We are happy to help you find off-campus housing for your stay in Miami.
Near the University of Miami campus you can find quiet residential neighborhoods, urban centers, and beachfront housing. Living expenses in Miami vary greatly depending on your lifestyle. Living with much less money than the amount specified on your I-20 is difficult. Keep in mind the amount specified on your I-20 is recommended for each semester at the IEP.
If you wish to rent an apartment or a house, please consider the following:
- Rent in the university area varies from approximately $700 to $1800 a month plus utilities (electric, local and long distance telephone charges, cable television).
- You can save money by getting a roommate. It is less expensive to share a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate than to rent a one-bedroom apartment by yourself.
- Some students live within walking or bicycling distance to the campus and avoid purchasing a car.
- Apartments in the United States are described by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms they have. For example, a 2-1 means an apartment has two bedrooms and one bathroom and the usual accommodations (living room, dining room and kitchen).
- Rental apartments usually come with kitchen appliances (oven, refrigerator, stove, etc.).
- Most apartments are rented unfurnished (without furniture).
- The landlord will usually ask for one month of rent plus a deposit. In apartment buildings with an association or a lot of units, it is common practice to ask for two months rent in addition to a deposit (which can equal one month of rent.
- You will need to sign a contract, called a Lease Agreement, with the landlord. Most lease agreements are for one year; shorter leases may be difficult to find.
- Remember to keep a copy of everything you are given or have signed for your records. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the apartment before you move in.
- • You may want to purchase renter’s insurance to cover your belongings. In most cases, the insurance of the building will only cover the building and structure itself; the protection does not cover your items inside the apartment or your car.
The University of Miami maintains a website to help students find housing: Off-Campus Housing. This is a great place to begin your search. You may contact the IEP Housing and Activities Manager at (305) 284-1782 for assistance.
There are many other websites that may be helpful in searching for housing:
Some students prefer to live in a homestay with an English-speaking family. For homestays, you may contact the following companies:
Phone: (626) 798-0209
Phone: (212) 564-5979
Universal Student Housing
Phone: (866) 900-4874
Should you have any questions about these resources, please contact the IEP Housing and Activities Manager.
PLEASE NOTE: The University of Miami does not endorse any of the organizations or institutions listed above. This list is provided solely for your convenience. You are reminded of the importance of protecting yourself as a tenant and/or roommate when dealing with potential landlords, families and roommates. If you feel that you have experienced any type of fraud in your search for housing in the Miami area, please contact the IEP.