Common Facilities and Equipment

▼  Common Areas and Facilities
▼  Private Rooms

Common Areas and Facilities

1. Security Office and AP House Office

Security Office
Security officers are in AP House around-the-clock. However, service between 00:30 and 6:00 will be limited to emergency situations.
Carts, vacuum cleaners, irons, ironing boards, and futon dryers can be borrowed for up to one hour at a time from the Security Office. Facilities including AP Hall, AP Kitchen, and Meeting Rooms can be reserved.

AP House Office
AP House Office is open between 10:00 and 16:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and open from 13:00 to 16:30 on Tuesday. The staff members provide the following services to residents:

  • Provide consultations about life, problems, and concerns within AP House.
  • Plan and conduct exchange events and peace tours.
  • Do exchange programs with local residents.
2. Main Entrance

The outside door is open 24 hours a day.
The inside door is automatically locked 24 hours a day with access for residents only.
Residents use their Student Identification Card to open the door when entering the dormitory.

3. Communal Kitchens

Communal kitchens are available for use between 6:00-24:00.
Residents who use the communal kitchen must obey the following rules:

  • Be careful not to disturb other residents.
  • Clean up the communal kitchens after cooking.
  • Keep all personal belongings such as cooking and eating utensils and ingredients in their own room.
  • Residents must do Kitchen Duty on their assigned days.
  • Residents who are planning to use a communal kitchen in a large group, even a large group of residents, need to be careful not to disturb other residents.
  • Take special precautions to prevent fires

Do not leave the kitchen unattended while using the microwave oven, toaster, or induction cooker. Be sure to check that the switch is turned off after use.

4. Private Showers

Residents who use the private showers must adhere to the following rules:

  • Practice water conservation.
  • Residents must not leave personal belongings such as shampoo in the private showers.
  • Residents must not cut or dye their hair in the shower.
  • Do not use shower rooms designated for the opposite sex.
  • Only residents of a floor are permitted to use the private showers on the floor. Use by non-residents or residents from other floors is not permitted.
5. Communal Bathrooms

The communal baths are available for use from 17:00 to 24:00. These hours are to be strictly observed.
There is one communal bath in both AP House 1 and 2. Residents need to be aware that designated use rotates for males and females depending on the week. Baths are closed on Mondays for cleaning. Use by non-residents is not permitted.

6. Laundry
  • Do not leave clothes in the laundry room.
  • Use of laundry machines after midnight is prohibited so other residents are not disturbed.
7. Internet Room

The internet room is available 24 hours a day.
Residents who use the internet room must adhere to the following rules:

  • Use the equipment with care. Do not damage equipment or remove equipment from the room.
  • Do not eat and drink in the room.
  • Do not use the computers for games or other entertainment purposes, and for prolonged periods.
  • Be quiet.
8. Study Rooms

The Study Rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Residents who use the Study Rooms must adhere to the following rules:

  • Eating is not permitted in the room. Only drinks are allowed.
  • Residents can use their computers only in Study Room 1 in AP House 1.
  • Group meetings can only be held in Study Room 1 in AP House 1.
  • Be quiet.
9. AP House Meeting Rooms

The AP House Meeting Rooms are available for use from 9:00 to 22:00.
Residents who use the AP House Meeting Rooms must adhere to the following rules:

  • Submit a 'Request for Using Facilities' to the Security Office.
  • Clean and arrange the room to its original state after use.
  • Do not bother the other residents.
  • Meeting Rooms in AP House 1 and 2 can be used to hold parties that involve the consumption of drinks and food. Residents who wish to consume drinks and food in the Meeting Rooms are required to submit a written pledge to the Security Office in advance and use a large tarp.
10. AP Kitchen

AP Kitchen is available for use from 9:00 to 22:00.
Residents who use AP Kitchen must adhere to the following rules:

  • Submit a 'Request for Using Facilities' to the Security Office and receive a stamp of approval.
  • Clean and arrange the kitchen to its original state after use.
  • Do not do things that will bother other residents.
  • Do not leave ingredients in the refrigerator after completing activities.
11. AP Hall

AP Hall is available for use from 9:00 to 22:00.
Residents who use AP Hall must adhere to the following rules:

  • Submit a 'Request for Using Facilities' to the Security Office and receive a stamp of approval.
  • Clean and arrange the room to its original state after use.
  • Do not engage in activities that will bother other residents.
  • Do not eat or drink in AP Hall.
  • Do not play any musical instruments in AP Hall.
12. Refresh Facilities (AP House Lobby)

Refresh Facilities are available for use from 8:00 to 24:00.

  • Residents can borrow equipment for table tennis, billiards, soccer, and Japanese chess (shogi), as well as playing cards and a piano from the Security Office by using their student ID card.
  • This equipment can be used for up to one hour at a time between 8:00 and 24:00.
  • Residents do not need to apply in advance to use the equipment but need to remember to be considerate of other individuals/groups who are using the lobby.
13. Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Residents can use this court between 10:00 and 20:00.
  • There are no special procedures required to use this area. However, using the court outside of the designated time is prohibited.
  • Residents can borrow basketballs, badminton equipment, rubber balls, and Frisbees from the Security Office by using their student ID card.
  • Only the equipment stated above can be used on the basketball court.
14. Entrances and Corridors

Do not open the emergency exits to enter or leave AP House.
Entrances to private rooms and corridors are used for evacuation in case of emergencies. Be sure not to leave personal belongings or garbage in these areas and keep access clear at all times.

15. Vending Machines

Vending machines are located on the first floors of Central Hall, Middle Hall, EII, and RII.
*Bread, instant cup-noodles, ice creams, beverages, and amongst other food drinks are available.

16. Mail

A two-digit ID number is necessary to open each mailbox. Only regular postal items are delivered.
Registered Mail (non-express):will be kept in the Security Office. Mail should be collected promptly after receiving a notification of arrival.

17. Parking Areas
Bicycle and motorcycle parking areas

Bicycles and motorbikes must be registered with the University. The issued parking sticker must be affixed to the registered bicycle or motorbike. Bicycles and motorbikes need to be parked in the designated parking areas and locked.

Do not bring bicycles or motorbikes into the AP House buildings.
Turn off the motorbike engine at the gates when entering the parking areas. Motorbikes need to be pushed to the gates and then started when leaving.
Registration procedures for bicycles and motorbikes are completed at the Central Security Office in Building A on campus.

Car parking

Residents are not allowed to park their car in the AP House parking areas. Visitors who wish to use the parking areas for short-term parking are asked to inquire at the Security Office and complete the necessary forms. Please submit a request for a "Permit of temporary vehicle entry" to the Security Office.

APU assumes no responsibility for any accidents or theft that may occur in the parking areas.

18. Skateboards and Roller Skates at AP House
  • Due to the possibility of injuring students and causing damage to the roads or pavement, kick-boarding, roller-skating, skateboarding, using balance scooters, and other such activities are not permitted at AP House.

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Private Rooms

1. Inspection of Rooms and Equipment

AP House and APU staff may enter private rooms to inspect fixtures and furniture. In the case of emergencies such as fire, however, it may be necessary to enter rooms without prior permission of the resident.

2. Precautions

Residents need to adhere to the following rules:

  • Fixtures and furniture should be treated with care. Do not damage, re-decorate or remove them from AP House.
  • There is a steel pipe installed in the window and another one from the indented ceiling. These pipes are designed only for hanging clothes. Do not hang or attach anything heavy.
  • Residents are responsible for safekeeping their money and valuables.
  • Residents should lock their door even when leaving their room for a short period.
3. Private Room Keys

Private room keys are the responsibility of the resident.

  • Residents may not make a copy of their key or lend it to others.
  • Residents who lose their room key need to report it to the Security Office staff immediately.
  • Residents are required to return their room key to the Security Office immediately after moving out.
  • Residents will be required to pay the expenses of approximately 10,000yen to have locks replaced if they lose their key.
4. Key Switch system

All private rooms are equipped with a key switch system which turns on and off lights, the air conditioner, and the hot-water device.
Without the key, the electric current will run only to the refrigerator and the socket under the desk.

5. Telephone
Local, long-distance, and international calls

To make external calls, residents will need to purchase phone cards available at the APU Co-op.

Internal calls

Residents can make calls to other rooms in AP House for free. However, do not make calls to the Security Office except in the case of an emergency.

Collect calls

The AP House Reception will not connect collect calls or other incoming calls to individual residents.

Answering machine

Residents can use the telephone answering service.

6. Air-conditioners
  • Residents should turn off their air-conditioner unit when leaving their room or when not in use.
  • APU will designate the periods when air-conditioners can be used.
  • The AP House Office asks all residents who are planning on purchasing a heater not to buy the electric coil-type heaters but to buy safer heaters such as warm air or ceramic heaters.
  • Please do not put objects that may ignite close to heaters. Putting heaters near beds and laundry is extremely dangerous, so please be extra cautious when using heaters other than air conditioners.
7. Bedding
Rental bedding

quilt, quilt cover, mattress, sheets, blanket, pillow, pillow cover are loaned to residents.


Cleaning will be done twice a month except for July, August, and September. Cleaning will be done three times a month for July, August, and September.

(Please check the Bed Sheets Exchange schedule on the notice board on each floor or near the entrance.)

Residents need to put used bed linen (sheets, pillow covers, etc.) in a designated bag and put it in the corridor outside their room by 9:00 a.m.

The washed linen will be returned in the evening on the same day.

  • Residents cannot bring any other bedding except for the summer cotton blanket.
8. Garbage

Separate garbage into the following four types and put them into the plastic bags designated by the local government.
Please buy your own trash bags.

1)Burnable: Green designated bag
For plastic containers, plastic lids, polystyrene containers, aluminum foil, candy wrappers and packages, stuffed toys, oil for deep frying, dirty old clothes.

2)Unburnable: Clear designated bag
For plastic products, batteries, light pulps, small household appliances, metal objects and lids, glass, kitchen knives, ceramics, cosmetic containers, containers which contained oil, spray cans.

3)Recyclable: Pink designated bag
For PET bottles, glass bottles, jars, and cans.
Cans and bottles that are dirty or that have food residue left on them go in the Non-Burnable bag.

Residents need to write their room number on their personal garbage bag.
Residents need to inform their floor RA if they would like to put out cardboard or old clothes.
Used paper is collected on each floor as a part of eco-friendly activities in AP House.

Trash bins placed in the communal kitchen are there only for disposale of kitchen garbage.
Do not use them to dispose of garbage from your room or from outside the kitchen.

9. Electricity Capacity in Private Rooms and Communal Kitchens 15A(1500W)

Simultaneously using electrical appliances such as electric kettles, microwave ovens, hot plates, toasters, electric heating carpets and hair dryers will cause the circuit breakers to trip. Residents are asked to make efforts to conserve electricity.

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