Questionnaire about share houses for international students

The Hoosiers Group is a corporate group operating a wide range of “housing” businesses. Our aim is to be “A Social Impact Developer®” which offers solutions to various social issues while adapting to changes and innovating customers’ lifestyle through our business.
It is one of our major projects to design share houses for international students. The concept is based on the rapid high demand of short-stay international students who stay in Japan for 1 month up to 2 years, and also, that of foreign travelers who stay longer. Through our recent investigations, many international students appreciate more opportunities to interact with Japanese people in existing apartments for international students. Thus, it would be appreciated if you could provide us with your candid opinions and feedback from your experiences in living in Japan.

Please complete the surveys only if you are an international student currently living in Japan or you have lived in a student dormitory or share house to study in Japan in the past.

The surveys will open from Friday 14 June through to Sunday 30 June, 2024.


Please read the following notes before you start answering the questionnaire.
* QUO Card Pay worth 1000 yen will be presented by email to all those who complete the surveys as a token of our appreciation.
* There are 44 questions and it is necessary to fill out your profile, and thus it may take 15-20 mins to answer all questions.
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Questionnaire about share houses for international students
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*Q1. Do you currently study in Japan? Or did you study in Japan in the past?
*Q2. Where do you live or did you live in Japan?
Q3. Please indicate which city or region you live or lived if you select ‘Others’. (Comments requested)
*Q4. What type of residence do you live in (or did you live in)?
*Q5. Please select the options below if you face to any when you rent(ed) a room in Japan? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
Q6. Please indicate the details if you select ‘Others’. (Comments requested)
*Q7. Please select what are your priorities when looking for a room in Japan? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
Q8. Please indicate the details if you select ‘Others’. (Comments requested)
*Q9. How do(did) you feel about the following when you live(d) in a student dormitory or share house?

1) The neighborhood is noisy even in the middle of the night.
2) The common areas are not clean, such as living room, shower/bathroom, and kitchen.
3) The living room is too small to make myself relax.
4) The living room is occupied by a specific person or group, which makes myself uncomfortable.
5) The kitchen is so small that I cannot cook well enough.
6) There is no cooking space, and I do not cook well.
7) The fridge is fully stuffed in the shared kitchen, and thus I sometimes cannot find enough room for my foodstuff.
8) Someone leave outdated food in the fridge for a while but no one is responsible for disposing of them in the fridge in the shared kitchen.
9) There are not enough toilets and showers.
10) My room is small.
11) There is not enough storage for clothes and other items in my room.
12) The bed is small.
13) There is not enough space in my room to study.
14) Some students do not follow the house rules.
Q10. In addition to Q9, please indicate your candid experience if any. (Comments requested)
■ The following questions related to your food storage practices.
*Q11. Do(Did) you have a fridge in your room in the student dormitory or share house?
*Q12. If you have a fridge in your room, how would you use it? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
Q13. Please indicate specifically what kind of stuff you store in your fridge? (Comments requested)
Q14. If you have a fridge in your room, what would you store in the fridge in the shared kitchen? Also, please indicate how to use a fridge in my room and in the shared kitchen separately. (Comments requested)
Q15. If you store your foodstuff in the shared kitchen, how do you make it aware that it belongs to you? (Comments requested)
■ The following questions related to the facilities.
Just imagine that you are going to rent a 7㎡ room in a shared house in the metropolitan Tokyo 23 wards, and the monthly rent is 70,000 yen. Please answer to the following questions.
*Q16. Would you like to have a washbasin as an option in your room? You must pay an additional 30,000yen on the monthly rent, and your room size will be extended to 8㎡.
*Q17. Would you like to have a toilet and shower as an option in my room? You must pay an additional 50,000yen on the monthly rent, and your room size will be extended to 14㎡.
*Q18. Please choose what you would like to have as common items in a share house from the following options? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
Q19. Please indicate the details if you select ‘Others’. (Comments requested)
*Q20. Please choose what you would NOT need to have as common items in a share house from the following options? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
*Q21. Please choose what would be helpful if shared in a share house from the following options? (Multiple answers are acceptable.)
Q22. If you answer ‘Recycled product’ and ‘Others’ in Q21, please indicate the details. (Comments requested)
■ The following questions related to your requirements when looking for a room in student dormitory, share house or any other residences.
*Q23. How long is the ideal time for door to door commute to school?
*Q24. What would be the transportation to meet your ideal time for commute to school?
*Q25. How much is your budget for monthly rent?
Q26. Please indicate the specific amount if you select ‘More than 150,000 yen’. (Comments requested)
*Q27. In order to keep the monthly rent reasonable, the minimum room size is set at 7 m². The following floor plans are all the same for 7 m², and please tell which you like best.
Q28. What kind of support or services do you expect from school while studying in Japan? Please indicate the details. (Comments requested)
*Q29. How do you think it to have;

1) Multiple living rooms and dining rooms instead of one each?
2) Large common study space in a share house?
3) Study space in my own room?
4) Study spaces both in a common area and in my own room?
5) More opportunities to interact with Japanese students?
6) More opportunities to interact with other international students?
*Q30. Please choose two that you would like in your share house from the following options.
*Q31. Hoosiers supports the Kyoto Gion Matsuri, one of the most famous festivals in Japan, and Tour de Iwaki in Tohoku, a bicycle race. Would you be interested in participating in the events as a volunteer staff if Hoosiers may cover the travel expenses and accommodation?
*Q32. Would you like to participate in the exchange events with Japanese students if planned on a regular basis?
■ Please tell us about yourself.
*Q33. What is the purpose of your current visit to Japan?
Q34. Please indicate more details about the purpose of your current visit to Japan. (Comments requested)
*Q35. If you are a student in Japan currently, would you like to keep staying after completion of your study in Japan?
Q36. Please select from the following options of the reasons why you would like to keep staying in Japan if you answer ‘Yes, I would’ in Q35.
Q37. Please indicate the specific reasons for your answer to Q36. (Comments requested)
Q38. Please tell the name of your school if you would not mind. (Comments requested)
*Q39. How long will you study in Japan?
*Q40. What is the total cost of studying in Japan? Please answer in Japanese yen if possible.
(1US$=155yen)
*Q41. How much do you spend on housing? Please answer in Japanese yen if possible.
(1US$=155yen)
*Q42. Please indicate your monthly living expenses (excluding housing expenses). Please answer in Japanese yen if possible.
(1US$=155yen)
Q43. Please indicate any concerns and worries about which you have in living in Japan? (Comments requested)
Q44. What do you like about life in Japan? (Comments requested)
Please answer about your profile
*Name
*E-mail address
*For confirming email address
*Age
*Gender
*Your nationality
*Please indicate the nearest station to where you stay/live.
This is the end of questionnaire.

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete the surveys to the end.
We also plan to have an online roundtable discussion to hear your candid opinions that the surveys do not cover. If you are interested in it, please let us know your preferable slots from the options below. Once confirmed, we will notify you by email in mid-July. If there are too many participants, a drawing will be held. QUO Card Pay worth 2,000 yen will be presented by email to all those who participate in the online roundtable discussion as a token of our appreciation.
*Please select your preferable slots with language as many as possible from the following options. (multiple answers are acceptable.)