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A Waseda Dorm Room, Life in Tokyo Part I

October 18, 2009

So what is it like to be a university student in Tokyo? Well, usually it involves long commutes and living with your family. But if you are an exchange student… especially at Waseda… you generally get lucky with 1) a dorm room (very likely a single) and 2) a short, short walk to campus!

So I am living in a dorm for international students and I get my own room with fridge, desk, AC, bed, etc. and bathroom. The kitchen and laundry room is shared on each floor. There’s no curfew, like some of the 4-year student dorms have, and it’s in the middle of Waseda Street, equidistant to campus and Takadanobaba Station, which is the main train station that will take you anywhere in Tokyo. I have a really nice dorm room. I would even say it’s bigger than the singles at Georgetown…

Here's what you see upon entering

Here's what you see upon entering

As you can see I’ve bought a ton of stuff. The drawers, the mirror, the piano (yes. a piano).

My bathroom

My bathroom

I have a shower/tub… A lot of the guys have been complaining about the small size but it’s fine for me haha. And it’s really nice to have my own bathroom!

My desk, fridge & dresser

My refrigerator and dresser

My desk

My desk

I moved the fridge so that my desk can be closer to the window… not sure if I was allowed to do that.

View from my room

View from my room

I like looking out my window =) That road going up the hill takes you straight to Nishi Waseda Station, a 3-4 minute walk.

My bed

My bed

My dorm is only 7 minutes to the front gates of the main campus, walking fast (I’ve timed it). So it’s almost like Georgetown where I can roll out of bed and into class… but not really.

This is what you see turning left from my dorm on the way to campus

This is what you see looking back to my dorm on the way to campus

Busy street on the way to campus

Busy street on the way to campus

It doesn’t look that busy here but Waseda-doori is packed with students coming to/from Takadanobaba Station just before each class period begins. The whole street is jam-packed with ramen restaurants and used bookstores. A fun place to be =)


And Uni Life Begins

September 14, 2009

I’ve had a CRAZY few days!!

A couple days ago I left Haruka’s place to go meet my really awesome friend from Kyoto at Tokyo Disney Sea. She was here for 48 hours and in those two days we did SOOO much walking and had a ton of fun.


Disney Sea


Tempura dinner at Disney Sea


Purikura - typical Japanese fun =)

I finally bid her adieu two days before moving into my dorm and spent one day at a random ancient Egyptian exhibit in Yokohama. At night I met up with an old friend in Shimokitazawa for dinner, where we had natto curry (i.e., fermented soy beans – most people really like it or really hate it… and it smells pretty bad):


It tasted good!

Finally on the 14th I made my way to my new dorm after meeting some Waseda students at Shinjuku Station. I met the girl next door to me and we spent the day scrounging around Shibuya for things for our rooms – i.e., bathmats, pillows, mirrors… That sort of thing. Anyway, I was absolutely exhausted that night. So was my room:


Thankfully it doesn’t look like that anymore, but it’s still really, super messy. I really haven’t had any free time at all to do anything. Since I got here it’s been a whirlwind of activity and meeting people and craziness. Last night there was a welcome party for us in our dorm that the main international student circle organized for us, so I was able to meet a bunch of people. At first I was mostly talking to exchange students (from all over the place – France, Australia, Germany… it’s really interesting!). Then, afterward, we all went to a park nearby and I got a chance to speak more with the Japanese students. That was FUN! I made some friends and it’s really made me want to join that group. The key word here is “nomikai”…….

Anyway, I will update with pictures of my room when it is finally decent – which might be awhile – but I am SOO busy. Really, though, I am just loving settling into my new home for the next year. Buying random things like magnets for my fridge, moving the furniture around (not sure if I was supposed to do that)… it’s all really satisfying! I also love that the train station is only a 3 minute walk away, my room has an interesting view, and that I’m in a single room. I can really just come and go as I please. I’m less than 15 minutes away without any train line transfers from Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Harajuku, basically all of western Tokyo… it’s pretty awesome.

PS, this is all  because of the new train line, the Fukutoshin line, that was made last year when I was actually in Tokyo — I visited the Shibuya train station the day the line opened, and thank god it did open, because that’s the reason I’m so close to everything! Otherwise I’d be walking 15 minutes to the closest station to get around.


My little train station