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.