Living overseas has its challenges, and a commonly agreed upon one is finding that perfect place to live. To help those of us who are curious about the different options for living on Okinawa, readers have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about on-base housing. If you live in an on-base house that has not yet been featured on this site, please contact our Submissions Manager for the template.
CONTRIBUTED BY LINDSEY BARROW
What military base is your home located on? Osan Air base
What area of the country is your home located in? South Korea
What is the name of your neighborhood in which your home is located? Seoraksan Tower
Generally speaking, most on-base homes are approved for occupancy based on military or government rank. If you would like, please provide the range of ranks that your home is approved for? JNCO, but there is usually a mix of all ranks due to the availability or lack thereof.
What DoDDS school district is your home attached to? Is there a school bus system available? Kids go to school on base; there is no bus system because the schools are all right across the street.
Elementary: Osan American Elementary/ no bus
Middle: Osan Middle School/ no bus
High: Osan High School/no bus
Please provide general information about your home such as square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories/levels, special amenities, etc. We live in a 4 bedroom/2 bath unit in Seoraksan tower. There are 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units in our building. There are 9 floors in the tower and each floor has a mix of all size apartments. Each floor has 2 garbage rooms with chutes; the kids think it is awesome so the trash is always empty. Win!
Two of our bedrooms are the same size and are big enough for a twin bed, dresser, nightstand, and toy box. They are a pretty good size. The other kid’s room is a little bit bigger, but not by much.
The master bedroom is a very tight squeeze with our king size bed. I would go so far as to say it is a little uncomfortable. I have to turn sideways to squeeze between our dresser and our bed.
Our dining room is very spacious and gives us enough room for our 6-seater table and a computer desk. The living room is also very large; in fact, we are still trying to decide what to do with the extra room in there.
How is parking provided for your home? There are two parking lots- one on either side of the tower along with an overflow parking close to the playground. We have never had any trouble getting a parking spot.
Is there any yard space or outdoor spaces provided for your home? There is a spacious field area in front of the building complete with 2 playgrounds, a basketball court, and a small dog park. There is one nice sized playground out in the field in front of our tower, along with a smaller playground on the side of the building.
Are there any expenses or fees associated with on-base housing? Are you satisfied with the maintenance services provided by your on-base housing organization? Housing maintenance handles all repairs on the building and in the apartments. It is an older building so things do pop up.
We pay for internet service (through LG, the only provider on base) and speeds are pretty average. We pay around $75 a month for the highest package and we do not have cable because we use Hulu and Netflix. We don’t have to worry about any other bills except our cell phone bills. I would also suggest renter’s insurance since we are in apartments!
Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel have been your experience living on a military base here on Korea? The main advantage of living on base is the location. Since cars are limited, being close to the BX, Commissary, Gym and Shoppette is awesome. Public transportation is fantastic off base, though, and taxis are scattered around the base.
The photos are prior to our furniture arriving; the furniture pictured is the standard Govt. furniture that is given before our HHG arrived.