University City, San Diego, CA

University City Neighborhood Guide San Diego, CA


About University City

University City is a lively neighborhood in San Diego, California, known for its central locale and dynamic atmosphere. Nestled between Interstates 5 and 805, it offers direct links to the entirety of San Diego County. The area boasts a mix of residential, commercial, and light industrial areas, giving it a unique, diversified feel. With the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in its backyard, University City thrives on the bustling energy of college life.

What You Will Love About University City, San Diego, California/

  • Love the outdoors? University City has an array of parks, hiking trails, and outdoor activities on offer, including popular Rose Canyon and San Clemente Park.
  • The neighborhood's dynamic vibe is enhanced by the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and bars flanking the main roads.
  • Cultural and scientific enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby La Jolla Playhouse and the Birch Aquarium.

What’s Nearby

University City is just minutes away from the upscale coastal neighborhood of La Jolla and a short drive from downtown San Diego. Beach lovers will appreciate its proximity to the stunning beaches of Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores. Additionally, Sorrento Valley, known as the hub of San Diego's tech industry, is just around the corner.


The lifestyle in University City is diverse, catering to different tastes and age groups. Its close proximity to UCSD brings a youthful, energetic vibe, while the parks, trails, and family-friendly activities cater to families and outdoor enthusiasts. The neighborhood also offers a vibrant nightlife scene, with a variety of bars and eateries to choose from.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 214 restaurants, 28 grocery stores, and 34 parks within a mile of the University City neighborhood.

    Costa Verde Developers

    Business and Professional Services, Real Estate Service, Real Estate Development and Title Company, Retail, Shopping Mall

    0.4 miles

    8530 Costa Verde Blvd

    UTC Farmers Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Farmers' Market, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store / Supermarket

    0.5 miles

    7131 Regents Rd

    Westfield UTC

    Retail, Shopping Mall

    0.5 miles

    4545 La Jolla Village Dr

    RG Westfield UTC

    Retail, Shopping Mall

    0.5 miles

    4545 La Jolla Village Dr

    Ideal Image University Town Center

    Dining and Drinking, Retail, Department Store, Shopping Mall

    0.6 miles

    4577 La Jolla Village Dr


    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.7 miles

    7788 Regents Rd

University City Apartments and Rentals

96 Rental properties in University City, San Diego, CA.

  • Avia La Jolla Senior Living 55+ property


    Avia La Jolla Senior Living 55+

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    735–1901 Sqft

    7 Units Available

  • Town Park Villas Senior Living 55+ property

    Contact for Price

    Town Park Villas Senior Living 55+

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    650–1009 Sqft

    Upcoming Availability

  • Avalon La Jolla Colony property


    Avalon La Jolla Colony

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    543–950 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Solazzo Apartment Homes property


    Solazzo Apartment Homes

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    620–1020 Sqft

    7 Units Available

  • La Jolla Canyon property


    La Jolla Canyon

    1–2 Beds • 1 Bath

    600–800 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

  • Westwood Apartment Homes property


    Westwood Apartment Homes

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    550–1017 Sqft

    2 Units Available

Cost of Living

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University City Demographics

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University City Reviews

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  • Nearby Parks


    Say 6 of 6 renters

  • Noise Late At Night


    Say 5 of 6 renters

  • Area Has Litter


    Say 5 of 6 renters

  • Area Has Potholes


    Say 5 of 6 renters

  • Good Place To Raise A Family


    Say 5 of 6 renters

  • Busy Streets


    Say 4 of 6 renters

University City Transportation

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Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®
The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.


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Some Transit

1 bus stop, 1 train stop, 1 other stop

Woofie’s of La Jolla

Bus Stop

4545 La Jolla Village Dr

San Diego Fit Pros

Train Stop

9085 Judicial Dr

La Jolla Transportation


8861 Villa La Jolla Dr


University City Schools

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Northern San DiegoNeighborhood in San-diego, California$1,905
Sorrento ValleyNeighborhood in San-diego, California$3,899
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Bird RockNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
Bay HoNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
La Jolla VillageNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
North ClairemontNeighborhood in San-diego, California$1,942
Clairemont Mesa EastNeighborhood in San-diego, California$1,905--
Torrey PinesNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
VillageNeighborhood in San-diego, California$2,095
La Jolla ShoresNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
La Jolla CrossroadsNeighborhood in San-diego, California$2,625
Clairemont Mesa WestNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
Del Mar MesaNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
Beach BarberNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
Mira Mesa WestNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
La Jolla HeightsNeighborhood in San-diego, California----
Hidden ValleyNeighborhood in San-diego, California----