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Housing

Housing

 

JAIMS does not have dormitory facilities.  However, JAIMS maintains the Housing Registry, a housing database that contains listings of available rental units in the nearby area.
 
The JAIMS campus is located in Hawaii Kai, a suburb in East Honolulu. Housing location is subject to personal taste; some students prefer the activity surrounding Waikiki over the quietness of Hawaii Kai. Monthly housing rental fees and transportation should be considered when deciding where to live in Hawaii.
 
Some students decide to share an apartment or a house with a host family or classmates, while others prefer to live alone. Such a decision should reflect your individual preference. Housing in Hawaii is expensive; sharing can help defray costs. While private, fully furnished studios and one-bedroom apartments may cost anywhere from $1,600+ per month, you can share an apartment or rent a room in a house (fully furnished) for between $500-$900 per month.
 
It is important to consider your wants and needs in terms of accommodation. For instance:
  • Location: Is the unit within walking distance to JAIMS, bicycle distance to JAIMS, or close to the city bus line?
  • Cost: What is the maximum monthly rent you wish to spend?
  • Amenities: Is a private bathroom, telephone in the room, place with access to a swimming pool, etc. preferred? Is parking available? If yes, is it free? If not, where do you park? Who pays for the utilities (electricity, gas, water, etc.)?  
 
 
The JAIMS Housing Registry assists JAIMS students in finding suitable housing located off-campus. This site contains a list of accommodations in Honolulu near the JAIMS campus as well information that may help you in your search. The registry is included in your tuition and is available to you prior to your enrollment. User ID and password are required to use the registry. If you have questions and/or need additional information regarding housing, contact JAIMS at (808) 395-2314, or info@jaims.org
 
To search the JAIMS housing database, click here. You will need your user ID and password, which are issued by JAIMS.
 
 
Rental Types
 
There are several different types of units available for rent.
  • A condominium is typically a one- or two-bedroom unit within a larger structure.
  • A cottage is a small unit which may be attached to or detached from a house.
  • A studio is a one-room unit consisting of the main room (which serves as both the living room and bedroom), a kitchenette, and a bathroom.
  • A townhouse is a single-family unit, of one, two or sometimes three stories, connected to another unit by a common wall.

Room Rental Arrangements

Host Families

Renting a room in a home is often the most convenient and cost-effective arrangement for students. Typically, the room is completely furnished. It is strongly suggested that you discuss "house rules" with the landlord or host family before renting a room to be certain that you clearly understand the conditions. If you are in a host family arrangement, you should inquire as to what is expected of you as a member of the household. Each situation is unique with its own rules, restrictions, conditions and expectations. For instance, some room rental arrangements include meals while others require you to eat out or cook your own food; some hosts may invite you to family activities, but to others, you are simply renting the room; and some expect you to assist with family chores, while others expect you to be responsible only for your room and bathroom.
 
Room rentals can be very beneficial, particularly for those who wish to practice their English skills, learn American customs and make new friends.
 

Private Units/Landlords

For students who prefer to live independently, there are a few private units listed in the JAIMS Housing Registry. Students may also choose to review the classified section of the Honolulu Advertiser online, Oahu Craigslist, or consult with a real estate agent. The Sunday issue of the newspaper contains the largest and most current selection of available units.

 
A furnished apartment is likely to include a bed, refrigerator, stove/oven range, dishes, cookware, utensils, living room furniture, desk and washer/dryer. Ask the landlord exactly what items are included with the apartment.
 
Renting an unfurnished or partly furnished apartment is not recommended due to the additional cost involved in furnishing the apartment.
 

Rental Agreements and Leases

 

Students who rent a room from a host family are occasionally required to sign a rental agreement or lease. Those who rent private units from landlords, however, are usually required to sign a lease, which is a binding legal contract between the renter and the property owner or landlord. Once a renter has signed a lease, he/she is obligated to pay the landlord the monthly rent for the duration of the lease. Many leases are for several months to one year, and it is very difficult to break or alter a lease. You are advised to thoroughly read and understand all terms before signing documents such as leases and contracts.
 
Rental Fees

 

Whether you are renting a room from a host family or renting a private unit from a landlord, you will typically be required to pay a security deposit, usually equivalent to at least one month's rent, as well as the rent for the first month. The security deposit will be returned when you move out, provided that the unit is left in good condition. Rental fees are typically due on the first of the month. You should clearly discuss payment due dates with the host family or landlord.
 
When renting a private unit, it is especially important to keep the unit clean and in good order. Inspect a unit with the landlord before you move in. While you are living in the unit, you should report any damages to the landlord immediately. Otherwise, should anything be broken or damaged, it is likely that you would have to forfeit the security deposit to cover the expenses of the repairs at the termination of the agreement.
 

Appointments to View Rental Units/Homes

 

In most cases, students will be visiting potential rental units or homes during the late afternoon or evening hours because of the landlord's or host family's work schedule. Students should not miss class sessions or other scheduled events in order to visit a rental unit or home.
 
If you are unable to keep an appointment, it is common courtesy to call the landlord to cancel or reschedule the appointment in advance. Once a final decision is made, you should also call and inform all host families/landlords whose unit you visited but decided not to rent.
 
Occasionally, host families/landlords offer to pick up students at JAIMS and take them to the home or unit. If so, you may certainly accept the ride offer. If not, you should ask for directions and will need to find your own transportation (walk, ride with a classmate, or take the bus).
 
Appointments to visit rental units are opportunities for both you and the host family/landlord to review your compatibility, and to discuss rental information and living arrangements. This relationship is important for your happiness and comfort. Finding the right place to live will enhance your experience in Hawaii. Remember that you are under no obligation to rent a room or unit simply because you have visited it.
 
If you have questions and/or need additional information regarding housing, contact us at 808-395-2314, via fax (808-396-7111), or info@jaims.org.
 

 

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