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745 Apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

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Last updated February 23 at 06:18am
Rolando
3 Units Available
Courtyard on 68th
4823 68th Street, San Diego, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,951
1075 sqft
Luxury living with incredible downtown access. Just minutes from San Diego State University. On-site amenities include covered parking, a courtyard and green space. Spacious interiors with modern fixtures.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:04am
Cortez
6 Units Available
The Heritage
1471 8th Ave, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,985
754 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,875
1160 sqft
Newly renovated 1-2 bedroom apartments in north San Diego, with great transport links to Downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter. The pet-friendly community has a gym, pool and hot tub.
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Last updated February 21 at 07:43am
Miramar Ranch North
4 Units Available
Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments
9865 Erma Rd, San Diego, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,245
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,760
1061 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in San Diego. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated February 21 at 07:43am
East Village
5 Units Available
Urbana
450 10th Ave, San Diego, CA
Studio
$2,145
499 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,495
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,550
1148 sqft
We want U. With all of UR personality. UR voice. UR ideals. UR flaws.\n\nYoure not one for conformity. When others zig, you zag. Thats why we created URBANA just for you.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:23am
East Village
12 Units Available
Entrada Apartments
453 13th St, San Diego, CA
Studio
$1,600
435 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,609
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,435
953 sqft
Brand New Renovated Apartments For Lease and Upgraded Amenity Spaces Coming Soon! Beautifully crafted both inside and out, Entrada Apartments is the preferred San Diego community for the cultured and discerning East Village resident.
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Last updated February 21 at 02:12am
7 Units Available
The Reserve At 4s Ranch
10411 Reserve Dr, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,309
741 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,527
1130 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,906
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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Last updated February 23 at 12:20am
North Park
1 Unit Available
Hamilton Terrace
4149 Hamilton St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,725
780 sqft
Near North Park Community Park, I-805, I-8, and CA-163. Modern interiors with carpeting and newer appliances. Pet-friendly. Outdoor courtyard. Close to Hillcrest, Downtown, and Mission Valley. Large laundry area and off-street parking provided.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:05am
East Village
8 Units Available
F11
1110 F Street, San Diego, CA
Studio
$2,074
593 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,774
859 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,024
1161 sqft
Now open! Merging the indie scene of East Village with the cosmopolitan energy of downtown San Diego and The Gaslamp, F11 puts you at the intersection of the city's most vibrant living experience.
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Last updated February 23 at 12:57am
San Ysidro
1 Unit Available
Villa Bahia
2307 E Beyer Blvd, San Diego, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,725
900 sqft
Apartments feature wood floors, brushed nickel fixtures, ample storage space and ceiling fans. Conveniences like off-street parking and on-site laundry please residents. Close to the 805 Freeway.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:23am
Ocean Beach Highlands
7 Units Available
Citra at Point Loma
4464 Castelar St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,075
790 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,525
1015 sqft
Nestled away in a quiet residential neighborhood, Citra Apartments will offer a peaceful place to call home.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:32am
Clairemont Mesa East
2 Units Available
Balboa Plaza
6699 Beadnell Way, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,550
610 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,975
854 sqft
Close to I-805 and Lindbergh Neighborhood Park. Smoke-free community features a hot tub, BBQ grill, and pool. Cat-friendly, smoke-free apartments with ceiling fans, a range oven, and bathtubs.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:23am
College East
2 Units Available
Solstice Apartment Homes
7240 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$1,615
780 sqft
At Solstice Apartment Homes, you are within minutes of San Diego State University, shopping, dining, entertainment and major freeways.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:23am
East Village
5 Units Available
Cityview SD
840 17th St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,755
587 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,235
844 sqft
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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Last updated February 23 at 07:04am
Clairemont Mesa East
7 Units Available
Park Genesee
5550 Genesee Ct E, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,632
550 sqft
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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Last updated February 23 at 06:41am
Hillcrest
1 Unit Available
Hilltop Terrace
325 Arbor Dr, San Diego, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,700
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Recently renovated. Minutes from I-163 and I-5, near the airport and downtown area. Just 15 minutes from Pacific Beach and the Bay. Smoke-free community. On-site pool, lobby area, and courtyard area.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:23am
Scripps Ranch
12 Units Available
Ascent at Campus of Life
10785 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,385
1160 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,899
1366 sqft
Ascent is the residential housing at Campus of Life, for those who aim higher. Set in the desirable locale of Scripps Ranch, Ascent offers exceptional finishes. Your home is elevator served and comes with a private garage.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:46am
North Park
3 Units Available
Villa Louisa
4833 Kansas St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,535
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
875 sqft
On a quiet, low-traffic street, these apartments feature beautiful landscaping and an on-site manager. The courtyard has a grill and picnic area. Just west of the 805 Freeway.
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Last updated February 23 at 01:13am
North Park
1 Unit Available
3962 Hamilton St
3962 Hamilton St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,475
700 sqft
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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Last updated February 23 at 07:05am
East Village
39 Units Available
Park 12 II
100 Park Center Plaza, San Diego, CA
Studio
$2,266
615 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,329
913 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,278
1146 sqft
A residence defined by avant architecture, breathtaking views, modern interiors, signature interior design, next-level amenities, personalized services and an unrivaled location that puts the best of San Diego at your door.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:28am
North Park
2 Units Available
Casa Helena
3980 Texas St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,505
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Walking distance to North Park, with easy access to beaches and Downtown San Diego. Pet-friendly units feature ceiling fans, carpeting, and full appliances including garbage disposals. On-site laundry.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:13am
North Park
1 Unit Available
Twin Gables Apts
3936 Texas St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,425
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Within this pet-friendly apartment community residents find on-site laundry, walk-in closets and bike storage. Convenient to the 805 Freeway and El Cajon Boulevard, close to San Diego Zoo.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:14am
La Jolla
1 Unit Available
Elan Beachcomber La Jolla
8115 El Paseo Grande, San Diego, CA
Studio
$1,800
350 sqft
Close to the beach, hotels, art galleries and restaurants. Pet-friendly. Spacious layouts with larger kitchens and ample storage. On-site bike rack, laundry,and emergency maintenance. Near I-5.
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Last updated February 23 at 07:02am
Normal Heights
1 Unit Available
40th Street
4530 40th St, San Diego, CA
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
875 sqft
Situated near the Escondido Freeway and Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park. Cat-friendly units feature garbage disposal, bathtub, oven, and air conditioning. Smoke-free community includes a courtyard and on-site laundry.
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Last updated February 23 at 06:22am
Ocean Beach
2 Units Available
Elan Coco Palms
4975 Del Monte Avenue, San Diego, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$2,445
763 sqft
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.

Median Rent in San Diego

Last updated Jan. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Diego is $1,578, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,048.
Studio
$1,425
1 Bed
$1,578
2 Beds
$2,048
3+ Beds
$2,949
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 2020 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2020 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 2020 San Diego Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2020 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 1.3% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,579 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,048 for a two-bedroom. San Diego's year-over-year rent growth is level with the state average of 1.3%, but lags the national average of 1.6%.

    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, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,546; the city has also seen rent growth of 3.6% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,325; the city has also seen rents fall by 1.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.

    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 1.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.3% in San Jose, 0.5% in Los Angeles, and 0.0% in San Francisco.
    • San Diego's median two-bedroom rent of $2,048 is above the national average of $1,193. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 1.3% rise in San Diego.
    • While San Diego's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Austin (+3.3%), and Dallas (+2.4%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Diego than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,101, where San Diego is more than one-and-a-half times 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Diego
    $1,580
    $2,050
    0
    1.3%
    Chula Vista
    $1,660
    $2,160
    0
    1.1%
    Oceanside
    $1,810
    $2,350
    0
    2.1%
    Escondido
    $1,450
    $1,880
    0
    0.8%
    Carlsbad
    $1,960
    $2,550
    0.2%
    3.6%
    El Cajon
    $1,270
    $1,650
    0.1%
    0.3%
    Vista
    $1,440
    $1,870
    0.1%
    1.3%
    San Marcos
    $1,560
    $2,030
    -0.1%
    1.9%
    Encinitas
    $1,940
    $2,510
    0.2%
    1.9%
    National City
    $1,020
    $1,320
    0.1%
    -1.3%
    La Mesa
    $1,440
    $1,870
    -0.4%
    1.4%
    Spring Valley
    $1,350
    $1,750
    0
    -0.1%
    Coronado
    $2,940
    $3,820
    -0.1%
    0.6%
    Solana Beach
    $2,250
    $2,920
    -0.2%
    0.9%
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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.

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