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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in San Diego is costly.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments right across are really convenient, plus super nice, but it is very expensive and parking sucks. You can go farther away from campus for a cheaper option, but then you would have walk a distance or drive your car.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Mission Beach is a dream, when you find a good place. It's hard to find but there are many expensive beach houses there that can be rented out by students and are fully furnished and go for maybe $4000 on average, maybe more, maybe less but if you have enough people it can be worked out/affordable. There is Carmel across the street but it's not fully furnished and expensive just like MB. There are other places close to campus but not in very good condition/neighborhoods. A lot of people also commute or live in PB.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in SD is really expensive in general and landlords know the demand of housing near campus. I think its worth finding a place to share with roommates you love so that you can fully experience living in San Diego, especially so close to the beach and popular bars.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments right across the street. They're really nice too.


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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 123 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 123 responses

  • 28% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% 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 123 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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