Tokyo Housing and Student Life

Students studying at Obirin can live in a homestay with a Japanese family or in the student residence hall, the Fuchinobe International House.

The fee for homestay excludes commutation expenses to and from school, but includes all meals except for weekday lunches.

Fuchinobe International House, a residence hall with 245 studio units, opened in 2010. The hall is conveniently located near JR Fuchinobe station, just a short ride by shuttle bus to the Machida Campus, where most classes are held. All rooms are single occupancy, furnished, with Internet access. There are also laundry facilities. Students are responsible for their own meals and bedding. A caretaker/security personnel are on site 24 hours per day.

Visit the Fuchinobe International House website to see photos and find detailed information!

Housing for Summer Intensive Japanese Program

Summer intensive students live at Tama Hills International House, a short free shuttle ride from campus.

Students have the choice of single or double rooms. The Tama Hills International House has a gym, racquetball courts, ping-pong tables, training room, and an outdoor field. All facilities can be used free of charge. It is located next to a park where Japanese families picnic and play frisbee on weekends. For Hello Kitty fans, she lives at Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park, five minutes away! Friendship families welcome students in their homes some weekends. 

Students are responsible for meals. There are two supermarkets, inexpensive ethnic restaurants, and fast food restaurants nearby. Budgeting ¥50,000 for food should be sufficient. The average cost of lunch on campus is ¥650.

Campus Life and Activities

Cultural Activities
Obirin's Center for International Studies offers a varied program of cultural activities and excursions in and around Tokyo for participants in Reconnaissance Japan. Most of these activities will be arranged for weekends or on weekdays when classes are over in order to ensure maximum participation. 
Please note that a separate fee will be charged for participation in some activities. 

Campus Activities
In addition to the formal program activities, Reconnaissance Japan Program students are also encouraged to take part in club or social activities on campus. Japanese college students invest tremendous amounts of their time in extracurricular activities. Most students are involved in at least one or two clubs, which can be either cultural or athletic in nature. Taking part in club life is one of the best ways to learn how the Japanese have fun. 

Visit the Obirin Student Life website to learn more about clubs on campus. 

Cultural Clubs

● Drama Club 
● Light Music Society 
● Tea Ceremony Club 
● Photography Club "Shot" 
● STEP E. S. S. 
● Ceramic Club 
● Art Club "Atelier " 
● Folksong Club 
● Modern Jazz Club 
● Rakugo Club 
● Social Welfare Activity (O.S.S.) 
● Flower Arranging Club 
● Okinawa Eisa 

Athletic Clubs

● Archery Club 
● Aikido Club 
● American Football Club 
● Karate Club 
● Kyudo (Japanese Archery) Club 
● Kendo (Japanese Fencing) Club 
● Tennis Club 
● Baseball Club 
● Golf Club 
● Cycling Club 
● Soccer Club 
● Judo Club 
● Shorinji-Kenpo Club 
● Racing Ski Club 
● Soft Tennis Club 
● Softball Club 
● Song Leading Dance Team 
● Cheerleading Club 
● Basketball Club  
● Badminton Club 
● Volleyball Club 
● Board Sailing Club 
● Rugby Football Club 
● Men's Lacrosse Club 
● Women's Lacrosse Club 
● Track & Field Sports Club