Dormitory Experience

Some students may choose to live in a dormitory setting with other  people. 
Common facilities in the dorm usually differ with each dorm. Laundry machines are the coin laundry type that you pay coins each time for use. At the dorms that do not have restroom and bath in each private room they have those facilities inside the dorm as bigger common facility for residents to share. The private room itself is equipped with a bed with bedding, desk, chair, air conditioner, and cable Internet connection (you need your own computer). Meals are not included in the program cost (Ikebukuro has a monthly utility budget and the amount exceeding the budget has to be paid to the dorm manager so it cannot be said as included). Each dorm has its own set of rules to follow including curfew.

Benefits of Dormitories

Dormitory life offers a variety of advantages to independent students. KCP dorms feature private rooms. Dorms are the better choice for students who want more interaction with young people/other students. Also, you have more control over your meals in a dormitory. Please take note:

  • Basic bedding (sheets, cover) will be provided.
  • Air conditioning is available in each room. This also serves as heater.
  • Towels, toilet paper, soap, and shampoo are not provided.
  • No cooking utensils are provided. There are dorms that have IH (induction heating) cooking tables, and only IH utensils can be used there while there are also dorms that have both the IH and conventional type. Either way, it is best to purchase cooking items in Japan. There are very low cost shops students can visit, and sometimes students will donate to the dorm these items after they leave.
  • Usually Internet use is unlimited and free of charge.

General Dormitory Guidelines

Dorms often have their own specific rules, but in general, they are a bit more restrictive than American dorms. Dorms tend to be all-male or all-female, and people of the opposite sex are not allowed into the student dorms. A dormitory manager oversees activities and operations. There are curfews for both male and female dorms.

 Specific rules and hours for your dormitory will be included in the information you receive from KCP-Japan about your housing. Get to know them.

Here are some general rules to follow in your dormitory:

  • Please take off your shoes when you enter your dorm room. Usually you take off / leave your shoes at the room’s entrance. If your dorm has a system to switch your outside shoes to inside slippers at the point of entering the dorm building, please follow their rule and use your shoebox at the entrance of the dorm to switch your shoes.
  • When taking your luggage into your room, be very careful not to damage the floor by dragging bags across it. Please also be careful with furniture and other objects in the room.
  • Get to know the rules for entering and leaving, especially at night. Some dormitories have a name-board system.
  • If you are expecting a guest, tell the manager ahead of time. Usually, overnight guests are not allowed. People of the opposite sex are not allowed in the student dorms.
  • Keep the noise down. When listening to music in your room, please use headphones, particularly late at night.


  • Know and follow the dorm rules for smoking.
  • Separate trash as designated–usually burnable, unburnable, and recyclables.
  • If your dorm has shared kitchen, when you use it, please clean it up just as soon as you are done. This is especially important during prime meal-fixing times. You are responsible for bringing your own cooking utensils.
  • You will receive a key to your room. If you lose it, tell the manager immediately. You are responsible for the replacement cost.
  • Lock your room when you are out.
  • The hallway is part of the common facility in the dorm, and will be used by many people to evacuate in case of emergency so please don’t leave your shoes and other personal belongings outside the entrance to your room; they may be taken or thrown away.
  • In Japan, people shut the rest room or shower door after leaving. So even when it is not in use, the door may be shut. Check by knocking on the door.
  • If you or someone you know is sick, tell the manager immediately. This goes for theft or fire as well. Participate in any fire drills, but use the emergency exits only for emergencies.
  • The manager or other appropriate person may need to enter your room, for maintenance, inspection, and so on. Be prepared to admit entry.
  • Please do not borrow money from your fellow dorm residents. Lending money is rarely done in Japan unless it is a real emergency. Even so, it is considered extremely rude to ask.

14insidekasaistationTransportation Pass

For those who stay at school arranged housings you will be provided with transportation to cover your regular class commute. You will receive it for the first time at the airport upon your arrival. When school is not in session (for example during breaks between terms), you need to be responsible for your own transportation. Please visit the Transportation page for details.


Activities that are Grounds for Dorm Expulsion

You’ll be asked to leave the dorm if you:

  • engage in political or religious activities
  • possess dangerous or explosive items
  • keep pets
  • gamble
  • cause trouble while drunk
  • fight or behave violently
  • disturb or harass other dorm residents
  • have guests without permission
  • break the Japanese law

Checking Out of the Dorm

When you are ready to leave the dorm, be sure to tell the manager what time you’ll be leaving. Clean the room thoroughly and return your room key. At checkout, your room is subject to inspection by the manager.  


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