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59 Apartments for rent in Oceanside, CA

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Last updated December 12 at 8:30am UTC
645 Sumner Way #1
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 6 at 11:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
4744 Mystik Rd
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 8 at 1:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
432 Edgehill Lane, Unit 76
Loma Alta
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 11 at 12:19pm UTC
1 Bedroom
269 Sorrel Tree Pl
Oceanside, CA
Updated November 16 at 12:21pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
320 Isthmus Way #31
East Side Capistrano
Oceanside, CA
Updated November 17 at 11:07am UTC
2 Bedrooms
208 Inez Way
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 6 at 11:08am UTC
3 Bedrooms
311 S Horne St
Downtown Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated November 18 at 9:32am UTC
2 Bedrooms
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 6 at 10:55am UTC
3 Bedrooms
4046 Craven Road #42
San Luis Rey
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 1 at 12:01pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
4924 Roja Drive
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 1 at 12:10pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
1362 Eldean Lane
Fire Mountain
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 10 at 12:01pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
Mira Costa
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 1 at 12:01pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
N Pacific St
Downtown Oceanside
Oceanside, CA
Updated December 10 at 8:25am UTC
1 Bedroom
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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

December 2017 Oceanside Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Oceanside Rent Report. Oceanside rents declined 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 declined moderately over the past month

Oceanside rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but are up significantly by 4.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Oceanside stand at $1,730 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,250 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Oceanside's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

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.

  • El Cajon has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,630; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 7.2%.
  • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,410; rents were up 0.5% over the past month and 2.5% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Oceanside

As rents have increased significantly in Oceanside, 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 3.8% in Los Angeles, 3.0% in San Jose, and 1.3% in San Francisco.
  • Oceanside's median two-bedroom rent of $2,250 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 4.9% rise in Oceanside.
  • While Oceanside's rents rose significantly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.4%) and New York (-0.1%).
  • 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 $1,550 $2,010 -0.4% 3.9%
Chula Vista $1,590 $2,060 -0.3% 5.3%
Oceanside $1,730 $2,250 -0.3% 4.9%
Escondido $1,430 $1,860 1.5% 5.9%
Carlsbad $1,860 $2,410 0.5% 2.5%
El Cajon $1,260 $1,630 -1.2% 7.2%
Vista $1,400 $1,820 0.2% 6.7%
San Marcos $1,500 $1,950 0.4% 1.5%
Encinitas $1,850 $2,400 0.8% 2.6%
La Mesa $1,400 $1,820 0.0% 6.0%
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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 confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Oceanside ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
B- Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
C Affordability
A- Quality of schools
B+ Weather
B- Commute time
C+ State and local taxes
A- Public transit
A- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Oceanside from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Oceanside renters expressed overall satisfaction with the city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average or above-average scores.”

Key findings in Oceanside include the following:

  • Oceanside renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Oceanside were the quality of local schools, pet friendliness, and access to public transit, which all received an A- score.
  • Renters also gave above-average scores to safety (B+), weather (B+), and access to parks and community events (B+).
  • Categories like local job and career opportunities and commute times received near-average scores of B-.
  • One area of concern for Oceanside renters was affordability and cost of living (C).
  • Renter satisfaction in Oceanside was comparable to other California cities like Irvine (A+), Long Beach (B+), and El Cajon (B).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.