*yay*! I have finally arrived at the Waseda dormitory in nishi-waseda 2chome Shinjuku. Its really nice, and all the people here are very friendly. So far I have unpacked, visited the Heiwa Nakajima Foundation office in Roppongi, and bought the some necessities like; soap, hangers etc.
Facilities The dormitory is surprisingly nice (being a dorm I had expected the worst) but it seems as though it was built only yesterday...or at the very least was renovated yesterday.
This is a picture from the kitchen, which! to my great surprise and not to my regret, is the only thing I have to share with the others. This is because that even though the papers from Waseda stated that I had to share toilet facilities with the others, it turns out that my room(and all the other) have a separate toilet, shower, bathtub(BATHTUB!), refrigerator, air condition and locker. There is also a desk, bed, chair and other standard stuff. oh yeah!, and there is a coin laundry on each floor.
aaw! and here I was looking forward to share...*hehe*
Tonight there is going to be a welcome party for the new students, and tomorrow is orientation day.
Update: The welcome party was a great success, and I got to speak a lot of Japanese and meet some great new friends *yay*! ...and the dormitory was apparently completed in may, so we are the first residents. Update 27/3/2009
Due to popular demand (I have basically been emailed by a lot of upcoming students at Waseda) I have decided to add a bit of extra practical info about the dormitory.
When I was accepted into the "Bekka" program (the 1 year intensive Japanese program) I was automatically offered a dormitory room by Waseda University. They have a few dormitories, so I did not really "choose" this one as it was chosen for me according to the criteria of a form you fill out. Some of the criteria are; money I am willing to spend for a single room and if you want a double room and so on. Even your habits of sleep, listening to music, smoking habits and so on go in to this form you fill out. This is all for the sake of matching you with the best roommate, should you prefer a double room.)
Also the dormitory is located in Waseda (the city) so it really is only 5min on foot from the dormitory to the University.
And the other dormitory (Hoshien dormitory) that some of my friends were sent to is even closer. ☺
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The dorm is 63000yen per month for a single room.(I don’t know the price for a double room) The rent covers:
- electricity - heat - linen fee - water - Internet ...and basically everything but food. ☺ But if you cook yourself, or in groups it can be done pretty cheap.
At this dormitory, we get a key for the front door that works with the door to your room as well. Luckily there is no curfew, but if you return after 23:00 you are required the to be quiet in doing so. ☺
No one from outside the dorm(NO ONE!, not family not friends.) are allowed inside the rooms. But they are allowed to come into the kitchen, and drink and have fun etc. until 23:00. (People living at the dormitory are allowed to visit eachothers rooms.) And even though it is a fellow resident of the dorm, no one is allowed to “sleep over” ... but no one checks up on it though.
But if you get caught, you pretty much loose your scholarship(if you have one of those, for “behavior unbecoming of a student.”)
Now with a video of my room!
“Is it easy to get in contact with Japanese?” hmm?, I find that Japanese people are very easy to get in touch with, if you speak but a little japanese. And as soon as you enter a circle or club, you will have japanese friends. Even without entering one, the ICC (International Community Center http://www.waseda.jp/icc/index-e.html) arranges a lot of events where you get to meet japanese students.
Also during class, especially during kaiwa classes there will be volunteers from the Waseda University department of education to help out in classes.
When at the dormitory, we mostly speak english, so you really need to get out of the dormitory to learn to speak the japanese.
Okay, lets face it, the Chinese couple running the dormitory are really nice when you speak to them, but a bit to “old-school” when it comes to punishment for messing about. Just look at the picture i took of decree set forth on the local bulletin board.