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801 Apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

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3962 Hamilton St
3962 Hamilton St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 02:42pm
1 Bedroom
$1,395
2 Bedrooms
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Easily located near shopping, schools, and parks. Lots of sponsored activities for residents. On-site pool and courtyard provided. Parking and laundry available. Updated appliances, hardwood floors, and lots of storage in each unit.
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Gallery Apartments
3575 6th Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:58pm
Studio
$1,295
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Quaint building in a beautiful canyon setting. Units with fireplaces, hardwood flooring, well-equipped kitchens, and ceiling fans. Short distance to Balboa Park and all of Downtown San Diego. On-site laundry and BBQ/grill.
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Altura
11921 Carmel Creek Rd
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$2,675
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
3 Bedrooms
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Live in a brand new luxury community in north San Diego. Huge townhomes with custom cabinets and quartz counters. The two community swimming pools have cabanas with TVs. Easy access to I-5.
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Il Palazzo
2040 Columbia St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$2,161
2 Bedrooms
$2,476
Stylish apartment building in San Diego's Harborview neighborhood, within walking distance of San Diego Bay. One-bedroom units with granite counters, hardwood floors and a patio/balcony. One underground parking space included in lease. 24-hour gym.
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Stonewood Gardens
3833 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,801
3 Bedrooms
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Great location close to Midway Drive and Sports Arena Drive. Community features a heated pool, spa and dog run. Units have ceiling fans, private patio/balconies and spacious closets.
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Aldea at Mesa College
7322 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 02:40pm
1 Bedroom
$1,575
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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Oliver Avenue I
2049 Oliver Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 02:14pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
Within walking distance of Crown Point's charming beaches, these two-bedroom apartments feature spacious plans, a landscaped courtyard and laundry facilities. Commuters will love how close it is to Mission Bay and the 5 Freeway.
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Rancho Vista Apts
2711 Manos Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:47pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,550
Bright, open floor plans look out onto a courtyard ideal for entertaining and resident gatherings. In South San Diego just off the 805 Freeway and Highway 54.
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La Jolla Crossroads
9085 University City
San Diego, CA
Updated February 15 at 12:24am
Studio
$1,975
1 Bedroom
$1,925
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
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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Lantana Hills Apartments
5802 University Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 14 at 05:17pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,615
Pet-friendly apartments feature a large patio deck, private fenced yard and private garages. Community has a bus stop for easy commuting, zen gardens and two pools. Located close to Balboa Park and Coronado Beach.
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Aspen Park
3505 Reynard Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:29pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,755
Short drive to Downtown San Diego, the zoo and SeaWorld. Private balconies in upstairs units with private backyards on the ground floor. Pool and sundeck area. Updated appliances.
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Vive on the Park
8725 Ariva Court
San Diego, CA
Updated February 11 at 11:43pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,180
2 Bedrooms
$2,776
New upscale units in Kearny Mesa neighborhood, with hardwood floors, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, and in-unit laundry. Property offers swimming pool and spa, fitness center, yoga studio, clubhouse, game room, and caterer's kitchen.
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Portofino
2500 Northside Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 21 at 01:11am
1 Bedroom
$2,060
2 Bedrooms
$2,630
3 Bedrooms
$3,165
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The Overlook at Bernardo Heights
15909 Avenida Venusto
San Diego, CA
Updated February 7 at 08:41pm
1 Bedroom
$1,655
2 Bedrooms
$1,765
Interior features include walk-in closets, separate dens and dining rooms, vaulted ceilings, and private patios/balconies. Close to the San Diego Liberal Arts Academy and Highland Ranch Elementary School.
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Elan Loma Highlands
2185 Chatsworth Boulevard
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:18pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,675
Beach community in Point Loma, CA, with scenic ocean views. Large equipped kitchen spaces with spacious living rooms and mirror panel closet doors. Pet-friendly facilities with on-site staff and 24-hour maintenance.
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Elán The Plaza Apartments
4955 Narragansett Avenue
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:55pm
1 Bedroom
$1,795
Beach community located close to shopping and dining on Newport Avenue. Units have fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms and private patio/balconies. Community has a patio, BBQ area and bike store room.
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Evening Creek Condominium Rentals
10918 Evening Creek Dr E
San Diego, CA
Updated February 21 at 01:09am
2 Bedrooms
$2,595
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
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Tierrasanta Ridge Apartment Homes
5410 Repecho Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 21 at 01:09am
1 Bedroom
$1,705
2 Bedrooms
$1,870
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LUX UTC
4200 Brook Court
San Diego, CA
Updated February 21 at 01:09am
1 Bedroom
$2,840
2 Bedrooms
$4,065
3 Bedrooms
$4,565
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Club River Run
10041 Rio San Diego Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 21 at 01:09am
1 Bedroom
$1,845
2 Bedrooms
$2,255
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Broadstone North Park
4223 Texas Street
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$2,295
1 Bedroom
$2,650
2 Bedrooms
$3,450
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Elan Coco Palms
4975 Del Monte Avenue
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:54pm
Studio
$1,545
1 Bedroom
$1,845
2 Bedrooms
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Small beach community located in Ocean Beach, CA. High-tech fitness center and bike storage area with covered parking. Spacious apartment floor plans with designated dining rooms and spacious living areas. Patio tables, chairs and loungers next to a sparkling pool and relaxing spa.
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Florida Place
3440 Florida St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:43pm
1 Bedroom
$1,550
2 Bedrooms
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Near schools, parks and shopping areas. A convenient location to get to. Properties feature a patio or balcony, walk-in closets, and updated appliances. Spacious layouts. On-site laundry facilities and parking provided.
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The Cathryn
2980 1st Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:29pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,795
Just minutes from San Diego Bay, Little Italy and Balboa Park. These spacious apartments feature nice updates including custom cabinetry and white quartz countertops. A pet-friendly, gated community.
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4344 Alabama
4344 Alabama St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:01pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,690
Great University Heights location near the intersection of El Cajon and Park Boulevards. Walk to the weekly Farmer's Market. Comfortable units with well-equipped kitchens and large closets.
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Eighteen Ten State St
1810 State St
San Diego, CA
Updated January 16 at 06:05pm
Studio
$1,999
1 Bedroom
$2,419
2 Bedrooms
$3,665
A beautiful community with fantastic skyline views. Unique floor plans with walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Onsite fire pit hot tub, lobby and courtyard. Pet-friendly. Near I-5.
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Mission Pacific
4454 44th St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:43pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,125
3 Bedrooms
$2,440
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Auburn Apartments
4986 Auburn Dr
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:27pm
1 Bedroom
$1,195
2 Bedrooms
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Minutes from Rosa Parks Elementary School. Within walking distance to area shops, award-winning schools, parks and local museums. Well-groomed landscaping. Spacious interiors with updated appliances. On-site amenities and ample security.
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Auburn Hills Apts
2399 Camino del Rio N
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 12:43pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,550
3 Bedrooms
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Dylan Point Loma
2930 Barnard St
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$2,425
2 Bedrooms
$3,150
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
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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8781 Dalewood Ave
8781 Dalewood Avenue
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:05am
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
2850 Reynard Way #19
2850 Reynard Way
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:05am
Studio
$1,600
1754 NATIONAL AVENUE
1754 National Avenue
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:05am
Studio
$500
7949 Caminito Dia #2
7949 Caminito Dia
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:05am
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
4353 Mount Castle Ave
4353 Mount Castle Avenue
San Diego, CA
Updated February 22 at 10:05am
4 Bedrooms
$3,395
City GuideSan 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).

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!

February 2019 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents remained steady 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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February 2019 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 San Diego Rent Report. San Diego rents remained steady 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 held steady over the past month

San Diego rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up slightly by 1.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,560 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,020 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.3%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

    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, 7 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 $1,340; the city has also seen rents fall by 11.1% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
    • Chula Vista has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,130, while one-bedrooms go for $1,640.

    Other large 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 also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Diego is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in San Jose, 2.7% in San Francisco, and 1.4% in Los Angeles.
    • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,020 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 1.6% rise in San Diego.
    • While San Diego's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Austin (+3.3%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, 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
    1.6%
    Chula Vista
    $1,640
    $2,130
    -0.5%
    2.7%
    Oceanside
    $1,770
    $2,300
    -0.2%
    1.4%
    Escondido
    $1,430
    $1,860
    -0.5%
    -0.4%
    Carlsbad
    $1,890
    $2,460
    -0.7%
    1.5%
    El Cajon
    $1,270
    $1,640
    1.1%
    1.3%
    Vista
    $1,430
    $1,850
    -0.2%
    1.5%
    San Marcos
    $1,540
    $1,990
    -0.3%
    1.9%
    Encinitas
    $1,900
    $2,460
    -1.5%
    -1.1%
    National City
    $1,030
    $1,340
    0.4%
    -11.1%
    La Mesa
    $1,420
    $1,840
    0.3%
    2.3%
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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.

    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:

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    • 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