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that's just it, i don't know which would be a good area to live in. by "area," i really mean the san diego area. i don't want to limit myself to, say, the mission valley area, for example. i'm going from general to specific, area to "exotic pets welcome." this way i'm not limiting myself, and when i come down to check things out, i can make the most efficient use of my time.

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that's just it, i don't know which would be a good area to live in. by "area," i really mean the san diego area. i don't want to limit myself to, say, the mission valley area, for example. i'm going from general to specific, area to "exotic pets welcome." this way i'm not limiting myself, and when i come down to check things out, i can make the most efficient use of my time.

See, the way you posted it, you could have meant anywhere in the world...

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Hey I'm from San Diego/ lived here my entire life. I think you can live in a very nice place for way less than 1600.

Clairemont is very reasonable- A little to suburban for my taste, but definitely on the lower end for rent. If you look you could probably find a really nice place for 1100 a month.

Pacific Beach- if you're social, like the bar scene, the beach etc. then PB is the way to go. Look for a place that is not directly on the beach. Try Lamont street, Hornblend st, Noyes. These are all do-able places for your budget. Downside is- crime is higher, rowdier area...etc.

University City is a nice area, and the area I live in now. It is right by UCSD and within close proximity to a lot of SD. It's super quiet. NOTHING goes on in UC. So if you are looking for a party UC is not the place to go.

Linda Vista- the area around USD is very reasonable, although not as nice, a little more crowded. But if you look here you can definitely find something that is 1) nice 2) affordable 3) a socially place to live.

Areas I would avoid: La Jolla - way too pricey, difficult to get in and out of, somewhat pretentious crowd, Rancho Santa Fe- unless you're related to a Senator or a Kenedy you are not living here. Coronado: beautiful place to live, just so so isolated from everything, Chula Vista- high crime, dirty (nick name: Chulujana) Logan Heights- highest crime rate in the city, Downtown- now this depends on your tolerance for traffic. Downtown SD is beautiful and fun. Really classy place with lots to do and see. But the traffic... yuck.

Hope this helps

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thanks for the help, michelle! i am leaning toward clairemont for sure, though i have seen some places in la jolla that seem alright. granted, i do like going out every now and again, but i'm definitely not a bar fly. i enjoy peace and quiet, i don't want to live somewhere where that i think my car's gonna get broken into, and i'd rather not have to battle my to and from school through traffic every day (though if ucsd is like any other campus that i've seen, the traffic i will have to accept). i just took another look at my budget, and it looks like i can spend up to about $2000 on a place, so that will help out, too. i can't wait to head down to the san diego area to check out the housing prospects, the community, and the school!

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Awesome! Best of luck with everything.

Also some really helpful resources:

The Reader- It's a magazine (free) that comes out every week on Wed. You can find them at any 7-11, Circle K or convenient store. It is really helpful with getting to know the area, tons of ads and cupons for local restaurants and attractions/ events (concerts, music, bars, local fests. etc). Also has excellent classifieds for apartments.

Signonsandiego.com- really great resource

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good neighborhoods for price and location for ucsd: university city (suburb with affordable rooms and apartments and very close to ucsd), clairemont (some weird teenagers though, close to pacific beach if that's your thing), university heights (indieish area, next to hillcrest, clean, cultural), hillcrest (gay neighborhood, cultural, lots of bars and restaurants, very central, safe), mira mesa (suburb, more inland, cheap, close to ucsd)

you need a car to get to ucsd unless you take the bus or shuttle. biking is doable only for very short commutes within neighborhoods or along the beach.

craigslist is the way to go. everybody uses it and posters are pretty up front with what they are looking for.

if you like to eat out go to sushi ota in pacific beach, the freshest sushi in san diego. a real hole in the wall. sushi on the rock in la jolla is good but trendy and pricey. good mexican is everywhere. for taco tuesday you can't beat south beach bar and grill in ocean beach. awesome fish, lobster, shrimp, calamari tacos. bronx pizza in hillcrest has good NY style pizza (if you're a new yorker don't lecture me about how it doesn't come close, i know, but it is good), so does regents pizzeria close to ucsd. board 'n' brew in del mar makes great sandwiches. there's a decent pho at ob noodle house. lightning jack's in clairemont has good bbq (bbq lovers see what i said about ny style pizza). downtown la jolla has some of the best reviewed restaurants in the nation. if you are from out of CA, NV, or AZ then you're stoked you get to go to in-n-out for a few years.

one last thing, take advantage of mexico's proximity. not tijuana or rosarito, go to tecate. 40 minute car ride inland takes you to the border town of tecate where the brewery is. you can go on a tour of the brewery, they give you some free beer. then you can eat amazing mexican food in the plaza. i went once with 10 people, we all drank a bunch, ate a bunch of authentic mexican food, and paid eight bucks each.

oh, and don't leave san diego without going to my favorite beach in the world, blacks beach. you'd be missing out.

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I'm going to be visiting UCSD in April and was just wondering if anyone had any hotel recommendations. Not looking for anything too fancy, but something relatively close would be preferable. Also, any dining or bar recommendations would be great.

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Any more up-to-date 2010 SD info? It's between SD (SDSU) or Seattle (UW) for me. I grew up in Cardiff but haven't been back since I was 8, so I don't really know what it's like to live there as an adult! I'd appreciate any more opinions on housing near / commuting to SDSU.

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Any more up-to-date 2010 SD info? It's between SD (SDSU) or Seattle (UW) for me. I grew up in Cardiff but haven't been back since I was 8, so I don't really know what it's like to live there as an adult! I'd appreciate any more opinions on housing near / commuting to SDSU.

I didn't go to sdsu, I went to ucsd, but I did live nearer to sdsu, so I will give my input.

SDSU is a pretty big party school for undergrads, so if you have a car, I would recommend living a bit farer away. College area is the neighborhood near the school. I would recommended Normal Heights, Kensington, University Heights, Northpark or southpark. They are all older SD neighborhoods that will be quieter than college area. Rent is cheaper, the neighborhoods are all walkable (nearby bars, coffeeshops and food) and are cool. I personally lived in Southpark and Northpark and loved them both. I no longer live in SD and I really miss my neighborhood.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Any more up-to-date 2010 SD info? It's between SD (SDSU) or Seattle (UW) for me. I grew up in Cardiff but haven't been back since I was 8, so I don't really know what it's like to live there as an adult! I'd appreciate any more opinions on housing near / commuting to SDSU.

I used to live there and occasionally would take a class at SDSU while my wife attended full time. We lived in North Park near 30th and Adams. That area is a great place to live and its a quick bus ride on the 11 to campus (or Hillcrest or Downtown). There's a lot to do in that area. Or you could live in Mission Valley and take the Trolley up to campus. Either place is better than trying to drive to school.

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I know there's already a San Diego thread, but the references to living accommodations and tips seems to be in reference to UCSD. Does anyone have info. about living near SDSU? Also, what is San Diego like? If you've lived there, has it been a positive experience? Why?

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I know there's already a San Diego thread, but the references to living accommodations and tips seems to be in reference to UCSD. Does anyone have info. about living near SDSU? Also, what is San Diego like? If you've lived there, has it been a positive experience? Why?

My best friend from HS and my future wife at the time both lived in seperate apartment complexes on Alvarado. Very college oriented, as are the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the school to the south. After our marriage we lived in North Park, an older neighborhood a few miles to the west on the same mesa with direct bus service to campus. In fact any of the neighborhoods--Normal Heights, North Park and Hillcrest--have a lot of character, are walkable with good access to campus. You might also try Mission Valley. With direct Trolley service to SDSU and a wide array of shopping nearby, this area couldnt be beat, though I enjoyed my apartment's view over that valley more than living in it. Over all, I liked the area. I worked downtown, took a class or two at SDSU and spent most of my time in the "urban" part of the city. We were also pretty close to the Border so we'd go down there to shop or have fun. We might have stayed there had I not been stuck in a dead end line of work I hated before being laid off in the 2001 recession.

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The areas Pea-jay mentions are full of character, plus Mission Hills, but that is a little more expensive. University Heights is right next to Hillcrest and has become very cool. I'm from San Diego and if I ever move back that's one place I would like to live. The area right around SDSU is not as cool, but probably less money. A little further east from University Heights is Kensington, which is also nice. It went way up in price around 2002, but it may have come back down. If you want access to the coastal highways/beaches, Kensington feels out of the way. Hillcrest is really the best as far as character, restaurants, movies and location.

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 Hey guys, I was wondering what the living costs in San Diego are like.  I was offered a 25k stipend at UCSD for a PhD in bioengineering and I'm debating whether or not to go there.  Is 25k enough for a years living?  I have a friend who I can share an apartment with as well which would help drop housing costs.

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 Hey guys, I was wondering what the living costs in San Diego are like.  I was offered a 25k stipend at UCSD for a PhD in bioengineering and I'm debating whether or not to go there.  Is 25k enough for a years living?  I have a friend who I can share an apartment with as well which would help drop housing costs.

Congrats on a big stipend! I'd say 25k is enough. There is grad housing that is very reasonable, but it is hard to get into. Also, your money would go a lot further if you would be willing to live a little farther away from campus, or be willing to share a place. My fiance was a grad student there on a 18k stipend and did fine--he shared a house with some friends. San Diego is beautiful and I appreciate it so much more now that I'm in school in bloomington, IN. I loved UCSD.

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Congrats on a big stipend! I'd say 25k is enough. There is grad housing that is very reasonable, but it is hard to get into. Also, your money would go a lot further if you would be willing to live a little farther away from campus, or be willing to share a place. My fiance was a grad student there on a 18k stipend and did fine--he shared a house with some friends. San Diego is beautiful and I appreciate it so much more now that I'm in school in bloomington, IN. I loved UCSD.

Be sure to factor traffic in if you are planning to commute into UCSD from any distance. The area was congested then and I doubt it is any better now. I was offered a job in that area, commuted one day and promptly quit. It sucked. The area is unusually dense for a suburban location (generating a lot of traffic) but lacks an effective grid to distribute traffic or comparable transit offerings found in the older parts (south of Mission Valley/La Jolla). If you can live there, it's a pretty nice area though.

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Be sure to factor traffic in if you are planning to commute into UCSD from any distance. The area was congested then and I doubt it is any better now. I was offered a job in that area, commuted one day and promptly quit. It sucked. The area is unusually dense for a suburban location (generating a lot of traffic) but lacks an effective grid to distribute traffic or comparable transit offerings found in the older parts (south of Mission Valley/La Jolla). If you can live there, it's a pretty nice area though.

I just finished a fellowship at UCSD this past quarter. I totally agree it's a sweet area. I lived in La Jolla/UTC within walking distance to campus, and paid $800/month for a shared apt. Utilities were about $50-100/month. I didn't think traffic was that bad, but I rarely had to commute in/out of La Jolla during rush hour.

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I just accepted my acceptance to SDSU this fall so I'll be making the big move out to California from the Midwest so I have a few questions. What's public transportation like? I won't have a car so I'll have to rely on public trans to move around. What's the farthest place from campus that I can live in and still have access to public transport to campus? Any recommendations for areas to go out? Lastly, what are some good websites to look at for apartments? I'm currently living in Spain and I'm moving back to the USA in July. I'll be going to SD in mid-July to look for places to live. I hope this is a good time for the apartment search.

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I just accepted my acceptance to SDSU this fall so I'll be making the big move out to California from the Midwest so I have a few questions. What's public transportation like? I won't have a car so I'll have to rely on public trans to move around. What's the farthest place from campus that I can live in and still have access to public transport to campus? Any recommendations for areas to go out? Lastly, what are some good websites to look at for apartments? I'm currently living in Spain and I'm moving back to the USA in July. I'll be going to SD in mid-July to look for places to live. I hope this is a good time for the apartment search.

The short answer is anywhere where where the Trolley serves is a limit. Which is theoretically could be the Mexican Border area of San Ysidro. I wouldnt recommend that though. The ideal area if you are car-free is Mission Valley. This area is pretty densely settled and has most things you want in a neighborhood like shopping and recreational opportunities. The closer you can live to a green line trolley stop, the better. That line goes right under SDSU. You could also live inland from campus along the Green line in the Grossmont or El Cajon areas. But I know less about individual neighborhoods.

Further away you could live downtown which has just about everything but would require you to change trains in Old Town (Blue to Green) for the ride out to campus and would take longer. If you can stand a bus ride across town, the older neighborhoods of Hillcrest, University Heights, North/South Park, Normal Heights and Kensington are quite liveable without a car. I used to live in North Park and took the 11 to Downtown to work and my wife took it the opposite way to campus. Finally you could live in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding campus and simply walk to school. But the area isnt as nice as other areas listed in this post.

I dont know if it is still the case but back when we lived there, the college sold heavily subsidized MTS month passes which made commuting real affordable.

check out http://www.sdmts.com for more info

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Hey everyone,

I just found out about this site yesterday, actually, and have come to love it.

I was recently accepted into UCSD for their MFA in Writing and I'm wondering where would be a good option to live. I have only heard from one other school (Berkeley) and got a no, and it's taking so long for other schools to respond that I'm already looking at living in SD just in case I don't get in anywhere else. Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely stoked to have gotten into a Creative Writing program because I was only applying to a couple on a lark.

What I'm wondering is, Is it hard to live far from campus and be a grad student and TA? I've heard Ocean Beach and Hillcrest are really nice places in terms of personality and character, but the 20 minute drive is something I am completely foreign to. I attended Berkeley as an undergrad and I lived about a ten minute walk from campus which was also conveniently next to a bus stop, which took about three minutes max. I've never lived very far from campus and was wondering how difficult it is to go and come back, especially if you're a grad student. I was an architecture major in berkeley and being close to campus was a life saver sometimes because it honestly meant getting a crucial twenty or so more minutes of sleep than others.

I have a couple of friends who live in SD who I'd love to live with, and i was offered a free ride with a stipend of 17k a year, so I'm also looking at living cheap while still enjoying my living experience and being able to get studying done. I've read over the rental agreements with the university's graduate housing and it seems like I'd just be in the dorms 2.0. I enjoyed the dorms when i was a freshman undergrad, but I don't think I could live with such restrictions like Quiet Hours and not being able to play any musical instruments at any time.

Thanks for any advice

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Hillcrest might be ideal if you don't want to drive, since there is a shuttle from the UCSD Medical Center there up to the main campus. I don't know how long it takes, but I do know a PhD student who did it for a year (I also don't know what prices are like in Hillcrest, although probably cheaper than around UCSD). If you're used to Berkeley prices, then San Diego won't be a shock; depending on where you live, you should probably plan on at least $600/month for a private room in a house/townhouse (and more, most likely, if you're living in the UTC/La Jolla area, where $700-800 is probably a better budget). Ocean Beach is nice with a lot of old bungalows and aging hippie character; if you want to live close to the beach, it's probably the cheapest area north of downtown to do so. I'm not sure about traffic in Hillcrest, but traffic getting in/out of OB can get backed up. I also liked Point Loma; you probably can't afford a place super-close to the water there (like down on the actual peninsula or on the bay), but there's convenient access to the 5 (at least, if you live near Rosecrans in the Loma Portal area) and I never had many problems with traffic between UTC and Point Loma (plus, it's close to downtown). UTC is nice, but pricier, especially for what you get (and it's very upper-middle-class suburban, just FYI). Everything is very convenient there, though, and there is a UCSD shuttle that runs around, so you wouldn't need to drive (and you'd be a lot closer to school). Also, the weather is beautiful the vast majority of the time, so if you live close enough, biking would be a great way to get to campus (although San Diego can very hilly, so I'd check your route).

If I were you and my budget allowed it, I'd probably try to live close to UCSD my first year and just see how it goes; you may discover that you can live further away or that you really need that extra 20 minutes. The guy I know who took the Hillcrest shuttle lived near UCSD his first year and basically came home only to sleep his first year; he moved further away once he passed his comps.

What I'm wondering is, Is it hard to live far from campus and be a grad student and TA? I've heard Ocean Beach and Hillcrest are really nice places in terms of personality and character, but the 20 minute drive is something I am completely foreign to. I attended Berkeley as an undergrad and I lived about a ten minute walk from campus which was also conveniently next to a bus stop, which took about three minutes max. I've never lived very far from campus and was wondering how difficult it is to go and come back, especially if you're a grad student. I was an architecture major in berkeley and being close to campus was a life saver sometimes because it honestly meant getting a crucial twenty or so more minutes of sleep than others.

I have a couple of friends who live in SD who I'd love to live with, and i was offered a free ride with a stipend of 17k a year, so I'm also looking at living cheap while still enjoying my living experience and being able to get studying done.

Thanks for any advice

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Hey all,

Looking for general info on grad student life in San Diego. Specifically, at UCSD and/or Scripps. A couple of questions:

1) Is there subsidized graduate student housing, and what is the quality of the housing? Do they accommodate married couples?

2) What is the cost of living like? If I was to rent something off of campus, are there affordable neighborhoods close to the schools that would be desirable to live in?

3) What is public transit like around the city? Would I need a car to get to and from housing to campus buildings? To get into downtown SD?

4) Where do students hang out on or around campus? Good local bars, music, etc?

Thanks in advance

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University City is a good place for UCSD grad students to live. I think there is university housing in that area too, but I don't think it's really cheaper than living in a regular apt. The public transit isn't great- taking the bus to get places will take you a long time, but there are buses. But some of the areas near the university are very nice- west of University City is La Jolla, which has nice beaches and shopping areas. and the weather there is pretty nice, if you don't mind not having seasons.

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