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.