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All About

Living in San Diego, CA

EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT FINDING APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN SAN DIEGO, CA

Renowned for its white sand beaches and hard-to-beat weather, with average year-round temperatures in the mid-60s, San Diego offers a wealth of attractions for the 1.3 million people who call this vibrant city home. Its pleasant climate, thriving economy and abundance of beaches, historical sites and shopping locations have made San Diego an attractive place to dig in. Residents live on the city's flat areas while hills and canyons separate its neighborhoods. As a result, many of the apartments for rent in San Diego offer picturesque views.

SAN DIEGO ATTRACTIONS

Residents find plenty of apartments for rent in San Diego, and once they move to the city, they appreciate the area's numerous activities. For instance, San Diego's top tourist attractions are SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo. Nature lovers also embrace living in the city, with its access to whale watching, hiking and biking. Moreover, the surrounding terrain is ideal for adventurous residents who enjoy the adrenaline rush of rock climbing or hang gliding. Renters who have retired can spend hours on the city's public and private golf courses, and the city's beaches provide residents with different experiences since they can enjoy the calm waters of Imperial Beach or the violent crashing waves at Wind and Sea Beach.

SAN DIEGO APARTMENTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

Whether you're seeking to settle down in a highly sought-after central neighborhood like Hillcrest or North Park or prefer more budget-friendly options like Oceanside or Imperial Beach, San Diego offers dozens of pocket communities from which to choose. You can find apartments for rent with varying conveniences in diverse locations around San Diego. Residents may choose to live near the beach or the hills in apartment communities featuring one to three bedrooms as well as amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers and on-site laundry rooms. Downtown San Diego apartments put you right in the center of the city, with its delicious restaurants, intriguing museums and charming parks. While reviewing the city's apartments, remember how close you are to Los Angeles and Disneyland and the abundance of exhilarating nearby attractions right outside your door.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego's warm weather enables you to connect with the great outdoors on almost a daily basis. Fill your weekends with these free things to do:

  • Mission Bay Parks: Pack a picnic for a day of fun at one of several parks on the San Francisco Bay. Around the parks you'll find dog play areas, a boat launch and spaces for events.
  • Local Beaches: Grab your sunscreen and make your way to one of the local beaches like Ocean Beach, which is great for surfing.
  • La Jolla Cove: For the area's best snorkeling, visit La Jolla Cove. The cove is protected by high cliffs, which means fewer large waves.
  • Balboa Park: This scenic urban cultural park offers walking trails, lush gardens and numerous places to stop to eat.
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: This open-air museum provides visitors with a sample of life in the early 19th century in its preserved historic buildings.

SAN DIEGO SPORTS

With a number of professional and collegiate sports teams in San Diego, you can almost always attend a game. Catch the San Diego Padres swinging the bat at Petco Park or the San Diego Gulls clearing the puck on the hockey rink at Valley View Casino Center.

FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS

Family-focused activities and attractions abound in San Diego, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo, home to nearly 4,000 animals, and Children's Pool in La Jolla, a beach famous for seal sightings on the sand and in the water. For parents with school-aged kids, San Diego has a number of highly rated school districts, including Poway Unified and San Diego Unified school districts.

SAN DIEGO NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUTDOOR LIVING

Near perfect weather makes San Diego, a city of hills, valleys and beautiful beaches, the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Spread out a blanket on the flat, wide beaches of La Jolla, admire the rugged cliffs from the sandy shores along Ocean Beach or go for a hike in Torrey Pines State Park. You can take a lesson at one of the surf schools or learn how to scuba dive. If you'd rather experience the sea from a boat, head to San Diego Bay or Mission Bay for a day of sailing or kayaking along San Diego's waterfront.

GETAWAYS FROM SAN DIEGO

After finding your apartment for rent in San Diego, you'll probably want to start exploring. When you're ready for a day trip, head two hours north for a shopping excursion in Los Angeles or drive two hours over the mountains for a spa weekend in Palm Springs. The bright lights and casinos of Las Vegas are a five-hour drive.

Find Apartments for Rent in San Diego

Finding a new place to live is a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find apartments for rent in San Diego that match your needs.

What Renters Like and Dislike

What Renters Like and Dislike About San Diego

I like that we are in the same age bracket (55+). There is always someone out walking or riding thief bike. Nice restaurants are close by. There are lots of hiking trails.

I like that there are a lot of businesses nearby within a five to ten minute drive. I also really enjoy that the streets are very easy to drive and navigate.

All of our construction is new. The school is only about five minutes away. The neighborhood is very pet and child friendly

There are walking and hiking trails nearby and most places near us are dog-friendly, as many people have dogs.

I like it because public transportation is close by. And the downtown nightlife . And it's near a sports venue

I like the neighbors and the best eateries around town. The best little mexican restaurant (Colimas) is around the corner.

Who Lives Here

San Diego Demographics

Education

High School

19%

Associate's

19%

Bachelor's

19%

Master's

8%

Doctorate

36%

Family Size

2 people

40%

3 people

24%

4 people

20%

5 people

9%

6+ people

6%

Household Income

0-50k

32%

50-100k

29%

100-150k

18%

150-200k

9%

200k+

12%

Age

0-10

11%

10-20

11%

20-45

41%

45-65

23%

65+

13%

Affordability

How expensive is it in San Diego?

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Sep '23$2446$2813$3656$4860
Aug '23$2359$2833$3755$5082
Jul '23$2331$2880$3794$5087
Jun '23$2364$2852$3780$5112
May '23$2364$2852$3665$4917
Apr '23$2365$2847$3608$4893
Mar '23$2246$2815$3588$4919
Feb '23$2272$2820$3626$4867
Jan '23$2175$2805$3631$4905
Dec '22$2174$2799$3600$4945
Nov '22$2174$2835$3665$5067
Oct '22$2307$2871$3690$5112
Sep '22$2354$2887$3770$5137

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around San Diego

San Diego Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

21%

15-30 Mins

46%

30-40 Mins

18%

40-60 Mins

9%

60+ Mins

5%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 7171

Walk Score®

Percentage: 5454

Bike Score®

Percentage: 4444

Transit Score®

Top Scores: Health, Pet, Coffee

Things To Do In San Diego

Top Score

Health and Fitness

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Pumped and lifting a solid 4.5 stars for fitness.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. 17% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

4.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

San Diego is real pawsitive for your pets.

  1. A high number of pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. 29% more pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Coffee

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

San Diego is espresso-ing itself in all the right ways.

  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. 25% more coffee shops than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Rest assured, you won't go hungry around here.

  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. 22% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The perfect place to paint the town red.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. 31% fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Parks

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You'll be living the park life in San Diego.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 32% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You won't get sick of medical care here.

  1. Few medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. 38% fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Filling stations in San Diego are at full-throttle!

  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. A standard number of gas stations compared to areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Things are looking up, there's supermarkets to be found 'round here.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. 58% fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

If you love to shop, San Diego is a good fit.

  1. A high number of shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. 24% fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

San Diego has the right frame of mind for art.

  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. 15% fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

San Diego Education

Schools

Top Schools in San Diego

5/10

Washington Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

5/10

Sherman Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

3/10

Burbank Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

3/10

Kimbrough Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

8/10
4/10

Rodriguez Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

All About

Living in San Diego, CA

EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT FINDING APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN SAN DIEGO, CA

Renowned for its white sand beaches and hard-to-beat weather, with average year-round temperatures in the mid-60s, San Diego offers a wealth of attractions for the 1.3 million people who call this vibrant city home. Its pleasant climate, thriving economy and abundance of beaches, historical sites and shopping locations have made San Diego an attractive place to dig in. Residents live on the city's flat areas while hills and canyons separate its neighborhoods. As a result, many of the apartments for rent in San Diego offer picturesque views.

SAN DIEGO ATTRACTIONS

Residents find plenty of apartments for rent in San Diego, and once they move to the city, they appreciate the area's numerous activities. For instance, San Diego's top tourist attractions are SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo. Nature lovers also embrace living in the city, with its access to whale watching, hiking and biking. Moreover, the surrounding terrain is ideal for adventurous residents who enjoy the adrenaline rush of rock climbing or hang gliding. Renters who have retired can spend hours on the city's public and private golf courses, and the city's beaches provide residents with different experiences since they can enjoy the calm waters of Imperial Beach or the violent crashing waves at Wind and Sea Beach.

SAN DIEGO APARTMENTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

Whether you're seeking to settle down in a highly sought-after central neighborhood like Hillcrest or North Park or prefer more budget-friendly options like Oceanside or Imperial Beach, San Diego offers dozens of pocket communities from which to choose. You can find apartments for rent with varying conveniences in diverse locations around San Diego. Residents may choose to live near the beach or the hills in apartment communities featuring one to three bedrooms as well as amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers and on-site laundry rooms. Downtown San Diego apartments put you right in the center of the city, with its delicious restaurants, intriguing museums and charming parks. While reviewing the city's apartments, remember how close you are to Los Angeles and Disneyland and the abundance of exhilarating nearby attractions right outside your door.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego's warm weather enables you to connect with the great outdoors on almost a daily basis. Fill your weekends with these free things to do:

  • Mission Bay Parks: Pack a picnic for a day of fun at one of several parks on the San Francisco Bay. Around the parks you'll find dog play areas, a boat launch and spaces for events.
  • Local Beaches: Grab your sunscreen and make your way to one of the local beaches like Ocean Beach, which is great for surfing.
  • La Jolla Cove: For the area's best snorkeling, visit La Jolla Cove. The cove is protected by high cliffs, which means fewer large waves.
  • Balboa Park: This scenic urban cultural park offers walking trails, lush gardens and numerous places to stop to eat.
  • Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: This open-air museum provides visitors with a sample of life in the early 19th century in its preserved historic buildings.

SAN DIEGO SPORTS

With a number of professional and collegiate sports teams in San Diego, you can almost always attend a game. Catch the San Diego Padres swinging the bat at Petco Park or the San Diego Gulls clearing the puck on the hockey rink at Valley View Casino Center.

FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS

Family-focused activities and attractions abound in San Diego, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo, home to nearly 4,000 animals, and Children's Pool in La Jolla, a beach famous for seal sightings on the sand and in the water. For parents with school-aged kids, San Diego has a number of highly rated school districts, including Poway Unified and San Diego Unified school districts.

SAN DIEGO NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUTDOOR LIVING

Near perfect weather makes San Diego, a city of hills, valleys and beautiful beaches, the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Spread out a blanket on the flat, wide beaches of La Jolla, admire the rugged cliffs from the sandy shores along Ocean Beach or go for a hike in Torrey Pines State Park. You can take a lesson at one of the surf schools or learn how to scuba dive. If you'd rather experience the sea from a boat, head to San Diego Bay or Mission Bay for a day of sailing or kayaking along San Diego's waterfront.

GETAWAYS FROM SAN DIEGO

After finding your apartment for rent in San Diego, you'll probably want to start exploring. When you're ready for a day trip, head two hours north for a shopping excursion in Los Angeles or drive two hours over the mountains for a spa weekend in Palm Springs. The bright lights and casinos of Las Vegas are a five-hour drive.

Find Apartments for Rent in San Diego

Finding a new place to live is a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find apartments for rent in San Diego that match your needs.