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Overview of San Diego

For those looking for studio apartments for rent in San Diego, no neighborhood has such convenient access to transportation, university resources, nightlife and options for recreation as the College Area. Located in the northeast of the Mid-City region, the neighborhood - also referred to as College West and College East - is a great bet for students as well as mobile, active young professionals who like the easy upkeep of a studio because they're often on the move.

Access to transportation

While San Diego is a uniquely walkable city, proximity to public transportation can be a great convenience, especially for students who might not have access to a car. Luckily, the College Area is close to many bus and trolley lines, so you can move around the city with ease.

For those who do own a car, the College Area is close to many of San Diego's major roadways. College Avenue can quickly connect you to Interstate 8 to the north and Route 94 to the south. From there, it's easy to get to I-805 and I-15, the Escondido Freeway.

University resources, culture

In addition to making the neighborhood perfect for undergraduate and graduate students, nearby San Diego State University offers residents of the College Area who might not be engaged in studies a wealth of options for fun and entertainment. 

A leisurely stroll through the SDSU grounds will lead you to picturesque Scripps Park, located at the center of the campus, and the university-affiliated nonprofit bookseller Aztec Shops, Ltd., is a great place to buy books - at least a few weeks after the semester starts, when it isn't jam-packed with students. Alternatively, you could catch a lecture at the American Language Institute, which calls SDSU its home, or a jazz or classical music performance at the university's Recital Hall.

The great number of students who live nearby also means that there are plenty of cafes to hang out in, including the Egyptian Tea Room and Treehouse Coffee Co.

Shopping and nightlife

The College Area also has the variety of options for shopping and socializing one comes to expect from a young, academic neighborhood. 

The Campus Plaza Shopping Center and the College Center Shopping Center, located a quick walk away from each other on El Cajon Boulevard, feature an array of retail shops and restaurants, many of which specialize in ethnic cuisines.

For those who like the college bar atmosphere, College Billiards is also located on El Cajon Boulevard, while other popular bars in the area include Tina's Night Club and Marie Callender's.

Natural beauty and outdoor activities

San Diego is a breathtaking city, and the College Area is no exception. Beautiful natural canyons can be found throughout the area, and Lake Murray is located just to the north, on the other side of Interstate 8. 

The neighborhood has several parks within and just beyond its borders. Montezuma Park resides in College East, and Clay Park is a short walk to the south and into the Rolando neighborhood. On the College West side, a short walk south on 54th Street will lead you to Colina Del Sol Park.

Carmel Pacific Ridge - San Diego, CA 92110
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(182)

San Diego, CA 92110

$1970 - $4145

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Mission Valley, Morena...)

(182)

$1970 - $4145

533 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cresta Bella - San Diego, CA 92129
30
(105)

San Diego, CA 92129

$1638 - $2654

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Eastern San Diego, Northeastern San Diego...)

(105)

$1638 - $2654

368 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Shadowridge Summerwind - Vista, CA 92083
24
(41)

Vista, CA 92083

$1531 - $1941

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broadstone Coronado on the Bay - Coronado, CA 92118
65
(4)

Coronado, CA 92118

$1641 - $3910

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Coronado, CA (Coronado, The Tent City)

(4)

$1641 - $3910

549 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Hills - San Diego, CA 92129
21
(8)

San Diego, CA 92129

$1654 - $2177

2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Carmel Mountain Ranch, Eastern San Diego...)

(8)

$1654 - $2177

224 Units 2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

OceanView at RiverEdge Terrace - San Diego, CA 92154
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(2)

San Diego, CA 92154

$1895 - $2395

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Dennery Ranch Villages, Ocean Crest...)

(2)

$1895 - $2395

52 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

River Run Village - San Diego, CA 92108
29

San Diego, CA 92108

$1638 - $2194

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Eastern San Diego, Mission Valley...)


$1638 - $2194

192 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Rosina Vista - Chula Vista, CA 91913
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(3)

Chula Vista, CA 91913

$1622 - $2778

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chula Vista, CA (Otay Ranch, Otay Ranch Village)

(3)

$1622 - $2778

278 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Villas At Camino Bernardo - San Diego, CA 92127
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(102)

San Diego, CA 92127

$1594 - $1645

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Carmel Mountain Ranch, Eastern San Diego...)

(102)

$1594 - $1645

344 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Terra Vista - Chula Vista, CA 91913
69
(3)

Chula Vista, CA 91913

$1520 - $2622

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chula Vista, CA (Otay Ranch)

(3)

$1520 - $2622

145 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Greenfield Village - San Diego, CA 92154
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San Diego, CA 92154

$1450 - $2425

1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Diego, CA (Ocean Crest, South San Diego)


$1450 - $2425

644 Units 1-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

The Willows - Escondido, CA 92027
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(5)

Escondido, CA 92027

$1370 - $1710

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Escondido, CA

(5)

$1370 - $1710

137 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Valentia - San Diego, CA 92122
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(3)

San Diego, CA 92122

$1862 - $3673

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Northern San Diego, University City)

(3)

$1862 - $3673

318 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bella Terra - Vista, CA 92081
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(13)

Vista, CA 92081

$1257 - $3319

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vista, CA

(13)

$1257 - $3319

460 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Market Street Square - San Diego, CA 92101
34
(7)

San Diego, CA 92101

$1305 - $2090

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

San Diego, CA (Central San Diego, Downtown...)

(7)

$1305 - $2090

192 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

La Jolla International Gardens - San Diego, CA 92122
24

San Diego, CA 92122

$1460 - $2190

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Northern San Diego, University City)


$1460 - $2190

400 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

La Scala - La Jolla, CA 92122
25

La Jolla, CA 92122

$1390 - $2120

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

La Jolla, CA (Northern San Diego, University City)


$1390 - $2120

354 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oak Hill Apartments - Escondido, CA 92027
30
(9)

Escondido, CA 92027

$1160 - $1685

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Escondido, CA

(9)

$1160 - $1685

110 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Genesee - San Diego, CA 92111
15
(9)

San Diego, CA 92111

$1245

1 Bed 1 Bath

San Diego, CA (Clairemont, Clairemont Mesa East...)

(9)

$1245

170 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

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