Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Next year I will be at the UCSD for ECE PhD. At least for my first year, I want to be near the campus. I had a look at the grad housing facilities and found Rita Atkinson Residences stylish and well-designed. Anyone staying or stayed at Rita Atkinson? I guess it is a pretty new accommodation. Is there any ongoing construction work?

Any advices will be appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm curious too about the Rita Atkinson apartments. They look gorgeous in all the literature. Anybody with first hand experience? The bad thing is they don't come with parking, so I guess you'd have to spend 60+ per month on a pass at one of the neighboring campus lots, which is lame since a big draw of Rita is its central location.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was dating a girl living at Rita Atkinson before I moved to the Midwest for grad school. She seemed to really like it--at least that first month she moved in.

It's cheap, located on campus (rather than near Mesa/OMS), and has great facilities.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey everyone! I will be going to UCSD for a PhD in CSE. I took at the on-campus housing. Rita and Mesa seem to be more suited for me. Has anyone lived in both places and could share their experience?

Also, I am looking for a roommate. Let me know if you are interested :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been waitlisted at USC but may be more likely to get in if I opt for the San Diego campus, which is actually in Rancho Bernardo. Does anyone know about this area? I am a recent college grad, but it seems to be more of a family town. Is this the case? How close is it to San Diego?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been waitlisted at USC but may be more likely to get in if I opt for the San Diego campus, which is actually in Rancho Bernardo. Does anyone know about this area? I am a recent college grad, but it seems to be more of a family town. Is this the case? How close is it to San Diego?

Rancho Bernardo is definitely the suburbs! I used to work as a nanny in one of the subdivisions and it is a FAMILY place, lots of parks, grocery stores, restaurants, but I am not sure that there is any sort of nightlife in the area. As a recent graduate you will probably be bored out of your mind if you live near there. That being said, you could always live elsewhere and commute to campus. Depending on your class schedule traffic can be tough, so you may need to consider that but, there are a lot of nice areas surrounding San Diego. Distance wise Rancho Bernardo is about 20-25 miles from San Diego. There are a lot of communities surrounding San Diego, and anything inland is going to be more FAMILY oriented (as rent is and houses are cheaper), so I would suggest looking at places closer to the beach. Also, since Rancho Bernardo is further inland it gets quite hot during the summer. Hope this helps and sorry to not shed a more positive light on the area.... let me know if you have any more questions.. good luck :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What about motorcycles/mopeds in La Jolla? Would that be dangerous if I've never ridden one before? Gas/parking makes me lean towards that option instead of trying to find parking on campus...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bumping for updates on living on and off-campus in San Diego. I'm considering UCSD for their MPIA program. Is anyone aware of the costs associated with living alone (1 bedroom) these days either close to campus (perhaps 10-15 minute walking distance) or on-campus? Any information is certainly appreciated. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FYI for the people who have read through this thread...some of the campus shuttle routes are no longer going to be running next year (including the hillcrest shuttle). They will no loner be providing the bus stickers, so you'll have to pay for a bus pass. So, unless you have a car, I would suggest trying to live near campus. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow that sucks. Is there a list or map that shows which routes won't be running? And do you know how much a bus sticker costs? I'm debating whether that would be cheaper than driving and paying for parking at on campus, but I doubt it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I figured I would throw my opinion in here. I've lived in San Diego all my life. Honestly, I think it would be darn near impossible to not have a car in this city. The public transportation is not that great, especially in north county (which is where UCSD is). I would recommend living further from campus and commuting by car. However, if you plan on being a hermit and only doing school all the time (which seems fairly likely for a grad student), then you might get away with living on campus or very near campus and not getting a car. If you are into extracurricular stuff (nightlife, surfing, shopping), I highly recommend living in one of the places ewurgler recommended (North Park and Hillcrest I LOVE), or Clairemont which is cheaper, and getting a car.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 I would recommend living further from campus and commuting by car.

 

but I've heard parking near/on-campus is really challenging?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've heard really different opinions on night life in SD. While I doubt ill have that much time, any opinions about the scene in SD for a person who likes live music and dive bars more than clubs?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In addition to Mesa and Rita apartments which people mentioned above, any thoughts on living in One Miramar would also be appreciated!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just got into USD for MA in School Counseling. I live in IL so I would be relocating. What are good areas that grad students/ young adults live in that are 100% safe? Safety is #1 for a single female living alone

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've heard really different opinions on night life in SD. While I doubt ill have that much time, any opinions about the scene in SD for a person who likes live music and dive bars more than clubs?

 

I'd recommend Ocean Beach for good dive bars. Pacific Beach is not really clubby compared to Downtown buuuut it's definitely college-centered / party vibes. Not divey (though it *looks* divey). You can get great live music at 710 from time to time though.

 

I'm not too familiar with the other neighborhoods but have heard great things! Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla was where I spent most of my time due to living in La Jolla as an undergrad at UCSD.

Edited by mp429

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Someone said the Hillcrest shuttle is no longer going to be running, anyone have any info or confirmation on this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^I talked to a current student who said it will still be running, its just being combined with another route.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bumping for updates on living on and off-campus in San Diego. I'm considering UCSD for their MPIA program. Is anyone aware of the costs associated with living alone (1 bedroom) these days either close to campus (perhaps 10-15 minute walking distance) or on-campus? Any information is certainly appreciated. :)

im a fifth-year UCSD undergrad. costs for a single near campus will cost around $750-$900. some of the popular apartments are costa verde, the venetian, costa verde towers, regents court, international gardens, pines la jolla, and la jolla terrace. i found my place through craigslist and going in person and talking to the land lady.

 

 

 

FYI for the people who have read through this thread...some of the campus shuttle routes are no longer going to be running next year (including the hillcrest shuttle). They will no loner be providing the bus stickers, so you'll have to pay for a bus pass. So, unless you have a car, I would suggest trying to live near campus. 

ACTUALLY, they recently postponed any shuttle changes that were going to occur next year indefinitely. not saying that they won't happen but i know for at least a year, they won't.

 

but I've heard parking near/on-campus is really challenging?

yeah it really is, especially for undergrads. but i think graduate students get B-spot parking permits and there are usually quite a few on campus.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

im a fifth-year UCSD undergrad. costs for a single near campus will cost around $750-$900. some of the popular apartments are costa verde, the venetian, costa verde towers, regents court, international gardens, pines la jolla, and la jolla terrace. i found my place through craigslist and going in person and talking to the land lady.

 

 

 

ACTUALLY, they recently postponed any shuttle changes that were going to occur next year indefinitely. not saying that they won't happen but i know for at least a year, they won't.

 

 

 

yeah it really is, especially for undergrads. but i think graduate students get B-spot parking permits and there are usually quite a few on campus.

 

thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all. I'm going to be moving across the country to begin my MA at SDSU this Fall, and would love some advice about different neighborhoods to live in. North Park/Hillcrest have caught my interest, but my friend who I'll be living with seems keen on living downtown... particularly Little Italy. I didn't visit this area when I was in San Diego, so I don't know much about it. It seems nice enough, but I'm just wondering if it's too far of a commute to school?

 

Also, there will be three of us living together who all have cars -- will this likely be a problem downtown?

 

Hillcrest/North Park/University Heights aren't out of the question yet either, but I honestly don't know how to make this decision.

 

Any info would be very helpful!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all. I'm going to be moving across the country to begin my MA at SDSU this Fall, and would love some advice about different neighborhoods to live in. North Park/Hillcrest have caught my interest, but my friend who I'll be living with seems keen on living downtown... particularly Little Italy. I didn't visit this area when I was in San Diego, so I don't know much about it. It seems nice enough, but I'm just wondering if it's too far of a commute to school?

 

Also, there will be three of us living together who all have cars -- will this likely be a problem downtown?

 

Hillcrest/North Park/University Heights aren't out of the question yet either, but I honestly don't know how to make this decision.

 

Any info would be very helpful!

 

I'm from the San Diego area, and I really like Hillcrest. It's small, but the culture/food/walkability is great. Little Italy is also a good area for the same reasons, but I personally would like living in Hillcrest especially if you are going to SDSU. Also, I feel safer in Hillcrest at night (admittedly I haven't been to Little Italy at night in a while) because there are still a lot of people on the streets and restaurants are open pretty late. As far as cars, it depends on where you'll be living. I don't remember Little Italy having a lot of houses for rent, so I'm assuming you guys are looking for apartments. Some apartments don't have parking lots downtown and if they do, not three spaces, so you'll have to find parking on the streets (might be hard at times). This also goes for the Hillcrest area, but your apartment/house might have a place to park. I know friends that have rented a parking space in both Hillcrest and the downtown area...it can range from $100-200 a month per spot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.