Accommodation in Japan

The exchange students of Otemon Gakuin University are provided with two housing options off campus, as there are no on-campus housing facilities available.

Dormitory

The university has a contract for dorm rooms off-campus near the city of Ibaraki. There are separate dormitories for men and women, and they are located about 5 kilometres from the university campus with good access to public transport. The room type is single room and each dorm room offers a fully furnished room with breakfast and dinner served daily, except on Sundays and national holidays. Student dormitory is the ideal option for those who prefer freedom and independence.

The initial fee for the dormitory is JPY 93,000. There are two types of rooms available: 1) room with a shared toilet and a shower (JPY 48,000 per month), and 2) room with a private shower (JPY 70,000 per month).

In addition to the monthly rent, there is also a small electricity fee of JPY 5,700 + usage. You should be prepared to spend around JPY 5,000 to 10,000 per month on transportation expenses.

The dormitories have a 24h service.

Home-stay program

Living with a Japanese family can easily be the highlight of your exchange as it gives you maximum exposure to the local customs in real-life settings. Otemon Gakuin University has over 20 host families registered on their list, to cater to the specific needs of each incoming student.

Monthly charge for the home-stay program is JPY 80,000 (+tax JPY 8,352/month). You will be provided with a private room with a desk and bedding (or a futon). Breakfast and dinner are served every day. The total housing cost for a semester (4 months) is approximately JPY 353,000. Depending on the location of your host family, you should be prepared to spend around JPY 5,000 to 10,000 per month on transportation expenses. Please note that the host families might have certain house rules and curfews to follow. Students taking part in the home-stay program are expected to respect the wishes of the host families. Internet access might not be available at some families.

Dormitory Homestay
Initial fee JPY 93,000 Living expenses JPY 80,000/month + tax 8%
Room fee JPY 48,000 to 70,000/month
Heating and electricity JPY 5,700 + usage

*Students should also be prepared to use JPY 5,000 to 10,000 per month on transportation expenses.

Apartments and private rentals

If you don’t find a suitable option from the university selection, there is a small number of apartment rooms with basic equipment available located about a 40 minute commute away from the university. The initial fees for the apartments range from JPY 68,000 to 85,700, and rent around JPY 52,500 + electricity/gas fee by usage.

It is also possible to search private rentals via AirBnb but the selection in the area is rather limited. Please note, that you search for Ibaraki (Osaka prefecture), not Ibaraki prefecture.

 

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