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Frequently Asked Questions

International House offers the only on-campus accommodations available for visiting scholars – and at very competitive pricing!

Each apartment is fully furnished with bed, dresser, living room furniture and basic kitchen essentials. All visiting scholar residences are fourth floor apartments accessible by stairwell only. The monthly rent includes all utilities, cable TV, and high speed wireless Internet.

In addition to offering conveniently located furnished apartments, I-House also provides interested visiting scholars ample opportunities to become involved and engaged, as their interest and time allows, in a variety of programs.  Many scholars become involved in the Language Conversation Tables (currently involving 21 languages), International Affairs Group, Sunday Suppers and other programs.

To qualify for visiting scholar accommodations you must be a faculty, post-doctorate or doctoral guest of UC San Diego.

How do I apply?

Please check the availability of the apartments here before you submit an application. If there is space, please submit an application found here.

Are the apartments shared?

We have 1 bedroom private apartments, as well as 2-4 bedroom shared apartments. In the shared apartments, all bedrooms are private and the common areas (kitchen, bathrooms, living and dining areas) are shared.

What are the rates for a unit?

Shared apartments range from $900-$1,150/room/month and private apartments range from $1,300/month.

Details of the apartments and rates can be found here.

What is your availability?

Applications are accepted at all times. For information regarding room availability please click here or contact us during our office hours from 9am-5pm.

For how long can I live in the apartment?

Except for special circumstances, units are rented for no less than for 6 months and no more than 24 months.  Residents can stay as long as they are official visiting guests of UCSD and must provide proper documentation from their Lab/Department for an extension.

What is the application process?

Application to live in I-House is quick, simple and easy. We require:

  • Fully completed application– including responses to essay questions
  • Proof of your affiliation with UC San Diego (invitation letter from your department)
  • Copy of your CV or resume
  • Copy of your DS2019 Form from the International Center, UC San Diego

Is parking provided?

There is a parking garage very close to the visiting scholar apartments but there is a fee to park in the garage.  It is the responsibility of the visiting scholar to arrange for the permit required to park in the garage, which can be purchased through UCSD Parking. Their website can be found here.

How much is the security deposit?

The Security Deposit is the full monthly rental rate (as specified in the rental agreement) as well a non-refundable cleaning deposit of $250.

NOTE: This deposit does not include your first months rent, which you will also be responsible to provide upon your arrival.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any visiting faculty member, post-doc, or doctoral student invited by UC San Diego is eligible to apply and live in I-House.  International visiting scholars may stay in the apartments only as long as they are officially affiliated with and invited by UC San Diego.  Proof of invitation and affiliation is required as part of the application.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed in the apartments.

Is smoking allowed?

UC San Diego is a “non-smoking” campus, which means that smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus, including inside the residences. 

Please do not hesitate to contact I-House if you have any other questions at  ihvisitingscholar@ucsd.edu or 858-822-1791.

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