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Student Life | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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Student Life


Check out some of the different aspects in the life of an APU student.



APU Beppu Hot Springs APU Beppu City
APU Ocean Hell Hot Spring APU Beppu City Nightview
APU Beppu Bay APU Beppu City View


  • 113,252

    total residents

  • 2,873

    international residents

  • 2,217

    hot springs

  • No. 1 in Japan and No. 2 in the world

    for amount of hot spring water

  • April 14°C / 57°F
    July 26°C / 79°F
    October 17°C / 63°F
    January 5°C / 41°F

    average temperature in Beppu

  • Toriten (Beppu-style fried chicken),
    Jigoku mushi ryori (hot spring steamed cuisine),
    Shiitake mushrooms

    popular foods of Beppu

Studying in rural Japan at APU means you will be residing in Beppu, a mid-sized city in southwest on the island of Kyushu, one of the country’s most visited locations. Your life here will have both the excitement of living in a major tourist destination and tranquility with beautiful natural surroundings and relaxing hot springs or onsen (温泉 / おんせん). This area is also very affordable, with lower living costs compared to larger cities such as Tokyo or Osaka. Get closer look into the cost of living in our student blogs, Cost of Living: Part 1 Apartments and Part 2 Utilities & More! The campus of APU itself will add another unique dimension to your life here thanks to the vibrant global community, convenient on-campus facilities, and popular student-led events.

As APU has been an integral part of the local community since the beginning, students are warmly welcomed at events and activities in Beppu. Throughout the semester, the Student Activity Station (SAS) group organizes several community exchange opportunities for APU students, and you can also find out about other events through Student Office. You can participate in events such as sharing your country’s culture at workshops, dancing at festivals, volunteering at beach clean-up projects, participating in a home stay, joining a sporting event, and helping local children learn English. You will have many opportunities to be a part of the kind-hearted community as a true member.