Off-Campus Housing

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is way better than on campus housing. Prices are more affordable and you don't have the same hassal as you do with dorms, with checking in, and having all these added items to lose.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in my own apartment off campus not through the school

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't like the selection you have for off campus housing. Its either cheaper housing in run-down apartments and houses or expensive housing in mediocre apartment buildings where you have to share your room with 5 other people just to afford it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is expensive but can be close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is easy for students to find apartments off-campus. The price of such housing is reasonable, and utilities are often included in the rent. Amenities include pools, and transportation services such as shuttles that run between the apartment and campus, and free trolley passes. Parking is somewhat expensive. There are often security guards and cameras throughout the buildings; however, breaking and entering, although uncommon, does happen from time to time. The school has some off-campus housing situations that are advertised throughout the year, but other than that there are not any options offered by the school; it is largely upon the individual to find housing for him/herself, though this is not difficult. There are also many houses nearby, which, if lived in with a group, do not cost much, and are both comfortable and convenient.

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  • 259th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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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
85%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$10,891
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 173 responses

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  • 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 174 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 173 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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