66 Cheap Apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

Last updated September 26 at 11:59AM
9129 Village Glen Drive, #175
Serra Mesa
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:19AM
1 Bedroom
$1,495
3732 10th Ave
Hillcrest
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:12AM
1 Bedroom
$1,495
4739 Mansfield St
Adams North
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:11AM
1 Bedroom
$1,425
5252 Orange Avenue #523
Colina Del Sol
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:43AM
1 Bedroom
$1,300
6831 Alvarado Rd. #7
College East
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:23AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,525
1365 Caminito Gabaldon
Mission Valley East
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:35AM
1 Bedroom
$1,550
540 65th St
Encanto
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:10AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
6725 Mission Gorge Rd., #105A
Allied Gardens
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:45AM
1 Bedroom
$1,450
4112 Nordica Ave
Shelltown
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:42AM
1 Bedroom
$1,250
4881 Rolando Ct
College East
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:12AM
1 Bedroom
$1,250
3456 Castle Glen Drive # 279
Serra Mesa
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:24AM
1 Bedroom
$1,400
5978 Rancho Mission Rd. #267
Grantville
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 10:21AM
1 Bedroom
$1,350
3706 Georgia St
North Park
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:11AM
1 Bedroom
$1,525
4077 48th St
Colina Del Sol
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:10AM
1 Bedroom
$1,250
1617 Scott St
Roseville - Fleet Ridge
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:11AM
1 Bedroom
$1,495
43rd St
Teralta West
San Diego, CA
Updated September 26 at 3:05AM
1 Bedroom
$1,100
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Rent Report
San Diego

September 2017 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents increased 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 increased significantly over the past month

San Diego rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up significantly by 4.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,560 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,020 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.5%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Diego, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 4.5% 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 $3,070; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+9.4%).
  • Sacramento, Santa Ana, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.4%, 6.3%, and 6.3%, respectively).

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

As rents have increased in San Diego, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most comparable cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

  • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,020 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 4.6% rise in San Diego.
  • While San Diego's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.5%) and Miami (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, 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 $1,560 $2,020 0.6% 4.6%
Chula Vista $1,620 $2,100 0.4% 7.2%
Oceanside $1,750 $2,270 0.1% 5.6%
Escondido $1,410 $1,830 1.1% 3.7%
Carlsbad $1,840 $2,390 0.0% 2.8%
El Cajon $1,270 $1,650 1.1% 9.4%
Vista $1,390 $1,800 0.2% 5.3%
Encinitas $1,800 $2,340 0.4% -1.5%
La Mesa $1,410 $1,820 0.4% 6.6%

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.