48 Apartments under 1500 for rent in San Diego, CA

Last updated May 24 at 12:04pm UTC
Elán City Lofts Apartments
2230 Albatross Street
San Diego, CA
Updated May 24 at 6:06am UTC
Studio
$1,375
1 Bedroom
$1,595
5978 Rancho Mission Rd. #267
Grantville
San Diego, CA
Updated May 24 at 11:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,350
1867 Morena Blvd
Bay Park
San Diego, CA
Updated May 24 at 9:31am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,445
207 Willie James Jones Ave Apt 10
Lincoln Park
San Diego, CA
Updated May 23 at 10:04am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,450
6401 Mount Ada Road Unit 149
Clairemont Mesa East
San Diego, CA
Updated May 23 at 9:59am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,495
532 21st St
Sherman Heights
San Diego, CA
Updated May 23 at 2:05am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,370
4574 39th St
Normal Heights
San Diego, CA
Updated May 23 at 1:56am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,400
3235 46th Street
Swan Canyon
San Diego, CA
Updated May 22 at 8:46pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
5033 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Clairemont Mesa East
San Diego, CA
Updated May 18 at 5:47pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,400
3071 Sunset Canyon Drive
Bay Park
San Diego, CA
Updated May 15 at 12:38pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$900
6779 Beadnell Way
Clairemont Mesa East
San Diego, CA
Updated May 14 at 5:54pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,350
6924 Hyde Park #109
San Carlos
San Diego, CA
Updated May 12 at 10:09am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,380
3658 Texas Street
North Park
San Diego, CA
Updated May 9 at 11:23am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,450
11463 Westonhill Dr
Mira Mesa
San Diego, CA
Updated May 3 at 10:07am UTC
7 Bedrooms
$700
1337 Caminito Gabaldon Unit H
Mission Valley East
San Diego, CA
Updated March 4 at 12:34pm UTC
Studio
$1,300
10797 San Diego Mission Road #305
Grantville
San Diego, CA
Updated May 16 at 11:45am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,495
Menlo Avenue
Teralta East
San Diego, CA
Updated May 11 at 7:39am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
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May 2018 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2018 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 metro, state, and nation.

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May 2018 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2018 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 metro, state, and nation.

San Diego rents declined over the past month

San Diego rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,550 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,010 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.1%, but exceeds the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Diego, 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.

  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,510; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.7%.
  • Over the past month, El Cajon has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,650, while one-bedrooms go for $1,280.
  • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,410; rents rose 2.3% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Diego

As rents have increased slightly in San Diego, a few other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.4% in San Jose, 2.1% in Los Angeles, and 1.3% in San Francisco.
  • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,010 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 1.9% rise in San Diego.
  • While San Diego's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Phoenix (+2.3%), Denver (+1.6%), and Dallas (+1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, where San Diego is nearly 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 -0.1% 1.9%
Chula Vista $1,630 $2,110 0.4% 2.8%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 0.5% 2.1%
Escondido $1,410 $1,830 0.5% 2.0%
Carlsbad $1,860 $2,410 0.4% 2.3%
El Cajon $1,280 $1,650 -1.0% 3.8%
Vista $1,410 $1,830 0.0% 2.4%
San Marcos $1,520 $1,970 0.4% 3.5%
Encinitas $1,850 $2,400 0.4% 2.8%
National City $1,170 $1,510 0.1% 5.7%
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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.

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 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.