Local Atmosphere

San Diego, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It has a trolley running right through the campus for students in need of transortation. This can take you all the way to the closely located malls down the 8 west. The Chargers Stadium is also just a short ride on the trolley. The local area doesnt have to much but with just a little transportation one can travel to numerous beachs and places in san diego that are not to far and have a lot of attractions, events, and activitys to do.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always an adventure, but traffic sucks A LOT

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is a very chill atmosphere and everything here is so spread out. But it is a very beautiful place, with a lot to do. The shopping could be better, the sports are alright, but the people here seem great.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everything you need is in close proximity

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you have a car to get off campus, San Diego is absolute perfect for going on adventurous hikes, relaxing at the beach, and shopping at several malls. There is also the opportunity to go to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, and Balboa Park. Around campus can be very boring so it does help to leave and have a refreshing weekend not stuck in the dorms or run-down apartments. If you dont have a car there is always the trolley, but be warned that it can be a pain having to wait for the trolley to come, stop at various stops, pay $5 every time you want to ride, and have to deal with various upsetting (and sometimes scary) characters that use the trolley.


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Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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San Diego is nicknamed America’s finest city for a reason—it offers some of the best restaurants, nightlife, shopping, recreation, sightseeing, and climate in the United States. San Diego is physically and geographically placed at the core of endless things to do. With Barona Indian Casino, the world famous San Diego Zoo, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Old Town, and downtown, the activities don’t end. In a 10-minute drive west, you’ll be at the beach. A 25-minute drive south takes you to Mexico. A 25-minute drive east is the mountains and snow, and 20 minutes further east is the dessert. San Diego is the only place where you can surf, snow board, and motocross all in one day. It is nearly impossible to go a day being bored in San Diego.

San Diego offers an absorbing atmosphere for anyone, whether they are pursing a degree or a career. Living so close to downtown, college students can make important business connections while they are still attending San Diego State University. Many students wind up getting internships their junior and senior years, and sometimes they turn those internships into entry-level positions. With the endless opportunities that the city affords, you could live in San Diego your whole life and still not experience everything. Though San Diego is a wonderful city, the area immediately surrounding San Diego State can be classified as rather unappealing. Walking away from campus, you’ll notice that the area is not one of San Diego’s finest. Though the neighborhood is not the most aesthetically pleasing, but there is always something going on for students. With plenty of young people, a lot housing, and a fun atmosphere, the area surrounding San Diego State’s campus can be very desirable to a college student.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In 1951, Jack in the Box opened its first restaurant here. Jack in the Box invented the drive-thru concept and featured 18-cent hamburgers.
  2. San Diego is California's second largest city behind Los Angeles, and the United States' seventh largest.
  3. San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado, known for its Victorian-era decor and architecture, is the largest wooden structure in the United States.
  4. San Diego County produces over 40% of the California avocado crop, which in turn produces 95% of the nation's avocados.
  5. The Real World: San Diego (4922 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92106) house was previously utilized as the Blue Crab Restaurant.
Notable Natives
  • Adam Brody
  • Nick Cannon
  • Holly Marie Combs
  • Ted Danson
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Robert Duvall
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Joan and Ray Kroc
  • Bobby Lee
  • Jeremy and Jason London
  • Mario Lopez
  • Ted Williams
  • Pete Wilson
Points of Interest
  • Downtown San Diego
  • Mission Beach
  • Pacific Beach
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World
Shopping Centers
  • Fashion Valley
  • Grossmont Center
  • Horton Plaza
  • Mission Valley
  • Parkway Plaza
Movie Theaters
AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Rd.
San Diego
(858) 558-2AMC
Movie Theaters
AMC Mission Valley
1640 Camino Del Rio N.
San Diego
(858) 558-2AMC
Movie Theaters
Mission Valley - Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100
(619) 685-2841
Movie Theaters
Pacific's Grossmont Center 10
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa
(619) 465-7100
Major Sports Teams
  • San Diego Chargers: football
  • San Diego Padres: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 2 hours
  • San Francisco: CA: 8 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 192 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 193 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 73% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 192 responses

  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 192 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 54% Totally.



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