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Average Rent in San Diego, CA

Avg. RentAnnual Change
San Diego Studio - $2,261-4%
San Diego 1 Bed - $2,822-1%
San Diego 2 Beds - $3,705-2%

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Local Reviews

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.

Demographics

Education

High School

28%

Associate's

28%

Bachelor's

28%

Master's

13%

Doctorate

3%

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

Percentage: 3/53/5

Renters gave this area a 3 out of 5 for affordability

*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.

Rent Trends

Average rent in San Diego, CA

In San Diego, CA, as of 2024, the average rent for apartments ranges from $2,261 to $3,705. Specifically, the average rent for a studio apartment in San Diego, CA is $2,261. For those seeking a 1-bedroom apartments, the average rent is $2,822. And for a 2-bedroom apartment, renters can expect to pay an average of $3,705.

Annual Rent Change Over the Past 12 Months

Studio

-4%

Changed from $2,355 to $2,261
1 Bed

-1%

Changed from $2,851 to $2,822
2 Beds

-2%

Changed from $3,781 to $3,705

Rent Ranges

Apartment PricesProportion
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0%
1%
18%
81%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Coronado$2,489-1%
Carlsbad$2,475-34%
Encinitas$2,295-22%
Chula Vista$2,245+5%
La Jolla$2,095-9%
National City$2,025--
Vista$2,022+18%
Oceanside$1,995+11%
Fallbrook$1,950--
Spring Valley$1,895--
La Mesa$1,8600%
Escondido$1,834-2%
Alpine$1,695--
Lemon Grove$1,540--
El Cajon$1,500-6%
Santee$1,500-22%
Lakeside$1,485--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Carlsbad$2,955-25%
Oceanside$2,686+10%
Vista$2,582+28%
Chula Vista$2,577+2%
National City$2,470+8%
Imperial Beach$2,450+12%
Encinitas$2,448+4%
San Marcos$2,401-3%
Spring Valley$2,299+1%
Poway$2,295-10%
La Mesa$2,240-6%
Alpine$2,200-4%
Santee$2,195+2%
Bonita$2,195--
Fallbrook$2,195+131%
Lemon Grove$2,000-8%
Escondido$1,935-2%
El Cajon$1,825+2%
Lakeside$1,795--
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Chula Vista$3,269+12%
Vista$3,145+13%
San Marcos$3,116+5%
Lemon Grove$2,995+18%
National City$2,970-2%
Imperial Beach$2,947-4%
Oceanside$2,836-4%
Ramona$2,775--
Poway$2,750-19%
Encinitas$2,710-8%
Alpine$2,6970%
La Mesa$2,652-8%
Spring Valley$2,624-6%
Santee$2,610+4%
Bonita$2,595--
Escondido$2,561-4%
Lakeside$2,250--
El Cajon$2,195-5%
Fallbrook$2,1000%

Compare Neighborhoods

City Heights

$1,695

1 Bed Avg. Rent

Corridor

$1,695

1 Bed Avg. Rent

University Heights

$1,775

1 Bed Avg. Rent

What are the most affordable neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

For renters in San Diego seeking more affordable options, the neighborhoods to watch are City Heights, Corridor, and University Heights, where average rents for 1-bedroom apartments stand at $1,695, $1,695, and $1,775 respectively. Additional areas offering value are Southeastern San Diego and Mid-City, where the rents are $1,850 and $1,875, a favorable comparison to San Diego's overall 1-bedroom average of $2,822.

What are the most expensive neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

In San Diego, the neighborhoods commanding the highest rents are Tierrasanta, Village, and Bird Rock. A 1-bedroom apartment in Tierrasanta averages at $5,104, in Village it averages $3,525, and in Bird Rock, the average is $3,495. For additional high-end living options, Carmel Valley offers 1-bedroom apartments at $3,139, and Morena at $3,097. These rates compare to the overall average rent of $2,822 for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, highlighting the premium nature of these specific neighborhoods.

What are the most popular neighborhoods in San Diego, CA?

In San Diego, the most sought-after neighborhoods for renters include Uptown, Hillcrest, and South Park. In Uptown, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment is $2,686. Hillcrest sees average rents of $2,295 for a 1-bedroom unit. South Park offers similar appeal with 1-bedroom apartments averaging $2,175. For those seeking other popular areas, Mission Hills presents 1-bedroom apartments at $2,550, and Park West at $3,050. These prices are set against the backdrop of the city-wide average of $2,822 for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, underscoring the popularity of these particular neighborhoods.

NeighborhoodStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Morena$2,847-5%
Hillcrest$2,727+1%
Medical Complex$2,650+11%
Rancho Penasquitos$2,629--
North Park$2,607+38%
Western San Diego$2,559+3%
Little Italy$2,450-26%
Uptown$2,431-3%
University City$2,315-11%
Park West$2,295-37%
Point Loma Peninsula$2,195-17%
Point Loma Heights$2,195-17%
Downtown$2,167-3%
Serra Mesa$2,150+8%
Downtown San Diego$2,142-4%
Ocean Beach$2,100--
Village$2,095-9%
East Village$2,0510%
Bay Park$1,995--
North Clairemont$1,942-3%
Northern San Diego$1,905-21%
Logan Heights$1,900--
City Heights$1,895--
College East$1,895--
Mira Mesa$1,850--
Northeastern San Diego$1,850--
Golden Hill$1,800+3%
Mission Hills$1,745--
Carmel Valley$1,700--
Torrey Hills$1,700--
Central San Diego$1,699-11%
Mid-City$1,695-11%
Normal Heights$1,695--
Talmadge$1,595--
Southeastern San Diego$1,4500%
Neighborhood1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Village$3,525+7%
Bird Rock$3,495--
Carmel Valley$3,1390%
Morena$3,097-8%
Mission Valley$3,078-2%
Park West$3,050+39%
Northern San Diego$2,987-2%
Western San Diego$2,974+3%
East Village$2,915+5%
Mira Mesa$2,9120%
Torrey Hills$2,910+5%
Downtown$2,884+4%
Downtown San Diego$2,871+2%
North Park$2,835+42%
Eastern San Diego$2,822-6%
Mission Valley East$2,814-7%
University City$2,784-7%
Northeastern San Diego$2,737-4%
Medical Complex$2,736+1%
Rancho Penasquitos$2,725-7%
Little Italy$2,700-27%
Uptown$2,6860%
Point Loma Heights$2,580-16%
Mission Hills$2,550--
Bay Park$2,538+14%
Golden Hill$2,495+9%
Southern San Diego$2,472+13%
Serra Mesa$2,425+6%
Point Loma Peninsula$2,417-6%
North Clairemont$2,397+2%
Rancho Bernardo$2,370-13%
Barrio Logan$2,350--
Linda Vista$2,345-9%
Ocean Beach$2,338-5%
Central San Diego$2,2970%
Hillcrest$2,295+13%
Talmadge$2,2950%
Mission Beach$2,250--
Logan Heights$2,200--
Scripps Ranch$2,190--
South Park$2,175--
College East$1,995+5%
Mid-City$1,875-18%
Normal Heights$1,875-20%
Southeastern San Diego$1,850-3%
University Heights$1,775--
City Heights$1,695-8%
Corridor$1,695-26%
Neighborhood2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
Bird Rock$4,395--
Medical Complex$4,339-7%
Morena$4,292-10%
Carmel Valley$4,214+3%
Village$4,195-30%
Mission Valley$4,163+2%
Northern San Diego$4,090-1%
Eastern San Diego$3,926+7%
Little Italy$3,900-8%
Western San Diego$3,897-7%
Hillcrest$3,895-7%
University City$3,812-8%
Uptown$3,800-9%
Park West$3,800-42%
Downtown San Diego$3,7320%
Downtown$3,7320%
Mission Beach$3,700--
Torrey Hills$3,618+9%
East Village$3,607-1%
Mira Mesa$3,529-3%
Rancho Penasquitos$3,450+8%
Mission Valley East$3,405-5%
University Heights$3,300--
Northeastern San Diego$3,297+2%
Rancho Bernardo$3,220+1%
Point Loma Heights$3,171-16%
Linda Vista$3,147+2%
Point Loma Peninsula$3,145-15%
Southern San Diego$3,0800%
Bay Park$3,026+11%
North Park$2,895-24%
Central San Diego$2,820-6%
Golden Hill$2,820+13%
North Clairemont$2,8200%
Serra Mesa$2,750-7%
Ocean Beach$2,723-8%
Logan Heights$2,694--
City Heights$2,600-13%
Normal Heights$2,595-26%
South Park$2,595--
Corridor$2,595-13%
Mid-City$2,545-6%
College East$2,395+4%
Talmadge$2,395-17%
Mission Hills$2,350-6%
Southeastern San Diego$2,325+6%
Barrio Logan$2,295--

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®

Walkable

No

Say 111 of 211 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 158 of 211 renters

Percentage: 5454

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 118 of 211 renters

Percentage: 4444

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 123 of 211 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 140 of 211 renters

Area Amenities

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

Area Features

Area Has Litter

No

Say 193 of 211 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 185 of 211 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 174 of 211 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 156 of 211 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 150 of 211 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 147 of 211 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 147 of 211 renters

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 146 of 211 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 141 of 211 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

No

Say 139 of 211 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 128 of 211 renters

Quiet Area

Yes

Say 123 of 211 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

No

Say 107 of 211 renters

Nice Views

No

Say 107 of 211 renters

Maintained Yards

No

Say 107 of 211 renters

Near Highways

No

Say 109 of 211 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 120 of 211 renters

Tree Lined Streets

No

Say 133 of 211 renters

Near Downtown

No

Say 154 of 211 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 160 of 211 renters

Schools

Percentage: 4/54/5

School Score

How satisfied do renters feel with the schools in this area.

Top Schools in San Diego

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About

San Diego, CA

Overview of San Diego

San Diego is one of California's most beloved cities. South of Los Angeles and bordering Mexico, the seaside city is renown for its climate - locals aren't exaggerating about when they call it ideal. San Diego is rife with iconic neighborhoods, which are packed with character and charm. But, wherever you hail from - whether it's the East Coast or right down the street from Old Town - there's one ideal part of town for house hunters.

Looking to rent a house in San Diego? You'll want to check out Mission Valley.

A corner of San Diego to call your own

Mission Valley is one of the most beloved parts of a town that's not short on admirers. Located right by the intersections of the Mission Valley Freeway, I-8, and route 163, the Cabrillo Freeway, the Valley is a commuter's dream, but also a cozy little Southern California neighborhood, filled with character. With all the houses and one- and two-family homes, you'll find both the space to stretch out and all the culture you're looking for from a city.

In fact, if you're in search of cultural diversity, Mission Valley is the place for you. San Diego is already home to folks of all races, creeds, backgrounds and cultures, but this neighborhood is particularly renowned for its diversity. But right alongside local shops, ethnic restaurants and annual festivals and celebrations, your neighborhood also has all the traditional comforts and conveniences you're used to: a local mall with a Gap, Nordstrom and movie theater, as well as a variety of churches and schools.

The best part of a house for rent in Mission Valley isn't just having more room in your home, but plenty of outdoor space as well. Even if you don't have a sprawling yard, there's a park nearby. Even smaller parks, like the Mission Heights Neighborhood Park, are large by city standards. And these are dwarfed by Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Presidio Park or any of the golfing locales in the area, like Tecolote Canyon Golf Course or the Riverwalk Golf Club.

The beautiful campus of the University of San Diego is also just north of your neighborhood. Play ball or catch a game at Fowler Park and Cunningham Field, play a match on the campus tennis courts, or check out the school's prized Garden of the Sky and Garden of the Sea.

Prefer sports? Hop on Friar's Road near the center of Mission Valley - the Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium is fewer than 5 miles away!

Your house rental in Mission Valley is sure to be beautiful, but you can also count on it's being surrounded by equally stunning, old properties. Mission Valley is one of the best parts of San Diego for historic buildings and attractions.

A glimpse into San Diego's past

Mission Valley has its share of old homes and vintage architecture - just check out the Mission San Diego de Alcala - but for historic San Diego sites, it can't compare to Old Town. Luckily, this famous corner of the city is just a short drive, bike ride or even walk away!

Old Town is a tiny, primarily commercial neighborhood in San Diego packed with restaurants serving authentic homemade Mexican dishes, mariachi music, museums, historic sites, numerous parks, famous shops like Bazaar del Mundo, Mexican Folklorico dancers and street performers, as well as the Old Town Market.

Best of all, there's convenient trolley transportation between Mission Valley and Old Town, plus trains headed in and out of the city center all day each week.

Houses for rent in San Diego don't get much better than this. Whether you're looking to raise a family or just want a bit more distance from the city, Mission Valley's the neighborhood for you. 

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