Many of the large chain English Schools offer their teachers only one-room apartments. These small apartments can be amazing in terms of organization and efficiency, but for Westerners used to having a bit more space, it can sometimes feel like you’re living in a closet. That is why MIL provides our teachers actual full-sized apartments with two or three rooms and a kitchen. We believe that a happy teacher is a more effective teacher, and it’s nice to have a real home to come home to! Teachers NEVER have to live together unless, of course, they request to do so. At the bottom of this page are some pictures of typical MIL apartments. PLEASE NOTE that your apartment may be different from this example! Here you can see the outside, inside, and floor plan of a typical apartment. MIL apartments come with a phone, basic furnishings (a small table, chest for clothing, futon and bedding for sleeping, etc..) kitchen utensils (forks, spoons, frying pan, etc.), a stove, a washing machine (no dryer - you hang your clothes to dry, just like the Japanese folks do!), an air conditioner, and a heater for winter. The basic apartment layout is a bedroom, a living room, and a small kitchen. You will also have a shower / bath room and a toilet, usually in separate rooms.

MIL rented 24 school apartments in 2014. Rent varies from 50,000 yen per month to 61,000 yen per month, depending on which apartment you end up living in. (MIL charges the teacher what the landlord charges MIL. We’re not making money on the apartments, as some schools do.) The average rent is about 56,000 yen per month. Rent for the apartment you see here is 54,000 yen per month.

These apartments are also rented by MIL. As you can see, they all have a living room, a kitchen, and at least one small tatami room. The numbers on the plans refer to how many tatami mats make up the room’s floor (standard room measurements in Japan). One mat is about 90cm X 180cm.