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794 Short-term Apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

Finding a short-term apartment in San Diego takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a n... Read Guide >
The Reserve At 4s Ranch Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,584
692 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,537
1029 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,737
1314 sqft
Elegant community in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. Units offer granite counters, walk-in closets, dishwashers, extra storage and air conditioning. This is a pet-friendly community.
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Broadstone Makers Quarter Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,374
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,106
701 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,472
1128 sqft
Broadstone Makers Quarter is situated in Makers Quarter, a community of entrepreneurs, artists, and makers, in the heart of San Diego's East Village, inspired by the Maker Movement, this highly anticipated 265-unit development includes a combination of studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and innovative 3-story townhomes. Residents of this community will enjoy a vast array of custom-designed amenities, courtesy of BASILE Studio, including an outdoor oasis featuring a zero-edge pool, hot tub and cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center with Technogym, TRX and Peloton Equipment, and a creative work & maker space boasting collaborative work tables.
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The Rey Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
32 Units Available
Studio
$2,555
469 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,676
673 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,571
934 sqft
Close to the theater, symphony, and the House of Blues in Downtown San Diego. Spectacular city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site dog walk and a rooftop deck.
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Sofi Canyon Hills Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
Verified
3 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$3,299
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Quiet apartment complex with two and three bedroom units. Spacious floor plans, in-unit laundry and private patio/balcony. Community features a swimming pool, parking, community garden and coffee bar.
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Mira Bella Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,920
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,490
1059 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,820
1453 sqft
1-3 bedroom apartments with air conditioning, granite worktops and walk-in closets. The pet friendly community has a gym with yoga studio and pool. Cabrillo Heights Park is on one side, I-805 the other.
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The Hills at Rancho Penasquitos Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$2,581
963 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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The Hills at Rancho Penasquitos offers beautifully remodeled two and three bedroom apartment homes for rent located off Carmel Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos. We have beautiful valley views nestled in a wooded landscape and are located next door to Rolling Hills Elementary School which is in the Award Winning Poway School District.
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The Courtyards Pacific Village Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,764
665 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,223
972 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
1269 sqft
The Courtyards offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes with square footage ranging from 665-1380sf. Amenities include heated pool & spa, dog park and dog wash station, 24 hour fitness center, movie theater, game room, clubhouse, playground, package lockers, additional storage available, bicycle storage and Electric Vehicle charging stations throughout.
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Cresta Bella Photo Gallery 1
1 of 42
Verified
11 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,878
899 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,415
1289 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,234
1447 sqft
CRESTA BELLA... a new, luxury rental community with Mediterranean-inspired architecture and spacious, flexible floor plans. A collection that is honored to call Rancho Penasquitos home, Cresta Bella blends together outstanding in-home conveniences, such as full-size washers and dryers, with thoughtful appointments like designer trim, state-of-the-art kitchens, and direct-access garages with remotes. The end result is an elegant living experience that is second to none.
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Market Street Square Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,094
455 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,703
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Pet-friendly, downtown apartments in historic neighborhood near the bay. Within walking distance to the San Diego Trolley line, PetCo Park and the Gaslamp district. Features include rooftop sundecks, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
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Pinnacle on the Park Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,720
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,590
902 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,205
1185 sqft
Situated in the vibrant, diverse, urban East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego, Pinnacle on the Park boasts close proximity to the beautiful Marina Embarcadero and 5 star dining restaurants Grab a celebratory beverage at Amplified Ales after a San Diego Padres win at PETCO Park or walk to the Historic Gaslamp District during a girl’s night out. Enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather at Embarcadero Marina Park. Whether you’re pursuing higher educational opportunities at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, San Diego City College, or working at one of the 700 businesses located in the thriving urban enclave of the East Village.
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Aldea at Mesa College Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
Verified
1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$2,175
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Great location just minutes from San Diego Mesa College. Apartments include bathtub, patio or balcony, and garbage disposal. Community offers e-payments, on-site laundry, a pool, and parking.
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Loma Portal Photo Gallery 1
1 of 33
Verified
1 Unit Available
2 Bedrooms
$3,550
1000 sqft
Great location, close to shopping destinations like Target. Units feature stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, and a patio or balcony. Community includes pool, BBQ grill, and 24-hour maintenance.
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Arrive Mission Valley Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
Verified
18 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,132
678 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,552
982 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,837
1323 sqft
Just steps away from the SD Trolley and downtown. Luxury amenities featuring a 24-hour gym, refreshing pool and game room. Relax inside your spacious apartment with in-unit laundry, oversized closets and air conditioning.
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Elan The Palms Photo Gallery 1
1 of 19
Verified
1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$2,295
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Located close to the beach and shopping on Newport Avenue. Community has laundry facilities, assigned parking and BBQ area. Units have dishwashers, accent walls and mirror panel closet doors.
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The Villas at Camino Bernardo Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,055
969 sqft
Welcome to The Villas at Camino Bernardo Beautiful and Spacious Floor Plans in the Award Winning Poway Unified School District The Villas at Camino Bernardo offers gracious apartment homes in a resort style community in a beautifully landscaped tranquil setting in the heart of Rancho Bernado. Our well designed community offers one and two bedroom apartment homes, emphasizing on comfort and livability featuring upgraded kitchens, bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, modern hard-flooring, and other popular features such as full size washer and dryer. As a resident of The Villas you will enjoy two heated pools, two soothing spas, lighted tennis court, state of the art fitness center, community clubhouse, dog park, tot lot, onsite storage is available.
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Towers at Costa Verde Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
Verified
Contact for Availability
1 Bedroom
$3,325
846 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
1286 sqft
Torrey Gardens Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
Verified
Contact for Availability
1 Bedroom
$3,200
865 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,950
1112 sqft
Showcasing expansive views atop a hillside in Carmel Valley, Torrey Gardens is the luxury rental community that offers a distinguished lifestyle. Enjoy modern, fully appointed floor plans with lavish features, designer finishes and upgraded appliances. Our exquisite resort-inspired amenities include a revitalizing pool and Jacuzzi, state-of-the-art fitness center, expansive park with ocean views, a Pilates studio and so much more. We even offer retail shops within our community including a pet concierge, deli, salon and dry cleaners for your convenience. Living in the gorgeous master-planned community of Torrey Hills is exceptional. Coastal breezes, natural beauty, and outdoor recreation are abundant. Enjoy your perfect escape while still being close to everything. Discover the unique hiking and biking trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve, indulge in renowned shopping, and soak up the sun at world-class beaches all within minutes from your new home. For year-round fun, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is home to the San Diego County Fair, horse racing, expos, and seasonal family entertainment. Torrey Gardens is also close to major business centers in Sorrento Valley, and falls within the boundaries for the award-winning Del Mar Union and San Dieguito School Districts. We are also a 100% smoke-free community. Pets accepted in select apartment homes; two pet maximum and breed restrictions apply. Please contact the leasing office for details. Sorry, cosigners are not accepted.
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La Jolla Crossroads Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
Contact for Availability
Studio
$2,550
647 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,050
860 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,225
1332 sqft
Luxury, sophisticated living at its finest. You'll feel like you're living at a resort with amenities such as a sauna, racquetball court, pool, gym and more. Interiors with in-unit laundry and private patio or balcony.
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Mission Pacific Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,495
641 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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From the moment you enter Mission Pacific, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and unbeatable amenities. Our pet-friendly community boasts striking interiors with all the features you need for a comfortable lifestyle. Choose an upgraded floor plan with vaulted ceilings for a lofty feel or enjoy the wood-style floors and cable-ready bedrooms of a standard layout. Throughout our beautifully landscaped grounds, discover resort-inspired amenities for ultimate relaxation. Take your furry friend to the on-site dog park for some fresh air and exercise. When it’s your turn for a workout, take advantage of the indoor and outdoor fitness center. Afterward, cool off in the shimmering, tree-lined pool or grill some lunch at the outdoor lounge. The central location of our Talmadge apartments gives you easy access to local restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment. Whether you’re catching a show in the historic Gaslamp Quarter or heading to a cafe on a relaxing Saturday morning, there’s something for everyone around the neighborhood. Contact us today to schedule your tour of Mission Pacific.
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Spire San Diego Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$2,820
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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A concept that integrates luxury and a privileged location for people looking to live their daily activities to the fullest while being embraced by a great number of features that will make your life magnificent. This towering luxury community offers breathtaking views and an exclusive lifestyle that is authentic to San Diego. From elegant and spacious residences, to unmatched amenities and great services at your fingertips, everything about this building tells the world you have arrived. Make your next home here and indulge in San Diego living at its finest.
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Ocean House on Prospect Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$5,340
748 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$6,220
1087 sqft
Two blocks from the Pacific Ocean and next to La Jolla Community Park. Luxury apartments feature walk-in closets, in-unit laundry and ocean views from private balconies. Pet-friendly residence has car-charging station, clubhouse, gym and pool.
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Mariner's Cove Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,470
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,830
828 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,760
1067 sqft
Fantastic location near Famosa Slough Park and I-8. Fun, pet-friendly community with a tennis court, pool, playground and on-site gym. Updated interiors with modern appliances, walk-in closets, and a patio or balcony.
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Griffis East Village Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,553
610 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,004
705 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,052
990 sqft
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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Avalon La Jolla Colony Photo Gallery 1
1 of 39
Verified
5 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,165
543 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,340
925 sqft
Beautiful setting just off I-5. Updated interiors with luxury amenities including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Master bedrooms with walk-in closets. On-site yoga, pools, gym, grill area and fire pit. Pet-friendly.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent for a short-term apartment in San Diego?

Rental prices for short-term apartments in San Diego range from $2,050 to $14,700 per month.

How many short-term apartments are available for rent in San Diego?

Currently, there are 52 short-term apartments available for rent in San Diego.

How can I find a cheap apartment in San Diego?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in San Diego by using the cheap apartments filter or you can search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
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What to keep in mind when looking for short-term apartments in San Diego, CA

Finding a short-term apartment in San Diego takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job, a relationship change, or to explore a new city before committing to staying. Whatever the reason, short-term apartments can provide the flexibility that traditional leases don’t.

Before signing a rental agreement or short-term apartment lease, study all of the details thoroughly. Renters usually have more restrictions and rules to follow when renting a short-term apartment. For starters, you usually can’t make modifications like painting or hanging pictures.

Short-term apartments are ideal for flexibility, but also don’t protect the renter long-term. You could face the possibility of rent increases on a monthly basis. The landlord could also decline to renew your lease and leave you looking for another short-term rental.

If your main priority is flexibility, a short-term apartment is an ideal situation. However, ensure that you fully understand the rental agreement terms before signing.