Off-Campus Housing

San Diego, CA
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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: While I live off-campus, I do not live within the community of the university. I commute to and from school when necessary. However, my grad program is online, so I only go to campus a few times per semester.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The housing off-campus is wonderful! I mean, how often do you actually get to live at the beach!? The pricing is pretty fair, but it totally depends on what kind of house you are going to be living in and how many roommates you have. Some of the houses at the beach are pretty old, which is usually cheaper, but then it isn't as nice. It really depends on how much you are willing to spend and what you are willing to sacrifice to stay within your budget. The only thing that really sucks about living at the beach is parking. If your house doesn't have a spot for everyone who lives there, there will be times when you hate absolutely everyone for coming to the beach because you cannot find a spot to park when you actually live there. With that being said, most people generally figure it out. And on the off chance that it actually rains (like actually rains, pouring buckets, not the drizzle that keeps most native San Diegans inside) some parts of the beach flood. All in all living at the beach is a blast and one of the best parts of going to USD!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: easy to find through friends who already rent a place. otherwise its hard to obtain a living situation with little to no credit.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have insanely beautiful luxury apartments across the street if you choose not to live on the beach. The apartments always look like they're literally out of a magazine. Anyone that lives off campus has absolutely no complaints.

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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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  • 115th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 76 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 75 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 56% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 33% 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 74 responses

  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 5% Extremely helpful.
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