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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.

Tavera at Otay Ranch - Chula Vista, CA 91913
32

Chula Vista, CA 91913

$1640 - $2895

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

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


$1640 - $2895

35 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

BluWater Crossing - Carlsbad, CA 92011
37

Carlsbad, CA 92011

$2350 - $5000

1-2 Beds 2 Baths

Carlsbad, CA (Carlsbad)


$2350 - $5000

60 Units 1-2 Beds 2 Baths

Circa 37 - San Diego, CA 92108
9

San Diego, CA 92108

$2000 - $3265

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$2000 - $3265

306 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alta Vista - Escondido, CA 92026
37

Escondido, CA 92026

$1604 - $2616

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Escondido, CA


$1604 - $2616

102 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Urbana - San Diego, CA 92101
2

San Diego, CA 92101

$1600 - $4100

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1600 - $4100

93 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mira Bella - San Diego, CA 92123
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(10)

San Diego, CA 92123

$1715 - $2650

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(10)

$1715 - $2650

289 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sunbow Villas - Chula Vista, CA 91911
10
(4)

Chula Vista, CA 91911

$1700 - $2185

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chula Vista, CA

(4)

$1700 - $2185

139 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Landing at Ocean View Hills - San Diego, CA 92154
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(3)

San Diego, CA 92154

$1544 - $1876

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(3)

$1544 - $1876

216 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Portofino - San Diego, CA 92108
30

San Diego, CA 92108

$1755 - $2850

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1755 - $2850

396 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Signature Point - San Diego, CA 92130
44

San Diego, CA 92130

$2321 - $4679

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Carmel Valley, Northeastern San Diego...)


$2321 - $4679

262 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Villas at Carlsbad - Carlsbad, CA 92008
16

Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1346 - $6140

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

River Oaks - Oceanside, CA 92057
16

Oceanside, CA 92057

$1535 - $2535

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oceanside, CA (Oceana)


$1535 - $2535

239 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Central Park La Mesa - La Mesa, CA 91942
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(2)

La Mesa, CA 91942

$1504 - $2235

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

La Mesa, CA (Santee)

(2)

$1504 - $2235

216 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vantage Pointe - San Diego, CA 92101
27

San Diego, CA 92101

$1775 - $3465

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Central San Diego, Core-columbia...)


$1775 - $3465

679 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alta San Marcos - San Marcos, CA 92078
63

San Marcos, CA 92078

$1460 - $2730

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Marcos, CA (San Marcos)


$1460 - $2730

108 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

LOFT2015 - San Diego, CA 92110
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(31)

San Diego, CA 92110

$2060 - $2255

2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Midway District, Mission Hills...)

(31)

$2060 - $2255

85 Units 2 Beds 1-2 Baths

River Front - San Diego, CA 92108
39

San Diego, CA 92108

$1985 - $2305

2 Beds 2 Baths

San Diego, CA (Eastern San Diego, Hotel Circle...)


$1985 - $2305

229 Units 2 Beds 2 Baths

Avion At Spectrum - San Diego, CA 92123
25

San Diego, CA 92123

$1642 - $2427

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1642 - $2427

448 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pravada at Grossmont Trolley - La Mesa, CA 91942
11

La Mesa, CA 91942

$1485 - $2823

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$1485 - $2823

230 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Latitude33 - Escondido, CA 92025
42

Escondido, CA 92025

$1525 - $2700

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Escondido, CA


$1525 - $2700

198 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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