Yes, student needs to pay
In the case of lesson hold on another station on Tsukuba Express line other than Tsukuba, students need to pay for transport fee.
Any lesson within the area of Tsukuba (Azuma, Sengen, Amakubo, Kasuga, Namiki..) are free of transport cost.
My name is Pierre, I'm a French student in Tsukuba University in second of doctor degree, majoring Materials science and Bio-engineering !
I wish to help people to be able to speak english and even french, so I can, and they can, meet and exchange with more people !
Unfortunatly my level of Japanese is low so communication in pure Japanese would be hard.
I speak natively french and already teached some, and I used fnglish on an everyday basis for my research and my daily life also.
Don't worry about your level in english or french, we can work this out !
I'm looking forward to meet you !