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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The quality is great and there are some options of shared living. They do tend to be where a lot of the parties end up. Others around campus are still nice but more affordable with roommates.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places to live off campus. You can live in a really close apartment complex like Paseo or Aztec Corner. There's also houses right next to campus you can get with a few friends. Blvd is another good place to live although it is pretty far from campus. However, there is a shuttle that runs between it and campus to take you to class.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is okay, close to campus and easy to get to.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Aztec Corner is one of the apartment complexes that are really close to campus, and one of the cheapest too. It comes fully furnished with wifi & cable & water.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are more expensive if you life in Pacific Beach area.


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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
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 319 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 318 responses

  • 17% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 12% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 316 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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