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73 Apartments for rent in Oceanside, CA

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Last updated January 22 at 3:52pm UTC
4046 Craven Road #42
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 3 at 3:39pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
4724 Ventana Way
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 15 at 12:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
4245 Tiberon Dr
Lake Park
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 22 at 1:42am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3664 Via Bernardo
Ocean Hills
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 17 at 11:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
4343 Serena Avenue
Lake Park
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 19 at 9:29am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1547 Saran Court
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 10:14am UTC
4 Bedrooms
269 Sorrel Tree Pl
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 17 at 7:57pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1200 Harbor Drive N
Downtown Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
919 Hillcrest Pl Granny Flat
East Side Capistrano
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:22am UTC
76 St Malo
South Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:01pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
400 N The Strand
Downtown Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 4 at 12:19pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
3151 Camino Crest
Mira Costa
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
4524 Royal Oak
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 1:43am UTC
2 Bedrooms
4761 Rising Glen Drive
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:13pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
N Pacific St
Downtown Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:54am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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Q: Do I need a car to live here?

A: Yes.

When to Start Looking

If you can plan your move around December and May, you’ll increase your options considerably. If this isn’t possible, just make sure you have all the necessary paperwork - and checkbook - in hand, and get ready to be aggressive. The good stuff vanishes quickly in this market. Most landlords will run credit checks, charge a small application fee, and require first and last month’s rent at move-in. If you have a small pet, plan on paying addition deposits and/or “pet rent.” If you have a larger pet, give yourself more time to find a place.

Where Should I Live?

Shady Acres The neighborhoods are just east of downtown and near Pendleton’s “Back Gate."

Inland Heading east of downtown leads directly into acres of rolling stucco sprawl. Gated (and not) tract home subdivisions and large condo complexes make up the rental inventory in this neck of the woods. Newer construction and amenities such as fitness centers, lush landscaping and pools also mean - you guessed it - higher rents. Can’t cough up the cash to live alone? No worries - if you’re willing to deal with roommates, you’ve definitely got plenty of choices. In fact, with the California housing market in the tank, many owners of single-family homes are looking for renters to offset their hefty mortgage payments, so you could actually end up living in an established home. Rancho Del Oro is the most sought-after niche in this part of Oceanside.

Coastal Oceanside If it’s easy access to the 5, the train and the beach you’re looking for - try downtown. Rentals in this area are a bit smaller and of older construction than those located further inland, but savvy hunters can find gems within the well-established town home and condo complexes in the South Oceanside, Downtown and Fire Mountain areas.

Try Tri-City The Tri-City area is where Oceanside scooches right up against Carlsbad and Vista. Many of the 1980’s-built homes in this area have been remodeled and updated and are available as rentals. If it’s a suburban “neighborly” feel you’re looking for, this is your spot.

Good luck in your Oceanside apartment search!

Rent Report

January 2018 Oceanside Rent Report

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

Oceanside rents increased significantly over the past month

Oceanside rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 6.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Oceanside stand at $1,740 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,260 for a two-bedroom. Oceanside's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Oceanside, 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 $2,440; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.7% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,610, while one-bedrooms go for $1,240.
  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,500; rents were up 6.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Oceanside

As rents have increased sharply in Oceanside, 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, Oceanside is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 5.4% in Los Angeles, 2.7% in San Jose, and 0.5% in San Francisco.
  • Oceanside's median two-bedroom rent of $2,260 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 6.3% increase in Oceanside.
  • While Oceanside's rents rose sharply over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Oceanside than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Oceanside is more than twice 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 $1,540 $1,990 -0.6% 3.3%
Chula Vista $1,590 $2,060 0.0% 5.3%
Oceanside $1,740 $2,260 0.5% 6.3%
Escondido $1,450 $1,870 0.8% 7.3%
Carlsbad $1,870 $2,420 0.3% 2.7%
El Cajon $1,240 $1,610 -0.9% 6.2%
Vista $1,400 $1,810 -0.3% 6.3%
San Marcos $1,500 $1,950 0.1% 2.2%
Encinitas $1,880 $2,440 1.7% 4.7%
National City $1,160 $1,500 0.2% 6.7%
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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.

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

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

"Oceanside renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Oceanside."

Key Findings in Oceanside include the following:

  • Oceanside renters gave their city a B+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Oceanside were jobs and career opportunities, weather, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
  • The areas of concern to Oceanside renters are affordability (C), quality of local schools (C+), safety and low crime (C+) and state and local taxes (C+).
  • Oceanside earned similar scores compared to other cities in California like San Francisco (B+) and San Diego (A-), but earned higher marks than Los Angeles (C+), San Jose (C) and Sacramento (C).
  • Oceanside did relatively well compared to cities nationwide, including Philadelphia (C+), Cleveland (C) and Miami (C+).
  • 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.

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