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On Campus Housing

On-campus housing is not guaranteed and students often do not receive housing placements until a month or a few weeks before classes begin. If you wish to secure your housing well in advance of your arrival, off-campus housing often is a better option.

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.

Meal Plans – Meal plans are required for all on-campus residents with the exception of those living in the Hale Wainani and Hale Noelani apartments.

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. The deadline to apply for housing in Fall Semester is May 1. The application deadline for housing in Spring Semester is in December.

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.

Paying for On-Campus Housing – When you receive you housing assignment, you will receive a Housing Invoice and Contract. UHM Housing Services needs both the Invoice and the first page of the Contract in order to process your paperwork. You can either authorize the payment for the full amount owed or just put the minimum down payment of $400. If you only paid the down payment and want to pay for the rest of your charges, you can use the attached Credit Card Payment Form.

When sending your housing paperwork, you have the option of using UH FileDrop which can be accessed via this link: https://www.hawaii.edu/filedrop or you can email your documents as an attachment and email it back to the original email you received their assignments through.
In terms of other options of paying, you can also access all of your charges through your MyUH Portal as it will give them options to enroll in a payment plan as well.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact UHM Student Housing Services at uhmsh@hawaii.edu.

Off Campus Housing

  • University Manor – Only a 3-minute walk to UH Manoa. Single and double room spaces are available.
  • Waikiki Vista Student Residences – This new property opened up in January of 2018 and offers a sweeping view of Waikiki. The property is hotel style and offers both traditional semester, academic year and Nightly pricing.
  • 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.
  • 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 (EWC), but undergraduates are also welcome to apply. Rooms, as of July 2019, are roughly $37/night. EWC does not pair roommates so the room would be for the applicant alone. If you wish to have a roommate, both applicants will need to be eligible, apply, and be accepted after signing a room sharing agreement. For more information, contact Housing@eastwestcenter.org.
  • 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.
  • International Student Placements – Provides homestays for international students. A variety of meal plans are available.
  • Rainbow Homestay LLC – Coordinates homestays and house shares.
  • Use housing search engines such as PadMapper, Craigslist, ApartmentList, RentCafe, Lovely, Abodo, Hotpads, RentHop, RentLingo, Rent.com, Zillow, Zumper, or ApartmentGuide. Apartment Guide also provides a useful Student Resource Guide.
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 (inbound@hawaii.edu) 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:

Pharmacy
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).

Restaurants
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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