 4 minutes walking from Shibamata station (柴又駅) of the Keisei Kanamachi Line.

Monthly Cost: 61,000 yen + 6,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 22.99 m2 (1K)
Floor: 2F / 3F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Water Heater/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

12. Kameari 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 9 minutes walking from Kameari station (亀有駅) of the JR Joban Line.

Monthly Cost: 61,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 20.15 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 2016
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Built-in Kitchen/ Gas Water Heater/ Self Locking Entrance/ Delivery Box/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

South Side of Tokyo

Ota City

Ota City(大田区) is located in the south area of Tokyo, making it easy to access both Tokyo and Yokohama. You will see many people jogging because there are various spacious areas, especially near the sea and rivers.

13. Magome 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 4 minutes walking from Magome station (馬込駅) of the Toei Asakusa Line.

Monthly Cost: 47,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.76 m2 (1R)
Floor: 4F / 4F
Year Built: 1991
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Self Locking Entrance/ Motorbike Parking/ Bicycle Parking/ Balcony/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

14. Kamata 2R Apartment

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2R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Kamata station (蒲田駅) of the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.

Monthly Cost: 59,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.02 m2 (2R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Bath Dehumidifier/ Washlet Toilet/ Gas Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Delivery Box

For more details and contact, check the following link:

15. Otorii 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 7 minutes walking from Otorii station (大鳥居駅) of the Keikyu Airport Line Line.

Monthly Cost: 59,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.01 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 3F
Year Built: 2019
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/ Induction Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Meguro City

Meguro City(目黒区) is one of the most centric areas in Tokyo. It is known for having many fancy shops, cafe areas, and bar/restaurants. You will also have good access to Shibuya and Yokohama from the Meguro area.

16. Toritsudaigaku 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 10 minutes walking from Toritsudaigaku station (都立大学駅) of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

Monthly Cost: 60,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee, Other)
Type: Apartment
Size: 14.1 m2 (1K)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 1990
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Induction Stove/ Loft/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

17. Toritsudaigaku 1K Apartment (2)

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1K apartment located 14 minutes walking from Toritsudaigaku station (都立大学駅) of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

Monthly Cost: 66,000 yen + 4,040 yen (Maintenance Fee, other)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.27 m2 (1K)
Floor: 2F / 3F
Year Built: 1991
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/ Self Locking Entrance/ Motorbike Parking/ Bicycle Parking/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

18. Yutenji 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Yutenji station (祐天寺駅) of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

Monthly Cost: 64,000 yen
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.2 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 1968
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Setagaya City

Setagaya City(世田谷区) is known to be one of the more expensive areas, even within the 23 wards. There are many fancy restaurants, cafes, and shops. It is also convenient with access to the major areas being easy.

19. Wakabayashi 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 6 minutes walking from Wakabayashi station (若林駅) of the Tokyu Setagaya Line.

Monthly Cost: 55,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.5 m2 (1R)
Floor: 4F / 4F
Year Built: 1992
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

20. Sakurajōsui 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 7 minutes walking from Sakurajosui station (桜上水駅) of the Keio Line.

Monthly Cost: 69,000 yen + 9,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 22.88 m2 (1K)
Floor: 5F / 5F
Year Built: 1992
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Induction Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Motorbike Parking/ Bicycle Parking/ Balcony/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

21. Chitose-karasuyama 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 5 minutes walking from Chitose-Karasuyama station (千歳烏山駅) of the Keio Line.

Monthly Cost: 45,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.02 m2 (1K)
Floor: 3F / 5F
Year Built: 1985
Key Features: Induction Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Elevator/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

West Side of Tokyo

Shibuya City

Shibuya City (渋谷区) is one of the most popular areas to live in, especially among the younger generations. Although being known for being a city that never sleeps, there are various areas that are quiet and suited for living.

22. Hatagaya 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Hatagaya station (幡ヶ谷駅) of the Keio New Line.

Monthly Cost: 55,000 yen + 9,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16 m2 (1R)
Floor: 5F / 5F
Year Built: 1987
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/ Induction Stove/ Delivery Box/ Elevator, Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

23. Hatagaya 1K Apartment

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1K apartment located 4 minutes walking from Hatagaya station (幡ヶ谷駅) of the Keio New Line.

Monthly Cost: 62,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.57 m2 (1K)
Floor: 1F / 4F
Year Built: 1991
Key Features: Bath Dehumidifier/ Self Locking Entrance/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

24. Ebisu 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Ebisu station (恵比寿駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Monthly Cost: 65,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 13.78 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 4F
Year Built: 1984
Key Features: Wash Basin/Gas Stove/ Bicycle Parking/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Shinjuku City

Shinjuku City(新宿区) is also one of the top pics for areas that foreigners like to live. Easy transportation to pretty much anywhere in the country will not get any more convenient than living in Shinjuku.

25. Waseda 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Waseda station (早稲田駅) of the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

Monthly Cost: 54,000 yen + 6,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.53 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 8F
Year Built: 1994
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Induction Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Elevator/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

26. Hatsudai 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Hatsudai station (初台駅) of the Keio New Line.

Monthly Cost: 59,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee, Other)
Type: Apartment
Size: 10.04 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2015
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Bath Dehumidifier/ Washlet Toilet/ Washing Machine Inside/ Gas Stove/ Self Locking Entrance

For more details and contact, check the following link:

27. Nishi-Waseda 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 6 minutes walking from Nishi-Waseda station (西早稲田駅) of the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line.

Monthly Cost: 59,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 12 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 2016
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Gas Stove/ Self Locking Entrance

For more details and contact, check the following link:

Suginami City

Suginami City(杉並区) is in the mid-range when it comes to living costs within the 23 wards. Access to major commercial areas such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro is easy. It is an area where you will find many parks, making it good for big families.

28. Honancho 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 9 minutes walking from Honancho station (方南町駅) of the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

Monthly Cost: 60,000 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 11.05 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 2016

For more details and contact, check the following link:

29. Minami-asagaya 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 9 minutes walking from Minami-Asagaya station (南阿佐ヶ谷駅) of the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

Monthly Cost: 57,500 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: apartment
Size: 10.57 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 1F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft

For more details and contact, check the following link:

30. Roka-kōen 1R Apartment

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1R apartment located 7 minutes walking from Roka-kōen station (芦花公園駅) of the Keio Line.

Monthly Cost: 50,500 yen + 3,500 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 10.53 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Gas Stove/ Gas Water Heater/ Loft

For more details and contact, check the following link:


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 Tokyo.

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