New Student Information

Congratulations on your admission to MiraCosta College!

Step 1 - SEVIS I-20/F-1 Visa Application

Step 2 - Pre-departure Guide

Step 3 - Class Registration Guide

Applying for a Student Visa?

Once you have received a SEVIS I-20 Form from MiraCosta College, you can begin the student visa application process. Download the F-1 visa application guide.

Here are the steps for applying to the F-1 visa:

SEVIS payment

F-1 visa 

Housing Information

Housing is the responsibility of the individual student and/or sponsor. MiraCosta College does not provide dormitories or college-approved housing for students. Below are listed some web sites and phone numbers of companies/organizations that can assist you with planning your arrival to San Diego County. MiraCosta College assumes no responsibility and has no knowledge of the condition of housing advertised or the character/reputation of housing providers. Information furnished is for your convenience only. It is compiled from and readily available on the internet.

Finding housing is an important step for new students. What should you consider before making a housing decision? 

Step 1: Consider your budget

Host family A typical cost to stay with a host family is:

Private apartments and homes  A typical apartment costs:

Step 2: Decide how you will handle arriving to the United States

Finding the right housing option will be difficult from long distance. Finding an apartment, signing a rental contract, and deciding an appropriate location to live can take months. A homestay services can provide an immediate housing option and provide airport pickup from San Diego. If you would like to live with a host family either temporarily or permanently you can contact the following resource:

Step 3: Learn about the neighborhoods around MiraCosta College

Step 4: Understand rental contract and other matters

To rent an apartment or a room from a private home, you are required to sign a lease (rental contract) for 6 months to one year. Before signing a least, you should ask appropriate questions to understand what your responsibilities are as a renter.   

Roommate is like a business partner. You need to know someone well enough to trust them to pay bills, respect your belongings and yourself. Before committing to a roommate, you should ask how rent and expenses will be divided and how they are paid. When living in an apartment, you should expect to pay for all furniture and possible moving expenses. Besides rent, you should expect to pay for electricity, water/trash pickup, cleaning supplies, and other shared expenses. 

Temporary Housing

The list below has information for 5 hotels/motels located near MiraCosta College



Phone Number

Extended Stay America

3190 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056


Holiday Day Inn Express

3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056


Super 8 Marty's Valley Inn

3240 East Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054


La Quinta Inn 937 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054


Making Flight Arrangement

  1. First take the flyaway bus from the airport to the Los Angeles Union Station.  
  2. Once you are at the Union Station, you can take the Metrolink Train directly to the Transit Center in Oceanside. You can find more information on the train stations and train schedules by using the Metrolink website.

Money Matters

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the first semester at MiraCosta College

Find the latest Estimated fees and cost of attendance on our website.

* Fees are subject to change without prior notification.

**Optional Fees

What to Pack

Complete Online Registration Form

Arriving in the U.S.

Reporting to MiraCosta College

Are you READY to enroll in your first semester classes?  Be sure to complete the following steps:

Download the Arriving to MiraCosta College guide to get ready for your first semester

How to Print your I-94 Card 

Click here to print your I-94 Card.

Placement Tests

  1. The TOEFL requirement is used for admission purpose only. All student attending MiraCosta College, American students and international students, will take an English placement test upon arrival.
  2. English placement test will determine what classes you can take.

 Math Placement Test

A math review is available for each test online. Reviewing will help you brush up on your math skills before you come in to take the test.

New Student Orientation

Who must attend the Orientation?

All international students, regardless of whether you are a first-time student in the U.S. or a transfer student from another institution in the U.S., must attend the New Student Orientation. By attending the New Student Orientation and Advisement, you may enroll during first priority enrollment period based on the number of units completed at MiraCosta College. It is recommended that you also complete the Online Orientation and complete the quiz at the end to receive credit for this portion of matriculation.

Directions to complete the Online Orientation:

Read the Technical Requirements section before viewing the presentation.

When should you attend the Orientation?

Check the dates for the orientation. 

Why should you attend the Orientation?

  1. Transition is easier in a supportive environment.
  2. Finding your way around before other students arrive.
  3. Chance to meet other new and returning students, faculty and staff.
  4. By attending both the online and in-person orientation sessions, you will complete the requirement to become a matriculated student and can enroll in classes earlier.

Important Dates

Download the Academic Calendars

Class Registration

Step 1

Sample class selections based on TOEFL scores

Step 2

Now you are ready to register for classes, go to then select “SURF” from the dropdown menu.

Steps to register for your classes in SURF (make sure you have enough money to pay for all classes BEFORE registering)