Where will I live during my stay in Monterey?

You will stay in the Casa Munras hotel which is located in downtown Monterey, a short walk from the Monterey Institute! 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 wireless internet and a host of other amenities. There is also an outdoor pool and spa.

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.

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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