The University of Tsukuba has the largest campus in Japan. As well as having great sports facilities, the university also has a wide range of other services on campus. Numerous restaurants provide a range of great meal options, from ramen noodles to curry and Italian food. We have a bakery which serves fresh pastries every day, and even a Starbucks coffee shop in the library.
Two second hand shops sell used electral and other goods, allowing students to get a cheap microwave or refrigerator. We have a campus bookstore where students can buy stationary (books are generally Japanese only, as G30 loans students most books), as well as an art supply store, convenience store, and even a travel agency.
The University also has an on-campus medical center, providing a wide variety of medical services to students. Each year, students are required to have a free physical examination.
The city has a wide variety of facilities, shops and recreational activities. There are several shopping centers; Q'T and Creo are in Tsukuba center, with Dayz Town a few minutes to the south. In 2008, a new shopping center, Iias, opened in kenkyugakuen, and in 2013, a new Aeon Mall opened in the south of town, both of which have cinemas. From summer 2013, a new Costco store will open 5 minutes from campus. Also in the south of town is Tsukuba Yu-world, an entertainment complex with bowling, indoor climbing, Japanese public baths, and a cinema. The town also has a wide range of supermarkets, speciality shops, electrical stores and home stores, so all your living needs can be found inside the city.