Osaka University will provide all OUSSEP students with low-cost accommodation in one of the residences for overseas students located near the Suita Campus. We will have a room ready for each of the students by the time they arrive. No particular application for this housing is necessary. Students who do not want to live there should let us know in advance. Those who wish to stay in a private apartment house in the Osaka area should expect their average monthly living expenses (food, rent, and transportation) to be no less than 100,000 yen. We currently do not arrange "home-stays" for OUSSEP students. They may seek opportunities for home-stay after they settle down at the above accommodation.
Upon arrival in Osaka, OUSSEP students must join a comprehensive health and personal accident insurance plan arranged by the University, including the compulsory National Health Insurance, and Disaster and Accident Insurance for Students Education and Research. It will cover medical care and hospitalization. The cost of the total plan is very reasonable and will be carried by the students.
The Japanese islands, which are situated in the Temperate Zone, generally enjoy a mild climate. There are four clearly marked seasons. The summer (June to August) is hot and humid with a rainy period in June and the first half of July. It begins to become cool in late September. In general, the fall is dry and cool. The winter (December to February) is quite mild in the Osaka area. The temperature seldom falls below freezing point. It stays very dry throughout the winter. We may get light snow falls once or twice a year but the snow disappears very quickly. Spring (March and April) is the time of blossoms and the beginning of the new fiscal and academic years.