ICU has three gender separated undergraduate dormitories, two for women and one for men. The Housing Office assists in all dormitory assignments, and it is the student officers who make the final decision. Each dormitory consists of about 80% Japanese students coming from different places in Japan and overseas, and about 20% non-Japanese students. It is dormitory policy to mix nationalities, not to segregate them, in assigning rooms which accommodate two persons. New students will be assigned to double rooms (single rooms at Canada House are basically for Junior and Senior students).
When you meet requirements as a dormitory resident, and come to understand proper conduct in Japan, life in the dormitories will provide you with an excellent opportunity to study and experience Japanese culture, the importance of interpersonal relationships, group solidarity and the vertical structure in Japanese society.
The atmosphere in the dormitories has been cultivated over the years and, from the view point of Japanese and non-Japanese regular students, is based on being together for the entire four-year period of university life. Therefore, if you are at ICU only for one or two years, you need to be aware of an expectation and be willing to work for group harmony in your dormitory in order to get the most out of your dormitory experience.
You are advised to think through your ability to accept cultural differences before applying for dormitory housing. For example, private space and public space can be thought of differently depending on one’s cultural background, and it may be very difficult for you to share limited space with people from other cultural backgrounds. You may be asked to make a compromise on different occasions in your dormitory life.
The dormitories vary in size and style of construction. The atmosphere of the dormitory also varies according to the characteristics of each dormitory and the residents’ ability to work together for the good of all. As about 80% of the residents are Japanese, management of the dormitories tends to be predominantly Japanese.
There are many activities within a dormitory and among the undergraduate dormitories which are planned by students for their enjoyment and to promote friendship among students. Examples of activities include, welcoming events for new students, the annual dormitory festival, and sports games. Participation in these events is voluntary, but dormitory residents will certainly have different experiences from those living off campus.
Dormitory Facilities and Equipment
◇ In each room
Beds, mattresses, desks, chairs, file cabinets, desk lamps, chest of drawers,
bookshelves, closets, WiFi
◇ In the common living space
[Social Room]: sofa, table, TV, air conditioner
[Kitchenette]: induction cooktops, microwave oven, garbage can
[Laundry Room]: washing machine, drying machine, iron, ironing board
[Entrance]: mail boxes, message board, phone just for incoming calls, shoe shelves
◇ Other common facilities in the dormitory
Wash basin and shower room with Japanese-style bath tub, bathroom, storage room, study room
◇ Common facilities outside of dormitory
Bicycle parking space, garbage collection site
* Light meals can be prepared in the kitchenette.
* Air-conditioners are only in the social rooms. Please be aware that the use of the heating system and the boilers are restricted to certain hours.
* Wi-Fi available.
What to Bring
Stationery, toiletries, towels, clothes hangers, medicines, room slippers and other personal belongings for your comfort are necessary.
The information on bedding lease and linen supply service will be sent to the students accepted for entry to the dormitories.
The dormitory members’ sense of solidarity is fairly strong, and each member is expected to participate in group activities such as monthly dormitory meetings and various duties including the ‘information desk’ and cleaning.
Although professional cleaners clean up the common use areas of the dormitories three times per week, dormitory members should cooperate with each other to maintain cleanliness.
Dormitory meetings are held monthly and are conducted both in English and in Japanese. Attendance at these meetings as well as fulfillment of information duties for the purpose of dormitory management and self-government are part of your requirements as a dormitory resident. There are dormitories that set some kind of penalty for being absent from the dormitory meetings or neglecting duties according to their own rules.
As well as the rules of each dormitory, the conduct of a dormitory student is expected to conform to the Dormitory Regulations set by the University, so you are expected to read them before applying for a dormitory.
The dormitory entrances are closed everyday as follows.
Men’s Dormitory 0 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Women’s Dormitory 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Visitors are forbidden to stay overnight.
The students are allowed to drink alcohol only in the social rooms within the dormitories.
Smoking is allowed only at designated areas in each dormitory.
April Welcoming Events for April Students
May Okada Cup (football tournament : male)
June Farewell Party for September Students
July Summer recess (dormitories closed)
August Summer recess (dormitories closed)
September Welcoming Events for Septemebr Students
October Dormitory Festival
January Okada Cup (football tournament : male)
February Farewell Party for April Students
①Above schedule is subject to change.
②During the term, dormitory meetings are held once a month and it is mandatory to attend these meetings.
③There are other events within the dorm and among the other dormitories.