Summer in Japan Housing

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!



Every housing placement is different with different pros and cons. Your accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your home country. In general, be prepared for a relatively small living space in an older building with very basic amenities. Now is the time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different; this attitude is in the spirit of your decision to study abroad. Please also remember, that when you are abroad, you will be representing your home institution and your home country; behave appropriately.

Your accommodation will not be university accommodation – there are other permanent residents who will surround your rooms. Being too loud in and out of the rooms – especially late at night – may get complaints from other guests and neighbors.

CISabroad students will stay in single, apartment-style rooms at one of two local hotels in downtown Tokyo, approximately 10-15 minutes by train from the Seisen University campus. These are small, very traditional Japanese-style hotel rooms, and each will have:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bed and linens
  • Bath & toilet
  • Body soap, shampoo & conditioner
  • Face & bath towels
  • Yukata (casual kimono-like garment worn during the summer)
  • Hair dryer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mini-kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dishes (a plate, bowl, spoon, fork, glass, & mug)
  • Kettle
  • Frying pan, cooking knife
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric cooking plate
  • Study desk or drawer (can be used as a desk) & a chair
  • TV set
  • Internet
  • Washing machines & dryers in the hotel building (washing machine: ¥200, dryer: ¥100)
  • Iron, iron boards and study lamps (available to rent)

In order to avoid disturbing other residents or students, please use headphones when listening to music, or keep the volume low, and please keep your voices down.

Utilities and use:

All utilities are included in program fee.

  • Heating and air conditioning should be used sparingly. NEVER leave heating or air conditioning units while you are not home. If you must have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartment, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will not be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the apartment are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense, including key copies for all apartment members.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for the you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts or anything else big or small.

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing with them, is absolutely prohibited

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the apartment (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your hosts and the other people that live in the building.
  • Remember that you are not on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a first verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your sending study abroad program and your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email.