Residential Life

"We’re not just a school. We’re a family."

-Rod Jemison, Founding Head of School

"We’re not just a school. We’re a family."

-Rod Jemison, Founding Head of School


What are the residences like?

You will share a two-person or four-person bedroom in a house for 12 to 18 students. Each house includes a spacious living room/lounge area, a kitchenette and free laundry facilities.

In most cases, you will be assigned roommates from different countries and backgrounds, giving you the chance to learn about other cultures and perspectives on a daily basis.

What are the house rules?

You and your housemates will develop and implement your own house management systems, providing you with plenty of opportunities to develop your leadership, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.

Is there adult supervision?

In addition to the Residential Advisors (RAs) — students elected by their peers to keep the house operating smoothly and resolve minor issues — your house will be overseen by a House Mentor, a faculty member whose role is to support you in your residential setting.

What is blended housing?

While most of the houses are single-gender houses, we also offer blended housing. Within the blended house, rooms are assigned by self-identified gender, and students have access to gender-neutral toilets and showers, as well as single-sex showers. Each year, supported by written parental consent form, students have the option of requesting placement in a single-gender house or the blended house.


Pastoral Care

Living in a boarding school is a formative experience. You will forge relationships that last a lifetime. But life away from your home and family will not always be easy, which is why having a strong support network and resources is critically important.

What type of support is available?

Our campus staff includes nurses, counselors, a psychologist, peer supporters, and advisory leaders. Students also have access to health care on campus and through the excellent Japanese health care system. Our student support team members meet regularly to ensure that they are all working towards creating a healthy community for living, learning and working together.

Additionally, house mentors and duty mentors work with specific houses to ensure that students are looked after and safe at all times. Students are well supported by caring adults as they develop their independence and life management skills.

Do you have a safeguarding program?

We take the safety and well-being of every member of our community extremely seriously and have a stringent program in place to ensure a safe environment. All of our staff and faculty are subject to international background checks and are required to complete regular safeguarding training programs.

Visit this page to view our safeguarding policy.

Can I practice my religion on campus?

We understand that your religious beliefs and practices are your own and a key part of your identity, so we encourage you to live out your practices as you see fit.

We also have a thriving Interfaith Dialogue Group that was created as a forum for students to learn more about different religions while exploring their own personal beliefs.


Advisory is a place and time where a group of students, supported by an advisor, connect and spend quality time together while working toward outcomes that are in line with UWC ISAK Japan’s mission and vision.

Each advisory group is composed of a cross-section of our community, where students from different grades and houses are all in the same group. As a non-graded activity and it can be a great space to just relax and be yourself. Groups are encouraged to develop a positive, close-knit atmosphere. Advisory groups meet weekly and often do activities together on- or off-campus, from meals to local cultural trips, and create their own group activities and entertainment.


Build Relationships


Encourage open dialogue and reflection


Support each other in our growth


Provide students with an academic and social liaison


Support each other in developing leadership skills

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