Community Facilities

Many of the university's community resources are located on the first floor of the Village Center. Use the links below or click the map to see the different facilities.

Map of village center
Map of Village Center. Not all community service offices are located in the village. See each the description of each service below for details.

Recreation Services

For details, visit the Recreation Services Section website.

Resource Center

The OIST Resource Center is a place for OIST members, including family, to come for advice and assistance with services like transportation and childcare, healthcare, banking, community information exchange, campus and local events, and any other support they require for living in Okinawa. Read more at the Resource Center website.

Village Office


The Village Office staff supports residents with issues related to their housing at OIST, as well as directions for shopping and other local services, as well as assistance with dry cleaning pickup and delivery. They also serve as an information center for campus and local events.

  • Hours: 9:00-18:00 Monday through Friday, 9:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday, closed on national holidays.
  • Contact: 080-6342-6500 or 080-6342-6501


The OIST gym, located in the Village Center, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round. Any OIST employee or student or family member thereof who registers and attends a training session can use treadmills, elliptical trainers, spin bikes, weight machines, free weights, exercise mats, and other resources. The gym also includes a water cooler and showers for users who live off campus. Students can use the gym for free; employees pay 400 yen per use, up to 4,000 yen per month. Read more about what is available and how to get access to the gym.


The Village Center includes a 24-hour coin laundry with washers and dryers or use by residents of the Village. Dry cleaning pickup and delivery is also available in the Village Office.

Village Center Meeting Room

The Meeting Room in the Village Center is a multipurpose area with hardwood floors used for everything from Japanese calligraphy classes to kickboxing to birthday parties.

Village Center Lounge

With a foosball table, TV, sofa, and dart boards, the lounge is a good place to refresh and socialize. There is also a community library of used books shared by residents.

Village Center Kitchen

The Village Center Kitchen can be used by any OIST member or their family, but it is particularly suited for making big meals for parties and cultural events to bring together Village residents.