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Average Rent in San Diego & Rent Price Trends

May 2, 2022

Considering moving to San Diego? Before you start apartment hunting, learn about the local rental market. Make sure you know the average rent in San Diego to get your budget started!

Average Rent in San Diego

Note: The data provided reflects our available units on Apartment List. For data that reflects the entire market, we recommend you visit our Rent Report, which is created based on our holistic methodology. You can also download the raw data containing rent estimates for hundreds of cities across the country.

San Diego rents have increased by 1.28% compared to last month, and are up by 18.84% compared to last year.

  • 0% of apartments in San Diego cost less than $1,000 per month.
  • 1% of apartments in San Diego cost between $1,000-$1,999 per month.
  • 26% of apartments in San Diego cost between $2,000-$2,999 per month.
  • 73% of apartments in San Diego cost over $3,000 per month.

  • 7% of apartments in San Diego are studio apartments.
  • 35% of apartments in San Diego are 1-bedroom apartments.
  • 47% of apartments in San Diego are 2-bedroom apartments.
  • 10% of apartments in San Diego are 3-bedroom apartments.

What Salary Do You Need to Live in San Diego?

Using the 30% rule, we can give a rough estimate of the salary needed to rent an apartment in San Diego. If these numbers look high, remember that a roommate or two can drastically cut down your monthly rent!

  • If you are renting an average priced studio apartment in San Diego, your annual salary should be around $111,560 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, your annual salary should be around $127,880 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 2-bedroom apartment in San Diego, your annual salary should be around $165,520 or higher.
  • If you are renting an average priced 3-bedroom apartment in San Diego, your annual salary should be around $198,160 or higher.

If you're considering renting in San Diego, be sure to learn more about the cost of living in San Diego.

Having trouble deciding how much rent you can afford? Try using a rent calculator. If San Diego seems too pricey for you, consider other cities in California that may be cheaper.

Ready to make the move to San Diego? Start apartment hunting in San Diego with our quiz!

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SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rob is a senior research associate at Apartment List, where he examines trends in the housing and rental markets. Previously he worked in public health policy, and before that, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Globalization. Read More
AUTHOR
Kimi is a Content Associate and contributing author at Apartment List, helping renters find a new place to call home. Kimi earned her BA in Organizational Studies, Economics from Scripps College. Read More
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