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347 Short-term Apartments for rent in El Cajon, CA

Finding a short-term apartment in El Cajon takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new... Read Guide >
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Monterey Apartments
1005 N Mollison Ave
El Cajon, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
750 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:00 AM
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
Talavera Apartments
575 Graves Ave
El Cajon, CA | El Cajon
2 Bedrooms
$1,690
830 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 6:15 AM
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.
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2 Units Available
Central Park La Mesa
5636 Amaya Dr
La Mesa, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$2,267
598 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,142
925 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 3:51 AM
Close to Highway 125 and Northmount Park. Peaceful community living includes a pool, playground, and media room. Homes feature stainless steel kitchen appliances, furniture, and a fireplace.
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3 Units Available
eaves La Mesa
5679 Amaya Dr
La Mesa, CA | El Cajon
1 Bedroom
$2,565
602 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,830
947 sqft
Last updated July 30 at 12:08 PM
Near Parkway Middle School, Northmont Park and Highway 125. Modern community with on-site amenities such as a pool, gym and basketball court. Balconies and patios on suites. In-unit laundry and updated appliances throughout.
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2 Units Available
The Parker Residences
5295 Kona Springs Lane
San Diego, CA | Allied Gardens
2 Bedrooms
$3,285
1127 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
1680 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:03 AM
Townhome apartments located near Mission Valley with outdoor fireplace and lounge, swimming pool and spa and fitness center. Two and three bedroom homes with gourmet kitchens, private balconies and garages.
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3 Units Available
Courtyard on 68th
4823 68th Street
San Diego, CA | Rolando
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
1000 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 6:13 AM
Luxury living with incredible downtown access. Just minutes from San Diego State University. On-site amenities include covered parking, a courtyard and green space. Spacious interiors with modern fixtures.
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1 Unit Available
Seta
7346 Parkway Dr
La Mesa, CA | La Mesa
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,952
1094 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 3:53 AM
Great location for commuters, just off of I-8 and close to 70th Street train station. Residents enjoy units with patio or balcony, granite counters and garbage disposal. Community includes pool, parking, playground and BBQ grill.
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Carlton Heights Villas
9705 Carlton Hills Blvd
Santee, CA | East Elliott
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,132
875 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 3:55 AM
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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4 Units Available
Park Pointe Rancho San Diego
2450 Hilton Head Pl
Rancho San Diego, CA | Rancho San Diego
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,364
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 3:52 AM
Furnished apartments with stainless steel name-brand appliances in a complex offering a pool, hot tub and gym equipped with both resistance and cardio equipment. Just off Route 54.
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1 Unit Available
Celsius
100 Citronica Ln
Lemon Grove, CA | Lemon Grove
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,365
994 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 3:54 AM
Experience a future-forward lifestyle that challenges the ordinary at Celsius - apartments in Lemon Grove for rent. Dwell in the hottest eco-savvy one, two, or three-bedroom apartment homes for rent that fuse modern design elements and a vibrant lifestyle. Enjoy amenities such as energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, nine-foot ceilings, and private balconies. Celsius apartments deliver a full spectrum of smart living choices. Our smoke-free, pet-friendly community provides our residents with a state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge with 75” TV and pool table, charging stations, and wi-fi in all common areas. Celsius elevates this comfortable, laid-back San Diego locale with a current vibe. Our apartments are within walking distance of local grocers and conveniently located near the 94 and 15 freeways. Call today to schedule a tour of your new home at Celsius Apartments.
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6 Units Available
Toscana at Rancho Del Rey
841 Regulo Pl
Chula Vista, CA | East Chula Vista
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,695
1000 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,140
1300 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:01 AM
Located just minutes from the freeway, area parks and entertainment. On-site amenities include a fitness center, two large pools, a grilling area and three playgrounds. Luxury interiors with washers and dryers.
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1 Unit Available
Rancho Vista Apts
2711 Manos Dr
San Diego, CA | Paradise Hills
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
900 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 9:08 AM
Bright, open floor plans look out onto a courtyard ideal for entertaining and resident gatherings. In South San Diego just off the 805 Freeway and Highway 54.
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Portofino
2500 Northside Dr
San Diego, CA | Mission Valley East
1 Bedroom
$2,270
894 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,835
1138 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,450
4373 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 9:07 AM
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Club River Run
10041 Rio San Diego Dr
San Diego, CA | Mission Valley East
1 Bedroom
$1,940
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,360
925 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 9:07 AM
This is an all-inclusive community where we provide all the following; you can enjoy our heated lap pool, Jacuzzi, 24 hour fitness center, free fitness classes, business center, rentable clubhouse, free cooking classes, 3 tennis courts, NBA size basketball court, off leash dog park, tanning salon, dog wash station, electronic car charging stations, free gift wrapping station and monthly resident events! Like to travel throughout the county? Walk to Fenton Pkwy trolley stop from your apartment! Club River Run is located in the heart of Mission Valley! Venture out to Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, or Downtown for some of the best San Diego shopping, dining and entertainment. Beautiful San Diego beaches are only 15 minutes away. Easy access to the freeways (15, 163, 8, 805), and walking distance to Fenton Pkwy trolley stop which takes you straight into Downtown or even SDSU! Walk to Qualcomm Stadium, Starbucks, Subway, Oggi's, Ikea, IHOP, Playa Grill (best happy hour ever), the Public Library and Costco! (RLNE2023488)
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20 Units Available
Mira Bella Apartments
3455 Kearny Villa Rd
San Diego, CA | Kearny Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,550
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,110
1198 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,070
1453 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 3:48 AM
1-3 bedroom apartments with air conditioning, granite worktops and walk-in closets. The pet friendly community has a gym with yoga studio and pool. Cabrillo Heights Park is on one side, I-805 the other.
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BLVD North Park
2020 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA | University Heights
1 Bedroom
$2,350
2 Bedrooms
$4,350
Last updated July 29 at 9:07 AM
YOUR LIFE. YOUR STYLE. YOUR WAY. YOUR LIFE IS ON YOUR OWN TERMS, AND AT TIME OUTSIDE THE NORM. THE BLVD WAY OF LIVING IS WHATEVER YOU SAY IT IS. If you’re looking to live in a meaningful space, outside the fringe, BLVD just might be your kind of place where the floor plans are unique…just like people. Steeped in the heart of North Park, BLVD is the soul of urban living. PRE LEASING FOR DECEMBER! RESERVE TODAY AND TAKE A HARD HAT TOUR!!! Life is just better when you surround yourself with people that get you, in a place that just kind of gets it. It's not a curated Instagram feed. It's an authentic way of living and doing what matters to you. It's the little things: the rooftop dog park, 99 walk score, space to grow your own hops, steps away from the best coffee shops in the city, and craft everything all around.
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11 Units Available
Shift Apartments
1501 Island Ave
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$2,180
583 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,812
874 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,461
1201 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:05 AM
With a rooftop pool and sundeck, a sky terrace, a fitness/yoga studio and a dog park, high-rise living in East Village has a new address. Interiors feature hardwood floors, granite counters and smartphone-controlled lighting.
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2 Units Available
Park Genesee
5550 Genesee Ct E
San Diego, CA | Clairemont Mesa East
1 Bedroom
$2,039
550 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:05 AM
Living here means living in the heart of the best of San Diego. Spacious, airy floor plans create a tranquil atmosphere. Sundeck, clubhouse and fitness center provide the best amenities for SoCal living.
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1 Unit Available
F11
1110 F Street
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,124
1098 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:04 AM
We're pleased to offer in-person tours, virtual and Facetime/Skype tours for your convenience. Check out our virtual tour today! Merging the indie scene of East Village with the cosmopolitan energy of downtown San Diego and The Gaslamp, F11 puts you at the intersection of the city’s most vibrant living experience. With modern architecture, designer interiors, hip amenities and a sun-splashed pool it’s also one of the city’s most stylish new places to call home. Text “F11” to 77599 for more information.
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8 Units Available
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1551 Union St
San Diego, CA | Little Italy
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,190
912 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,225
1688 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:03 AM
This property features recently renovated units with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. It's situated between Little Italy and Cortez Hill. There's a concierge, media room, pool and gym all on site.
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Broadstone Little Italy
1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA | Harborview
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,711
1195 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 10:03 AM
Luxury units include granite counters, garbage disposal and laundry. Community features pool, yoga, clubhouse and car charging. Great location for commuters, minutes from I-5 and North Harbor Drive.
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8 Units Available
The Heritage
1471 8th Ave
San Diego, CA | Cortez
1 Bedroom
$2,410
610 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,275
1160 sqft
Last updated July 31 at 10:01 AM
Newly renovated 1-2 bedroom apartments in north San Diego, with great transport links to Downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter. The pet-friendly community has a gym, pool and hot tub.
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1 Unit Available
Montecito Point
4179 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA | Medical Complex
1 Bedroom
$2,123
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 10:01 AM
Perfect location within walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Spacious floor plans with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets and private patios/balconies. Near freeways. Minutes from Historic Gaslamp District, San Diego Zoo and Fashion Valley Mall.
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9 Units Available
The Hills at Rancho Penasquitos
15095 Via Hondonada
San Diego, CA | Glens
2 Bedrooms
$2,298
963 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 31 at 6:09 AM
The Hills at Rancho Penasquitos offers beautifully remodeled two and three bedroom apartment homes for rent located off Carmel Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos. We have beautiful valley views nestled in a wooded landscape and are located next door to Rolling Hills Elementary School which is in the Award Winning Poway School District.
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How much is rent for a short-term apartment in El Cajon?
Rental prices for short-term apartments in El Cajon range from $1,650 to $1,750 per month.
How many short-term apartments are available for rent in El Cajon?
Currently, there are 2 short-term apartments available for rent in El Cajon.
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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 short-term apartments in El Cajon, CA

Finding a short-term apartment in El Cajon takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job, a relationship change, or to explore a new city before committing to staying. Whatever the reason, short-term apartments can provide the flexibility that traditional leases don’t.

Before signing a rental agreement or short-term apartment lease, study all of the details thoroughly. Renters usually have more restrictions and rules to follow when renting a short-term apartment. For starters, you usually can’t make modifications like painting or hanging pictures.

Short-term apartments are ideal for flexibility, but also don’t protect the renter long-term. You could face the possibility of rent increases on a monthly basis. The landlord could also decline to renew your lease and leave you looking for another short-term rental.

If your main priority is flexibility, a short-term apartment is an ideal situation. However, ensure that you fully understand the rental agreement terms before signing.