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.

Here’s a great link to access, too, if you’re on the fence as to whether to live on-base or off-base.

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1. What military base is your home located on? Camp McTureous

2. What area of the island is your home located on (i.e. North Island, Central Island, South Island)? North

3. What is the name of your neighborhood in which your home is located? McT

4. 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? Ours is for NCOs. Air Force considers E-6 NCO and not a SNCO so that is where we are living. It works though because most our neighbors have lived here long enough that they are also SNCO.

5. What DoDDS school district is your home attached to? Is there a schoolbus system available? We go to Bechtel Elementary School and do not get bussed because it is on the same base and all houses on McT are under a mile from the school.

6. Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood (i.e. pet-friendly, child-friendly, level of safety, friendly neighbors, spacious, etc.) Our neighborhood is unique. There is only housing, the school, the pool, youth center, fire station, and Shoppette on it. So it feels like living in a gated community. It is pet-friendly as all the houses on McT can have pets and almost everyone has children. It is very safe as PMO patrols at least 2 times a day. There is also plenty of grass space with all the houses so there is room to play!

7. Please describe the style of your home (i.e. detached home, duplex, apartment, age of the home, etc.) We have a Multiplex and don’t know the age of it

8. Please provide general information about your home such as square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories/levels, special amenities, etc. The square footage was a little over 1100. It’s a 2 story house and we have 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 bathroom that also has a shower, and a ½ bath downstairs. My one complaint is the lack of cabinets in the bathroom.

9. What places of services are available near your home such as restaurants, shops, commissary, playgrounds, parks, etc.? Playgrounds are out our back door so that is nice. There is the one by us, the one that with the Youth Center (that you can use if the Youth Center is closed), the Officer playground (has swings!), and the Elementary school (again you can use if the school is closed). There are no restaurants on our base, but there is plenty just a little ways away (we usually walk to them. Takes 10 min. and you don’t have to worry about parking spaces!). The commissary is about a 10 min. drive, but is in the same place as where you get the mail so you can do it in one stop. The PX is really small and doesn’t usually have what you want. A couple blocks farther is the movie theater and bowling alley (closed for renovations) and the base clubs. Out in town has flower shops, book stores, and various other stores

10. How is parking provided for your home? You have 1 designated spot and then there are a handful of visitors. Most people usually park on the road where there is plenty of parking because there isn’t enough parking.

11. Is there any yard space or outdoor spaces provided for your home? We have a front and back yard. The front yard has a patio that you can buy a cover for (we did so it is usable year round). The front yard is about 10 feet of grass then the patio area. The back yard is fairly large and nice to be able to go out and let the kids run.

12. What do you feel is special about your home or neighborhood – what makes it feel like “home” here on Okinawa? What makes it feel like home is our personal items we brought with us. If I knew then what I know now it would have all came and I wouldn’t have left anything behind. The government furniture doesn’t help it feel like home. The thing that I like the most is the kids wall clings that we bought at Lowes and Walmart. They are re-usable so we took them off our walls in our old house and brought them with us. The day we moved in we put them up and the kids knew that was their room. It helped them transition really well!

13. What housing expenses are included with on-base housing (i.e. utilities, rent, appliances, etc. Living on base the power, water, rent is all covered.

14. Are there any expenses or fees associated with on-base housing?  We have to pay for our phone and cable

15. Are you satisfied with the maintenance services provided by your on-base housing organization?  The little things we have needed done they have been out to take care of that day or first thing the next day (depending on what time you call). They have been very quick at fixing it and not taking up a lot of your time.

16.  Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel have been your experience living on a military base here on Okinawa? For us it is the size of the house as a disadvantage. We downsized to move from our house in the states to our house here on base, but weren’t sure about expenses were like living out in town. I do love the closeness to the school and that our kids don’t have to get on a bus. They are right there and easy to get in an emergency (which hasn’t happened yet). I also love all the cupboards in the kitchen and the fact that there is a pantry!! There is plenty of space for storing all my kitchen gadgets!! The shape could be better though as it is L shaped and unless someone is in the kitchen with you, you don’t know what is going on in the living room.


Want to see more? Take a look at this video by The Lovelys, who have included an example of this housing area in their Okinawa Military Housing Compilation video on YouTube from May 2016:


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18 COMMENTS

  1. @ Nicole Thanks for the info, I heard that McT is getting renovated Is that true? How do you like oki so far? we are due to bethere in march.

  2. We live on McT in the two bedroom houses and our walls and not concrete… regular nails do the trick to hang things except the dry wall is shallow in some places so you’ll hit concrete along some walls.

    You can get the 3M sticky things, too, for free at Eagle Hardware and those work great to hang things on the walls too.

    And for dogs, if you want a fenced in yard, yes, otherwise all our neighbors have their dogs just tied in the yard, since the yards are pretty small anyway, they have just as much room to run as they would if there were a fence.

  3. Does anyone know if the walls to Housing in Mac T are all Concrete? If so how do you hang pictures and Decor?? Also Do we need to buy a Fence for our yard if we have a dog? DOes anyone have Updated pictures to that Housing?

  4. Welcome to Okinawa Malinda! Ahhh Mold, yes, it’s everywhere here, no escaping it. Don’t bother calling maintenance either they will tell you to clean it, which is essentially what you will have to do, bleach and water work great. A dehumidifier will help greatly. You can find them at the exchanges or sometimes Okinawa Yardsale, they sell quickly though. If you go to the Eagle store they have these great things called Dry-EZ I believe and I keep them in our kitchen closet as that seems to get moldy quickly. Once the cooler weather gets here it won’t be bad at all but until then get cleaning 🙂

  5. Hello everyone! We just got to the island two weeks ago and we’ll be living on McT. The mold is really bad in the houses we saw. The worse thing is, is that its black mold. That can be very dangerous to ones health, especially kids. Has anyone else had this issue?

  6. Hello ya’ll! We will be PCSing to Okinawa in September. From what I understand we will be living either at Camp Courtney or Camp McT. My question is, where do you live while you’re waiting for a house and have the rules changed at all about being able to live off base?? Any input would be great 🙂

  7. Thank you guys..sorry its late reply, i found another way from Awase… just go straight 85 where Jusco is located and it turns to 33 then just keep goin straight til there’s a fork…yield to the right that is Route 8…keep goin straight and u will see the base on ur left… it only took me 15 mins. oh, and I GOT THE JOB!! nwo im lookin for a nice pre-k off base that is near the area… do u guys know of any?

  8. Jessica – Thank you so much for catching that. I don’t know what it is about driving in Oki that has my right and left so messed up! 🙂

  9. Karen, the above directions are good, but there is one mistake. After turning at the speed limit sign, your next turn, at the stop sign, is a RIGHT not a left. So, it should read;
    At the stop sign, turn R. After the guard rail ends….etc.

  10. Karen – I know the back way, which is easy, but hopefully someone will chime in with an alternate set.

    Take 329 N. Stay on it until expressway exit 5 is on your L. Turn R at that same light. Go through the light for 224 and take your next L (immediately before going under a speed limit sign). At the stop sign, turn L. After the guard rail ends, turn L. Take this road through one stop light. It will T up at a light at rt 8. As you are coming up to 8, you’ll actually see McT and Bechtel on your L. At the light, turn L and then your first L onto McT. Just go straight and you’ll see Bechtel on your L.

    Hopefully that helps. Like I said, maybe someone else will chime in with an alternet suggestion. This is just how I go.

  11. hi, i have a job interview at Betchel elementary school and I really dont know where it’s located? I am from Awase, by Toys R US. Can someone please tell me how to get there? Thanks!

  12. Thanks so much for answering the questions & posting pictures of you home. We are on our way to Okinawa, and my husband will be working on Schwab. I know that for base housing we will probably get offered McT. Your pictures & information helped greatly! Thanks again!

  13. Yes i have to agree with Bambi, Mc T is the most Northern Family housing. Obviously single marines live on Hansen and Schwab but for those who have husbands who work on those bases either live on Courtney and Mc T. I live on Mc T in a 2 bed room apartment. My layout is a bit different than Bambi’s layout, I can certainly snap some of those for anyone who would like to see them. (Just need to tidy up first lol)

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