University of San Diego Off Campus Apartments

University of San Diego Off Campus Apartments

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University of San Diego

Quite a small, Roman Catholic university in San Diego, California, USD offers over sixty degree programs for bpoth undergraduates and postgraduates. The university is included in the Princeton Guidebook of the nation's 351 best.

The fifth wealthiest city in the United States, San Diego has an extremely diverse economy and plenty of employment opportunities, both for students and graduates. Agriculture is a large part of it, however biotechnology, computer sciences, finance and business services, marine services, telecommunications and tourism are also big in San Diego.

Plenty of Public Transit

San Diego is not only among the wealthiest cities in the nation, it also has one of the best developed public transit networks. There is the San Diego trolley system, as well as the MTS (Metropolitan transit system) for bus travel. However, for many locals, bikes are the transport of choice due to great weather, flexibility and lower cost.

You will probably need the public transit system to get to school - and you may want a car to get from your class to lunch venue, also! The area around USD has a walkability score of only 51 out of 100.

San Diego Neighborhoods for USD Students

Look for apartments and housing in Morena, Bay Park, and Mission Hills if you prefer to live close to school. Of the three, Morena is slightly more affordable (and is also closest to USD), while apartments in Bay Park and Mission Hill are a little more upmarket.

The area around USD has a decent selection of apartments, despite the fact that it is close to the beach in a traditionally high demand housing area. Sadly, extra supply and less demand don't always add up to lower prices. Apartments in the Mission Hill, Morena and Bay Park areas start around $700 per month, and prices climb fairly rapidly.

Sunny San Diego Nightlife and Dining Out

So if you budget carefully enough, you'll have enough left over from your apartment rental for a little fun in San Diego! Ballast Point Restaurant and Bar is very close to school, and the amusingly named Islands Sushi and Pupu Bar is close and well loved.

If you only need a few calories to get you back into the boks again, Nordstrom Café is close to USD, and Albie's Beef Inn, Pizza Bella and Phil's Bbq will help you find plenty of fellow students.


Average Apartment Rent in San Diego

# Bedrooms Apr Mar Feb 3 Month % change
Studio $1,443 $1,454 $1,433 0.7%
1 Bed $2,196 $2,220 $2,270 -3.3%
2 Bed $2,487 $2,554 $2,511 -1%
3 Bed $2,537 $2,556 $2,508 1.2%

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Apartments in San Diego - View 83 properties

Carmel Pacific Ridge

Carmel Pacific Ridge

San Diego, California, 92110

Studio/1 Bedroom$2,035 - $2,390

2 Bedrooms$2,625 - $3,720

3 Bedrooms$3,055 - $4,015

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Loma Portal Apartments

Loma Portal Apartments

San Diego, California, 92110

1 Bedroom$1,395

2 Bedrooms$1,450 - $1,595

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$1950 studio in San Diego-11705 Rue D Orleans

$1950 studio in San Diego-11705 Rue D Orleans

San Diego, California, 92110

1 Bedroom$1,950

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$3900 One bedroom in San Diego-9915 Linda Vista Rd

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$3300 Two bedroom in San Diego-5865 5865 Friars Rd

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Local Talk

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  • What apts are the best and most convenient to Marine Base?

    The apartments that are most conveniently located for commuting to the Marine Base are in and around the 92145 zip code. You can search by area code and it will return the following page:

    You can see that there are apartments on all sides of the Marine base, some closer to Clairemont, on the west side, closer to Pacific Beach and some to the Northeast, near Miramar Lake and Scripps Ranch.

  • What neighborhoods in San Diego are good for eating out?

    Old Town San Diego boasts the best and greatest variety of SD eats. With a wide variety of cuisines including Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Creole, Peruvian and regional California fare, there is something in Old Town to suit every appetite and budget.
    Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant features some of the best homemade pastas, veal dishes, and seafood specialties in the city. Del Mar is another San Diego foodie hotspot with picturesque ocean views and delicious, diverse cuisine. Or pick up a tasty fish taco from Brigantine, or enjoy some world-class prime rib at Bully's, both located in Del Mar.

  • My grandson is stationed in San Diego, Ca. 92108, he will be shispped out for seven months, but after that I would like to find a hotel/apartment type place to stay for awhile.

    We have over 700 apartments in San Diego to choose from. We'd guess that he'd want to be near the beach and recommend Ocean, Mission or Pacific Beach neighborhoods.

  • What areas of San Diego are safe for walking around at night?

    Situated near both Imperial Beach and Silver Strand Beach, East Chula Vista is a nice, safe, and quiet community in San Diego. Some other safe SD neighborhoods include Clairemont, Hillcrest, Kensington, North Park, South Park, Poway and Tierrasanta. According to, San Diego's neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates are Rancho Penasquitos and Carmel Valley.

  • Is San Diego famous for any kind of restaurant or food in particular? What's the local favorite?

    Like any large metropolitan area, food from all parts of the world can be found somewhere in the city--and, based on its proximity to the ocean, some of this food features seafood. And, like most cities in California, many restaurants showcase the area's fresh, local, year-round produce. San Diego does have a reputation for it craft brewing scene, with an emphasis on very hoppy beers. AleSmith Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, and Port Brewing Company represent a few well-known local breweries.

  • Does San Diego have a good school system?

    Public education in San Diego is provided by various independent school districts. The majority of students in the city, however, attend schools belonging to the San Diego Unified School District, which is the second largest school district in California and includes 11 K-8 schools, 107 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 13 atypical and alternative schools, 28 high schools, and 45 charter schools. Serving over 130,000 pupils, the San Diego Unified School District was rated better than 49.2 percent of school districts in California and 20.9 percent of school districts in the county. Therefore, San Diego's school system isn't the best in the state, but it isn't the worst, either.

  • My daughter will be moving to San Diego very soon. She is looking for a studio or 1 BR apt ($800 range)in Hillcrest area. She has very limited budget. Parking

    Hillcrest 1 bedroom apartments usually range from $1000 to $1500 and parking can be surprisingly competitive, especially near University Avenue. Mission Hills is another nearby neighborhood that can be a good spot to find a less expensive apartment.

  • Are there museums in San Diego or nearby?

    Yes. In fact, San Diego is home to a whole host of museums. The Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Mingei International Museum number among San Diego's art museums. Other museums that reside within the city limits include the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the New Children's Museum, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the San Diego Museum of Man. San Diego is also home to SeaWorld San Diego.