Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Getting Settled

The following are tips to help you estimate utility costs, figure out transportation and parking, and get settled into your new place.


One of the first steps towards setting up your new home is arranging for utilities. The utilities you pay for will be determined by your landlord and included in your lease. Depending on the terms and conditions of the lease you may be responsible for setting up all utilities or they may be covered in the cost of your rent. Be sure to check your lease before setting up any utilities.

Cost of Utilities
Utilities Price Range
Gas and Electric $50-$100 per month
Water $30-$75 per month
Garbage $15-$20 per month
Cable $30-$40 per month
Phone $20-$30 per month
Internet $20-$50 per month
Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) provides natural gas and electric utilities to most of central and northern California. If your lease requires that you pay for gas and electric, you will need to call PG&E to put the service in your name so that the bills come directly to you.
PG&E Website
PG&E Discount Energy Program (CARE)

Garbage & Recycling

In Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, and Marina, waste removal services are paid by each household. However, in Carmel, the city pays for waste removal services and therefore does not need to be arranged independently.

Monterey Disposal Service
Phone: 831-372-7977
Monterey Disposal Website

Pacific Grove, Seaside, Marina:
Waste Management
Phone: 831-384-5000
Waste Management Website

For information about recycling e-waste and other green initiatives on campus, check out the MIIS Sustainability Council page.


Sewer service in the Monterey Bay area must be arranged separately from water service.

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, and Marina:
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency
Phone: 831-372-3367
Agency Website

Carmel Area Wastewater District
Phone: 831-624-1248
Wastewater Website


Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel:
Cal-American Water Company
Cal-American Water Website

Marina Coast Water District
Marina Coast Water Website

Marina Coast Water District (north of Military Ave)
Marina Coast Water Website

Seaside Municipal Water System (eastern section of Seaside)
Seaside Utilities Website

Cal-American Water Company (remaining areas of Seaside)
Cal-American Water Website

For more detailed information on water service coverage in Seaside, visit this Water Services Map.

Local Transportation

Many students at MIIS do not own cars, and there are many local transportation options to support them. If you live within walking distance to campus, you also probably live within walking distance to most of downtown Monterey. But if you’re looking to get around town faster, or get out of town for a while, read on!


The Monterey Peninsula Airport offers direct flights daily to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver, San Diego, and Las Vegas. The airport is a short 10-15 minute drive from campus, and taxis are always available at the airport. For more information, visit the airport website.

In addition, Monterey is nearby to larger airports in San Jose (SJC) and San Francisco (SFO). Ground transportation is available to both airports from downtown Monterey on the Monterey Airbus. You can arrange for transportation on the Monterey Airbus by booking online or by calling 831-373-7777.


There is no train station in Monterey. However, there is an Amtrak station in Salinas that is accessible from Monterey by bus. The Amtrak train runs along the west coast, north to Seattle, WA and south to Los Angeles, CA. For more information on Amtrak services, visit www.amtrak.com.


Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) offers bus service throughout the peninsula, including Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Watsonville, and Salinas. The fares depend on the route you are taking, but run from $1.00 to $3.00. They also offer express service to San Jose for $10.00. There are 31-day passes available for purchase from the Office of Student Services at a discounted price of $70 in exact cash or check. Find information on bus routes or call 1-888-678-2871.

Residential Parking

Some apartments and houses come with designated parking spots, but others require on-street parking. While this may not be an issue in certain areas, other places may require a residential parking permit. If you are unsure if you need to obtain a permit, ask your landlord. Below is information regarding residential parking in Monterey and Pacific Grove.


Many streets in Monterey have parking limitations. However, if you are a resident on the street, you can obtain a resident parking permit. These can be obtained at the Parking Division Office at 340 Tyler St. You must provide written proof of residency and a current DMV vehicle registration. For more information call 831-646-3953 or visit the City of Monterey Residential Parking webpage.

Pacific Grove

There are a few areas of Pacific Grove that require residential parking permits. If you live in one of these areas, you can obtain a permit from the Administrative Services Department at City Hall. They can be reached at 831-648-3100.

Buying Furniture

It is not necessary to break the bank just to furnish your new home. There are lots of resources available to you for purchasing affordable furniture.

Watch the video on tips for outfitting an apartment in Monterey!


The closest IKEA to Monterey is in East Palo Alto, approximately an hour and a half drive from Monterey. If you have a car, or can arrange a ride, IKEA is a good option for reasonably-priced furniture.
1700 E. Bayshore Rd, East Palo Alto
IKEA Website


The Goodwill store in Monterey often has second-hand furniture for reasonable prices. Their inventory comes to them solely through donation, so it is not consistent, but you never know what you will find!
571 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey
Goodwill Website

Craigslist Monterey Bay

Many people in the community advertise on Craigslist when they want to sell something themselves. While Craigslist can be a great resource for finding furniture, we cannot stress enough that you exercise caution in the information you give out through this service. Access the Monterey Bay Craigslist.


Costco warehouse offers many items at reduced prices, including furniture. You will need a membership in order to shop at Costco, but check-out the Resources page for more information on Costco Card Rentals.

801 Tioga Ave, Sand City
Costco Website

MIIS Marketplace

Many students and members of the Monterey community will place items for sale in the MIIS Marketplace Facebook Group at very affordable prices.

CORT Furniture Rental

CORT is a furniture rental provider. Visit the CORT Furniture Rental Website for information on packages and pricing.

Internet, Cable and Phone

Depending on your own desires and needs, you may want to set up internet, cable and phone service in your new home. Companies often give special deals if you sign up for two or three of these services at once.


You can also set up home phone, internet and TV service through AT&T. Their prices are fairly competitive and are available throughout the Monterey area.
AT&T Website
AT&T Low Income Discounted Phone Service (California Lifeline Program)


Comcast is the most popular cable provider in the Monterey Bay area. They offer high-speed internet, cable TV and phone services. We recommend you give them a call and also check the Comcast Website, in order to find the best deals for what you are looking for.
Comcast Website


DirecTV offers satellite television service. It can be bundled with internet and phone service, but it tends to be a little more expensive.
DirecTV Website

DISH Network

DISH Network offers satellite television and internet. There are various packages to choose from.
DISH Website


HughesNet offers nationwide satellite internet and VoIP services.