In-Residence Accordion

Incoming Student Information

NPS is located on the Monterey Peninsula in California. There are many facilities and services available on the NPS campus.

Naval Support Activity Monterey provides community support programs to include special events, tickets, and tours.

The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is approximately three miles from the Naval Postgraduate School and is served by several flights daily from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix. Commercial taxi service through Yellow Cab is readily available from the airport to the school. Participants should be prepared to pay between $15-20 USD (to include a driver tip) for a one way taxi ride. Participants are highly encouraged to notify IDARM a minimum of thirty days in advance of their scheduled arrival with the date, time, and flight number. Transportation paid by IDARM is driven by the number of students arriving MRY at the same time and the advance notice provided to secure transportation through the NPS procurement process. Please refer to the NPS Campus Map and Directions section for additional information.

Accommodations will be arranged for in-resident participants by IDARM. Every effort is made to lodge students on the NPS campus in the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites. Please contact the International Military Student Officer (IMSO) should you require additional information.

There are many local food and dining options outside the NPS campus.

The Monterey Peninsula and near-by cities offer many shopping opportunities.

Map of Points of Interest Near NPS

IDARM provides laptops for use in the IDARM classroom. Common use workstations are available in the Dudley Knox Library.

Cell Phones

To avoid roaming fees while using your cell phone in the USA it could be beneficial to sign up for a prepaid wireless plan or purchase a new phone to fit your needs. For example, T-Mobile offers a prepaid wireless plan that has an optional international addon. When shopping for US cell phone plans make sure to:

  • Check your current carrier's international options or addons
  • Check if your phone is able to accept another SIM, and is compatible, by using carrier compatibility tools and making sure that your phone is unlocked
  • Make sure your country is listed when purchasing 'international services' plan additions

Utilizing prepaid phone cards is also an option for incoming international participants

This information is mainly provided for incoming international participants
Depending on the length of your stay you may want to open a bank account upon arrival to easily access fudning. The bank can give you both an ATM card and a VISA card. We encourage students arrive to NPS with their full living allowance due to extended processing times.  

Below are some local banking options:

Wells Fargo Bank

Union Bank

Chase Bank

Bank of America

For international participants please note it is likely you will need the following when opening an account:

  • ID card issued by IDARM
  • Picture ID-Document (Passport)

Your local address for bank accounts is:

Rank, Name
Naval Postgraduate School
1635 Cunningham Rd. Bldg. 259 Rm. 119
Monterey, CA 93943

Please close your account upon completing the IDARM course.

Local Attractions - abbreviated

Local Attractions

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans

  • Cannery Row
    Cannery Row

    The historic Cannery Row along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.

  • My Image

    The official travel site for Carmel-by-the Sea, California.

  • Pacific Grove
    Pacific Grove

    The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Website.

  • My Image
    Pebble Beach

    The Pebble Beach Resorts website with golf and resort information

  • Seaside

    Municipal information and many links to local sites.

  • Sand City
    Sand City

    Sand City is a very small city located on the shores of Monterey Bay and surrounded on most sides by the larger city of Seaside.