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503 apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

Pacific Ridge
5945 Linda Vista Rd
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Vantage Pointe
1281 9th Ave
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Ava Cortez Hill
1399 9th Ave
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IMT Sorrento Valley
11102 Caminito Alvarez
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AVA Pacific Beach
3883 Ingraham St
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4855 Ariva Way #130
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Greenfield Village
5540 Ocean Gate Ln
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West Park
7777 Westside Dr
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Circa 37
7800 Westside Dr
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5305 Toscana Way
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eaves Rancho Penasquitos
10024 Paseo Montril
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9904 Kika Ct
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3 Bed
Presidio View
1440 Hotel Cir N
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Mariner's Cove Apartments
4392 W Point Loma Blvd
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Mira Bella Luxury Apartments
3455 Kearny Villa Rd
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Carmel Terrace
11540 Windcrest Ln
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Ocean House on Prospect Apartment Homes
400 Prospect St
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RiverEdge Terrace
4805 Wind Surf Way
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Avana La Jolla
7039 Charmant Dr
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Ridgewood Village
12435 Heatherton Ct
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City Guide
San Diego
Must-know Tips on the Rental Market in SD

Come prepared… The SD market isn’t cutthroat like the Bay Area or NYC, but it’s still what you would expect from a growing SoCal metropolis. That said, approach hunting like a job interview: do your homework on neighborhoods and complexes you like, bring the necessary documentation (proof of income, driver’s license, checkbook for a deposit, etc.), and—most importantly—be flexible. There may be features you won’t budge on (proximity to the beach, say), but keep those to a minimum and you’ll have an easier go of it.

Types of apartments. Apartment living in SD comes in three forms: your larger, clean and contemporary buildings (expect efficiency but not personality), your smallish, mom-n-pop complexes (think The Big Lebowski), and the classic California cottage (tiny and moldy, but perfect for the Kerouac in all of us). A subcategory might be the “resort-style” or “gated” complex, but these are mainly gobbled up by the retired vacation home demographic in SD.

Cottages ($$$$) are the most expensive and deal mainly in the quaintness department. The floor plans are almost exclusively 1BR/1BA, and you’ll have to elbow out the vacation rental crowd to secure a permanent spot in these babies, but it’s well worth it.

Important perks large complexes ($$$) boast are garage parking and a recreational pool that isn't filled with water from old dog bowls. They also offer sundry floor plans: studio, 1BR/1BA, 2BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, and so on. Typically built in the 90s and 2000s, such behemoths are found nearest large shopping complexes and commercial strips—busy places, in other words. That thick concrete will keep the noise down to a minimum, but you should love the action if you choose to live here.

The motel-like mom-n-pop joints ($$) consist of mainly budget 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA options—but don’t overlook them. On the off chance the owners have actually renovated the place since the 80s, you can find a pretty rockin’ unit for half the price of the flashy alternative. Plus, you’re more likely to get not only a bed, but also a community (and sometimes, a commune…) out of these arrangements! If you're after an inexpensive apartment in San Diego, start here.

Lease logistics. Seasonal economic shifts in SD means lots of complexes offer month-to-month leasing options. This is fabulous news for you, dear renter! But there are heaps of other details you’ll need to be privy to. For instance, in most cases, the deposit required depends on your credit report (yes, credit reports are inevitable). An average Joe with good credit typically puts $500 down on an apartment in America’s Finest City; if you’re nervous about credit, don’t turn tail yet—you just may have to pay a higher deposit. Finally, most leases have utilities included (sans gas and electric) and accept pets (either with a flat pet deposit—say, $300—or monthly pet rent, such as $40/month).


Picking a neighborhood in SD is like participating in an NFL draft. Weigh your options: if you use that early-round selection, make sure it’s for something that can deliver. Alternatively, hold out for something still available in a later round—something less flashy, but nevertheless team-oriented and solid beneath the surface.

Downtown. This is your star wide receiver. He’s consistently a first-round pick. He’ll make some beautiful catches—but he’s fragile, high-maintenance, and pricey. We reckon you’ll be hard-pressed (and that doesn’t have to do with wine… or olives) to find a studio in the Gaslamp District for less than $2000/month.

Hillcrest. The market hits the national average in this area. Think of Hillcrest as the first-string center. He’s well built. He’s got the quarterback’s back if poop hits the fan. But no one notices him until the dog pile clears. If you can manage being more than fifteen blocks from the water, consider a 1BR for $850/month or a 2BR for $1250/month overlooking Balboa Park.

Point Loma. A running back is your most diverse player in football; quick to adapt to new circumstances, he can ensure success—but he takes a serious beating along the way. That’s Point Loma. From the yachts of Harbor Island to the strip of Midway, this place has extremities in spades. Dig diversity? Move here. 1BR/1BAs start at $1000/month, 2BR/1BAs at $1500/month. Oh, and you’d better board that Pomeranian.

Mission Bay and Beaches. Every team has its special element. The fireworks component, let’s call it. In football, that means the kicker. These guys send up that gorgeous arc to score the final meager—but crucial!— field goal. You get the analogy, right? Mission Bay and Pacific Beach bring the funky boardwalk culture to SD. It’s not necessarily an all-the-time kinda sector (well, unless you’re a street mime), but it would be sweet to say you live two blocks from Shamu. Studios can be found for under $1000/month, but you’re more likely to see 1BR/1BA condos ($1400/month) and 2 and 3BR beach houses ($1800/month and $2100/month, respectively).

Old Town. Aha! Finally. The quarterback. Where all (offensive) plays begin and end. Old Town claims SDSU, Qualcomm Stadium, major shopping complexes, and historic architecture. Downtown has glitz; Old Town has all-around charm. The lack of oceanfront real estate makes this central sector of town a bit less expensive: expect studios and 1BRs for under $1000/month and 2BR/1BAs for around $1500/month.

La Jolla. Yeah, yeah—we know we gots to say something about La Jolla, but what? Hmm, let’s see. There’s some beaches there? UCSD? What do you want, people? La Jolla is your second-string kicker, alright?! More of the same funky beach stuff. (But without Shamu; drat!) The market’s gutted here because everyone and their mom think LJ is synonymous with SD. The students help, though: one can find some decent 1BR condos around the university for under $1000/month, but head toward the water and you’ll easily double that.

Got your pick? Terrific. Now pick garage parking or street. Then upstairs or ground level. Then full bath or 1 1/2. Keep going and you’ll have your fantasy league in no time. Just remember to bring your sunscreen. Congratulations, Herr Captain!

Rent Report
San Diego
August 2016 San Diego Rent Report

San Diego rents decreased by 0.2% over the past month

In San Diego, rents increased by 1.8% between July 2015 and July 2016, compared to nationwide growth of 2.1% and a 2.0% increase in California rents during that same time. From June to July, rents here decreased by 0.2%.

San Diego is California’s 4th most expensive city for renters

  • San Francisco: San Francisco once again takes first place for highest rents statewide. A 2-bedroom in San Francisco has a median rent of $4,730, while 1-bedrooms cost $3,520. Rents in San Francisco are down 2.6% in the past year.
  • San Diego: San Diego has the 4th highest rents in California. 2-bedrooms in San Diego cost $2,010, and 1-bedrooms have a median rent price of $1,530. San Diego rents decreased by 0.2% between June and July.
  • Sacramento: Sacramento places 8th for highest California rents. A 2-bedroom runs a median rent of $1,200, and 1-bedrooms cost $930. Rents increased by 0.6% between June and July.

Long Beach shows the highest rent growth in California

  • Long Beach: Rents in Long Beach are up 7.0% over July 2015, the highest increase in the state. 2-bedrooms there cost $2,000, and 1-bedrooms have a median rent of $1,400.
  • Los Angeles: California’s most populous city takes 3rd place for largest rent increase, up 3.2% over the past year. A 2-bedroom in LA costs $2,650, making it the 2nd most expensive city for renters. 1-bedrooms have a median rent of $1,940.
  • San Jose: San Jose shows the 4th strongest year-over-year rent growth in the state. Rents in San Jose grew by 2.1% over July 2015. 2-bedrooms there run a median rent of $2,650, and 1-bedrooms cost $2,180.

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 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $3520 $4730 -0.1% -2.6%
Los Angeles $1940 $2650 0.4% 3.2%
San Jose $2180 $2650 0.2% 2.1%
San Diego $1530 $2010 -0.2% 1.8%
Long Beach $1400 $2000 -0.2% 7.0%
Santa Ana $1490 $1770 0.5% -0.7%
Anaheim $1390 $1740 0.4% 6.0%
Sacramento $930 $1200 0.6% 1.9%
Fresno $730 $850 0.5% 0.6%
Bakersfield $680 $840 0.0% -2.3%


Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List Metropolitan Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top suburbs, and identify the top 10 most expensive neighborhoods. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters so that you can make the best possible decision in choosing a place to call home.

San Diego Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how San Diego ranks on:
B+ Plans for homeownership
A City satisfaction
B Confidence in the local economy
A Safety and crime rate
A- Access to recreational activities
B- Quality of schools
C+ State and local taxes
A- Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released San Diego's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Renters gave San Diego high marks for city satisfaction, driven in part by high marks for safety," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and San Diego renters rated important factors (e.g., safety and access to recreational opportunities) well above the national average."

Key findings in San Diego include the following:

  • Renters gave San Diego an A for city satisfaction, ranking 17th in the nation out of 100 cities covered in our study.
  • San Diego renters give the local economy a B, with a nearly even split between those that think it's on the right track (28%) and those that think it's on the wrong track (30%).
  • San Diego earned a B+ for future homeownership, with 64% of respondents planning to purchase a home.
  • San Diego received an A for safety, with 66% of respondents saying they are satisfied versus the national average of 53%.
  • Like many California cities, San Diego received its worst grade (C+) for state and local taxes.
  • Overall satisfaction among Southern California cities was led by Torrance (A+) followed by San Diego (A), Los Angeles (B), Anaheim (C+), Long Beach (C), and San Bernardino (F).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.