There are various rules and customs associated with living in an apartment in Japan that foreign students need to know about. Ignorance of these rules and customs can lead to problems with the caretaker and neighbors, and adversely affect your life in Japan. At the very least, you are advised to observe the following basic rules to avoid trouble and enjoy a fulfilling student life.
- Observe designated times, days and places for putting out garbage.
- Put out your garbage on the morning of the designated day (do not put it out the night before collection day).
- Dispose of cardboard boxes in small pieces (tied together with string or packing tape).
- When vacating your apartment, contact an oversized garbage collection center (information available from your local municipal office) and have them collect your electric appliances and other oversized garbage. You will need to contact the center in advance (usually three weeks beforehand) and pay for collection. Abandoning oversized garbage is punishable by law.