Off-Campus Housing

San Diego, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of apartments and houses available close to campus for students. They could become very pricey

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am very excited to live in my apartment next year called Campanile Apartments because it is still on-campus a close walk to get to classes and it has a pool right next to my apartment. The cost is pretty good compared to the other apartments. Many students live in apartments and houses after their freshman year.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: availability is usually good, easy walk to class, pay for parking spot, very expensive

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is a lot cheaper than staying on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off campus, and I really enjoy it. There are a lot of off-campus housing options that are close in relation to SDSU.


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  • 259th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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Aztecs find that off-campus housing is a definite must for returning students. One year in the worn-out residence halls is more than enough for most people. It’s great to live in the dorms the first year, but once you’ve established friendships, most want to try living in a better place without the strict enforcement and inhibiting policies. Within walking distance of campus, there are plenty of options for housing. Whether you’re looking to live close to campus or a drive’s distance away, San Diego offers plenty of viable options.

Trying to find a reasonably priced apartment and a safe spot close enough to campus is fairly difficult. The cost of living in San Diego has gone up in the past few years. Close to campus you will find a variety of apartments suited for the San Diego State student. If you move further off campus, you can find a wider range of option. The downside to the apartment situation is that within the college area, the apartments tend to be a little tattered. Almost every apartment available requires a 12-month lease, so you must stay in San Diego for the entire summer. Still, there are plenty of housing options and living situations available both close to campus and further away at a variety of prices. With all the options available around campus and throughout San Diego, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes and your budget.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The cost of living in San Diego is definitely not low priced, especially when compared to smaller cities and rural areas. But to assure that you find places with vacancies, the best time to look is at least a month or two prior to when you plan on moving in.
Popular Areas
  • College Area
  • Grantville
  • La Mesa
  • Mission Valley
  • San Carlos
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,293
  • 2 BR: $1,627
  • House: $2,150
  • Studio: $1,060

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 189 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 186 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 186 responses

  • 41% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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