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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

It is in a big city but feels fairly small. Favorite local restaurant is Taste if the Himalayas wher we get food with family and friends

It is near all levels of schooling for kids. Had easy shopping and eateries nearby. We like walking on the trails

My neighborhood is friendly with pets and has the noise schooling in the area. I enjoy having Arby's menu items. All gyms are fun to go to with friends and family.

Old buildings which remind me of old movies. The friendliness I can feel in this neighborhood is amazing.

My favorite neighborhood is prosperous, with large shopping malls, cinemas and cafes, which is a good place for us to take a break

We like to go to the local parks. We like to walk the neighborhood. We like to shop at the local stores and eats the local restaurants.

Demographics

Education

High School

9%

Associate's

19%

Bachelor's

37%

Master's

23%

Doctorate

12%

Family Size

2 people

56%

3 people

22%

4 people

18%

5 people

4%

6+ people

1%

Household Income

0-50k

34%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

16%

150-200k

11%

200k+

12%

Age

0-10

8%

10-20

7%

20-45

58%

45-65

16%

65+

12%

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 University City, 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 University City, 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

Cost of Living

Compared to State Average

2.9%

Compared to National Average

35.6%

The cost of living in University City, San Diego, CA is 2.9% lower than the state average and 35.6% higher than the national average. University City, San Diego, CA housing is 115.3% more expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 12.2% more pricey. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 15.1% more in University City, San Diego, CA than in the rest of the country.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 4.2% more here compared to the U.S. average.
Cost of Living in University City, San Diego, CACompared to State AverageCompared to National Average
Housing
3.8%
115.3%
Utilities
12.8%
12.2%
Food
1.3%
15.1%
Transportation
0.8%
31.1%
Healthcare
7.5%
4.2%

Compare Other Cities

CityStudio Avg RentAnnual Change
Coronado$2,489-1%
Carlsbad$2,475-34%
Encinitas$2,295-22%
San Diego$2,261-4%
Chula Vista$2,245+5%
La Jolla$2,095-9%
Murrieta$2,077+8%
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--
El Cajon$1,500-6%
Santee$1,500-22%
Lakeside$1,485--
City1 Bed Avg RentAnnual Change
Carlsbad$2,955-25%
San Diego$2,822-1%
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%
Murrieta$2,2000%
Alpine$2,200-4%
Santee$2,195+2%
Fallbrook$2,195+131%
Temecula$2,1170%
Escondido$1,935-2%
El Cajon$1,825+2%
Lakeside$1,795--
City2 Beds Avg RentAnnual Change
San Diego$3,705-2%
Chula Vista$3,269+12%
Vista$3,145+13%
San Marcos$3,116+5%
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%
Murrieta$2,657+4%
La Mesa$2,652-8%
Spring Valley$2,624-6%
Santee$2,610+4%
Escondido$2,561-4%
Temecula$2,407+3%
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$3,7320%
Downtown San Diego$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%
North Clairemont$2,8200%
Central San Diego$2,820-6%
Golden Hill$2,820+13%
Serra Mesa$2,750-7%
Ocean Beach$2,723-8%
Logan Heights$2,694--
City Heights$2,600-13%
Normal Heights$2,595-26%
Corridor$2,595-13%
South Park$2,595--
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

26%

15-30 Mins

52%

30-40 Mins

13%

40-60 Mins

6%

60+ Mins

2%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 6161

Walk Score®

Walkable

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Has Sidewalks

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Percentage: 6262

Bike Score®

Bike Friendly

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Percentage: 4848

Transit Score®

They Are Located Near Public Transportation

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Need A Car

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Area Amenities

Top Score

Restaurants

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Cooking skills not required in University City San Diego.

  1. Few restaurants per resident
  2. 93% more restaurants than average
  3. 98% fewer restaurants than areas of a similar size

Nightlife

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

You've got a good shot at a great night out in University City San Diego.

  1. Few bars and clubs per resident
  2. 77% more bars and clubs than average
  3. Far fewer bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

4/5 stars based on undefined reviews

University City San Diego is a masterpiece for fine art lovers.

  1. Few fine art centers per resident
  2. 91% more fine art centers than average
  3. Far fewer fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Coffee

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Oh la latte, not a bad spot for getting a cup of joe.

  1. Few coffee shops per resident
  2. 97% more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Hospitals

3.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Hearts skip to the beat of this place - a high score for hospitals.

  1. A high number of hospitals per resident
  2. 98% more hospitals than average
  3. 55% more hospitals than areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

If you love to shop, University City San Diego is a good fit.

  1. Few shops per resident
  2. 90% more shops than average
  3. Far fewer shops than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

We'd be gym buddies with University City San Diego.

  1. A high number of gyms per resident
  2. 97% more gyms than average
  3. 12% more gyms than areas of a similar size

Theaters

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

It's a pretty good scene for movie buffs and theater lovers.

  1. Few theaters per resident
  2. 91% more theaters than average
  3. Far fewer theaters than areas of a similar size

Amusement Parks

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Just the ticket: amusement parks are an uplifting presence in University City San Diego.

  1. Few amusement parks per resident
  2. An average number of amusement parks
  3. A standard number of amusement parks compared to areas of a similar size

Medical Care

3/5 stars based on undefined reviews

More of a gem than germ, this University City San Diego is not too bad for medical care.

  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. 96% more medical facilities than average
  3. 7% fewer medical facilities than areas of a similar size

Parks

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

There's fresh air to be had here.

  1. Few parks per resident
  2. 80% more parks than average
  3. Far fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Childcare

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

University City San Diego is taking baby steps toward having ample childcare options.

  1. Few daycares per resident
  2. 92% more daycares than average
  3. 91% fewer daycares than areas of a similar size

Pet Services

2.5/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Who's an ok boy? University City San Diego doesn't deserve many treats.

  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. 94% more pet facilities than average
  3. 53% fewer pet facilities than areas of a similar size

Grocery Stores

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

The food shops around here are few and far between.

  1. Few grocery stores per resident
  2. 91% more grocery stores than average
  3. Far fewer grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

2/5 stars based on undefined reviews

Honk if you see a gas station.

  1. Few gas stations per resident
  2. 80% more gas stations than average
  3. Far fewer gas stations than areas of a similar size

Area Features

Nearby Parks

Yes

Say 6 of 6 renters

Noise Late At Night

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Area Has Litter

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Area Has Potholes

No

Say 5 of 6 renters

Good Place To Raise A Family

Yes

Say 5 of 6 renters

Busy Streets

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Near Grocery Stores

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Near Highways

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Near Schools

Yes

Say 4 of 6 renters

Area Has Kids Play Outside

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Mostly Older Buildings

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Near Downtown

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Nice Views

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Pet Friendly

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Safe For Families

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Tree Lined Streets

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Maintained Yards

Yes

Say 3 of 6 renters

Mostly Newer Buildings

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Quiet Area

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Well Lit

No

Say 4 of 6 renters

Schools

Percentage: 4/54/5

School Score

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

Top Schools in University City San Diego

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City1 Bed Price2 Beds Price
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Oceanside, CA 24.9 miles$2,686$2,836
Escondido, CA 19.1 miles$1,935$2,561
El Cajon, CA 15.3 miles$1,825$2,195
Encinitas, CA 12.8 miles$2,448$2,710
La Mesa, CA 12.9 miles$2,240$2,652
Vista, CA 23.3 miles$2,582$3,145

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University City$2,784$3,812
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