Preparing to Travel to APU
Preparing to Travel to APU
1. When to Arrive at APU
Please make your flight arrangements after checking the AP House move-in period scheduled by APU as shown below. If you wish to be covered by travel insurance, please arrange it by yourself. The Japan National Health Insurance is valid only from the day you arrive in Japan.
2. What to Bring in Your Luggage
After arriving in Japan, it takes time to open a Japanese bank account.
Please bring enough money (about 200,000 yen) with you to cover your expenses
for two months (living and textbook costs, etc.).
Tableware, cooking utensils, and other daily items are available at the APU COOP shop on campus or at shops in downtown Beppu. We recommend that you bring a minimum amount of the following items: clothing, books, writing utensils, medicine, (bath) towels, etc. You may wish to bring formal clothing for official ceremonies and interviews.
Please note that you may bring at most two pieces of luggage (e.g. one suitcase and one carry-on bag) with you to APU. You will not be permitted to board the airport bus if you have more than two pieces of luggage.
Important Information for Students Taking Medication
Students currently taking medication should speak with their doctor about treatment after enrollment. The types of medicine that can be brought into Japan are limited. Some medications are not permitted at all, while limited amounts of others are allowed. Incoming students should check with the Japanese Embassy or the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare in advance, and make any necessary preparations so that they can continue to take their medications after arriving.
Additionally, any students undergoing any form of psychiatric medicinal treatment (such as for mental, developmental, or sleep disorders) should notify APU. There are no medical facilities which can treat mental illnesses in languages other than Japanese in Oita prefecture where APU is located. If a student does not speak Japanese, there are no medical institutions that can provide treatment or issue prescriptions for medication. Most medications like these have restrictions on what can be brought into the country. Before coming to Japan, students should check with the Japanese Embassy or the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare as to whether or not the medicines they are prescribed can be brought into the country, and check with their doctor about managing their own health and medications while attending APU.
Any questions should be addressed to the APU Health Clinic at the email address listed in the Enrollment Procedures Handbook.
3. Sending Luggage in Advance
You can send up to two boxes (Total dimensions length + height + width must be within 120cm) during one of the following periods:
- After April 1 for April 2020 enrollees (Luggage already shipped will be accepted)
- After September 9 for September 2020 enrollees
Be sure to write your APPLICATION NUMBER and NAME clearly in ENGLISH on all the boxes you send.
4. Arrival Assistance
APU provides a free Arrival Assistance Service for new students during certain move-in dates. With this service, students will be greeted at the airport and directed to buses bound for AP House, the APU student dormitory. This service is available at Fukuoka Airport (international terminal) only. Please make your own travel arrangements to AP House if you intend to arrive outside the Arrival Assistance Service period or use an airport other than Fukuoka airport.
If you would like to use the Arrival Assistance service, you will need to submit the Arrival Assistance request form. A link to access the Arrival Assistance request form will be posted on the Admitted Applicants page approximately three months before your enrollment date (around January for April enrollment and around June for September enrollment).
Arrival Assistance at Fukuoka Airport (International Terminal)
If your flight will arrive at Fukuoka Airport after the designated Arrival Assistance Service pickup time, please arrange to stay at a hotel on the day of your arrival and use the Arrival Assistance Service on the following day. If you will arrive at Oita Airport, please make your way directly to AP House. You will be able to move into AP House even if you arrive after the AP House Office has closed for the day.
AP House 4 (APU PLAZA OITA)
All graduate students are guaranteed a room in one of APU's student housing facilities, AP House 4, which will help them adapt to their new life in Japan and to concentrate on their studies. All rooms are equipped with basic facilities. At AP House 4, experienced students selected as Resident Assistants (RAs) are available to provide help and support to residents. AP House 4 is located off-campus in downtown Beppu and it takes about thirty minutes to campus by bus.
Graduate students are able to stay at AP House 4 for the entire duration of their studies.
Payment of Rent
The monthly rent for AP House 4 is 49,000 JPY for all students. Rent will be automatically withdrawn from a designated bank account on the first of every month after moving in. For example, you will pay for June’s rent on June 1.
- 1. Smoking is allowed only in designated smoking areas and is prohibited in individual rooms.
- 2. As explained above, procedures (such as receiving keys) on your day of arrival will be conducted when you check in at AP House 4.
- 3. You may not bring refrigerators, kerosene stoves, gas cookers, or large items of furniture in to AP House 4.
- 4. AP House 4 does not serve any meals. You may cook in the shared kitchens at AP House 4. As AP House 4 does not supply any cooking utensils, please be sure to bring or buy your own. A microwave oven and a toaster are provided in the kitchen.
- 5. AP House 4 cooking stoves are all induction heater (IH) types. Only pans designed for use on IH stoves can be used when cooking.
Living Expenses in Japan
Living in Beppu costs approximately 1,000,000 JPY per year. The tables below show an estimate of the monthly living expenses during one year of study for both those living in AP House 4 and living in an apartment. Please be aware that moving out of AP House 4 and into an apartment may require additional costs.
|Monthly Living Expenses
(living in AP House 4)
|AP House Rent||49,000 JPY|
|Annual Living Expenses: 1,092,000 JPY|
|Monthly Living Expenses
(living in an apartment in downtown Beppu)
|Accommodation||40,000 - 50,000 JPY|
|Total||90,000 - 100,000|
|Annual Living Expenses: 1,080,000 - 1,200,000 JPY|