〒305-0005 2-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki
We, the University of Tsukuba Student Residence Hall Administration Office(Dorm Office), execute our duty under the basic policy of “Provide studentsan excellent study environment along with the opportunity to experiencean autonomous civic life” with a motto of “Safety & Comfortable”.
The Dorm Office is a cell of a non-profitable organization of Tsukuba Gakuto Shikin Foundation (T.G.S.F.) founded on a contribution of the university’s alumni association “Meikei-kai” under their wish to give the newly established “University of Tsukuba” (based on the former university “Tokyo University of Education”) a beneficially assist indirectly at the time of its opening here in Tsukuba.
Thank you for your visiting our Web-site “University of Tsukuba Student Residence Hall Administration Office (Dormitory Office)” which is working closely to the students of the dorm throughout from their move-in until move-out. My name is Syuichi Takei, General Manager of the Organization. Let me briefly introduce the outline of the dorm and our organization in three categories for your easy understanding.
Firstly, about our background and the development.
University of Tsukuba was established in October 1973, due to the relocation of its antecedent, the Tokyo University of Education, to the Tsukuba area. But, at the time of the opening, there was no suitable accommodation for the students around the university where only field and bush were extended. Under like the circumstance, the dorm was built by the university for the purpose of “Provide students an excellent study environment along with the opportunity to experience an autonomous civic life” and the role to accomplish the purpose was entrusted to the Tsukuba Gakuto Shikin Foundation (T.G.S.F.) which was founded on a contribution of the university’s alumni association ‘Meikei Kai’. The Student Residence Hall Administration Office (Dorm Office), which is under control of the university, carrying out daily upkeep the facilities and supporting the students of the dorm, is a unit of the T.G.S.F..
At the time of opening the university, it was only 6 buildings with 740 residents. The capacity of the dorm has been increased and whole the dorm running has been carried out only by T.G.S.F. but now some of the dorm buildings are managed by an another private company. We T.G.S.F. are running 54 dorm buildings with 3,525 residents at this moment. The whole dorm facility we have now in one campus have some remarkable points especially in such big capacity which is very different from other universities in Japan. There are three(3) dorm areas in campus named West, North and Kasuga. In West area, there are two dorm areas that are Hirasuna area with 10 dorm buildings and Oikoshi area with 16 dorm buildings. In North area called Ichinoya area we have 25 dorm buildings, and in Kasuga area we have three(3) dorm buildings. Our head office is in Hirasuna and our branch office is in each area. To avoid any inconvenience on residents at night and holiday, we have stationed a staff member on these day through the night at Hirasuna office ( for residents of Hirasuna, Oikoshi and Kasuga ) and Ichinoya office.
Secondly, about the Dorm life.
The number of the dorm buildings had been increased and aged around 30 years and some of them were renovated already (the charges are different between renovated bldgs. and non-renovated one). The total number of the dorm residents at Apr. 2015 was 2,869. According to the figures Apr. 2016 shows 1,135 of under graduate newly enrolled students were moving in the dorm at the time. The total number of the newly enrolled students of the Univ. at Apr. 2016 were 2,205 which means 51.5% of the newly enrolled students were moving in the dorm at the time. The Univ. gives priority to the newly enrolled students to reside in the dorm so almost of the sophomores, except some student selected, have to leave the dorm for apartment in the city. Many students are coming to the University from many different regions so the dorm life should give residents an amazing experience through making friends and enjoying group activity there we believe. The dorm buildings are mostly arranged for singles with communal kitchen where residents can prepare some light meal. And to keep the residents comfortably, Convenience Store is available at Ichinoya Community Center in North region and a Cafeteria Lunch is available at Hirasuna Community Center in Hirasuna area. Adequate number of Communal Showers are located at each building, except the bldgs. 8 and 11 in Hirasuna, and a Bathhouse is available in each area at Hirasuna and Kasuga. You can use the bus service around the campus but a bicycle should be a most convenient way for all residents to cover like the wide range of the campus. Total number of the international students in the campus is 2,062 and 1,249 (60.6% of them) of them are here in the dorm and the number of them are increasing recently. Those who are coming from over 104 countries create many different culture with individual language in the dorm with friendly atmosphere there.
Thirdly, about the events to be highlighted.
April is a season for big number of newcomers (around 1,500) to move-in the dorm. As soon as their move-in are completed, some orientations are held at each dorm area to introduce and to get them led a happy and fruitful dorm life. New residents will have many lively invitations by many circle activities etc. during throughout April with warm and cheerful atmosphere in all dorm areas. And then, at the end of May, they will have a biggest event of the dorm called YADOKARI festival. The reason why they gave a name YADOKARI to the festival was as most of the students are coming here in the dorm from many different and far countries which made them forced into like a Yadokari(in Japanese) life. Yadokari(Hermit Crab in English) must be with a suitable size of a rental shell house along with their growth in the sea as you know. The festival last year(41th ) was held on 29th (eve) and 30th of May 2015 and over 9,000 visitors not only the students but also the citizen in the region came to the great festival. Then in August, an “Open Campus Day” held during the summer holiday season. At the same time, some of the dorm rooms are opened for coming freshmen for their consideration and we have over 1,500 high school students ( parents as well ) during the period of the event. Septmber is an another season for international students to move-in the dorm ( 618 students we had at Sept. 2015 ) as most of their new term starts in Autumn which means that we have another opportunity to see another vitality of new comer together with both of under graduate and graduate students at the time.
Above are only the outline of us and the dorm so please refer to each item in this Website to get further information you want.
Tsukuba is a modern city but greenery especially in the dorm area as many of them were planted at the opening of the university just 42 years before. The dorm, which has been with the history of the university, is giving students resided there a fond memory of their dorm life we could serve. It must be our honor to work toward our duty to have the students experienced an autonomy community life under good environment for study with appropriate accommodation.
We, our staff members, earnestly hope all dorm residents not only Japanese but also the students coming from worldwide will have a beneficial and memorable life of youth in the dorm. We are looking forward to seeing you here in Tsukuba.
My name is Takayuki Tokunaga.It is my great pleasure to assist you.
My name is Naoya Ogawa. Please come to talk to me anytime.
Mr. Tokunaga or Mr. Ogawa is in Hirasuna Dormitory Office in daily rotation except holiday. Please feel free to call/visit them at ;
Tel : 029-858-0131 or 90-2900 ( Dormitory Phone )
2-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki