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149 Apartments for rent in El Cajon, CA

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Last updated March 20 at 7:24am UTC
800 N N Mollison Ave
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 19 at 6:50pm UTC
1 Bedroom
2017 Arrow Ct
Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 19 at 11:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1183 Naranca Ave.
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 18 at 10:59am UTC
4 Bedrooms
340 N 1st St Apt A
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
12049 Calle De Montana Unit #198
Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
908 S. Sunshine Avenue #17
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:18am UTC
2 Bedrooms
492 Dewane Drive
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:18am UTC
3 Bedrooms
723 S Anza St
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 2:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1155 Emerald Ave
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 5:51pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1000 Estes St. #32
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 5:45pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1166 Decker St.
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:49am UTC
2 Bedrooms
853 Cherrywood Way
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 14 at 11:04am UTC
1 Bedroom
507 Camden Yards Way
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 16 at 10:36am UTC
3 Bedrooms
15224 Lazy Creek Rd
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 5:50pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
2524 Littleton Road
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1358 Craigmont St
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 15 at 10:52am UTC
3 Bedrooms
163 Minnesota Ave.
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 13 at 11:18am UTC
3 Bedrooms
554 Camden Yards Way
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 13 at 9:14am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1465 E Lexington Ave
El Cajon
El Cajon, CA
Updated March 12 at 9:35am UTC
2 Bedrooms
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City Guide
El Cajon
Embracing El Cajon - The Neighborhoods:

El Cajon is a small city but it has a few zip codes. The easiest way to classify neighborhoods/sections of the city is to use these zip codes. As with most places in California, the cost of living is a bit more expensive in El Cajon and rental costs reflect this. That being said, there is a home in El Cajon for every price range and neighborhoods are welcoming.

El Cajon (Santee, Fletcher Hills) 92020: An area where shopping, parks and entertainment are all in close proximity. Centrally located for travel/commuting purposes. As for where to lay your head at night, there are plenty of apartments to choose from—all with plenty of amenities (paid utilities, private backyards, volleyball courts, some furnished/washer and dryer in unit, heated pools) and ranging in price (two bedrooms between $925 and $1400/month depending on location). The homes in the area tend to be large, some ranch style (it’s not uncommon to have five bedrooms or more) on large pieces of land/acres. The three parks (Red Cross, Wells Park, El Cajon city park) and outdoor spaces nearby make it ideal for those who like being outdoors and leading an active lifestyle.

El Cajon (heart of the city) 92021: Located near two major freeways (67 and the 8), this part of El Cajon is an area that is increasing in popularity. Perfect for commuters, those always looking to keep busy (close to dining, shopping, nightlife options), it is a great neighborhood. The walkability in this area is great. Dwellings are generally made up of apartment complexes and single family homes (many established, many split level). Close to the San Diego trolley, for sightseeing or for entertaining the visitors you will surely get when you move. There are a plethora of apartments to choose from in this zip code, all with fantastic perks (private patios, business centers, pools) and at reasonable prices. One bedrooms start around $815.

El Cajon (Hillsdale/Rancho San Diego) 92019: Close to the downtown area, this part of El Cajon offers luxury apartment living, great mountain views and proximity to an abundance of activities (golf, parks, shopping). Many of the apartment homes here offer upgraded amenities and perks for residents ( saunas, racquetball courts, fire places, movie theatres, private garages, etc.) and the homes are typically large, newer and often Mediterranean/Spanish style (three bedrooms and up) on large lots. It is also very close to San Diego, making it ideal for day trips and commuting for work (if your job brings you to San Diego). It can be pricey, with one bedrooms starting at $1100.

Moving Tips:

Many apartments in the area pay for all or some utilities, so while the rent may seem steep it could actually include all of your basic needs.

Moving to town and need a roommate? Some complexes offer a matching service for you. Inquire with the leasing office.

Cars Rule in El Cajon-Transportation:

El Cajon is, for the most part, a driving town. Residents here rely on their own set of wheels to get around. Interstate 8 runs all the way to the edge of the state (the Pacific Ocean) and can take drivers to San Diego in no time. It also connects with the 67, which brings drivers north and the 125, which can connect drivers to routes going to Mexico. Other local roads include 54, which connects Interstate 5 to the city and can bring drivers in and around the surrounding areas.

Public transportation isn’t unheard of around El Cajon though. An Amtrak station is located nearby and a bus service serves residents, as well. There is also a trolley station with a stop located in El Cajon that takes visitors and residents throughout the San Diego area, with various stops along the way.

The appeal of El Cajon is that it is a growing city without the ego of a growing city. It offers amazing views, a great lifestyle and a prime location for those who seek a quaint place to call home. Load up the moving truck and find yourself in El Cajon.

Rent Report
El Cajon

March 2018 El Cajon Rent Report

Welcome to the March 2018 El Cajon Rent Report. El Cajon rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the El Cajon rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

El Cajon rents increase sharply over the past month

El Cajon rents have increased 2.4% over the past month, and are up sharply by 8.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in El Cajon stand at $1,280 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,660 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. El Cajon's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.6%, as well as the national average of 2.3%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of El Cajon, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Diego metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Encinitas has the most expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,430; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 2.7% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • El Cajon has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,660, while one-bedrooms go for $1,280.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,510; rents increased 6.6% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to El Cajon

As rents have increased sharply in El Cajon, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, El Cajon is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 3.6% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in Los Angeles, 3.1% in San Jose, and 1.0% in San Francisco.
  • El Cajon's median two-bedroom rent of $1,660 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.3% over the past year compared to the 8.4% rise in El Cajon.
  • While El Cajon's rents rose sharply over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in El Cajon than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where El Cajon is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Diego $1,550 $2,000 0.7% 3.1%
Chula Vista $1,610 $2,090 0.5% 5.0%
Oceanside $1,740 $2,260 -0.2% 5.4%
Escondido $1,400 $1,820 -2.6% 4.0%
Carlsbad $1,860 $2,410 -0.6% 2.2%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,660 2.4% 8.4%
Vista $1,410 $1,830 0.1% 5.5%
San Marcos $1,510 $1,960 0.1% 3.5%
Encinitas $1,870 $2,430 -2.7% 4.7%
National City $1,170 $1,510 0.3% 6.6%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

El Cajon Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how El Cajon ranks on:
F Overall satisfaction
F Safety and crime rate
F Jobs and career opportunities
D Recreational activities
C+ Affordability
F Quality of schools
D Social Life
B- Weather
C Commute time
F State and local taxes
B Public transit
F Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released El Cajon’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

"El Cajon renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received average scores, and many received below average scores."

Key findings in El Cajon include the following:

  • El Cajon renters gave their city an F overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for El Cajon were public transit (B) and weather (B-).
  • The areas of concern to El Cajon renters are jobs and career opportunities, safety and low crime rate, state and local taxes, quality of local schools and pet-friendliness, which all received F grades.
  • El Cajon did relatively poorly compared to other cities in California, including Los Angeles (C+), San Francisco (B+) and Sacramento (C).
  • El Cajon did relatively poorly compared to other cities nationwide, including Portland, OR (B+), Denver, CO (B+) and Atlanta, GA (B+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "I love how it’s a semi-small town, but I hate how expensive it is to rent apartments." – Jill A.
  • "I love how close it is to hiking trails. But some apartments never seem to have enough parking, either on the property or on the street." – Anon.
  • "I love that there are a lot of nice people here, but there are no job opportunities in the city." – Ahmed N.
  • "I like that I’m surrounded by conveniences like shopping and public transportation. But the cost of renting is ridiculous for the quality of what you receive." – Jean W.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at