Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Resources for International Students

Learn about additional resources for international students seeking housing.

Viva International Homestays

Viva International Homestays specializes in the placement of international students with families on the Monterey Peninsula. They also offer cross-cultural exchanges and increased English language exposure to MIIS and MPC students. Homestays are an excellent way for students to save money and get familiar with the Monterey Peninsula!

The cost of the homestay program ranges from $750-$950 per month, depending on whether or not the host family will be providing meals for the student (in addition to a one-time $350 Program Fee). Most homestay arrangements are for an initial one month commitment between the student and host family. If the student is staying longer, after this initial one month period, the student and family may decide to continue their homestay or the student may choose to make other living arrangements.

International Students Inc. (ISI)

International Students Inc, ISI, is a non-profit organization of networking volunteers with a common interest in reaching out, assisting and making friends with university students & visiting scholars from other cultures. For many students, this connection begins as they anticipate their arrival and as they begin to wonder what it will be like once they get to Monterey.  This is what ISI is about.  And, for those who are interested, there are many ISI volunteers who would love to create friendships, to invite you into their homes, to learn about you and your lives as they share cross-culturally together. 

Getting to Monterey

Nearby Airports

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (approximately 115 mi or 185 km from campus)

San Jose International Airport (SJC) (approximately 75 mi or 120 km from campus)

Monterey Regional Airport

You can also opt to fly to the Monterey Airport from the San Francisco or San Jose International Airports. You will need to book an additional flight. Be aware that this is a more expensive option; flights from San Francisco and San Jose International Airports can cost up to $100 U.S. dollars or more. In addition you will still need to arrange transportation from the Monterey Airport to your hotel, apartment or to the school.

Monterey Airbus

The Monterey Airbus is a shared-ride airport shuttle service that operates between Monterey and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as well as the San Jose International Airport (SJC). The shuttle drops passengers off at Calle Principal, just two blocks from the MIIS campus and walking distance to several local hotels. This is a reliable and affordable option. Visit the Monterey Airbus Shuttle website to view schedules, rates and book your reservation at a discounted price.


For a taxi you may want to try this Yellow Cab taxi service. You can also arrange pick up at the Monterey airport and they can take you directly to your hotel if you prefer to get settled before checking in at campus.