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145 Cheap Apartments for rent in El Cajon, CA

Finding cheap apartments in El Cajon takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letter... Read Guide >
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Ivanhoe Village
2675 Fletcher Pkwy
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$1,655
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$2,631
650 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:41 PM
Ivanhoe Village Apartments offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities in a relaxing atmosphere while at home! Residents enjoy living in a peaceful and beautifully landscaped community. We are conveniently located close to schools, grocery store, banks and entertainment. All of our apartment homes offer spacious kitchens with ample cupboard space, dishwashers and refrigerators, as well as a balcony, patio or private back yard.
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1 Unit Available
Monterey Apartments
1005 N Mollison Ave
El Cajon, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
750 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:11 PM
Recently renovated community. Access to I-8 and I-67 and public transportation. Smoke-free community. Updated kitchens with granite countertops, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. On-site parking and grill area.
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1 Unit Available
Summit Park
868 S Magnolia Ave
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$1,350
590 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 12:08 PM
Units include air conditioners and additional storage. Residents can enjoy on-site amenities such as laundry, pool, and BBQ area. Conveniently situated near I-8 with proximity to Harry Griffen Regional Park.
1 Unit Available
800 N Mollison Ave #36
800 North Mollison Avenue
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$1,350
462 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
1 Bed- 1 Bath Single Story Condo; 2nd Floor Unit in El Cajon - Single Story condo at the Villa Grigio complex in El Cajon. Located near shopping, dining and freeways. This condo is located on the second floor, there is wood laminate and tile flooring. The kitchen has granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances. Appliances are an electric stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwave. There is a family room, unit has wall air conditioning, wall heating and ceiling fans. Mirrored closet doors, stackable washer and dryer in unit. Views of the pool and common area. Complex is gated, has a gym, club house, BBQ and pool. 1-off street parking available. Rental insurance required upon move in. Water, Sewer and Trash paid. All other utilities are the tenants responsibility. Small Pet okay (under 30 lbs.) with additional deposit required. Sorry No Smoking. Lease PLEASE DO A NEIGHBORHOOD VISIT OF THE PROPERTY FIRST, to make sure the location suits your needs, THEN give us a call at (619) 464-6444 for an appointment to view the inside of the property. Rental Requirements: Income = 2 1/2 times the rental amount (must provide proof of income) Credit = FICO scores 600+, no legal evictions (no exceptions) Positive Rental References from current and previous landlords Application Policy: We DO NOT accept/process applications and fees PRIOR to you viewing the property with one of our agents. Once you have personally viewed the property, each adult (18 yrs or older) who will be living at the property must submit a separate application. Failure to upload the required documents or payment will delay the application process. Visit www.mtmrentals.com for a complete listing of available rentals Information provided is deemed reliable, though not guaranteed. (RLNE6458303)
1 Unit Available
559 East Madison #108
559 East Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$1,450
710 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:37 AM
***1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Remodeled Condo in Gated Community - Available 03/06*** - This remodeled 1 bedroom / 1 bath / 710 sqft condo is a great find! Features include: -First-floor unit -Gated, secure community -Tile floors throughout the main living area -Laminate floors in the bedroom -Kitchen has custom cabinets, granite countertops, and comes with all appliances included -Separate dining space with ceiling fan -AC unit in living room -Private back patio -Community pool and laundry -Close to major shopping, dining, and freeway access -1 assigned parking space -Tenant responsible for gas/electric and cable/internet -One small pet allowed with $200 additional pet deposit and one-time $100 pet processing fee -Tenant must have renter's insurance policy -No smoking Available 03/06. $1,450/mo rent. $1,650 deposit. Fees: $35 application fee, $50 lease processing fee, $100 pet processing fee. (RLNE3191218)
1 Unit Available
888 Cherrywood Way #25
888 Cherrywood Way
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
2 Bedrooms
$1,395
1024 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
Great End Unit Townhouse Condo, Washer & Dryer, Pool, Pets OK - This beautiful 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse condo is a split level, end unit in a quiet community, centrally located to shopping, schools & freeway access. * Centrally located in East County * Spacious living room/dining room combo * Living room has custom wood window shutters * Kitchen with electric stove/oven, fridge, dishwasher, deep dual stainless steel sinks * Kitchen with plenty of wood cabinets & tile floors for easy maintenance * Master bedroom with balcony access & sliding closet doors * Fenced back patio off the kitchen * Storage inside & above assigned parking space * Full-size washer & dryer inside unit * Parking is 1 assigned covered space & 1 open floating space * 2 Pets (max 15lbs each) with approval * Water, sewer, trash included * 1 year lease. Rent $1,395. Deposit $1,400 O.A.C. Renters Insurance Required. * Good Credit Required. No Co-Signers. No Smokers. Call 619-382-2580 to schedule a time to view. Park on the street when viewing. Access our application here: http://www.rentals-sd.com/app+cover.pdf (RLNE5780735)
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2 Units Available
Parkway Club Apartments
1237 Graves Ave
Bostonia, CA | Bostonia
1 Bedroom
$1,665
634 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 01:40 PM
Situated in a quiet residential area with access to shopping malls, schools and grocery stores. All-electric kitchens for easy entertaining. On-site laundry, BBQ/grill area and swimming pool and hot tub.
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8 Units Available
Navajo Bluffs
6575 Jaffe Ct
San Diego, CA | Lake Murray
Studio
$1,520
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,795
749 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
978 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:40 PM
Just off Highway 125. Park-like setting near shopping. On-site amenities include large pool, gym, hot tub, grill area, and laundry. Walk-in closets, hardwood floors, and patios or balconies in each unit.
1 Unit Available
8731 Graves Avenue, #37
8731 Graves Avenue
Santee, CA | Santee
1 Bedroom
$1,595
655 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
Quiet, Pool-View Unit in Santee! - This is your opportunity to rent a unit at an affordable price in a quiet and tucked away enclave in Santee! This 1 bed/1 bath well-kept condo is awaiting your move-in. Rent ready - all appliances are included! Extra-large bedroom space includes well-lit side office space, perfect for working from home during these crazy times. Situated in the Towne Villas community, this serene unit has views of the community pool/spa area and is located far away from any surrounding traffic noise. Community facilities include pool, spa, clubhouse, and laundry room. One uncovered parking space and one-car garage included with the rent. Garage provides plenty of extra storage space or parking for 2nd car. Don't wait to see this amazing unit...You could be basking in the sun and sipping your favorite drink poolside tomorrow! Call us today to schedule your personal showing. No Pets Allowed (RLNE6478770)
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7 Units Available
Carlton Heights Villas
9705 Carlton Hills Blvd
Santee, CA | East Elliott
1 Bedroom
$1,537
565 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,809
875 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:41 PM
Welcome home to Carlton Heights Villas Apartments, a pristine rental community perfectly situated in a freeway-close, peaceful enclave of western Santee! Our community offers an irresistible combination of modern upgrades, attractive amenities, and professional management to make sure your every need is met. With our central location just 4 minutes from the 125 or the Mast Boulevard exit on the 52, as well as walking distance from Santee Lakes and local retailers, you're conveniently close to everything!
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3 Units Available
Elán Mesa Lofts
7491 Collins Avenue
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,695
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 12:16 PM
Residents enjoy communal pool and impeccable landscaping. Apartments have patio or balcony, black appliances, and breakfast bar. Great location, minutes from Mission Trails Regional Park.
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5 Units Available
Hillside Terrace
3262 College Pl
Lemon Grove, CA | Lemon Grove
1 Bedroom
$1,496
308 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 12:02 PM
Spacious and recently renovated apartments with fireplace, patio and air conditioning. The pet-friendly community has a dog park plus a gym, pool and hot tub for their owners.
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1 Unit Available
6680 University
6680 University Avenue
San Diego, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
$1,425
535 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 02:54 PM
This fantastic bottom floor, single level condominium is located in Rolando across the street from the amazing Joan Kroc Community Center and minutes from San Diego State University. Inside you will enjoy the neutral color scheme; brand new vinyl plank flooring that looks like wood; solid surface counters with seamless two-sided sink and sit-down bar seating; an abundance of beautiful cabinetry; a dine-in area; the windows all have white blinds; the living room offers a lighted ceiling fan; heating and cooling from a remote controlled split system; carpet in the bedroom plus extra storage cabinetry built-in; newer dual pane windows; black appliance package (electric range/oven, microwave, dishwasher & refrigerator with an icemaker). The bathroom offers a shower/tub combo with glass sliding doors, a vanity with solid surface counter and seamless sink, decorative lighting, tile flooring and low flow toilet; plus there is a security screen door installed. The complex offers two parking lots for off street parking that requires a parking pass; There is a community laundry room attached to the association clubhouse. Available March 1, 2021.
1 Unit Available
7924 La Mesa Boulevard
7924 La Mesa Boulevard
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,590
500 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 02:46 PM
Non-Smoking/No e-cigarettes/No Vaping Property! This charming property is located in the downtown La Mesa Area. You are just walking distance from shopping and the La Mesa Village. The La Mesa Village hosts many activities and events throughout the year including Summer vintage car shows, Farmers Market on Fridays, Octoberfest, and Christmas in the Village. The Village also offers many delicious dining options. Our available unit is a duplex located towards the rear of the property, off the parking area. It features original hardwood floors, custom paint, dual paned windows and includes a large basement storage room and off-street parking. Tenant pays for all utilities including water/sewer. We expect the will be ready for move-in by early March and will showing the unit by appointment only until vacant. Please check the rental criteria below to ensure you qualify before calling to schedule a viewing. Office 619-698-7520 or Becky 619-980-7118. Rental Criteria: -gross income of at least 2.5 times the rent or more -must have minimum credit score of 550; scores of 550-650 may require higher deposit -5yrs good rental history -No Evictions or debt owed to prior landlord -small pets (under 20lbs) allowed with add'l deposit of $250 each (2 pet max). Restrictions apply Flying Dog Enterprises, Inc. www.flyingdogenterprises.com (619) 698-7520 BRE #01004279 Rental Terms: Rent: $1,590, Application Fee: $45, Security Deposit: $1,545, Available Now Pet Policy: Cats allowed, Small dogs allowed Contact us to schedule a showing.
1 Unit Available
3430 Helix St.
3430 Helix Street
Spring Valley, CA | Spring Valley
1 Bedroom
$1,395
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 02:26 PM
This 1 bed, 1 bath upstairs apartment is fully updated and will be early March! The modern kitchen boasts cherry cabinets, granite counters and all appliances included. Kitchen adjacent dining area. Spacious living room. Central heat and A/C to keep you comfortable all year around. Updated bathroom and mirrored closet in bedroom. The gated complex offers a secure, off street parking and on site laundry facilities. Small pets will be considered. The unit is a must see to believe, don't let this opportunity pass you by, give us a call today!
1 Unit Available
7614 Parkway Drive, Unit 1M
7614 Parkway Drive
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,685
805 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:55 PM
Bright 2 bedroom unit on lower level opening onto the courtyard! features large gourmet kitchen with ample cabinets for storage, 2 large bedrooms with large mirrored closets, in suite storage and comes with 2 parking spots! Parkway Plaza is a quiet 65 unit apartment complex conveniently located at the top of Parkway Dr, less than a minute from the I-8. close to Grossmont shopping center, SDSU, parks and more! Our community features 2 24hour laundry rooms, 24 hour surveillance, sparkling pool, onsite parking, bike storage and onsite Manager
1 Unit Available
7576 Parkway Drive, Unit 2P
7576 Parkway Drive
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,685
805 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated March 6 at 01:55 PM
Conveniently located right off the 8 on the highest point of Parkway Dr. Parkway Plaza is a quiet community offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes with 24hr onsite management, a sparkling pool, plenty of onsite parking and common areas. We are dog friendly!
1 Unit Available
7629 Normal Avenue - 11
7629 Normal Avenue
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
810 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:55 PM
Casa Verde Apartments is apartment living at its best. Let our responsive management team do all they can to make you feel at home. Beautifully landscaped grounds create a wonderful living environment, and Casa Verde Apartments offers every amenity you could want, including a sparkling swimming pool, onsite laundry facility, patio with BBQ area, and gated parking. Fine dining, shopping, and entertainment are only a short distance away. Choose from our fully remodeled units including all new double pane windows for a residence that complements and enhances your lifestyle. At Casa Verde Apartments, you'll find the carefree living you've earned and the luxury you deserve!
1 Unit Available
4614 Judson Way
4614 Judson Way
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
800 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 01:54 PM
Wonderful single-story stand-alone cottage, with plank floors. updated zoned heating and A/C, butcher block counters. Additional amenities included -fenced side yard w/ room for storage -Laundry Room -Custom Paint -Private Cul-de-Sac Location -2 assigned parking spaces Utilities Charge - $35 per person/month for water, sewer, and trash
1 Unit Available
12805 Mapleview Street
12805 Mapleview Street
Lakeside, CA | Lakeside
2 Bedrooms
$1,450
799 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 08:11 AM
Remodeled upstairs condo w/designer colors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, wood laminate floors in living room and dining room. New carpet in bedroom and tile in kitchen/bath. Easy freeway access. No smoking unit VASH and HUD applications accepted. Owner pays water/trash/sewer
1 Unit Available
6735 Amherst St. #5
6735 Amherst Street
San Diego, CA | Mid-City
1 Bedroom
$1,495
581 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:37 AM
***"SHORT TERM ONLY (available until July 31, 2021)"**** - Cozy and comfortable FURNISHED- 1 bathroom, 1 bedroom condominium. Recently updated: Cozy and Comfortable 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condominium in Rolando Village, available now. Walking distance from coffee shops and restaurants. Has an updated kitchen cabinetry and countertops with stainless steel appliances, and laminate flooring. Dogs are allowed with additional deposit. $1,495/month, 1 month security deposit. Utilities are tenant’s responsibility. Applicants are required to complete a rental application and authorize a $45 credit and background check. **Available until July 3 1, 2021 OR 30-day leases ** Professionally managed by WeLease. SHOWING INSTRUCTIONS: Visit www.weleaseusa.com OR call 619-866-3400 ext. 2 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ? DEPOSIT: $1,495 ? AIR CONDITIONING: yes (wall unit) ? FURNISHED: yes ? PET RESTRICTIONS: 1 small dog, with additional deposit ? If you are applying with an emotional support animal or service animal, please provide the corresponding documentation ? UTILITIES INCLUDED: None. All utilities are tenant’s responsibility ? YEAR RENOVATED: 1988 SUMMARY RENTAL CRITERIA * Each resident, guarantor, co-resident occupant (roommate) who is 18 and older (including emancipated minors) must submit a separate application. * Applications are only considered for processing until they are complete, including income and rental verifications and all applications in a group. * Government issued ID -- current photo ID with date of birth. * Collective household income must meet or exceed 2.5 times the rent amount Submit 4 most recent paystubs or documents demonstrating proof of income.. Please do not send screenshots *** Self-employed/Business owners, please email us at leasing@weleaseusa.com, for a list of required documentation * Provide a minimum of 2 years’ verifiable rental history.--Cannot be a friend or relative. US addresses only -MAKE SURE TO PROVIDE ACCURATE EMAIL ADDRESSES to speed up this step. * No prior evictions. * Minimum 600 credit score. * No balance owing for… - Utility company, past or present - Property Manager, past or present - Excessive late payments to PM on credit report * No criminal activity within the past 6 years * Co-signers & Guarantors will be considered on a property-by-property basis. Co-signers & Guarantors must meet the same income requirements with no prior negative payment history and have a credit score in excess of 700. False information on an application is cause for immediate denial, and grounds for tenant termination if a lease has been executed. HOW TO APPLY 1. View the property 2. Ensure that you have all the required documents and information needed (photo ID, proof of income) 3. Visit our website: https://weleaseusa.com/available-properties/ find the property, and click "Apply Now" 4. Complete the online application form and attach the requested documents 5. Pay the application fee APPLICATION, LEASE TERMS, AND FEES - APPLICATION FEE: Non-Refundable $45 - APPLICATION TURNAROUND TIME: 3 business days - LEASE LENGTH: must end by 7/31/2021 **Available for 6 months or month-to-month - RENTER'S INSURANCE: Tenant must carry renter's insurance *Fair Housing Laws are observed by WeLease* Available 2/22/2021 Community Amherst Estates Restrictions: Not available for tenants with a judgment, an eviction, recent felonies against people or property; applicants with a credit score under 600; an income under 2.5 x rent; unverifiable rental references. No Cats Allowed (RLNE6058076)
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Talavera Apartments
575 Graves Ave
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
820 sqft
Last updated March 6 at 12:03 PM
Featuring one-level apartment homes and split-level townhomes, these apartments include walk-in closets, washers and dryers, and plenty of storage space. Just blocks from downtown El Cajon and close to freeways and shopping.
1 Unit Available
351 W Palm Ave Apt 2
351 West Palm Avenue
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$1,245
550 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:38 AM
Apartment 2 Available 04/13/21 Great El Cajon Location! Express Your Individuality at this 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment near Palm Ave and Van Houten Ave. Split floor plan, spacious living room and dining room, with a cozy kitchen that includes wooden cabinetry, tile countertops, and all the amenities you need for your everyday cooking needs, coin-operated onsite laundry, enjoy those hot summer days with the on-site pool, gated access for your safety, and all the amenities you need to relax! Enjoy international cooking with Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, Opa Greek Restaurant & Grill, Sagmani's Restaurant, Santana's Mexican Grill and much more for you to discover! Come join us for a tour of your new home! Rental Terms: $49 App Fee Per Adult Water/trash/sewer are included in rent Rental Insurance Required No pets are allowed Federal Occupancy Guidelines followed: Max 2 per bedroom + 1 additional occupant; Max 2 per studio. Lease Term: 12 months You can reach us directly at leasing@mynd.co, or please call (619) 304-0037 or text 833-340-6963 for more information. We look forward to connecting with you! Mynd Property Management Equal Opportunity Housing License #02048378 -Fast Online Application -Mobile App to Pay Rent and Track Service -Affordable Renter's Insurance www.mynd.co Mynd Property Management does not advertise on Craigslist or Facebook. We will never ask you to wire money or pay with gift cards. Please report any fraudulent ads to your Leasing Associate. No Pets Allowed (RLNE6459737)
1 Unit Available
478 S. Anza Street
478 South Anza Street
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
900 sqft
Last updated March 5 at 10:37 AM
478 S. Anza Street Available 03/14/21 Beautifully upgraded townhome with community pool - Beautiful upgraded townhome with new travertine floors and stainless steel appliances. Stackable washer and dryer and half bathroom are located down stairs. While the two bedrooms and full bath are upstairs. Fresh paint though out unit. Water and trash included in rent. One off-street parking. A pool and jaccuzzi in the common area. Sorry no pets. DRE01197438 No Pets Allowed (RLNE2543101)
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City Guide for El Cajon, CA

Surrounded by mountains, this valley city in San Diego County is home to over 100,000 residents. Located 12 miles from San Diego, El Cajon, or “the box”, “the drawer” or “the bin” as it translates to (due to its shape), is regarded for its great climate and relaxed way of life. It is the perfect spot to settle in and get tucked away, if you will.

Full of exciting things to do (the Boardwalk, Lake Murray) and a great setting to do them in, El Cajon is a middle class city based on community values and active lifestyles. Though it may not be as frequented by tourists as its big sister city, San Diego, El Cajon’s laid back attitude is its biggest selling point. The great local eateries and small sports bars are also part of the appeal of this friendly California town. Residents live here for peace of mind and prime location. Thinking of relocating? Think inside “the box.” See more

What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in El Cajon, CA

Finding cheap apartments in El Cajon takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in El Cajon by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in El Cajon in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of El Cajon.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in El Cajon. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in El Cajon.