Faculty Houses

OIST provides houses for faculty at the Hillside Faculty and Seaside Faculty Housing areas.

Hillside Faculty Houses

There are 22 Hillside Faculty Houses on the main campus, the farthest only about 400 meters from the entrance to Lab 1. Houses are designed to accommodate non-Japanese and Japanese families alike, with Western style hard floors, high ceilings, full bath and kitchen, a large living room, outdoor deck, yard, and a driveway.

Seaside Faculty Houses

There are 8 faculty houses at the Seaside Campus, which is 3 kilometers from the entrance to the Main Campus, well within walking distance for a healthy commute.



Seaside Faculty Housing units have high ceilings, large windows, full kitchens and baths, and large rooms to accommodate families.


Faculty, researchers, and students are housed in apartments in the Village Center, West Court, and East Court.

Village Center

The Village Center is a two-building, 5-story facility with common and community facilities on the ground floor and one- and two-bedroom apartments above. The Village Center offers a total of 72 apartments: 39 one-bedroom apartments of 45 square meters each and 33 two-bedroom apartments of 70 square meters each.

The interior design is simple and modern, with calm colors, and many of the rooms have stunning views of either hills or sea.

West Court

The West Court comprises 36 units: twelve 70 square meter units with two bedrooms, eight 85 square meter units with two bedrooms and a study, and sixteen 105 square meter units with three bedrooms and a study.

Each unit in the West Court comes with a trunk room at ground level and a single parking space in front of the building. Also, the first-floor units have a small private garden on the courtyard side, complete with pastoral wood fence.

A park-like court running between the two rows of apartments includes barbecue and playground equipment, as well as a garden area managed by the OIST Gardening Club. While the apartments are unfurnished, residents can rent furniture for small extra fee.

East Court

The East Court comprises 54 units: nineteen 45 square meter units with one bedroom, thirteen 70 square meter units with two bedrooms, and nine 100 square meter units with three bedrooms.

South Hill

Consisting of 3 two-story buildings comprising 24 1-bedroom apartments, South Hill provides single-resident housing options for students and researchers at OIST.

Visitors and Event Participants

Thirteen furnished apartments have been set aside for visitor accommodation.

Workshop participants are housed in 22 rooms at Seaside House. Local hotels are also used as needed. Read more about Seaside House.