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. Over 80% 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 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 51 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 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.

Room Details
Details Komachi Hall Global Village Sakura Village Tsubaki Village
Room Style Double occupancy room; two-room suite Double occupancy Single bedroom; triple occupancy suite Single bedroom; twelve occupancy suite
Constructed Main Building: 1990
Annex: 1991
2007 2013 2022
Toilet, Bath/Shower Separate; One per suite One unit bath per room Separate; One per suite Separate; four per suite
Kitchen Common kitchen/ dining room for all residents Induction cooktop in Room Induction cooktop in Suite Induction cooktop in Suite
Amenities
  • A/C
  • Loft Bed
  • Bedding Set*
  • Book Shelf
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Internal Phone
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator in common kitchen
  • WiFi
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Bedding Set*
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • WiFi
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Bedding Set*
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Dining Table
  • Dining Chair
  • Wired Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • WiFi
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Bedding Set*
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Dining Table
  • Dining Chair
  • Wired Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • Toaster
  • WiFi
Japanese Residents Yes; Mostly First-year students Yes; Second- and older year students Yes; Second- and older year students Yes; Mostly First-year students (2022)
Second- and older year students (2023-)
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
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol (2022)
  • Single-sex suites only

*Bedding Set: Includes pillow & pillowcase, mattress & mattress cover, blanket & blanket cover, and comforter & comforter cover. Pillowcase and covers may be exchanged once per week.

Notes: Items not listed above must be provided by students. They include, but are not limited to towels, toiletries, and hair dryers.

Laundry Facilities
Details Komachi Hall Global Village Sakura Village Tsubaki Village
Hours 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7
Washer Cost ¥100/load ¥100/load ¥100/load ¥100/load
Dryer Cost ¥100/40 mins (Electric)
¥100/20 mins (Gas)
¥100/40 mins (Electric)
¥100/20 mins (Gas)
¥100/20 mins (Gas) ¥100/20 mins (Gas)
Location Komachi Hall Laundry Facility Map. Washers and Dryers are located in the middle of each floor. Global Village Laundry Facility Map Sakura and Tsubaki Village Laundry Facility Map
Rent and Fees (per Semester)
Semester Komachi Hall Global Village Sakura Village Tsubaki Village
Spring Semester
per student
126,000 JPY
utilities included
126,000 JPY
utilities included
202,500 JPY
utilities included
211,500 JPY
utilities included
Fall Semester
per student
130,000 JPY
utilities included
130,000 JPY
utilities included
206,500 JPY
utilities included
215,500 JPY
utilities included
Winter Program
per student
88,000 JPY
utilities included
88,000 JPY
utilities included
139,000 JPY
utilities included
145,000 JPY
utilities included

*Amount scheduled for AY2023.
*This list of Rent and Fees are for short-term students.

Komachi Hall will not be used in the Academic Year 2022 due to renovation. During that time, the new apartment will be the dormitory for first-year students instead.

Utilities Fees: Utilities include electricity, water, internet, and gas (where applicable) and are included in the rent for all facilities.

*Bedding & Cleaning Fee: 23,000 JPY (Fall/Spring); 7,050 JPY (Winter). 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 Hall *Not available in AY2022 due to renovation.
picture of Komachi Hall dorm room

Komachi Hall dorm room

picture of the common kitchen in Komachi Residence Hall

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

Komachi room and suite layout

Komachi 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
picture of Global Village Bedroom

Global Village Bedroom

Global Village room layout

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 induction cooktop. All international students and second- and older year 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
picture of Sakura Village Private Bedroom

Single bedroom in a Sakura Village suite

picture of 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 features suite of three individual bedrooms attached to a common living-dining-kitchen room and bathroom. Like the other apartment villages, only international students and second- and older year 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 suites plus 2 handicapped-accessible rooms. 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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Tsubaki Village
picture of Tsubaki Village buildings

Tsubaki Village exterior

picture of common a space in a Tsubaki Village suite

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

picture of a single bedroom of a Tsubaki Village suite

Single bedroom in a new apartment suite

Tsubaki Village layout

Tsubaki Village suite layout showing private bedrooms and common area

Tsubaki Village features suite of twelve individual bedrooms attached to a common living-dining-kitchen room and bathroom. In Academic year 2022, Tsubaki Village is used as the dormitory for first-year students instead of Komachi Hall. Other than the first-year degree-seeking students, second- and older year degree-seeking students and international students may live in this apartment.

Safety and Security

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

Rooms

Tsubaki Village has 21 twelve-occupancy suites plus 3 handicapped-accessible units. This is an 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 (Due to COVID-19, Themed Houses are run online for 2022)

picture of University Village Bedroom

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

Room Details

Room Style
  • Double occupancy
Constructed
  • 1991
Amenities
  • A/C
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Wired Internet
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Kerosene Fan Heater
Bedding Set
Japanese Residents
  • Yes; Second- and older year students
Room Rules
  • No smoking
  • Single-sex rooms only
Notes

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

    Spring Semester per student
    • 108,000 JPY utilities included
    Fall Semester per student
    • 114,000 JPY utilities included
    Winter Program per student
    • 78,000 JPY utilities included

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    Postal Address for Student Housing

    Postal address for each student housing as below. You should add your housing name and room number.

    Komachi Hall

    • 193-3 Aza-Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita City, Akita, 010-1211

    Sakura Village

    • 193-17 Aza-Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita City, Akita, 010-1211

    Global Village

    • 193-4 Aza-Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita City, Akita, 010-1211

    Tsubaki Village

    • 194-20 Aza-Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita City, Akita, 010-1211

    University Village

    • 193-8 Aza-Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita City, Akita, 010-1211

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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 2022 April 1, 2022 - August 7, 2022
    Fall Semester 2022 August 24, 2022 - December 24, 2022
    Winter Program 2023 December 25, 2022 - March 7, 2023
    Spring Semester 2023 April 1, 2023 - August 7, 2023

    Student must undergo a room damage check and move out between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and no later than the last day listed in the chart above.

    Note: Students who need to depart AIU before 9:00 am for an early flight or other reasons must undergo their damage check and move out on the previous day. Please take note of the times above when purchasing your plane tickets for departure.

    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)
    • COVID-19 vaccine

    NOTE: Students enrolled at AIU during the fall semester will be required to receive the influenza vaccine on campus at their own expense.

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

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