Lodging

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.
  • There are a limited number of host families available each term. Sometimes, we are unable to satisfy the demand. In this case, students will be automatically switched to the dormitory housing option.

Selecting the best option for you can be difficult. This chart compares them:

Option Homestay Dormitory
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

Incidentals

Expect living arrangements to be more restrictive than in the U.S. Both dormitories and homestay families have curfews—usually midnight.

Testimonials

I highly recommend Mamiya-sensei. In a class that could be tedious, she was incredibly entertaining and engaging.

—Matthew Wujek

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