Choices for where to live: dormitory, homestay, independently.
You can choose to stay with a Japanese family (homestay), in a dormitory, or independently.
- The homestay option offers profound insight into the typical Japanese family and the ability to practice your Japanese skills.
- The dorm is ideal for students who desire greater freedom and independence.
Selecting the best option for you can be difficult. This chart compares them:
|Advantages||Daily opportunity to practice Japanese||Opportunity to meet other young people|
|Experience family traditions||Private rooms|
|Eat meals in family setting||More freedom|
|Secure option for younger students||More control over meals|
|Disadvantages||Less free time in schedule||Less exposure to Japanese family life|
|Possible curfew||Possible curfew|
|May need to help out around the house|
Expect living arrangements to be more restrictive than in the U.S. Both dormitories and homestay families have curfews—usually midnight.
Many people say that Suzuki-sensei is kowaii (tough), but I like her very much: she does not allow us to get away with being lazy, and she is very kind and patient when help is needed. She exudes strength and I respect her very much. I like her sense of humor.