Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Many students choose to find their own apartments and off-campus housing either before they arrive in Hawai'i, or after they arrive and have had a chance to become familiar with the local environment. The island of O'ahu offers many different living arrangements--from the fast-paced city lifestyle of Honolulu to the quiet beach town of Kailua (near the windward Hawaii Loa Campus).

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Preparation is key

However, it must be noted that rental housing is always in high demand in Hawai'i. Honolulu is one of the most desirable cities to live in and one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Because of this, the housing market is very tight both on and off campus, and therefore we encourage you to secure housing as soon as possible. If you are going to search for an apartment to rent after you arrive in Hawai'i, you should consider arriving early enough to secure a rental unit. It is advisable to set up and schedule apartment viewings before you arrive and spend the first couple of days looking at these options. If you wait until you arrive to even begin considering your housing options, it may be much more difficult and time-consuming to find rental accommodations to suit your needs. 

Avoid Housing Scams

Educate yourself about housing scams. Whenever possible, don't sign a lease until you are in Hawai'i to view the property in person. Do not send money via wire transfer or electronic means for a security deposit or first/last month's rent until you have viewed a property in person and/or have a signed lease because wire transfers are not refundable. You can learn more about housing scams and the Dos and Don’ts of renting from


Start early, but not too early

We recommend that you do all that you can to start your off-campus housing search early on. Review and research your options and become familiar with the market about a month before your desired move-in date, and begin calling landlords to set up viewings about one to two weeks prior to arriving.


Where to begin your search

There are different ways in which students can search for off-campus housing through rental websites. The off-campus rental units offer different options and living arrangements. Some of the properties offer hotel-type services with weekly in-room cleaning and varying amenities/security arrangements. Some of the private rental units/apartments offer traditional apartment living with limited amenities and involvement of host property/residential managers.

In addition to the resources below, you can also learn more about off-campus options by watching our webinar recorded July 12, 2022.

Below are properties in the Honolulu area that may be options for students seeking off-campus housing:

*12 month lease minimum

Other platforms to explore:


HPU eAds Service:

HPU's online eAds Service is provided for HPU students as a courtesy to aid in their off-campus housing search. HPU community members may also use this service to advertise rooms, apartments, or houses for rent. All you need is your HPU email address to create an account. If you have questions, please contact the Housing and Residence Life staff at

 First time login Instructions:

  1. Go to eAds
  2. Agree to the Terms of Service by clicking on the “I accept” button
  3. Press the “Login” button and Click on “Register” to create an account (use your or email address)
  4. After entering the required information, you will get an email asking you to confirm your email address. After that confirmation, you can login to eAds.

DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that the University cannot take responsibility for any leasing agreements entered into by and between students or between students and any third parties.  The University assumes no responsibility for any such contracts/leases and encourages students to use written agreements for any leased space. The Office of Housing and Residence Life is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus student housing arrangement.  In addition, Hawai‘i Pacific University does not endorse or sponsor any of the agencies, services, advertisements, properties or landlords included in this website and is not promoting any of these vendors.  The information is provided only as an aid in your housing quest.

Off-Campus Housing Checklist


    Do you want to live by yourself or with roommates? How much are you able to pay? How far are you willing to travel? Think about these kinds of things early to narrow your search down.


    Check current rental listings to get an idea of what you should expect to pay. You can check rental cost ranges and averages on Budget additionally for utilities, household supplies, and transportation costs.


    A rental packet is a great tool to promote yourself and become a better prospect to landlords. It should include a cover letter, rental application, and references. If you are applying as a group, include each person in the packet.


    Review the list above for some initial options or review the apartment search platforms to find other options that fit your needs.


    Call the landlord or property manager of the rentals you are interested in. You should be trying to make a good impression, so be professional and polite. Set up a time to view the property.


    Be sure to ask questions and give the place a good look


    Have a copy with you. Let the manager know your confidential information is available for the credit check as soon as you are being considered seriously as a tenant.


    Get a copy of all paperwork you sign and a receipt for all financial transactions. Keep a rental file.