Off-Campus Housing

San Diego, CA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it is always great to live off campus to get a break.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments across the street are beautiful and have fabulous amenities but I chose to stay on campus so that I can continue getting financial aid.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Basically everyone counts down the days when they get to move to Mission Beach. It's not necessarily that living on campus is bad (except for the strictness with underage drinking) but come on, it's the beach. Who wouldn't want to live there, especially if the cost is similar to living on campus?

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing at USD as far as I know is convenient location wise. There is a place right across the street, only problem with this place is that the landlord and actual residents don't want the USD students to continue to house there. Other off-campus locations are convenient and I have not heard of any problems.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its great as a Freshman, but most sophomores move off campus; it's around $7,000-10,000 more expensive to live on campus than living in the apartments across the street or in a gorgeous rental home on the beach


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  • 115th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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Although students sometimes will compare dorms on campus to palaces, for many, the idea of leaving campus and living on the beach in San Diego is too alluring. Most students who choose to live off campus will live at Mission Beach or Pacific Beach. Many houses in these areas are owned as vacation or summer houses and come furnished. Some owners are willing to rent to college students, but many don’t. From the beach, it can be harder to get around if you don’t have your own car, but there are always people you can carpool with. USD has thought about starting a tram route that goes directly from Mission Beach to campus and is currently discussing the logistics of the proposal.

Off-campus housing is about the same price as on-campus housing, but living off campus also means you will now be responsible for electricity and water bills, as well as any extras, like cable and Internet. This doesn’t deter many students, as they are still attracted to the promise of freedom.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
March or April
Popular Areas
  • Bay Park
  • Mission Beach
  • Mission Valley
  • Pacific Beach
Average Rents
  • Studio: $840
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 73 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 73 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 32% 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 70 responses

  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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