Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: One of the best parts about going to SDSU is that you are living in San Diego. Basically, you live where other people come to vacation. This area's weather is always sunny and perfect, the beaches are beautiful, and there is always something to do here. I love San Diego and I never want to leave.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: We live 15 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from two malls.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: If you're near the trolley, you can get most places. It makes it a lot easier when you don't have transportation of your own.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: SDSU Basketball games are surreal. You have to get up at 4am and stand in line to get your free student ticket. Tickets go very fast. As SDSU is becoming more recognized nationally, it is harder to get tickets because the demand is so high. With our wonderful weather, people are very active. The ARC is great for working out, and the membership is included if you live in a dorm. If you live off-campus, it's $20.00/month. Explore all the different beaches in the San Diego area and go with your friends to watch a sunset which never gets old. Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are the closest beaches to SDSU. But be adventuresome and check out La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach & Carlsbad state beach. The best hiking hands down is Torrey Pines State Reserve. San Diego also has a lot of good concerts and diverse music. So there's something for everyone: country, hip hop, raves, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are so many things to do in a city like San Diego. We have the beach and the city, all in one, in a very close proximity. Some of my favorite activities include Balboa Park, hiking trails, La Jolla, Coronado, Kayaking, and bowling in the student union.


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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 203 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 200 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 72% 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 200 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 200 responses

  • 6% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 54% Totally.



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