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Ascent at Campus of Life
10785 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA | Scripps Ranch
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,555
1160 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 1 at 01:31 AM
Ascent residences at Campus of Life. Ascent is the residential housing at Campus of Life, for those who aim higher.
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2 Units Available
Montecito Point
4179 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA | Hillcrest
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,238
950 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:31 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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5 Units Available
Luma
1440 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA | Core-Columbia
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$4,143
822 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 1 at 01:31 AM
Choose the type of leasing experience that works best for you! 1. Now Open For In-Person Tours! 2. Self-Guided Tours 3. Video or Facetime Tour Contact us to schedule your appointment today.. Experience a life lived well at Luma.
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30 Units Available
Domain San Diego
8798 Spectrum Center Blvd
San Diego, CA | Kearny Mesa
Studio
$1,893
598 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,967
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,468
1164 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:31 AM
Convenient to the Vista Balboa Center and Centrum Park, this lovely property offers an outdoor fireplace, elevator access, fitness center and playground. Apartments are pet-friendly and have in-unit laundry, hardwood-style flooring and high ceilings.
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31 Units Available
Shift Apartments
1501 Island Ave
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,748
636 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,234
873 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,805
1236 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 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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23 Units Available
Olympus Corsair
8583 Aero Dr
San Diego, CA | Serra Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,005
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,477
1113 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
Located across from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, near freeways, schools, and parks. Sleek, modern, 1-2 bedroom apartments with high-end finishes plus stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community amenities include pool, golf simulator, and gym.
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12 Units Available
IDEA1
899 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,859
560 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,005
766 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,557
1013 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
A modern, upscale downtown community with sophisticated amenities. Homes feature custom cabinetry, vinyl wood plank flooring and quartz countertops. Community features fantastic access to area restaurants.
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5 Units Available
F11
1110 F Street
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$2,324
593 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,199
1161 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
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122 Units Available
Dylan Point Loma
2930 Barnard St
San Diego, CA | Loma Palisades
1 Bedroom
$2,425
824 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,150
1221 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
1600 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
The Midway Towne Center and Point Loma Plaza are easily accessible from this community. Community amenities include an onsite gym, pool, playground, and game room. Units feature stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
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9 Units Available
Park Genesee
5550 Genesee Ct E
San Diego, CA | Clairemont Mesa East
1 Bedroom
$1,617
550 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 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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8 Units Available
The Parker Residences
5295 Kona Springs Lane
San Diego, CA | Allied Gardens
2 Bedrooms
$2,790
1127 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,410
1553 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 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
900 F Street
900 F St
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,495
475 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,350
877 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
Modern units located near the Gaslamp District, dining and the ballpark. Units have spacious floor plans and are pet-friendly. Community courtyard with space for lounging.
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12 Units Available
The Heritage
1471 8th Ave
San Diego, CA | Cortez
1 Bedroom
$2,230
773 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,710
1160 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 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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7 Units Available
Prado Apartment Homes
6304 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA | Grantville
1 Bedroom
$1,755
714 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,015
989 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
Pet-friendly apartment community situated in a peaceful courtyard setting close to Old Town and Downtown San Diego. Tenants have access to a fitness center, picnic area and two swimming pools.
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2 Units Available
Barclay Square
6363 Beadnell Way
San Diego, CA | Clairemont Mesa East
1 Bedroom
$1,535
738 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
Apartments feature ceiling fans and plush carpeting. Community features multiple swimming pools, a laundry facility, and green space. Get all your errands done and enjoy a meal at Balboa Mesa Shopping Center. By I-805.
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7 Units Available
Camden Tuscany
1670 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA | Harborview
1 Bedroom
$2,656
717 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,653
1015 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,977
1391 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 01:30 AM
Great location in the heart of Little Italy. Residents live in units with laundry, patio or balcony, and granite counters. Community features hot tub and pool, elevator, bike storage, parking and more.
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8 Units Available
The Village at Del Mar Heights
13138 Kellam Ct
San Diego, CA | Carmel Valley
1 Bedroom
$2,291
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,396
1050 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Stunning, resort-like setting near Solana Highlands Park. On-site amenities include sauna, pool, gym and hot tub. Green community and pet-friendly. Updated suites with granite countertops, hardwood floors and lush landscaping.
Verified
21 Units Available
Ridgewood Village
12435 Heatherton Ct
San Diego, CA | Sabre Springs
1 Bedroom
$1,960
595 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,224
918 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Luxury community on an 800-acre preserved nature area with trails. On-site amenities include a pool, sauna, hot tub and gym. Top-notch interiors with walk-in closets, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Patio or balcony.
Verified
25 Units Available
Vantage Pointe
1281 9th Ave
San Diego, CA | Core-Columbia
1 Bedroom
$2,039
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,330
976 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Located downtown San Diego, these high-rise apartments offer modern interiors with panoramic views. Residents love the open kitchen layout, wood cabinetry and high-end features. The community's rooftop terrace includes an outdoor fireplace for entertaining.
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5 Units Available
Del Mar Ridge
12629 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA | Carmel Valley
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,476
1310 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Within walking distance of dining and shopping, these stunning apartments offer wood-burning fireplaces, in-house laundry facilities, as well as community amenities, such as a heated pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Pets are welcome!
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6 Units Available
Deerwood
15640 Bernardo Center Dr
San Diego, CA | Rancho Bernardo
2 Bedrooms
$2,260
992 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,741
1171 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
In the Poway School District in a park-like setting. Recently renovated units include a fireplace, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and updated appliances. On-site amenities for the active, including sauna, pool, playground and gym. Pet-friendly.
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16 Units Available
Carmel Terrace
11540 Windcrest Ln
San Diego, CA | Carmel Mountain
1 Bedroom
$1,783
626 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,191
893 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Just off the Ted Williams Pkwy, I-15 and I-56. Updated interiors with hardwood floors, fireplaces and stainless steel appliances. Pet-friendly community. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, business center, pool and sauna.
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13 Units Available
Montierra
9904 Kika Ct
San Diego, CA | Mira Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,025
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,211
1069 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,912
1274 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Located close to I-15 and Freeway 56 with access to Torrey Pines, La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Community has a basketball court, volleyball court, pool, sauna and hot tub. Recently renovated!
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6 Units Available
Canyon Ridge
3187 Cowley Way
San Diego, CA | Bay Park
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,190
913 sqft
Last updated December 1 at 12:49 AM
Incredible, modern community near Tecolote Canyon Natural Park. Stunning views. On-site amenities include yoga studio, tennis court, media room, hot tub and basketball court. Recently renovated with hardwood floors and walk-in closets.

Median Rent in San Diego

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Diego is $1,564, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,073.
Studio
$1,348
1 Bed
$1,564
2 Beds
$2,073
3+ Beds
$2,524
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How much is rent in San Diego?
In San Diego, the median rent is $1,348 for a studio, $1,564 for a 1-bedroom, $2,073 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,524 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Diego, check out our monthly San Diego Rent Report.
How much is rent in San Diego?
In San Diego, the median rent is $1,348 for a studio, $1,564 for a 1-bedroom, $2,073 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,524 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Diego, check out our monthly San Diego Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in San Diego?
You can filter cheap apartments in San Diego by price: under $1500, under $1,400, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in San Diego?
You can filter cheap apartments in San Diego by price: under $1500, under $1,400, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in San Diego?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find San Diego apartments that allow pets.
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How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some San Diego properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some San Diego properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in San Diego?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in San Diego.
How much should I pay for rent in San Diego?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in San Diego.
How can I find off-campus housing in San Diego?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Diego. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of California-San Diego, San Diego City College, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and MiraCosta College.
How can I find off-campus housing in San Diego?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Diego. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of California-San Diego, San Diego City College, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and MiraCosta College.

Median Rent in San Diego

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Diego is $1,564, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,073.
Studio
$1,348
1 Bed
$1,564
2 Beds
$2,073
3+ Beds
$2,524

City Guide

San Diego
Whhhoooooooooossshhhh…. Hear that? It’s the cool, mountain breeze rushing toward the sea, ruffling the truffula—er, palm—trees here in sunny San Diego.
Whhhoooooooooossshhhh…. Hear that? It’s the cool, mountain breeze rushing toward the sea, ruffling the truffula—er, palm—trees here in sunny San Diego.

OK, wake up. You’re not living the dream just yet. In fact, you likely have some serious footwork to do in order to make it come true. That’s why you’re here. (Right? Right.) Let’s be honest: Craigslist doesn’t service half the info you need to make an informed decision. Well, that’s why we’ve crafted the guide you see before you. As Mr. T might say (in soulful exclamation…), “You betta brief yo self, fool!”

Having trouble with Craigslist San Diego? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Biking at Coronado Beach

San Diego Zoo, one of the best in the country

Old Point Loma lighthouse

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).

Must-know Tips on the Rental Market in SD
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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).

Neighborhoods

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!

Neighborhoods
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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!

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San Diego
Whhhoooooooooossshhhh…. Hear that? It’s the cool, mountain breeze rushing toward the sea, ruffling the truffula—er, palm—trees here in sunny San Diego.
Whhhoooooooooossshhhh…. Hear that? It’s the cool, mountain breeze rushing toward the sea, ruffling the truffula—er, palm—trees here in sunny San Diego.

OK, wake up. You’re not living the dream just yet. In fact, you likely have some serious footwork to do in order to make it come true. That’s why you’re here. (Right? Right.) Let’s be honest: Craigslist doesn’t service half the info you need to make an informed decision. Well, that’s why we’ve crafted the guide you see before you. As Mr. T might say (in soulful exclamation…), “You betta brief yo self, fool!”

Having trouble with Craigslist San Diego? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Biking at Coronado Beach

San Diego Zoo, one of the best in the country

Old Point Loma lighthouse

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).

Must-know Tips on the Rental Market in SD
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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).

Neighborhoods

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!

Neighborhoods
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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

December 2020 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2020 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Diego rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

San Diego rents declined significantly over the past month

San Diego rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,565 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,074 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

    Rents falling across cities in California

    Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of San Diego, but across many other cities in the state. Rents have dropped in 1 of the largest 10 cities in California for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -5.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,377; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, 6 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with San Francisco experiencing the fastest decline (-25.5%).
    • Fresno, Bakersfield, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (7.3%, 6.9%, and 2.9%, respectively).

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Diego

    As rents have fallen slightly in San Diego, a few similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

    • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,074 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in San Diego.
    • While rents in San Diego fell slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,154, where San Diego is more than one-and-a-half times 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.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Diego
    $1,560
    $2,070
    -0.5%
    -0.1%
    Chula Vista
    $1,380
    $1,900
    0.2%
    5.2%
    Oceanside
    $1,680
    $2,100
    0.2%
    2.9%
    Escondido
    $1,490
    $1,790
    0.6%
    2.3%
    Carlsbad
    $1,870
    $2,380
    1.1%
    3.8%
    Vista
    $1,710
    $1,930
    0.7%
    3.1%
    La Mesa
    $1,580
    $1,960
    0.4%
    3.8%
    See More

    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 about the methodology on our blog.

    Methodology:

    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.

    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.

    Read More

    December 2020 San Diego Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Diego rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    December 2020 San Diego Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Diego rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

    San Diego rents declined significantly over the past month

    San Diego rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,565 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,074 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

      Rents falling across cities in California

      Throughout the past year, rent decreases have been occurring not just in the city of San Diego, but across many other cities in the state. Rents have dropped in 1 of the largest 10 cities in California for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of -5.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

      • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,377; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, 6 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with San Francisco experiencing the fastest decline (-25.5%).
      • Fresno, Bakersfield, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (7.3%, 6.9%, and 2.9%, respectively).

      Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Diego

      As rents have fallen slightly in San Diego, a few similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

      • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,074 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in San Diego.
      • While rents in San Diego fell slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,154, where San Diego is more than one-and-a-half times 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.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      San Diego
      $1,560
      $2,070
      -0.5%
      -0.1%
      Chula Vista
      $1,380
      $1,900
      0.2%
      5.2%
      Oceanside
      $1,680
      $2,100
      0.2%
      2.9%
      Escondido
      $1,490
      $1,790
      0.6%
      2.3%
      Carlsbad
      $1,870
      $2,380
      1.1%
      3.8%
      Vista
      $1,710
      $1,930
      0.7%
      3.1%
      La Mesa
      $1,580
      $1,960
      0.4%
      3.8%
      See More

      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 about the methodology on our blog.

      Methodology:

      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.

      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.

      San Diego Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how San Diego ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      A-
      Safety and crime rate
      C+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A-
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      B+
      Social Life
      A+
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      C
      State and local taxes
      C+
      Public transit
      B-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

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

      "San Diego 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 San Diego."

      Key findings in San Diego include the following:

      For bullet formatting use: * (with a space on each side)

      • San Diego renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for San Diego were weather (A+), safety and low crime rate and recreational opportunities (which both received an A-).
      • The areas of concern to San Diego renters are cost of living (D), public transit and jobs and career opportunities (which both received a C+).
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied (A-), as are renters who are parents (A).
      • San Diego did relatively well compared to other cities in California, including San Francisco (B+), Los Angeles (C+), and San Jose (C ).
      • San Diego earned similar scores to other cities like Boston, MA (A), Washington, DC (A-) and Austin, TX (A-).
      • 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.

      Renters say:

      • "Great bars, restaurants and other businesses to patronize. Love the weather and the proximity to the ocean. Amazing beaches. Also people are very relaxed and friendly here." – Stacy H.
      • "Love that it’s so close to the beach. Hate that it’s so expensive." – Anon.
      • "I love how close it is to everything. The weather is always perfect, sunny and 75. There’s nothing I hate about San Diego!" – Callie B.
      • "I love the weather, nightlife, and opportunities to meet people. Don’t like that the homelessness problem seems to be getting worse." – Bill K.

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

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

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

      "San Diego renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List....

      View full San Diego Renter Survey

      Here’s how San Diego ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      A-
      Safety and crime rate
      C+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A-
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      B+
      Social Life
      A+
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      C
      State and local taxes
      C+
      Public transit
      B-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

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

      "San Diego 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 San Diego."

      Key findings in San Diego include the following:

      For bullet formatting use: * (with a space on each side)

      • San Diego renters gave their city an A- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for San Diego were weather (A+), safety and low crime rate and recreational opportunities (which both received an A-).
      • The areas of concern to San Diego renters are cost of living (D), public transit and jobs and career opportunities (which both received a C+).
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied (A-), as are renters who are parents (A).
      • San Diego did relatively well compared to other cities in California, including San Francisco (B+), Los Angeles (C+), and San Jose (C ).
      • San Diego earned similar scores to other cities like Boston, MA (A), Washington, DC (A-) and Austin, TX (A-).
      • 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.

      Renters say:

      • "Great bars, restaurants and other businesses to patronize. Love the weather and the proximity to the ocean. Amazing beaches. Also people are very relaxed and friendly here." – Stacy H.
      • "Love that it’s so close to the beach. Hate that it’s so expensive." – Anon.
      • "I love how close it is to everything. The weather is always perfect, sunny and 75. There’s nothing I hate about San Diego!" – Callie B.
      • "I love the weather, nightlife, and opportunities to meet people. Don’t like that the homelessness problem seems to be getting worse." – Bill K.

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

      View our national survey results here.