Sharehouse room layout

Sharehouse room layout

  • What is it like to live in a share-house?

A sharehosue, where a few people live in together. It is a lot more affordable accommodation than hiring an apartment room by yourself, so you may be one of those who considering living in a sharehouse. One of the things you want to know about a sharehouse may be its layout and interiors. The layout of a bedroom, among other things, is something you must know beforehand.

First time in sharehouse, what the layout looks like?

  • Dormitory house or sharehouse, learn about the difference before choosing

The number of sharehouses has been hiking for years in Japan. More people choose sharehouses for their new accommodations when starting new school or job. You will be sharing the same space with other tenants in a share-house, so the first thing you want to know may be how it looks like inside. Also, what is the difference between sharehouse and dormitory house that as well to be shared among many tenants?


Common layout of sharehouse

  • Inside of sharehouse is the same as ordinary house or apartment unit

In a sharehouse, a few tenants share a house or apartment unit. A common layout of sharehouse includes a few bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, dining area, bathroom and toilet. Depending on a tenancy contract, you can use one bedroom by yourself, semi-private room divided with a curtain or other materials, dormitory room to share with other tenants. Kitchen, lounge, dining area, bathroom, toilet and all other part of the house are to be shared among all sharemates. Basic furniture, home appliances and cooking tools are ready in each bedroom and public areas most of the time. Some sharehouses even supplies basic condiment in the kitchen. It is similar to a dormitory house, but there are a few differences between these two.

Differences between dormitory house and sharehouse

  • Sharehouse is smaller than dormitory house

Both dormitory house and sharehouse are to be shared by multiple number of people. But while dormitory houses are designed and constructed to be used by a large number of people, sharehouses utilize ordinary family houses or apartment units.


Dormitory house

  • Designed to be used by large number of people

A dormitory house is planned to accommodate dozens of people in private rooms and shared rooms. While some dormitory houses have rooms with built-in bathroom or kitchenette, others have only a desk, bed and closet in each bedroom and large dining area, kitchen and bathroom in public areas. Generally, public areas in dormitory houses are large and spacious as they are designed to be used by a large number of people. There are a few sets of cooking tools and multiple sinks in the kitchen, a few washing machines in the laundry room. Bedrooms are neatly lined along corridors, and public areas such as dining area and bathrooms are located separately from accommodation areas. You can maintain your privacy better than in a sharehouse if you use a private room.



  • Utilize family house or apartment unit

Unlike dormitory houses, ordinary family houses or apartment rooms are utilized to be sharehouses. Bedrooms are furnished as a private room, dormitory room or other type. There is no en-suite bathroom or kitchenette in bedrooms as the building itself has been constructed as typical Japanese home. Kitchen, lounge, bathroom and laundry room are to be shared by all tenants and all public areas are normal family size. Generally, there is only one set of appliances such as washing machine and kitchen tools as spaces are limited. It is originally planned for families, so public areas like lounge or kitchen is located right after the entrance hall on the way to bedrooms. A sharehouse is designed to have closer communications with sharemates than a dormitory house.

Intimate community in a sharehouse

  • There always is someone to say ‘hi’ when you get home

When living in a sharehouse with someone else, the house itself is a family home so the general layout is designed to have intimate communications with other residents in the public areas. Even they know nothing about each other at the beginning, a familiarity will grow as they share their lives under the same roof. You would love a family like warm atmosphere waiting for you right behind the front door.


Sharehouse hot spots in Japan

Sharehouse hot spots in Japan

  • Tokyo and Osaka, the two most popular cities

In Japan, Tokyo and Osaka have the highest demand for sharehouses. Both cities are densely populated center bases of business and culture of Japan which have high volume of population transfer. These two cities accordingly have the largest supply of share-houses. So, in what areas share-houses are most demanded?

Areas where sharehouses are most demanded

  • Tips for sharehouse first timers

When finding a place to live in Japan, the first things come into your mind are rent and location. As for locations, the most demanded areas for sharehouses are Tokyo and Osaka, the two center bases of business and culture of Japan. Japanese sharehouse market has been rapidly growing in these cities for the past several years for that reason. But picking a right area for yourself is a hard task as there are numerous sharehouses in the largest cities in Japan. If you are having difficulties to decide on area, you may need to quickly gather information about suburbs of these cities.

Hot suburbs in Tokyo

  • The most popular suburbs in the top favored city Tokyo

Tokyo is the very center of politics, economics and cultures of Japan, and the most favored city for both Japanese and non-Japanese. As can be easily guessed, rent prices in this city are distinctively high compare to other cities. Therefore, there are some differences in the popularity of suburbs between ordinary rental properties and sharehouses which are budget options.



Shijuku and Minato city

  • Check posh neighborhood a little off busy shopping street

Multi-faceted Shinjuku city where the largest night-life district, foreigners’ favorite Minato city where Roppongi and Nishi-azabu are located. These areas are generally known as entertainment districts, but there also are attractive high-class residential areas. As a matter of course, the rent prices in these areas are expensive. Therefore share-houses are highly demanded for rather cheap accommodation fees.


Shibuya and Meguro city

  • Best areas for youngsters

Tokyo’s fashion central Shibuya, Harajuku and the accomplished part of the city Ebisu in Shibuya city, fashionistas’ favorite Jiyugaoka and Nakameguro in Minato city. These two cities are well known as expensive part of Tokyo and you normally have to pay a fortune for renting an apartment room in this area. However, the rent you have to pay would be less than half of apartments if you choose a sharehouse to live in. These are extremely demanded areas for sharehouses for the locations.


Setagaya city

  • Ideal neighborhood for all generations

Setagaya city is well known for good quality of living with many of neat residential areas. There are many universities and apartments for students. Also, unique cultures in suburbs like Shimo-kitazawa attract many Japanese and non-Japanese residents.


Most favored areas in Osaka

  • Best location close to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe

In the second largest city of Japan Osaka, the demands for sharehouses tend to focus on the central part of the city. These areas have a great access to Osaka’s city center and surrounding areas such as Kyoto and Hyogo. There are some more popular spots around Osaka city as well.


Kita ward and Chuo ward

  • This is THE Osaka, the center of Osaka culture

Kita ward, where Osaka station and Umeda, one of the largest shopping district of Japan, are located. Chuo ward has Nanba and Shinsaibashi, the center of Osaka culture and Senba where the spirits of Osaka merchants still remain. These areas have been the center of transports, culture and business of Osaka that have great access to surrounding cities. The lively air of entertainment districts is tempting, but you may need to give careful consideration to public safety of the area. These are high-property-price areas but still cheaper compare to central areas of Tokyo.


Tennoji ward

  • Attractive city with two sides

While a lively business district and entertainment streets gather in the south, quiet residential areas in the north of the city shows totally different side of the area. Northern part of Tennoji ward is safe and quiet area with a few well-known private institutions and earning huge popularity. The rent prices are more expensive than other part of Osaka city, but it is a good place for people who prefer a quiet surrounding.


Hokusetsu area

  • Hugely favored commuter towns of Osaka city

Hokusetsu area locating on the north side of Osaka city consists of Yodogawa ward, Higashi-Yodogawa ward and Nishi-Yodogawa ward of Osaka city, Toyonaka city, Suita city, Ikeda city, Minoh city, Ibaraki city, Settsu city and Takatsuki city. This area is very popular for good public safety and handy access to the central part of Osaka city. The seven cities other than Osaka city have been developed as commuter towns of Osaka and many transferred workers’ families and students reside in this area. There are a few elite residential suburbs that raise the average prices of rental properties, therefore living in a share-house is a great method to control your living expenses.

Inner-city districts are the most popular areas for sharehouses

  • Live in your dream suburb with affordable rent

The largest advantage of sharing a house is that you can save on household expenses. You can live in a gorgeous apartment in an inner-city area by sharing a flat with the others with budget rent prices. People tend to choose a suburb a little away from the center of a city for ordinary rental property, the hottest areas for share-houses are always inner-city districts where you can enjoy handy and comfortable life with plenty of shops and public transports.


Peak period of sharehouse market

Peak period of sharehouse market

  • Availability rate of sharehouses varies depending on seasons

One thing you should know when looking for a sharehouse in Japan is peak season. It may sound a little strange if you are from overseas, but there is peak and off-peak season in Japanese real estate industry. It is safer to avoid peak season if possible. But if you are not able to do so, there are a few helpful tips to remember.

When to start sharehouse hunting? Knowing peak/off-peak is crucial to find best one

  • ”Timing is everything!” applies to sharehouse hunting

Have you ever experienced a difficulty to find a sharehouse in Japan before? If yes, it might have been due to peak period of real estate industry. Sharehouses do not fall into the category of properties that real estate agents deal with in their course of business. However, in peak season of real estate market, a huge number of people move all over Japan and it significantly affects the sharehouse market as well. If you start sharehouse hunting in the middle of peak season without knowing it, you may end up frustrated with low availabilities of properties. So, here are some tips you can use when finding a sharehouse in Japan.

February and March is the peak season for rental properties in Japan

  • April is the season of moving-house in Japan

February and March is peak season of Japanese real estate industry. It may sound funny that there is peak and off-peak to find a rental property. This is deeply linked to the year cycle that Japanese educational institutions and corporate entities have been adopted for long. There are two major factors that increase the demands in rental properties.


1.University and college new students

  • School year starts in April

In Japan, all primary schools, junior high schools and high schools start a new year in April as well as universities and colleges. Students generally live with their parents or guardians during primary to high school, but many of them choose to live in other city to study at a university or college. Accordingly, the demands in students’ apartments and sharehouses soar before April.


2.New employees and transferred workers

  • Personnel changes come into effect in April

Japanese corporations are keen to employ new graduates of universities and colleges. Companies actively conduct a recruitment campaign every year, and new graduates who had job offers join the company all at the same time in April. This hardly happens in other countries, especially in western countries, the demands for rental properties from new employees shoot up before April. Moreover, a number of corporate employees move house in February and March because personnel changes of Japanese companies often come into effect on the first day of April.

July – August is new peak season

  • Recent change generated by globalization

In addition to the previously mentioned February – March peak time, July and August have been a new peak time for a few years. This is because more Japanese colleges, universities and companies have started adopting a new schedule starting September in recent years. Those entities are making a strong effort to take international students or graduates to cultivate human resources with a global viewpoint. Most of educational institutions in U.S, Canada or Europe start a new year in September, therefore it is the best timing to take international students or new graduates. Accordingly, more and more universities and companies are taking new entrants and employees in September. The demands for rental properties, especially share-house, increases in July and August while international students, new graduates and Japanese students returning from overseas look for a place to live in Japan.

Sharehouse hunting tips

  • Be prepared for inspection

As can be easily imagined, finding a sharehouse in peak season is a hard task. It would be best if you could avoid it, but sometimes you just can’t choose. At such time, refer to house share hunting tips below.


1.Narrow the wish list

  • Specify what you want in details

Rent, location, facility… list up what you want for a future house and prioritize them to pick up properties efficiently.

2.Make inquiries to collect information beforehand

  • Minimize the number of inspections

Asking as many questions as you want at inspection is okay if it is off-peak time. But if you are trying to find a sharehouse during peak season, timing is everything. Make inquiries beforehand to eliminate as many unclear points as possible before inspection so that you can make a decision on site. Try to inspect only properties you really need to see.


3.Make a decision before peak season ends

  • Keep the deadline in your mind

Last half of March and August is the end of peak season. By these times, most of vacancies are filled and everyone start moving in new places. Plan well to decide on sharehouse by these periods.

Quick decision is crucial in peak season

  • Decide at once if you really like it

Yes, it is true that the demands for sharehouses soar in the peak time, but that also means there are many people who move out from their rental home. The vital thing is to decide at once when you see the place you really like. To find the best sharehouse for yourself, do your homework carefully before you inspect a house.