Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey



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Find answers to the questions you have about housing during your participation in the Summer Intensive Language Program.

Housing for the Summer Intensive Language Program

On this page you will find information about the process of securing housing for the summer, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions regarding housing for the duration of the program. As always, if you have any questions about finding housing in Monterey, contact the Office of Student Services at student.services@miis.edu or call 831-647-4128.

SILP Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Institute have on-campus housing or dormitories for SILP students?

The Institute does not have on-campus housing or dormitories available for students. This can cause some dismay for Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) participants, but not to worry! There are several options available for summer housing.

Official MIIS Housing Facebook Group: By far, the most common source of housing is from subletting the apartment of a current MIIS graduate student. Most of our graduate students leave for the summer and sublet their apartments to incoming SILP students.

The official MIIS Housing Facebook Group is the principal resource used by students to list a summer sublet. If you don’t have Facebook, don’t fret! Contact the SILP office at silp@miis.edu as soon as possible to let us know so we can discuss an alternate solution.

MIIS Housing Website: Additionally, you will have access to the MIIS Off-Campus Housing website. This website contains listings only available to MIIS students. You should have received information about how to logon to the housing website in an email from Student Services or the SILP office, depending on whether or not you're an incoming MIIS student or just here for the summer. 

Monterey Bay Craigslist: Craigslist is a community website that has many kinds of ads, including ads for people who are looking for housing. To find a room for rent, go to: “Rooms/shared.” To find an empty apartment, go to: “Apts/Housing.” To find a short-term rental, go to: “Sublets/Temporary.”

 Please be careful using Craigslist. Although most of the ads are legitimate, some may be dishonest or even unsafe. Do not give out your personal information over email, and do not send or receive money from anyone you have not met.

Airbnb: Airbnb has become a popular way for people to find temporary vacation housing, but it's also possible to sometimes find long term solutions. If you're only going to be in Monterey for the summer, check out the Monterey Airbnb page for potential availabilites.

Temporary Lodging: You may need temporary lodging when you arrive, in which case you may also want to refer to the MIIS Student Services Lodging page for temporary accommodations as various lodging establishments in the community offer special rates /discounts for MIIS students.

What type of housing is available?

Housing accommodations include rooms in private homes, apartments or houses shared with other students, studio apartments with one all-purpose room, and private apartments with one or more bedrooms. Both furnished and unfurnished housing is available.

What is the MIIS Off-Campus Housing website AND how do I get access to it?

The MIIS Off-Campus Housing website is offered by the Office of Student Services to help all MIIS students locate and secure housing. The online system makes it easier than ever to search for housing listings, contact landlords or student sublets, and decide where you will be living during your summer in Monterey. As an admitted student, you'll soon be receiving an email from the Office of Student Services about how you can access the housing website and create a profile that will allow you to search all of the available listings.

If I provide you with information on the type of housing I would like, will you find me a place to live?

The Office of Student Services provides a rental listing service only, not a placement service. While we cannot arrange housing for you, we can provide you with suggestions, support, and access to the MIIS Housing Website with information on available area rentals. Staff members will orient you to the service and to the various communities on the Monterey Peninsula and may be able to introduce you to other students who are looking for roommates. However, finding housing will be your responsibility.

I think I want to have a roommate for the summer—is that possible?

Many of the SILP students room with current MIIS students or with their SILP classmates. Student Services makes it easy for you to connect with other students in order to find a roommate. The MIIS Housing Website has a built in roommate finder that will allow you to create a profile, similar to a Facebook profile, so that you may search for a roommate. We also maintain a SILP Facebook group for all incoming SILP students.

So how much will I really be spending on housing for the summer?

Most of our summer students are able to find sublets or reasonably priced rooms for rent, while a few people elect to stay in a hotel for the duration of the program. On average a SILP student should expect to pay $900 to $1,000 per month on housing. Don’t forget to include the cost of food in your travel expenses. Students should expect to pay on average $100.00 a week for groceries not including extras like eating out. For more details about your summer budget, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.

What is the average cost of housing on the Monterey Peninsula?

Housing costs vary considerably.  The housing prices do not include telephone or cable television expenses, and may or may not include utilities. Most monthly rental fees do include garbage, sewer and water; some include gas and electricity as well.




$500-800 per person

Studio apartment

$850-1,000 per unit

One-bedroom apartment

$1,000-1,350 per unit

Two-bedroom apartment

$1,400-1,700 per unit

How should I time my trip to Monterey?

If you choose to wait until you are in Monterey to secure housing, we suggest that you arrive a week to ten days before the start of the SILP program so that you can find housing and get settled before your summer schedule of classes begin. If you will not have a car and/or would like to be within walking distance of the campus, you may wish to arrive earlier as the rentals closest to campus are typically gone the quickest!  On the other hand, if you come to Monterey too far in advance of when you actually plan to move in, landlords—in almost every instance—will want you to begin paying rent at the time you sign your lease, rather than when you return to actually move in.

Do I need a car for my housing search?

Many students do not have cars, so if you are hoping to find housing within walking distance of campus, you certainly could conduct your search without a car.  However, a rental car would certainly make the process a bit easier and quicker.  So, if your budget allows for renting a car for a few days, it is a good option.  We do have students that opt to live further away and those areas require willingness to walk a longer distance, ride a bike (a recreation/bike trail stretches for miles along the waterfront), take public transportation, or have a car. Monterey has a bus system, but it does not run as frequently as in a large metropolitan area; buses come every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 to 30 minutes during non-peak hours. 

Where should I plan to stay while conducting my housing search?

We suggest that you make hotel, motel or youth hostel reservations for up to five nights after your arrival, as the majority of students typically find housing within five to seven days. Because Monterey is a tourist destination, motels and hotels are generally more expensive on Friday and Saturday nights, so we recommend that you arrive as early in the week as possible.  Please visit the temporary accommodation listings on the Institute website.  If you continue to have difficulties locating temporary housing please contact the Office of Student Services for help and suggestions at student.services@miis.edu or by phone at 831-647-4128

Will my search be more difficult if I have children or pets?

Not many SILP students bring their families or pets with them for summer study. However, if you do choose to bring your family or pets keep in mind that Monterey landlords, like landlords elsewhere, are less open to accommodating children and pets, and many prefer not to rent to smokers. You should allow extra time and money in these cases.