|Introduction||The Apartments||The Area|
Completed in 2007, Villa 5 consists of 8 studio apartments designed entirely from student feedback. These apartments are located next to the Villa 3 and Villa 4 studio apartments. They are equally close to shops and restaurants, the campus (8 - 10 minutes walk) and public transport. Anyone can rent these apartments, though preference is usually given to those studying for 3 months or longer, and the high occupancy rate and limited number of apartments means that vacancies are relatively few.
The apartments are western-style and there are two designs. Type A (6 apartments) includes a loft and has a total area of 26.3 m² (floor space 22.8 m², loft space 3.5 m²), Type B (2 apartments) has a total area of 30 m². Each has high ceilings, air-conditioning/heating, a large wardrobe, and an equipped kitchen with a kitchen sink, refrigerator, electric cooker (2 induction cookers), microwave, toaster, electric rice cooker and some cooking utensils (frying pan, saucepan, kettle). There is no gas cooking available. There is no gas cooking available although some long-term students buy their own gas rings with disposable gas cartridges. Yamasa provides a washing machine, TV, study desk & chair, study lamp, dining table and chair, sofa and bookshelves. The Type A apartments have a foam mattress in the loft (accessed by stairs, not a ladder), and the Type B apartments have a semi-double bed & mattress (width 120cm, length 210cm. Sheets etc are not provided). There is covered bicycle parking next to Villa 3 and Villa 4 - less than 20 meters away.
The Villa 5 apartments have extensive food preparation areas, high ceilings and interior door clearances, improved energy efficiency, and better privacy & security. The rooms are deliberately designed to make living in Japan more comfortable for students taller than 175 cm (5 feet 7 inches) - the height of the desk, sink, food preparation areas, shower head etc have all been raised to prevent back pain and discomfort. All the apartments are fully furnished and well lit; they are designed for comfortable single occupancy, with double-glazed windows and extensive sound insulation to reduce disruptions to your living and study environment from any external noise. They are the only apartments designed for single occupancy that include a sofa.
Any student living in Villa 5 has internet access (wired and wireless). The cost of the connection is included in the rent and does not need to be applied for. The connection is active from the minute you move in. You would need a short length of cable to connect. There is a telephone jack, but no telephone provided inside the apartment. If you wish to install a telephone/fax etc. then you would need to obtain a lease or rent a line. Most students are instead using computer-to-phone software utilizing the internet connection. Yamasa will assist you if you need a telephone installed in your apartment. Most students prefer to use the cheaper option of handheld cellular phones (mobiles/cell phones), pre-paid cards, or Skype.
There are shops located nearby, including two restaurants open 24-hours per day, a convenience store also open 24-hours per day, several other restaurants, billiard hall, supermarket, and the school is within a ten minute walk. Transport connections are excellent, as Villa 5 is located near the main road through Okazaki (but far enough away and with good sound insulation, so it is always quiet).