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. Please visit the temporary accommodation listings on the Monterey Institute website.
Many of the SILP students room with current MIIS students or with their SILP classmates. Student Services makes it easy for you to connect with other students in order to find a roommate. The MIIS Housing Website has a built in roommate finder that will allow you to create a profile, similar to a Facebook profile, so that you may search for a roommate. We also maintain a SILP Facebook group for all incoming SILP students.
The MIIS Off-Campus Housing website is offered by the Office of Student Services to help all MIIS students locate and secure housing. The online system makes it easier than ever to search for housing listings, contact landlords or student sublets, and decide where you will be living during your summer in Monterey. Once you have been accepted into the Summer Intensive program and pay your tuition deposit, the Office of Student Services will send you information on how you can access the housing website and create a profile that will allow you to search all of the available listings.
If you choose to wait until you are in Monterey to secure housing, we suggest that you arrive a week to ten days before the start of the SILP program so that you can find housing and get settled before your summer schedule of classes begin.
You will stay in lodge-style hotel rooms in Pacific Grove, which is only a short bus ride (or bike ride) from the Monterey Institute and walking distance from downtown Pacific Grove and the beach! Each room has two double beds and there will be two people per room (everyone will have their own bed). Each room is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and wireless internet. There is an outdoor pool and spa. The hotel offers complimentary (free) breakfast everyday and a complimentary (free) BBQ every evening.
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.
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.)
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.
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 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.