Campus Life

Housing

An Integral Part of the AIU Experience

More international and Japanese students cited living in the on-campus community as their favorite part of studying at AIU over all other aspects of life and study.
 
AIU requires all short-term international students to live in on-campus housing. Nearly 90% of all AIU students live on our residential campus, and living here gives you easy access to student clubs and circles, campus events, and over 200 community interaction opportunities per year.
 
Degree-seeking students at AIU are required to live in Komachi Residence Hall for their first year, where they will all have an international roommate or suitemate at some point during the year. At AIU, we consider living together with students from other cultural backgrounds to be a critical part of the international experience, for all students- whether degree-seeking or short-term exchange.

On-Campus Life

Social Space

AIU's small campus size makes it easy for students to form close and lasting bonds with new friends from Japan as well as from our partner universities in 47 countries and territories. But those bonds aren't forged only in the classroom. Living together with roommates from other countries and participating in the same clubs and activities are essential parts of the AIU experience. Life in AIU's housing facilities- which are all within 10 minutes' slow walk of each other- means that your friends and friends-to-be are close at hand and there is always an excuse to get together.

As students consistently tell us, one of the best things about AIU is the people you meet here, and the small campus environment is designed to foster connections by bringing everyone together in the same social space for spontaneous interaction and friendships.

Access to Activities

Second only to the on-campus living environment, international students rated university-organized activities and clubs as another favorite part of their AIU experience. When asked to cite a specific example of an experience that stuck with them, every single survey respondent cited clubs or university-arranged activities.

Guaranteed on-campus housing for all students ensures that everyone has easy access to these opportunities. The Division of Research and Community Outreach Services arranges over 200 events each year, including interactions with Japanese schools and local communities. These events, as well as bus tours, club activities, and class trips all occur on or depart from campus.

In addition to events and activities, all the housing facilities are within a few minutes' walk from AIU's 24-hour library and computer laboratories. For inclement weather, our primary buildings, including the Komachi Residence Hall, are all connected by interior walkways, as well.

International students are guaranteed housing on campus for each semester they are enrolled, so long as they fill out the Housing Application form.

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Housing Options: Costs and Amenities

Details for the Themed Houses may be found below.
Komachi Residence Hall Global Village Sakura Village
Room Details
Room Style Double occupancy room; two-room suite Double occupancy Single bedroom; triple occupancy suite
Constructed Main Building: 1990
Annex: 1991
2007 2013
Toilet, Bath/Shower Separate; One per suite One unit bath per room One unit bath per suite
Kitchen Common kitchen/ dining room for all residents IH Range in Room IH Range in Suite
Amenities
  • A/C
  • Loft Bed
  • Book Shelf
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Internal Phone
  • Refrigerator in common kitchen
  • WiFi in Lobby
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Small Refrigerator
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Dining Table
  • Dining Chair
  • Wired Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • WiFi
Bedding Set
  • Pillow & Pillowcase
  • Mattress & Mattress Cover
  • Blanket & Blanket Cover
  • Comforter & Comforter Cover
  • Pillowcase and covers may be exchanged once per week
Japanese Residents Yes; Mostly Freshmen Yes; Upperclassmen Yes; Upperclassmen
Room Rules
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No cooking in rooms
  • Single-sex suites only
  • No visitors of opposite sex between 10pm - 7am
  • KH residents only between 10pm - 7am
  • No smoking
  • Single-sex rooms only
  • No smoking
  • Single-sex suites only
Notes

Items not listed above must be provided by students. Including, but not limited to:

  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryers
Laundry Facilities
Hours 24/7
Washer Cost ¥100/load
Dryer Cost ¥100/40 mins (Electric) ¥100/40 mins (Electric)
¥100/20 mins (Gas)
¥100/20 mins (Gas)
Location Komachi Residence Hall Laundry Facility Map Global Village Laundry Facility Map Sakura and University Villages Laundry Facility Map
Shared with University Village
Rent and Fees
Fall/Spring Semester
per student
90,000 JPY
utilities included
90,000 JPY
plus utilities*1
162,000 JPY
plus utilities*1
Winter Program
per student
60,000 JPY
utilities included
60,000 JPY
plus utilities*1
108,000 JPY
plus utilities*1
Bedding & Cleaning Fee*2 20,000 JPY (Fall/Spring); 6,750 JPY (Winter)

*1 Utilities Fees: Residents of Global Village, Sakura Village, and the Themed Houses (University Village) must also pay monthly utility fees. The amount depends on monthly usage. The average cost per room, approx. 15,000 – 30,000 JPY per month, should be divided by two or three students in per unit. Utility fees for Komachi Residence Hall residents are included in the room fee.

*2 Bedding & Cleaning Fee: The cleaning fee covers weekly cleaning of the pillowcase, mattress cover, blanket cover, and comforter cover. Charges will be assessed for any excessive stains or replacement of the bedding set. Payment of bedding and cleaning fee and use of the bedding set is mandatory for residents of all housing types.

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Housing Photos and Details

Komachi Residence Hall

Komachi Residence Hall dorm room

The common kitchen in Komachi Residence Hall is a popular location for cooking parties and socializing

Komachi room and suite layout

Komachi Residence Hall suite layout, showing double rooms and suite shower/bath and toilet. Dark grey shading indicates loft beds.

All first year degree-seeking students at AIU live in Komachi Hall and, to the maximum extent possible, we arrange for each of them to have an international roommate or suitemate for at least part of that year.

Safety and Security
In general, the dormitory is divided between male and female living areas. However, based on the number of dorm residents of both sexes, a portion of one floor may be designated a coed living area if necessary. All rooms and suites are single-sex. There are automatic locks for male and female floors, as well as for individual rooms, to ensure students' safety and security.

Rooms

The dorm has 184 rooms, including 1 handicapped-accessible room. Each room has space for two residents, with each having a loft bed over their personal desk station. In addition, suites, composed of two rooms, share a toilet, bathroom, and shower/bath located in between the rooms.

While individual rooms do not have cooking facilities, there is a common kitchen where students frequently gather for cooking parties and the dorm is connected directly to the cafeteria. Komachi Hall also has a lobby with games, satellite TV, vending machines, mailboxes, and a round-the-clock management office.

International students living in Komachi Hall have the easiest time making Japanese friends, since many of them begin living with a Japanese roommate from the first day of their stay here at AIU!

Please see the chart above for room furnishing details and costs.

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Global Village

Global Village Bedroom

Global Village room layout showing bedroom, kitchen, and unit bath

Global Village also features double occupancy rooms, but each room has a privacy curtain as well as its own bathroom and kitchenette with an IH range. All international students and upperclassmen degree-seeking students are eligible to live in the apartments.

Safety and Security

All apartments are single-sex and have their own locks.

Rooms

Global Village has 92 double-occupancy rooms plus 4 single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible rooms for students with medical needs.

Please see the chart above for room furnishing details and costs.

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Sakura Village
Sakura Village Private Bedroom

Single bedroom in a Sakura Village suite

Sakura village common room

Living/Dining/Kitchen common space in a Sakura Village Suite

Sakura layout

Sakura Village suite layout showing private bedrooms and common area

Sakura Village is AIU's newest apartment complex and features units of three individual bedrooms attached to a common living-dining-kitchen room and bathroom. Like the other apartment villages, only international students and upperclassmen degree-seeking students are eligible to live in Sakura Village.

Safety and Security

All apartments are single-sex and have their own locks.

Rooms

Sakura Village has 35 triple-occupancy units plus 2 handicapped-accessible units. Although more expensive than the other housing options, this is a perfect option for students who want to have their own space for sleeping and studying, but still have the opportunity to socialize with their suitemates in the common room.

Please see the chart above for room furnishing details and costs.

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Themed Houses (University Village)

University Village Bedroom

University Village
Room Details
Room Style Double occupancy
Constructed 1991
Toilet, Bath/Shower One unit bath per room
Kitchen Propane Gas Stove in Room
Amenities
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Kerosene Fan Heater
Bedding Set See chart above
Japanese Residents Yes; Upperclassmen
Room Rules
  • No smoking
  • Single-sex rooms only
Notes See chart above
Laundry Facilities
Hours 24/7
Washer Cost ¥100/load
Dryer Cost ¥100/20 mins (Gas)
Location Sakura and University Villages Laundry Facility Map
Shared with Sakura Village
Rent and Fees
Fall/Spring Semester
per student
85,500 JPY
plus utilities*1
Winter Program
per student
57,000 JPY
plus utilities*1
Bedding & Cleaning Fee*2 20,000 JPY (Fall/Spring); 6,750 JPY (Winter)

University Village room layout showing bedroom, kitchen, and unit bath

The themed house project is a pilot project funded by the Ministry of Education to further enhance the “24-hour Liberal Arts Education” practiced at AIU. In each Themed House, international and Japanese students live together and work on common subjects. They develop intercultural communication and collaboration skills, as well as leadership.
 
Themed Houses began with the Japan House (Japanese Arts and Culture House) in Spring 2015. The number of houses and their specific themes change each semester. AIU will send a list of available themes along with application instructions to accepted students each semester.
 
Themed Houses require an additional, emailed application and entrance is not guaranteed.
 
Past Themes have included:
 
  • Japanese Arts and Culture House
  • Nihongo House
  • Entrepreneur House
  • International Customs House
  • Romance Languages House
  • Fitness House
Safety and Security

All apartments are single-sex and have their own locks.

Rooms

University Village has 71 double-occupancy rooms

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Housing Availability Dates

The period of housing availability for each semester is as below.
*It is not possible to arrive earlier or depart later than the dates below.

Spring Semester 2017 April 2, 2017 - August 7, 2017
Fall Semester 2017 August 24, 2017 - December 24, 2017
Winter Program 2018 December 25, 2017 - March 7, 2018
Spring Semester 2018 April 1, 2018 - August 7, 2018

Students must move out of housing no later than 17:30 on the final day listed in the table above. Students cannot stay in on-campus housing beyond the accommodation period above unless they will continue their studies at AIU in a subsequent semester.

Housing During Long Breaks

On-campus housing is available during the university Summer Break (August 1 - August 31) to students who are enrolled in both Spring and Fall Semesters. Housing is also available during the Winter Break (December 23 - March 31) to students who are enrolled in both Fall and Spring Semesters, regardless of whether or not they enroll in the Winter Program. All students who wish to retain their housing during Winter Break must pay the housing fees in the chart above.

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Considerations for Shared Housing

Vaccination

On-campus accommodations share common spaces. As such, the possibility of spreading infectious diseases is high. To prevent the possible risk of infection, we strongly request that students receive the following vaccinations before your arrival at AIU:

  • MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella vaccine)
  • DPT vaccine (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine)
  • Influenza

For further information, please refer to the Medical Information Form.

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