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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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(199)

San Diego, CA 92110

$2120 - $4035

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(199)

$2120 - $4035

533 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

CasaLago Eastlake - Chula Vista, CA 91915
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(33)

Chula Vista, CA 91915

$1750 - $3225

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Chula Vista, CA (Eastlake)

(33)

$1750 - $3225

427 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

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

San Diego, CA 92127

$1609 - $1843

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(102)

$1609 - $1843

344 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

EV - San Diego, CA 92101
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San Diego, CA 92101

$1705 - $3540

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1705 - $3540

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valentia - San Diego, CA 92122
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(3)

San Diego, CA 92122

$1899 - $3862

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(3)

$1899 - $3862

318 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Arcadia At Stonecrest Village - San Diego, CA 92123
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San Diego, CA 92123

$1720 - $5685

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Eastern San Diego, Serra Mesa)


$1720 - $5685

336 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Torrey Villas - San Diego, CA 92130
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San Diego, CA 92130

$1940 - $4155

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa...)


$1940 - $4155

473 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

AVA Pacific Beach - San Diego, CA 92109
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(721)

San Diego, CA 92109

$1440 - $2530

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Mission Bay, Northern San Diego...)

(721)

$1440 - $2530

564 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

La Jolla Palms - San Diego, CA 92122
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San Diego, CA 92122

$1985 - $4910

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1985 - $4910

232 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Village Mission Valley - San Diego, CA 92124
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San Diego, CA 92124

$1790 - $4500

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Eastern San Diego, Grantville)


$1790 - $4500

1410 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ocean House on Prospect Apartment Homes - La Jolla, CA 92037
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(70)

La Jolla, CA 92037

$2995 - $7266

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(70)

$2995 - $7266

53 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Island Club Apartments - Oceanside, CA 92056
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(1162)

Oceanside, CA 92056

$1338 - $2693

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oceanside, CA (Ivy Ranch)

(1162)

$1338 - $2693

592 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Windrift Apartments - Oceanside, CA 92056
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(1055)

Oceanside, CA 92056

$1629 - $4651

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oceanside, CA (Ocean Hills)

(1055)

$1629 - $4651

404 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Harborview Apartment Homes - San Diego, CA 92101
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San Diego, CA 92101

$1635 - $3740

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1635 - $3740

387 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Fashion Valley - San Diego, CA 92108
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(183)

San Diego, CA 92108

$1840 - $2515

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Fashion Valley, Linda Vista...)

(183)

$1840 - $2515

161 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacific View Apartment Homes - Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1725 - $5785

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Carlsbad, CA (San Marcos)


$1725 - $5785

451 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Gables Point Loma - San Diego, CA 92106
22

San Diego, CA 92106

$1640 - $3625

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

San Diego, CA (Loma Heights, Point Loma Heights...)


$1640 - $3625

194 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Hidden Cove Apartments - Escondido, CA 92029
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(659)

Escondido, CA 92029

$1362 - $3381

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Escondido, CA

(659)

$1362 - $3381

334 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Vista - Vista, CA 92081
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(31)

Vista, CA 92081

$1585 - $2760

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vista, CA

(31)

$1585 - $2760

221 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves San Marcos - San Marcos, CA 92069
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(224)

San Marcos, CA 92069

$1545 - $1860

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Marcos, CA

(224)

$1545 - $1860

184 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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