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On Campus Housing

Fall Semester – During the fall semester, there is a limited amount of on-campus housing available to international exchange students. Students coming to UHM for just the fall semester or for the academic year may apply for on-campus housing online, but are encouraged to explore off-campus housing options. Undergraduates are given preference for on-campus housing.

Spring Semester – During the spring semester, on-campus housing is widely available. International exchange students coming to UHM for the spring semester or calendar year are welcome to apply for on-campus housing online, and have a high likelihood of being placed.

Apply for On-Campus Housing – In order to apply for on-campus housing, you need a UH Number (found on your Acceptance letter). Students may apply for on-campus housing online at UHM Student Housing Services. There is a $25 application fee that should be paid with a credit card. Please be sure to use the “Non-Freshman” application form; do NOT use the “Freshman” application form.

Please note that the housing contracts at UHM are for the entire academic year (two semesters). If you will only be studying at UHM for the Fall semester, that’s OK. We will inform Student Housing Services and later they will be able to release you from the second half of your contract.

Off Campus Housing

  • Hawaii Student Suites – Several student-friendly properties, including “Beachwalk” apartments located one block from Waikiki Beach, and “Kalo Terrace” community dormitories located one block from the UHM campus.
  • Off-Campus Housing Referral Program  – This website lists several good options. The Off-Campus Housing Referral Program website includes much useful information, including links to temporary housing, hostels and other off-campus options. Applications and/or reservations would need to be sent/made as soon as possible to insure a space when you arrive. Prices vary as do application procedures. (To access the listings at the yellow “Students” link, UH username and password required.)
  • East-West Center – Next to campus and has two housing facilities for students: Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine. Both facilities are primarily reserved for graduate students formally affiliated with the East-West Center, but any students are welcome to apply. Space is limited, and priority will be given to students majoring in Asia-Pacific related studies.
  • YWCA Fernhurst Residence for Women – A community living experience that is comfortable, safe, and affordable. It is a block away from a bus stop, and is located close to campus.
  • Shinshu Kyokai Mission Dormitory – A clean and safe environment for students. It is located close to campus. All rooms are single-occupancy, with community bathroom facilities on each floor. There are community laundry and recreation areas.
  • Study & Stay Hawaii is a local service provider, offering private rooms in approved homes at affordable rates. They also can provide condos, student residences, and hotels.
  • University Manor – An off-campus international dormitory for women. It is located one block from the university. Residents have single-occupancy rooms, and access to kitchen, community dining area, shared bathrooms, and laundry facilities.
  • International Student Placements – Provides homestays for international students. A variety of meal plans are available; monthly fees range from $650 to $950.
  • Rainbow Homestay LLC – Coordinates homestays and house shares for $675-$925 per month, plus an application fee.
  • See a list of Other Off-Campus Accommodations in the Honolulu area.
Neighborhoods near the campus which are serviced by TheBus are:  University, Manoa, Punahou, Mo‘ili‘ili, McCully, Waikiki, Kapi‘olani, Kapahulu, Kaimuki, St. Louis Heights, Wilhemina Rise, Pololo, Makiki and Ala Moana.  Rent prices vary according to the quality of the apartment and location, but if you live alone you can plan on spending between $800-$1500 per month for a studio or one bedroom apartment, with an additional $800-$1500 security deposit (one month’s rent) and approximately $100/month for utilities (electricity/gas). These costs will be less if you share accommodations with one or more other students. Internet access may or may not be included. Most places will provide some kitchen equipment and possibly some furniture, but you should not expect this.

Manoa International Exchange may be able to assist you by providing information, suggestions and advice, but the final decision will be made by you and any financial obligation made for housing will be yours. Please note that the off-campus housing resources listed above are not officially endorsed by MIX or UH Mānoa. Please contact us ( if you have questions about housing.

Temporary Housing (for when you first arrive)

  • Many students arrange to stay at a Hostel or Hotel when they first arrive and then find more permanent housing. Hostelling International has two locations in Honolulu – one in Waikiki, and one next to UHM.
  • Study & Stay Hawaii is a local service provider, offering private rooms in approved homes at affordable rates. They also can provide condos, student residences, and hotels.
  • The International Hospitality Center offers a unique homestay program with an American host family for young adults aged 18 to 30. Students must apply at least six weeks prior to arrival.
  • UHM Conference Housing offers temporary on-campus housing on a space-available basis throughout the acdemic year and summer.

Meals & Dining

While you’re here on Oahu, you won’t go hungry!  Enjoy many on- and off-campus dining options. Asian and international cuisines, as well as local Hawaiian food, are abundantly available.

On-campus Dining
There are many places to eat on campus!  Restaurants and cafes are located at the Campus Center, Paradise Palms (near Hamilton Library), Manoa Garden (near Sinclair Library), and at the Athletics Complex.  There are also several food kiosks and food trucks on campus ever day, for your convenience.

Meal plans and Dining Dollars let you conveniently add money to your UHM ID card, and use it as a debit card in campus cafeterias and cafes.

Grocery Stores
Grocery stores and markets located close to campus are:

The closest full-service pharmacy to campus is Longs Drugs (2470 S. King Street).

Farmers Markets
Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, there is a small farmers market selling local produce at the Campus Center, down the stairs from Jamba Juice.

On Saturday mornings, there is a Farmers’ Markets selling fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, local products, and hot food at Farmer’s Markets (Oahu and other islands).

There are many restaurants close to campus, especially around the intersection of University Avenue and South King Street.  The Ala Moana Shopping Center also has tons of restaurants, and is also a great place to go shopping.

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