Beginning Your Housing Search
Off Campus Housing is overseen by the Office of Student Services. The Monterey Institute does not have dormitories or on campus apartments available for our students. That being said the Office of Student Services provides you with resources for finding housing in Monterey and the surrounding area. There are a number of great resources available to you to help you find a place to live. In the Office of Student Services, we have lists of property management companies, a private housing database available only to MIIS students, and other helpful resources. Read below on how to get started with your search.
MIIS Housing Website
The MIIS Housing Website is maintained by the Office of Student Services and is a private online listing service available only to MIIS students. The landlords who list their properties on this site have often rented to students before, and enjoy having MIIS students in their rentals. This is a great resource for you to use because you are not fighting with the rest of the Monterey community to find a home! Since it is only available to MIIS students, the number of people using this resource is limited which increases your chances of finding a place to live. On the website you will find apartments, house shares, houses and more—many within walking distance to campus. Landlords from all over the Monterey Bay community post their rentals in our database providing our students with an integral resource in their search for housing.
For access to the MIIS Housing Website, you must be an admitted student and have paid your tuition deposit. Once you have paid your deposit, please contact the Office of Student Services at email@example.com for information on how to gain access to the website.
Monterey Bay Craigslist
Every year, many students find their housing through the Monterey-area Craigslist. Craigslist is an online network offering free classified advertisements from furniture to employment to housing. Landlords and property management companies often post available housing on Craigslist. When searching on Craigslist, you can indicate your desired rent price range, a pet friendly home, and the number of bedrooms desired. You can also search for apartments, houses, room shares, or sublets. When using Craigslist, keep in mind that it is available to anyone. Always be aware of scams and false information, and we highly recommend you do not sign a lease agreement before viewing the house or apartment firsthand.
ApartmentList.com is a free website that is used by over 395 Universities nation wide. The website pulls from over 100 different listing sources so it's more of a one-stop shop for students, that way they don't have to bounce from site to site looking for apartments.
Each city on the website is broken down into neighborhoods, highlighting pricing, noise level, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, etc.
The Monterey County Herald is the major daily newspaper serving all of Monterey County. You can pick one up at newsstands or boxes in town, or access their online classifieds section. When searching online, you can indicate your desired rent price range, number of bedrooms, and type of home.
There are a number of small and large apartment complexes throughout Monterey and the surrounding areas. It is often useful to drive around the area looking for apartment complexes or for rent signs. Below is a list of five apartment complexes in the area, but there are many more to be found!
Average Cost of Living
Another important question that most students have when they arrive in Monterey is what they will be able to afford given their small student budget. Housing costs vary considerably and can be an important consideration when choosing a place to live.
Many monthly rental fees do include garbage, sewer and water, and some may include gas and electricity as well. Make sure you ask the landlord what utilities, if any, are covered in the cost of the rent. Below are some average costs of living in the Monterey area.