Living Guide

新潟で暮らしてみよう 留学生活案内


NSG College League
International Affairs Department

Food Building No.3, 3-560 Furumachi-Dori, Chuo-ku,
Niigata City 951-8063 Japan
TEL: +81-25-227-6335
FAX: +81-25-227-6337

Information about Niigata

The international city of Niigata is the biggest city along the Sea of Japan with a population of about 800,000.
Niigata city is one of the trading ports with China, Taiwan, Korea and Russia.
It takes about one and a half hours to Tokyo by bullet train. Niigata offers good access to several foreign cities straight from Niigata Airport. Moreover, Niigata is famous for Japan's best and most plentiful rice harvest. The riches of nature, the sea, mountains and rivers abound in Niigata and you can enjoy the taste of all four seasons. Niigata is exceedingly safe and offers good value for money, so students can concentrate on their studies.
Also Niigata has produced many popular manga artists such as Mr. Shinji Mizushima of "Dokaben'', Ms. Rumiko Takahashi of "InuYasha", etc.

Niigata is famous for many sea foods

"Manga (cartoon) Street" in Furumachi, Niigata

Soccer Stadium
"Denka Big Swan Stadium"

"Toki Messe"
Niigata Convention Center

  • Niigata Furusato Mura
    Niigata history,
    local products and
    sightseeing attractions
    are introduced.

  • Shinano River Fireworks

  • Senkaku Bay, Sado Island

  • Beautiful Beach

Living in Niigata

Living cost in Niigata is cheaper than Tokyo. And there are many shops around the colleges, it's convenient to live.

Difference between living in Niigata as opposed to Tokyo

(Example for 1 month)

  Total Rent Food Utilities Others Time for commuting
Niigata ¥63,000 ¥16,000 ¥20,000 ¥5,000 ¥22,000 5~20 minutes on foot or by bike
Tokyo ¥102,000 ¥35,000 ¥25,000 ¥5,000 ¥37,000 30~40 minutes by train
Difference ¥-39,000 ¥-19,000 ¥-5,000   ¥-15,000  

※It is based on living in an apartment (2 bed and 1 dining room) with four persons.
※"Others" include national health insurance fee, communication costs and transportation expenses etc.

When you are in trouble!!

Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Niigata 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-255-5555
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Niigata 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-244-6015
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Niigata 5220-18 Nishi-Ohatacho, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-228-8888
Honorary Consulate of Mongolia in Niigata 3F Gijutsushi Center BuildingⅠ, 10-2 Shinko-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-281-1040
Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau Niigata Branch Office Niigata Airport Terminal Bldg., 3710 Matsuhama-cho, Higashi-ku, Niigata City 025-275-4735
Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau 5-5-30 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 03-5796-7111
Niigata City Office 1-602-1 Gakkocho-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-228-1000
Niigata International Association 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-229-5650
Niigata City International Exchange Foundation 3-2086 Ishizuecho-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 025-225-2727


JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) Scholarship
・JASSO grants scholarships to outstanding international students who have financial difficulties in supporting their  education. The students must have excellent academic records and good character.
・The number of the students and the selection process are based on the criteria of JASSO.
・48,000 yen per month is offered from April to March of the academic year.

International Students Support

Health Insurance Subsidies for International Students
The Niigata City International Exchange Foundation offers a subsidy of ¥5,000 to help international students pay for their mandatory health insurance.

Part-time Job

To help with living expenses, many students opt for a part-time job. Students are prohibited from working under a student visa, but provided that they apply for a working permit at the Administration Bureau. (Those who have a student visa, family stays, and Designated Activities can apply for this permit.)

※We will apply for working permit all at once.

Students visa holders can work with work permit. Students are required to work not exceeding 28 hours a week, and 8 hours a day in extended vacations.

In the Japanese Language Departments, our staff in charge of part-time job support you!!


Workplace Job description Wage
Convenience Store Cashier/ Sales Clerk ¥760~¥900
Supermarket Preparation for opening the store/ Cleaning ¥760〜
Hotel Cleaning ¥760〜
Bar Hall Staff/ Kitchen Staff ¥800〜
Food Factory Packing of Food ¥760~¥935
University/ Hospital Cleaning ¥760〜
Ramen Shop Hall Staff/ Kitchen Staff ¥800〜
Restaurant Kitchen Staff ¥760〜
Hotel/ Banquet Service/ Dishwasher ¥850〜