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San Diego Apartments
Last updated January 30 2023 at 6:42 PM

2,621 Apartments in San Diego, California

San Diego Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 1,423,851
Population Density: 4,369.3 people/sq mile
Median Age: 36
Percentage of Family Households: 58%
Median Annual Income: $93,042 / year
Median Rent: $1,962 / month

What locals are saying

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

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!

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!

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San Diego Demographics


How diverse is San Diego?

The representation of ethnic minorities in San Diego is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of San Diego are White (41.9%), Hispanic Or Latino (29%), Asian (16.9%), Black Or African American (5.5%), Two Or More (5.3%), Other (0.8%), Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.5%), and American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%).

What does the age breakdown look like for San Diego residents?

The median age in San Diego is 36 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

How diverse is San Diego?

The representation of ethnic minorities in San Diego is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of San Diego are White (41.9%), Hispanic Or Latino (29%), Asian (16.9%), Black Or African American (5.5%), Two Or More (5.3%), Other (0.8%), Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.5%), and American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%).

What does the age breakdown look like for San Diego residents?

The median age in San Diego is 36 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

San Diego Crime


Overall Crime

Below Average
Overall crime in San Diego is below average in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Above Average
The level of violent crime in San Diego is above average compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Below Average
The level of property crime in San Diego is below average compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in San Diego


Elementary Schools

10 /10
Bird Rock Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
450 Students
5 Reviews
450
Students
5 Reviews
10 /10
Hearst Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
513 Students
10 Reviews
513
Students
10 Reviews
10 /10
Ocean Beach Elementary School
Public
K-4
Public
K-4
409 Students
21 Reviews
409
Students
21 Reviews

Middle Schools

10 /10
Carmel Valley Middle School
Public
7-8
Public
7-8
1,135 Students
17 Reviews
1,135
Students
17 Reviews
10 /10
Pacific Trails Middle
Public
7-8
Public
7-8
723 Students
3 Reviews
723
Students
3 Reviews
9 /10
Mesa Verde Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
1,339 Students
23 Reviews
1,339
Students
23 Reviews

High Schools

10 /10
Scripps Ranch High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
2,179 Students
35 Reviews
2,179
Students
35 Reviews
10 /10
Westview High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
2,384 Students
22 Reviews
2,384
Students
22 Reviews
10 /10
Canyon Crest Academy
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
2,572 Students
28 Reviews
2,572
Students
28 Reviews

What Renters Say about San Diego


Apartment List has released the results for San Diego from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
"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."
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Weather
81%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
65%
Pet Friendliness
64%
Social Life
57%
Safety and Crime Rate
56%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
47%
Commute Time
44%
Public Transit
43%
Quality of Schools
33%
Dating
17%
State and Local Taxes
7%
Affordability
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Check out 2,621 verified apartments for rent in San Diego, CA with rents starting as low as $1,150. Some apartments for rent in San Diego might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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Mara Pacific Beach Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,910
684 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,025
1050 sqft
Mara Pacific Beach Apartments is located steps away from Mission Bay Park giving residents an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy the definitive west coast lifestyle on land and water. Discover the perfect new place to call home. Amenities throughout our community include a state-of-the-art fitness center and a resident clubroom. Soak in the sun and admire the views with us here at Mara Pacific Beach Apartments.
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Market Street Village Photo Gallery 1
1 of 50
Verified
12 Units Available
Studio
$2,162
491 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,427
696 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,069
888 sqft
Located in Downtown San Diego's East Village, this community offers residents amenities like a sauna, hot tub, gym, pool, and clubhouse. Apartments feature stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets.
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Montierra Photo Gallery 1
1 of 33
Verified
16 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,694
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,236
1069 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,747
1274 sqft
Located close to I-15 and Freeway 56 with access to Torrey Pines, La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Community has a basketball court, volleyball court, pool, sauna and hot tub. Recently renovated!
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The Village at Del Mar Heights Photo Gallery 1
1 of 20
1 Bedroom
$3,094
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,544
1050 sqft
Stunning, resort-like setting near Solana Highlands Park. On-site amenities include sauna, pool, gym and hot tub. Green community and pet-friendly. Updated suites with granite countertops, hardwood floors and lush landscaping.
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Average rent in San Diego, California

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Diego is $2,924, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,813. Rent rates updated 5 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
Deerwood Photo Gallery 1
1 of 34
Verified
17 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$2,931
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,430
1158 sqft
In the Poway School District in a park-like setting. Recently renovated units include a fireplace, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and updated appliances. On-site amenities for the active, including sauna, pool, playground and gym. Pet-friendly.
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Del Mar Ridge Photo Gallery 1
1 of 24
Verified
10 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,228
894 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
1303 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,194
1425 sqft
Within walking distance of dining and shopping, these stunning apartments offer wood-burning fireplaces, in-house laundry facilities, as well as community amenities, such as a heated pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Pets are welcome!
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Carmel Terrace Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
Verified
29 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,486
631 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,774
875 sqft
Just off the Ted Williams Pkwy, I-15 and I-56. Updated interiors with hardwood floors, fireplaces and stainless steel appliances. Pet-friendly community. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, business center, pool and sauna.
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Ridgewood Village Photo Gallery 1
1 of 28
Verified
19 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,801
595 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,917
918 sqft
Luxury community on an 800-acre preserved nature area with trails. On-site amenities include a pool, sauna, hot tub and gym. Top-notch interiors with walk-in closets, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Patio or balcony.
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Canyon Ridge Photo Gallery 1
1 of 23
Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,581
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
875 sqft
Incredible, modern community near Tecolote Canyon Natural Park. Stunning views. On-site amenities include yoga studio, tennis court, media room, hot tub and basketball court. Recently renovated with hardwood floors and walk-in closets.
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Shift Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 101
Verified
35 Units Available
Studio
$2,449
568 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,425
773 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,164
1151 sqft
With a rooftop pool and sundeck, a sky terrace, a fitness/yoga studio and a dog park, high-rise living in East Village has a new address. Interiors feature hardwood floors, granite counters and smartphone-controlled lighting.
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Luma Photo Gallery 1
1 of 74
Verified
11 Units Available
Studio
$2,798
574 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,788
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$8,085
1256 sqft
Choose the type of leasing experience that works best for you! 1. By Appointment or Walk-in 2. Self-Guided Tours Contact us to schedule your appointment today. Experience a life lived well at Luma. Custom design and signature San Diego views add a shimmering quality to every day. Each studio, one-,two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes and penthouses offer front-row access to the vibrant energy of downtown. From hardwood-style flooring to modern two-tone cabinetry, Schlage keyless entry, Nest WiFi thermostats and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a sleek and airy freshness to each Luma designer home and a floor plan guaranteed to suit your style. LMC LIVING, INC. CA DRE #01983707
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KOLL Center Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$2,600
500 sqft
Just minutes from Castleton Square Mall, I-465, and I-69. Spacious units with eat-in kitchens, private patios/balconies, bonus storage, and oversized living rooms. Wheelchair accessible rooms available.
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Park Genesee Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
Verified
3 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,138
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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Olympus Corsair Photo Gallery 1
1 of 76
Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,952
716 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,361
1128 sqft
Located across from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, near freeways, schools, and parks. Sleek, modern, 1-2 bedroom apartments with high-end finishes plus stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Community amenities include pool, golf simulator, and gym.
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The Overlook at Bernardo Heights Photo Gallery 1
1 of 259
1 Bedroom
$2,663
543 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,862
840 sqft
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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IMT Sorrento Valley Photo Gallery 1
1 of 41
Verified
4 Units Available
Studio
$2,430
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
767 sqft
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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The Parker Residences Photo Gallery 1
1 of 45
2 Bedrooms
$3,330
1127 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,190
1345 sqft
Townhome apartments located near Mission Valley with outdoor fireplace and lounge, swimming pool and spa and fitness center. Two and three bedroom homes with gourmet kitchens, private balconies and garages.
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The Heritage Photo Gallery 1
1 of 38
1 Bedroom
$2,500
610 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,355
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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Silo at Epoca Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
1 Bedroom
$2,469
705 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,087
949 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,840
1228 sqft
Welcome to Silo at Epoca, a new luxury apartment community located in South San Diego. With a name rooted in Modern Farmhouse architecture, Silo highlights innovative design, a blending of enduring materials and a mosaic of traditions. Silo is the first of many Epoca neighborhoods and offers contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartment homes with sophisticated shared amenities and an easy proximity to Downtown San Diego.
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Broadstone Makers Quarter Photo Gallery 1
1 of 25
Studio
$2,333
563 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,343
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,595
1240 sqft
We've got super-styles homes, OMG amenities, a lively location, plus a few surprises up our sleeve… 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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Current Photo Gallery 1
1 of 21
Verified
9 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,034
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,451
1260 sqft
This property features recently renovated units with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. It's situated between Little Italy and Cortez Hill. There's a concierge, media room, pool and gym all on site.
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Signature Point Photo Gallery 1
1 of 31
Verified
13 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$4,506
998 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,803
1279 sqft
Signature Point offers luxury and style with premium kitchen features, fireplaces, plush carpeting and modern Spanish architecture. Amenities include a cedar sauna, pool and barbecue facilities.
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Ascent at Campus of Life Photo Gallery 1
1 of 31
Verified
5 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,570
897 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,951
1160 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,196
1366 sqft
Ascent residences at Campus of Life.Aim higher and reach your goals at Ascent at Campus of Life. Fostering a creative and continuous approach to learning, this intergenerational community of apartments for rent offers a unique environment where you can grow alongside your neighbors. Your new home fuses stylish interiors, educational opportunities and an enviable location among the aromatic eucalyptus forests and striking mountain vistas of San Diego.You may park in any available parking space when you arrive for your community tour!
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Alexan ALX Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
Verified
23 Units Available
Studio
$2,216
536 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,700
766 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,264
1103 sqft
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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Searching for an apartment for rent in San Diego, CA? Look no further! Apartment List will help you find a perfect apartment near you. There are 2,621 available rental units listed on Apartment List in San Diego. Click on listings to see photos, floorplans, amenities, prices and availability, and much more!

The average rent in San Diego is $2,563 for a studio, $2,924 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $3,813 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in San Diego?

In San Diego, the average rent is $2,563 for a studio, $2,924 for a 1-bedroom, $3,813 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,777 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Diego, check out our monthly San Diego Rent Report.

How can I find a cheap apartment in San Diego?

You can filter cheap apartments in San Diego by price: under $1,400, under $1,500, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.

How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in San Diego?

You can use the pet-friendly filter to find San Diego apartments that allow pets.

How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While some San Diego properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.

How much should I pay for rent in San Diego?

The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in San Diego.

How can I find off-campus housing in San Diego?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Diego. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include San Diego City College, Chapman University, Vanguard University of Southern California, Orange Coast College, and University of San Diego.

Average rent in San Diego, California

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Diego is $2,924, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,813. Rent rates updated 5 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List