I have some time wanting to share this post, since I wrote about my change of housing in “The ‘Odyssey’ of changing apartment“, there I explained a little about the types of housing but here I will give more details that can be very confusing.
I remember when I arrived, I had no idea what terms are commonly used here. For example, a room may or may not have a kitchen or bathroom and a private shower, so you should be aware of what you are going to choose besides asking to see the apartment before any decision. The most used abbreviations are R = Fourth, K = Kitchen, D = Dining Room and L = Room.
So far, everything is understood a bit of what is a room. However, there are still several agencies or department owners who follow traditions such as “key money or gift money”. In addition to that, you get to pay commission to the agency and an insurer for as long as you stay in said department. The good thing is that you only pay once but what you have to be paying each month is the cost of rent, maintenance and services if they are not included.
The following is to know more about the differences between the “Share House” and private or semi-private departments:
Questions: Have you stayed in some kind of housing in Japan?, what did you like and what not? Which one are you most interested in: Share House or Department?