Tsukuba City has been developed as a “Tsukuba Science City” since the 1960s. There are many research bases of national and major companies in the city. The city has about 300 national and private research institutes with about 20,000 researchers. The number of Japanese people who hold doctoral degree reaches 7,000. There are many foreign researchers and international students, accounting for about 3.5% of the total population. On the other hand, the city is full of nature such as Mt. Tsukuba, and there are many museums and art galleries in the city. It is convenient for transportation: Tsukuba Express Line connects you to the center of Tokyo in 45 minutes, and the airport bus connects you to Narita Airport in about one hour. The city has a well-equipped academic, research, and living environment.

The University of Tsukuba campus is roughly divided into two campuses: Tsukuba Campus and Tokyo Campus. With an area of ​​258 hectares, the Tsukuba Campus is the second largest single campus in Japan. Most of the educational and research activities are conducted in the Tsukuba campus, and the Tokyo campus is used for graduate schools for working individuals. The University of Tsukuba is actively engaged in industry-academia collaboration activities, and the number of venture companies originating from the University of Tsukuba was 61 at the end of 2006 (the third largest university in Japan). In addition, the number of new university-launched ventures in 2006 was 8 (1st among Japanese universities).

Students from various areas in Japan and in the world come to the campus of University of Tsukuba. The University has student dormitories to support new students living in Tsukuba. Especially, new students are given priority to live in the dormitories.