Welcome to Naval Postgraduate School, CA

Housing, Business, Community, and Relocation Information.

The Naval Postgraduate School is the U.S. Navy’s higher education research university for active duty personnel in Monterey, California. It includes the Graduates Schools of Business and Public Policy, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Operational and Information Sciences, and the School of International Graduate Studies.


The Naval Postgraduate School for Naval Officers began in 1909 with a small class of 10 students and two Navy instructors located at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Two attic rooms set aside for classroom and laboratory space to “secure ample use of the educational plant of the Naval Academy without interfering with the instruction of midshipmen”.

By 1912, the school was teaching courses in ordnance and gunnery, naval construction, and civil engineering. Enrollment had increased to 25 students by then. Classes continued to expand, until it was obvious that the Postgraduate School required its own facility. After World War II, a search was made for an adequate facility.

The existing Naval Postgraduate School sits on the site of the former Hotel Del Monte which was considered the most elegant seaside resort in the world and entertained dignitaries and U.S. Presidents. This was considered adequate, and in December of 1951, the school was moved from Annapolis to the new facility in California. The move involved 500 students and about 100 faculty and staff.


Weather in the California area tends to be mild in the summer with temperatures in the 70s and cool in the winter with the temperatures in the 50s. Annual rainfall in the area is 20 inches. September is the warmest month in Monterey, and December is the coldest.


Local Info
Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Monterey, Seaside, Marina, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Salinas. Certain areas near the Naval Postgraduate School, such as Carmel and Monterey itself, can be much more expensive than others; apartments rent for $1,200-$1,800 in Monterey. Houses near Monterey sell for an average of about $560,000, in Seaside the average is $380,000.


Nearby military installations: Presidio of Monterey



About DoD Housing Network

Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to Naval Postgraduate School. Whether you decide to stay on post in Naval Postgraduate School housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding Naval Postgraduate School, our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.

Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with Naval Postgraduate School inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Naval Postgraduate School and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Naval Postgraduate School please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.