COVID-19 NOTICE: Graduate Student Housing is on Hold

Housing is not accepting applications for Graduate Student Housing at this time.  Please visit the
Education Program Scholarship and Student Affiliate programs for information regarding Student Programs.


"Sooner than we know, many people we met here will be the leaders of our countries. Then we will remember the days we spent together singing, laughing, and sharing food.”

-UH master’s degree graduate/EWC affiliate from Mongolia

International students gather around a buffet table

A man and a woman play musical instruments and sing



Graduate student housing is available in two residence halls:Hale Mānoa (13 floors) and Hale Kuahine (4 floors) on the Center’s 21-acre campus adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Airy and surrounded by trees, the dorm room views include the Mānoa mountains, Diamond Head, and the Waikīkī skyline.

Internationally renowned modernist architect I.M. Pei designed the main residence hall, Hale Mānoa, along with iconic Jefferson Hall, whose soaring arches face East-West Road and large lanais overlook a traditional Japanese garden. Home to the Hawai'i International Conference center, Jefferson Hall is the site of many student-led activities. Hale Kuahine, a 4-story residence hall, is nearby.

Hawai'i International Conference Center

Information about eligibility for the Center's dorms, as well as dorm services and procedures, follows.


  • Graduate students on East-West Center fellowships and scholarships live in Center dorms as members of an international residential community.
    • They participate in student life and in special Center programming that complements their academic education.
    • The housing costs of Center Graduate Degree Fellows and Asian Development Bank Scholars are covered by their scholarships.
  • Graduate students in the Center’s Student Affiliate Program live in the dorms along with scholarship students.
    • They are full participants in student life and in special Center programming that complements their academic education.
    • Student Affiliates pay for their housing at the discounted Participant Rate ($16 for a single room, $25 for a double room per night). They also pay a $250 fee each semester.
  • A related category of students—Affiliate Scholars—pays the Participant Rate ($16 for a single room, $25 for a double room per night) and a monthly fee of $50 (no semester fee).
    • If you would like information on Center scholarships, fellowships, and affiliation programs as well as their requirements and deadlines for application, go to the Education Program Overview.
  • An additional opportunity for graduate student housing in the Center’s dorms is available through the Special Housing Program.
    • Students whose academic work is related to the Center’s mission may apply to the program, though they are not eligible to participate in special Center programming created for scholarship and affiliate students.
    • Housing costs are for double rooms only, at $37 per night.
    • For more information, please see the application form, which includes a request for a statement about your academic interests.  See: Application: Rates and Summary; Health.

Application (Rates and Summary)  (NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME)

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Special Housing Application (Part 1 of 2)

EWC Health Clearance Form (Part 2 of 2)


Residence Hall Services and Procedures

The front desk at Hale Manoa serves as the reception and information center for the residence halls and provides a variety of services for residents.

Hale Manoa desk: 944-7960; open 24 hours a day.

Services available through the desk include:

  • Handling arrivals and departures of residents.
  • Loan of duplicate room keys (appropriate identification may be required).
  • Receiving messages for residents.
  • Recording repairs and maintenance problems.
  • Reservations for use of equipment or facilities (i.e., special lounges).
  • Processing of room-rental payments.
  • Making change up to $5.00.


Contact & Reservations Information

East-West Center
Housing Office
1711 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii  96848-1711
Telephone: (808) 944-7805
FAX: (808) 944-7790
Email: [email protected]