Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Institute have on-campus housing or dormitories?

The Institute students have traditionally preferred to live independently in an off-campus setting. The Institute does not have dormitories, but many rental units are located within walking distance of campus. Approximately one-half of our students live within reasonable walking distance of the campus; the remainder lives within three to five miles of campus and either drive, bike, or take public transportation to campus. The  Office of Student Services provides new students with the resources to conduct a successful, independent housing search through Housing Information Workshops, the Student Services website, online housing database, MIIS classified section, incoming student Facebook group and via one-on-one assistance by phone, email, and skype.

How should I time my move to Monterey?

We suggest that you arrive at least ten days to two weeks before New Student Orientation begins to locate housing and to get settled. 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.

What is the MIIS Housing Database AND how do I get access to it?

The Institute Student Affairs Office keeps an updated list of rooms, apartments and houses for rent in the local area.  Once you have paid your tuition deposit you will receive an email from the Student Affairs office with a link to the MIIS Housing Database, instructions on how to access the Moodle Classified Section, as well as an invitation to join the incoming student facebook group. 

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

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.

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. The Student Affairs Office can provide you with information on local accommodations that are more reasonably priced.

What if my housing search takes longer than expected and I can’t afford to continue staying in a hotel?

If you have stayed in a hotel longer than five days and are experiencing a financial strain, the Student Affairs Office might be able to arrange emergency temporary housing with other students or staff members (for approximately $20/night) while you continue to look for housing. There is no assurance that space will be available, so you must make advanced motel or hostel reservations for your first few nights in Monterey.

How will I learn about available housing and get advice on how to begin my search?

Prior to the start of the semester the Student Affairs Office will host a series of New Student Webinars.  A webinar schedule is posted on New Student Information website.  This is a great way to get your questions answered and find out more information about the resources available to you.  Starting two weeks prior to New Student Orientation we will also hold daily on campus Housing Information Workshops.  All new students are urged to attend.  A housing advisor will provide orientation to the various communities on the Monterey Peninsula, discuss housing possibilities, and offer tips on the best ways to go about searching. Students will also be provided with a copy of the Institute’s exclusive rental listings, which are updated daily. After attending the initial workshop, students can obtain updated rental listings and receive additional support from the Student Affairs staff, who will continue to be available throughout the housing-search process.

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

The Student Affairs Office 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 our exclusive database of 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.

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 average cost of housing on the Monterey Peninsula?

Housing costs vary considerably; some approximate costs are listed below. 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.)

Type of Housing Price Range
Room in a private house $500-750/person
House share $500-750/person
Apartment share $500-750/person
Studio apartment $750-900/unit
1-bedroom apartment $950-1100/unit
2-bedroom apartment $1100-1600/unit
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 during non-peak hours.

How can I get more detailed information to help me get settled in Monterey?

If you have additional questions or concerns, the Student Affairs Office staff is available to assist you.  We can be reached by phone: 831.647.4128, email: student.affairs@miis.edu or on skype: Student Affairs - MIIS