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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The campus is isolated on a hill, but is a beautiful school and a great city to live in. It is close to the beach, sea world, the airport, but everything is driving distance away pretty much. All the students are friendly, but the sports dont have very much school spirit. Very few people attend the games.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is one of the best cities in America. It is one of the most coveted cities in America. It is a city of young professionals so it is a good place to start after graduation to meet others who are at the same stage in their life as you. Furthermore, San Diego is absolutely beautiful and has amazing weather. There is a lot of free activities to keep you occupied and a lot of different areas to explore. San Diego is amazing!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is a great city to be in

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is the best city in the world. Beaches, hiking, mountains, downtown, museums, zoos, you name it, San Diego has it!

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Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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Students rave about the beach and outdoor activities San Diego offers. There is a fun, friendly, low-key environment just about everywhere you go in San Diego. The bay can be seen from almost anywhere on campus, serving as a constant temptation and reminder that the beach is a short car ride away. For many, any bit of free time is spent away from campus, enjoying all the city has to offer. The beach is a large part of the culture of San Diego. Students spend their weekends surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or tanning at the beach, and then go to house parties at the beach at night. For students interested in a change of pace, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking sites are all close, and the University often sponsors trips to Julian and Cuyamaca mountains, allowing students to take a break from the beach and embrace some of San Diego’s natural surroundings.

If you’re not really an outdoorsy person, no worries: San Diego has something for you, too. There are tons of museums in San Diego, the zoo, SeaWorld, as well as unique restaurants and places to shop. There are also three other universities nearby—UCSD, SDSU, and Point Loma. The close proximity of all four schools makes it easy to meet and socialize with new people. Overall, San Diego is a great place to live. A popular saying that encompasses this attitude: "We live where you spring break."

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Balboa Park, just south of USD, is the nation's largest "urban cultural" park. It is home to more than a dozen museums and the famous Old Globe Theatre, and is a renowned hot spot for up-and-coming culinary artists.
  2. Founded in the 16th century, San Diego is California's oldest city.
  3. Hollywood loves to work in San Diego. A small sampling of the movies filmed or partially shot here include "Almost Famous," "Anchor Man," "Bring it On," "The Scorpion King," "Some Like it Hot," "Spaceballs," "Top Gun," and "Traffic." Kansas City Barbecue in downtown proudly proclaims "Top Gun sleazy bar scene filmed here" on its marquee.
  4. Old Town San Diego recreates California life from 1821-1872, spanning both Mexican and American periods of control.
  5. The U.S.S. Midway, a retired aircraft carrier, is a floating naval museum in the downtown San Diego Big Bay.
Notable Natives
  • Marcus Allen - former NFL player
  • Adam Brody - actor
  • Reggie Bush - NFL player
  • Nick Cannon - actor
  • Ted Danson - actor
  • Terrell Davis - former NFL player
  • Cameron Diaz - actress
  • Robert Duvall - actor
  • Tony Hawk - professional skateboarder
  • Jeremy and Jason London - actors
  • Mario Lopez - actor, TV personality
  • Ted Williams - baseball hall of famer
Points of Interest
  • Balboa Park
  • Belmont Park
  • California coastline
  • Coronado Island
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Legoland
  • The New Children's Museum
  • Old Town San Diego
  • PETCO Park
  • Qualcomm Stadium
  • Safari Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld
Shopping Centers
  • Fashion Valley mall
  • Westfield Horton Plaza
  • Westfield Mission Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Road
Linda Vista
(619) 296-0370
Movie Theaters
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas
7510 Hazard Center Drive
Mission Valley
(619) 685-2841
Major Sports Teams
  • San Diego Chargers: NFL
  • San Diego Padres: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 2 hours
  • Tijuana, Mexico: : 30 minutes
Did You Know?
From San Diego, you can drive an hour or less and get to the snow, a desert, a beach, or another country.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 88 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 88 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 83% 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 87 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 60% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 87 responses

  • 2% No way.
  • 25% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 72% Totally.


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