Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Housing Guide

Beginning Your Housing Search

Providing off-campus housing resources is overseen by the Office of Student Services. The Institute does not have dormitories or student housing 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. This MIIS Housing Guide will detail lists of property management companies, a Housing Facebook Group for MIIS students only, and other helpful resources. Read below on how to get started with your search.

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 Monterey County.


Pacific Grove

# of Rooms Avg. Price Range # of Rooms Avg. Price Range
Room in Home $600 - $950 Room in Home $625 - $900
Studio $1295 - $1395 Studio $1395 - $1595
1 Bedroom $1300 - $1850 1 Bedroom $1395 - $1695
2 Bedroom $1695 - $2450 2 Bedroom $1895 - $2650
3 Bedroom $2400 - $3600 3 Bedroom $3300 - $3795




# of Rooms Avg. Price Range # of Rooms Avg. Price Range
Room in Home $600 - $800 Room in Home $500 - $800
Studio $1000 - $1150 Studio $1000 - $1200
1 Bedroom $1250 - $1395 1 Bedroom $1200 - $1475
2 Bedroom $1550 - $1695 2 Bedroom $1510 - $1700
3 Bedroom  $2395 - $2800 3 Bedroom $2350 - $3300


Housing Listings

MIIS Housing Facebook Group

Many MIIS students will use the MIIS Housing Facebook Group to post sublets, apartments for rent, and look for roommates. Only current and deposited students have access to the MIIS Housing Facebook Group.  If your Facebook name is different than your legal name, please email student.services@miis.edu so we can add you into the group. If you are not a MIIS student, but would like us to post a housing ad in the group for you, please email student.services@miis.edu your post, your contact information, and any photos you may have to go with the post.

Monterey Bay Craigslist

Every year, a large number of our students find their housing through the Monterey-area Craigslist. Craigslist is an online network offering free classified advertisements from furniture to employment to housing. Many of the property management companies and landlords in the area will choose to advertise their listings via Craigslist. However, please keep in mind that Craigslist is an open site available to anyone, and there may be scams and false information. Under no circumstance should you sign any paperwork, or exchange any money, for a place that you have not seen without viewing it 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.

Monterey Herald

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.

Apartment Complexes

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.

Zillow Group

Zillow and Trulia are a part of Zillow Group, the largest and most popular real estate network, which has about 30 million rental visitors each month. Trulia is uniquely valuable in offering in-depth neighborhood information including crime statistics, commute times, demographics, local amenities and more. Zillow is famous for offering our Zestimate, an estimated rental or real estate value of each property, which helps the user gauge the value of each property. The following pages will help with any and all student housing needs!

Trulia Monterey apartment rental page offers over 30 listings with in-depth neighborhood information

Zillow Monterey apartment rental page contains fair rental price estimates for apartments

Zillow Monterey house rental page contains fair rental price estimates for homes