Housing/Temporary Housing
Housing/Temporary Housing

When you arrive on island, your sponsor will take you to visit the housing office. At this time, the housing representative will review your needs and the available housing options. There are several factors that affect your housing assignment including the Marines duty camp, rank and the size of your family. Newcomers to the island are required to live on base if on base housing options that fit their family needs are available. You will be offered two housing options to choose from. These may be on the same base or two different locations.

If base housing is NOT available that fits the needs of your family, you will be authorized to look for a house in the local Okinawa area. Your housing representative will provide the names of civilian housing agencies that can assist in the process. These agencies are familiar with the needs of military members and will be able to communicate with you. Because you will be living in town, you will receive a special allowance for housing. Because the cost of living in Okinawa can be higher than some families may be accustomed to, the Marine Corps requires that you stay within your allowance and your final choice must be approved by the housing office. Please be aware, that you may be asked to provide a deposit as well as first and last months rent when you secure your lease. For this reason, it is advised to plan ahead to have between $xxxx and $xxxxx available to ease the process. Many agencies are willing to work with incoming families if the upfront costs are a challenge.

[Last Update: 18 MAY 2018]

The Okinawa Military Family Housing Office and Kadena Family Housing webpages have current information on Military Family Housing, Management Office hours of operations, locations, forms, policies and pictures of military family housing on Okinawa. Starting in 2017, on-base Military Housing has started a five-year Military Housing renovation project as defined by the Housing Renovation Information slide that will impact the number of available units for inbound service members.

Because of the dynamic nature of Marines and their families constantly arriving and departing Okinawa, housing is not assigned until after your arrival on island. You may take the steps in advance to complete your paperwork, but it is important to understand that you will have to spend a short period of time in temporary lodging.

The temporary lodging links offer you options for your stay immediately upon arrival. There are various locations and amenities, and you may select the one that best suits your needs. The only “pet friendly” temporary lodging is located at the Shogun Lodge on Kadena airbase. Reservations may be made up to XX days in advance. Because it can be difficult to call overseas, your sponsor will assist in this process. It is best to reserve your lodging for xx days. You may always cancel additional days if you are assigned housing before the end of your scheduled stay.

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