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.
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.
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or on skype: Student Affairs - MIIS
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.
Monterey 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.
The Monterey Institute does not have on-campus housing; however, we do provide assistance in locating affordable options to suit the individual needs of the student. Typical options include renting a hotel room, living with other students, subletting a room or apartment from a student or local community member, or participating in a homestay. Detailed information is provided to students accepted to the program.
- Most students find an apartment on their own or to share and take care of their own cooking and cleaning.
- Some students stay with a host family and share American daily life and customs.
- On-campus housing is not available, but our Student Services office can assist you with your housing search.
- Here is some information to get started searching for housing: