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:
|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.
Both dorm and homestay students receive a local transportation pass between lodging and school. The pass, included in the program cost, is for use on days when class is in session.
You are free to make your own housing arrangements while enrolled in the KCP language and culture courses. If you choose independent lodging, you are responsible for transportation costs between your accommodation and school, as well as transportation from the airport to your residence.
Suzuki-sensei’s kind patience helped bring my stress down; I did better when she was teaching. Other teachers saw me struggle and hovered around me, trying to be helpful, but it stressed me more. Suzuki-sensei knew how to offer me help at the right times without hovering.