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189 Cheap Apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Diego takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, lett... Read Guide >
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20 Units Available
Cielo
915 West Grape Street
San Diego, CA | Harborview
Studio
$2,050
526 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,099
851 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,999
1382 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:31 PM
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54 Units Available
625 Broadway
625 Broadway Street
San Diego, CA | Core-Columbia
Studio
$2,244
465 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,044
465 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:31 PM
625 Broadway is a new collection of loft homes in the Gaslamp's historic Spreckels Building. Call for exclusive details!
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12 Units Available
Metro Mission Valley
5080 Camino del Arroyo
San Diego, CA | Mission Valley East
Studio
$1,850
399 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,337
726 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,785
1105 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:29 PM
LIVE A LUXURIOUS AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AT METRO MISSION VALLEY Featuring spacious floor plans, upscale amenities, an ideal location, and environmentally-conscious values, Metro Mission Valley is the place to live in San Diego. Our contemporary atmosphere encourages an active and social lifestyle to ensure you experience the most out of your luxury home and the thriving, trendy city. At The Metro Mission Valley, our friendly team delivers the extra degree of service to create a community living experience unlike any other
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7 Units Available
Entrada Apartments
453 13th St
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,722
407 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,974
689 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:29 PM
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18 Units Available
West Park Apartments
7777 Westside Dr
San Diego, CA | Serra Mesa
Studio
$2,048
546 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,411
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,964
1045 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:29 PM
An upscale community along San Diego River. Green community. On-site amenities include pool, clubhouse, 24-hour gym, and concierge service. In-suite upgrades including hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, extra storage, and fireplaces. Pet-friendly.
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1 Unit Available
Cityview SD
840 17th St
San Diego, CA | East Village
1 Bedroom
$1,745
573 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:27 PM
Easy access to the city via I-5 and Balboa Park. Enjoy the rooftop sundeck with harbor views, a refreshing pool, life-size chess game and putting green. Gourmet kitchens and climate control.
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17 Units Available
Greenfield Village
5540 Ocean Gate Ln
San Diego, CA | Ocean Crest
1 Bedroom
$1,895
723 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
1023 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,925
1338 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:25 PM
Luxurious units include ice maker, extra storage and walk-in closets. Community features BBQ grill, clubhouse, concierge and pool. Convenient location for commuters just steps from Otay Mesa Freeway.
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8 Units Available
The Missions
2242 Gill Village Way
San Diego, CA | Mission Valley East
1 Bedroom
$2,050
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,680
1082 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,175
1324 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:24 PM
Centrally located apartment community close to freeways, shopping centers and movie theaters. All-electric gourmet kitchens, breakfast bars and private patio/balcony. Community features media room, pool, hot tub and business center.
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1 Unit Available
The Casas
10802-B Camino Ruiz
San Diego, CA | Mira Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,055
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:23 PM
The Mira Mesa Park and huge shopping center along Camino Ruiz and Mira Mesa Boulevard are both convenient to this property. The pet-friendly community has a pool and hot tub. Units have hardwood flooring.
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2 Units Available
Casoleil
1100 Dennery Rd
San Diego, CA | Ocean Crest
1 Bedroom
$1,845
656 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:23 PM
Stunning community in the heart of San Diego, minutes from I-805. On-site pool, playground, business center and dog park. Updated interiors with a fireplace, extra storage, and patio or balcony.
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1 Unit Available
Navajo Bluffs
6575 Jaffe Ct
San Diego, CA | Lake Murray
Studio
$1,599
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 11:23 PM
Just off Highway 125. Park-like setting near shopping. On-site amenities include large pool, gym, hot tub, grill area, and laundry. Walk-in closets, hardwood floors, and patios or balconies in each unit.
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3 Units Available
Village Square
8683 Via Mallorca
San Diego, CA | La Jolla Village
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,970
520 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 11:23 PM
Bright and sunny apartments two miles from beaches. Walking distance to shopping, entertainment and UCSD. Complex features modern architecture and courtyard Wi-Fi. Easy commuting via I-5.
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6 Units Available
Verge
6850 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA | Allied Gardens
1 Bedroom
$1,989
714 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,819
1073 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
Just a few minutes east of the San Diego River, this development offers 1- to 3- bedroom units. Amenities include bathtubs, dishwashers, fireplaces, granite counters, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.
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50 Units Available
Park 12
100 Park Plaza
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,905
518 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,513
798 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,534
1074 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
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10 Units Available
EV
688 13th St
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,851
610 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,970
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,753
1055 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
Located in the East Village Arts District, these luxury units offer a variety of floor plans, complete with amenities like quartz countertops, dual color kitchens, roll-up louver doors and European-style cabinets.
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7 Units Available
Studios 435
435 13th Street
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,565
202 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
Now offering in-person, virtual and self-guided tours by appointment! To help stop the spread of COVID-19, face masks are required. Reach out to us today as helping you find the perfect home remains our priority! STUDIOS435 is a unique apartment community in the heart of East Village, the exhilarating arts district of San Diego. Just steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park, STUDIOS435 offers a premier downtown location. Our fully furnished STUDIOS feature high-end appliances and an all-inclusive utility, internet, and cable package for a small additional fee. With an on-site gym, business center, and community lounges, everything you need is here. Simply bring your toothbrush and we will provide the rest! Call today to schedule a tour and learn about our current community offers.
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1 Unit Available
Elán The Park
4929 Del Monte Avenue
San Diego, CA | South Ocean Beach
1 Bedroom
$1,945
700 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
Small beach community located close to Ocean Beach Pier and shopping on Newport Avenue. Community has a bike store room and assigned parking. Units have dishwashers and private patio/balconies.
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1 Unit Available
Scripps Terrace Apartments
10952 Scripps Ranch Blvd
San Diego, CA | Scripps Ranch
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,045
980 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:42 PM
Pet-friendly community conveniently located near award-winning schools and local shopping venues. Features large, spacious apartments with crown molding, walk-in closets and fully-equipped kitchens. On-site leasing office, 24-hour maintenance and relaxing swimming pool and spa.
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3 Units Available
Park Genesee
5550 Genesee Ct E
San Diego, CA | Clairemont Mesa East
1 Bedroom
$1,889
550 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:23 PM
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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19 Units Available
IDEA1
899 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,968
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,108
595 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 10:23 PM
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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9 Units Available
IMT Sorrento Valley
11102 Caminito Alvarez
San Diego, CA | Mira Mesa
Studio
$2,025
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,410
645 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,530
767 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:22 PM
This community features five pools along with spas and hot tubs. Units include washer/dryer hookups and walk-in closets. It's located off Mira Mesa Boulevard and is only moments from Sorrento Mesa.
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12 Units Available
Alexan ALX
300 14th St
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,906
409 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,127
857 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:21 PM
Modern homes with bay windows, tiled bathrooms, hardwood flooring and quartz countertops. Residents have access to a rooftop swimming pool, a game room and a beer garden. Minutes away from Gaslamp District.
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1 Unit Available
Barclay Square
6363 Beadnell Way
San Diego, CA | Clairemont Mesa East
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,060
825 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated June 11 at 10:17 PM
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
900 F Street
900 F St
San Diego, CA | East Village
Studio
$1,470
475 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,074
822 sqft
Last updated June 11 at 10:17 PM
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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What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in San Diego?
The average rent for a studio apartment in San Diego is $2,432.
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The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Diego is $3,716.
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City Guide for San Diego, CA

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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in San Diego, CA

Finding cheap apartments in San Diego takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in San Diego by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in San Diego in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of San Diego.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in San Diego. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in San Diego.