7 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
dwell, reside, live, inhabit
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
270 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 住 【ジュウ】 dwelling, living
  • 住居 【ジュウキョ】 dwelling, house, residence, address
  • 先住 【センジュウ】 original inhabitant, aboriginal, previous priest
  • 安住 【アンジュウ】 living in peace, living a quiet life, being content with one's present position, being satisfied with one's lot

Kun reading compounds

  • 住む 【すむ】 to live (of humans), to reside, to inhabit, to dwell, to abide
  • 住まう 【すまう】 to live, to reside, to inhabit


Japanese names:
し、 じゅ、 すみ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • residir
  • vivir
  • habitar
  • residencia


  • reside
  • vida
  • habita


  • résider
  • vivre
  • habiter
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156 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
156 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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72 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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