The following are key student resources.
A program of the University of Hawai‘i, Student Housing Services provides on-campus housing to Manoa students in a variety of living arrangements that include traditional coed facilities, single and double occupancy rooms, suites and apartment units.
The East-West Center’s housing services are catered towards students in Asia-Pacific related studies, but dorms are available for graduate students on a space available basis. Married couples can also apply to live in these facilities.
Mike Nakao, Resident Coordinator
1810 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
The Atherton YMCA offers housing to men and women enrolled in any school of higher education.
This excellent resource is provided by the university to help students find housing. You can log into the student listings with your UH ID, which you should receive upon your acceptance and enrollment, or you can browse the “Additional Rental Links” to see more listings.
More Search Options
- Padmapper – Aggregated, Mapped Online Listings
- Short-term Housing Options through the Women’s Campus Club
- Point2 Homes
- Honolulu Star Advertiser
There are also classified listings in many free publications around town, such as Midweek, Honolulu Weekly, and Downtown Planet.
UHM Parking Operations provides the free campus Rainbow Shuttle bus service for faculty, staff, students and visitors. The shuttle stops at various spots on campus, dormitories, university apartments in Manoa valley, and the nearby Moili‘ili neighborhood.
Students are eligible to purchase semester-based permits for the Lower Campus Parking Structure (Zone 20).
TheBus is renowned as one of America’s best municipal transit systems, and it has several stops around campus. UH Manoa students with a valid UH ID can pick up a University Bus Pass (U-PASS) sticker at the Campus Center Ticket, Information, & ID Office, the reduced cost of which is already covered by tuition and fees.
Campus parking maps exist for bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, vehicles, as well as visitor parking.
- Hawai`i State Government
- State Office of Planning
- Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM)
- Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC)
- Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC)
- Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO)
- Honolulu Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP)
- Kaua`i Planning Department
- Maui Planning Department
- Hawai`i County Planning Department
- Hawaii Urban Land Institute
- The American Planning Association – Hawaii Chapter
- The American Institute of Architects – Honolulu Chapter
- Hawai`i Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
- American Society of Civil Engineers – Hawai`i Section
Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Awards
Purpose: The purpose of this competitive award is to recruit high quality graduate students. When available, the exemption is effective for two years for each eligible student and can be awarded to master’s or doctoral students in urban and regional planning.
Selection Process: The recipient of this award is selected by a committee appointed by the chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and must be a full-time student at UHM-DURP to receive the award.
SSFM Alumni Award
Purpose: The purpose of this fund is to provide a fellowship of $10,000 to a student pursuing a master’s degree in the field of urban planning at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Funds may be used to cover tuition and fees during the academic year. The award also includes a paid internship at SSFM International offices in Iwilei for twenty hours per week for nine months.
Criteria and Requirements: The recipient must be enrolled in the MURP program. Preference is to be given to students from Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands who demonstrate an interest in environmental, land use, or infrastructure problems facing Pacific Islanders. Interest may be shown through related course work, work experience, and an essay. Applicants should submit a resume and an essay of 500 words demonstrating interest by the deadline posted.
Selection Process: The recipient shall be selected by a committee appointed by the chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and must be a full-time student at UHM-DURP to receive the award.
SSFM International was established in 1959 to provide engineering and other services to clients throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Currently, SSFM offers consulting services in planning, project management, construction management, and engineering. SSFM’s core principles are Progressive, Integrity, Client Focus, and Nurturing. The purpose of this scholarship is to develop leadership in planning throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific based on these core values.
RM Towill Award
Purpose: The purpose of this fund is to provide a part-time fellowship totaling $7,000 (1 award of $3500 per semester for a full academic year), and may be used to cover tuition and fees.
Criteria and Requirements: The applicant must be a full-time MURP student at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, earning a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must be a legal resident of Hawai‘i. Preference is to be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in environmental, land use, or infrastructure problems facing Hawaiʻi. Interest may be shown through related coursework, work experience, and an essay. Applicants should submit a resume and an essay of 500 words demonstrating interest by the deadline posted.
R.M. Towill Corporation is the oldest and largest locally-owned engineering consulting firm in Hawaii. They offer a diverse suite of professional services, including civil engineering, surveying, planning, and construction management. The staff of nearly 100 employees consists of leaders in their respective fields who have completed over 20,000 projects throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim for private and public sector clients. Half of the organization holds a license or certification in the fields of civil engineering, surveying, planning, construction quality assurance, and inspection. RMTC’s main office is located in Honolulu, Oahu. They also maintain a branch office in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i.
APA Hawaii Chapter Award
Each year, the American Planning Association Hawaii (APAHI) recognizes students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for their achievement of high grades and superior performance in specific projects and assignments. A faculty committee selects students for this award on the basis of their scholarly achievements and service to the larger planning community. Award numbers vary according to APAHI funding but typically two students are awarded each year.
DURP Student Tuition Waiver
Current full-time DURP students with a standing GPA of at least 3.5 are considered for achievement scholarships.
- To apply, visit the UH Manoa Star Scholarship Database
A number of financial aid opportunities are available to UH Manoa DURP students:
- East West Center’s Graduate Fellowship
- International Student Scholarships
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Asian Studies Scholarships
- CSAS Scholarships
- SPAS (South Pacific Asia Studies) Scholarships
- Other scholarships/fellowships
- FLAS (Federal Language and Area Studies) Scholarship– (Apply through the Center for South Asian Studies, with a separate application for South East Asian Studies)
College of Social Science Scholarships
- CSS Funding Opportunities
- Pivot Scholarship Search Database
- CSS Grants
- Scholar’s App – Scholar’s App is an online platform that connects students with scholarships (local and national, as well as need, merit, and educational based) through one common application. We have local and national scholarships as well as need, merit, and educational based scholarships. With this free system, students only have to provide the supplemental information.
UHM participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), a Student Access Program administered by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). The program enables legal residents of WICHE member states to enroll in selected out-of-state graduate programs at a reduced tuition of the institution’s regular resident tuition. Find more information on WICHE.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
There is a significant difference between Hawaiʻi resident and nonresident tuition rates. Visit the Office of Admissions Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements for information on the process of acquiring resident status.
Some students qualify for the university’s work-
study program; others apply for student loans and several secure part-time employment in the planning field, which provides work experience and financial assistance. Visit UH Financial Aid for information and application forms for student loans, work-study employment, and grants.