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Hello everyone! I got accepted into the SDSU-UCSD joint doctoral program in public health, which means I will have to attend classes in both the places during my time in SD. Any suggestions on what could be a convenient place to live? I have applied for the UCSD student housing (mesa neuva, mesa, oms). How efficient is the public transport between UCSD and SDSU? Thank you!

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Hi folks! Looking for roommates for a place to live near SDSU (within a few miles and/or public transit - I will have a car but prefer not to drive to school). I'm a 20-something male Masters student in speech-language pathology. I tend to work lots outside of the house during the weekdays but be social and enjoy company/going out on the weekends. I'm pretty easy-going and open to living with grad students of any gender. Message me if you're interested! (My name's Johnny) ?

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On 3/22/2017 at 3:39 PM, geologyninja13 said:

I was accepted to San Diego State University, but with a stipend of 9,900 per YEAR. Can I live in San Diego on that without taking out student loans?

No, you can't.  9k a years isn't possible to afford a 1bedroom apartment.  SDSU is quite a bit away from the city center, so it's slightly cheaper, but 9k a year would be spent mostly on rent, if you're luck enough to find a cheap, tiny studio apartment or rent a tiny room. 

 

On 4/23/2018 at 11:47 AM, ghint said:

Hello everyone! I got accepted into the SDSU-UCSD joint doctoral program in public health, which means I will have to attend classes in both the places during my time in SD. Any suggestions on what could be a convenient place to live? I have applied for the UCSD student housing (mesa neuva, mesa, oms). How efficient is the public transport between UCSD and SDSU? Thank you!

Live in downtown.  Downtown is sort of a central hub and splits the two university locations in half.  You can find some decently cheap (for San Diego) locations to live, there.  Word of advice, avoid streets numbered 15th or higher. 

 

*Editors note: I just now realised I'm talking to ghosts from the past. xD  Well, this is good advice for anyone who is in their position.

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On 3/13/2019 at 4:00 PM, Ternwild said:

Live in downtown.  Downtown is sort of a central hub and splits the two university locations in half.  You can find some decently cheap (for San Diego) locations to live, there.  Word of advice, avoid streets numbered 15th or higher. 

 

*Editors note: I just now realised I'm talking to ghosts from the past. xD  Well, this is good advice for anyone who is in their position.

Coming to this thread with the same question as the person had last year. So this is super helpful!

Also I had a question. For the apartment market in San Diego, how early do places normally lease out. When I lived in NYC, you couldn't find open apartments until the month before. But in Virginia, I had to look a year before I wanted it. I wasn't sure what it is like in SD. 

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On 3/27/2019 at 12:10 PM, theonewiththePhDapp said:

Also I had a question. For the apartment market in San Diego, how early do places normally lease out. When I lived in NYC, you couldn't find open apartments until the month before. But in Virginia, I had to look a year before I wanted it. I wasn't sure what it is like in SD. 

San Diego is full of a fast moving base of people.  People often switch apartments yearly or come and live for only a year or two.  Downtown is best compared to places like La Jolla (which is near UCSD campus) or El Cajon (near SDSU campus) because there are always apartments available because they aren't occupied by students who are all on the same 9mo rotation; plus, there are plenty of high rises and houses that are split into multiple apartments.  The nicest part of downtown to live in is north of Laurel St near 3rd Ave, but it gets a bit more expensive.  Hillcrest is the more lively area of northern downtown.  It is near Balboa Park, has plenty of night life, and is a really great gay community (really friendly people for a city).  Cheaper places to live in the heart of downtown is 3rd Ave past Broadway.  The city is cleaner and much safer than NYC (100 fold), so that isn't something you have to worry about.  But, if you live in downtown, be aware that every year when Comic Con happens, you will not be able to park or drive for a week (it's mental).  Best to live up north near Banker's Hill or Hillcrest. 

Like I said before, avoid 15th or higher.  That is where the heavy crime, homelessness, and drugs start.

Also, despite how cheap it is to live there, avoid South East San Diego.  This is where San Diego's gang crime is heaviest.  It is San Diego's Compton.  Home to the Lincoln Park Bloods.  See the photos below.  Avoid this area at all costs, no matter what race or ethnicity you are.  The good(?) thing about San Diego is that the city has an agreement with some of the LPB's white collar crime to keep the crime out of downtown in exchange for turning a blind eye.  This makes downtown and the surrounding areas pretty damn safe with no significant gun crime, GTA, or muggings.  There are a lot of homeless in San Diego--being from NYC, that is nothing new to you, I'm sure--but they are well taken care of by the city, so they aren't violent or disruptive and are often quite friendly.

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Hope this helps.  Enjoy San Diego.  Most people who have lived there will agree, it is one of the greatest cities in America.  😃

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20 hours ago, Ternwild said:

San Diego is full of a fast moving base of people.  People often switch apartments yearly or come and live for only a year or two.  Downtown is best compared to places like La Jolla (which is near UCSD campus) or El Cajon (near SDSU campus) because there are always apartments available because they aren't occupied by students who are all on the same 9mo rotation; plus, there are plenty of high rises and houses that are split into multiple apartments.  The nicest part of downtown to live in is north of Laurel St near 3rd Ave, but it gets a bit more expensive.  Hillcrest is the more lively area of northern downtown.  It is near Balboa Park, has plenty of night life, and is a really great gay community (really friendly people for a city).  Cheaper places to live in the heart of downtown is 3rd Ave past Broadway.  The city is cleaner and much safer than NYC (100 fold), so that isn't something you have to worry about.  But, if you live in downtown, be aware that every year when Comic Con happens, you will not be able to park or drive for a week (it's mental).  Best to live up north near Banker's Hill or Hillcrest. 

Like I said before, avoid 15th or higher.  That is where the heavy crime, homelessness, and drugs start.

Also, despite how cheap it is to live there, avoid South East San Diego.  This is where San Diego's gang crime is heaviest.  It is San Diego's Compton.  Home to the Lincoln Park Bloods.  See the photos below.  Avoid this area at all costs, no matter what race or ethnicity you are.  The good(?) thing about San Diego is that the city has an agreement with some of the LPB's white collar crime to keep the crime out of downtown in exchange for turning a blind eye.  This makes downtown and the surrounding areas pretty damn safe with no significant gun crime, GTA, or muggings.  There are a lot of homeless in San Diego--being from NYC, that is nothing new to you, I'm sure--but they are well taken care of by the city, so they aren't violent or disruptive and are often quite friendly.

Capture.jpgCapture2.jpg

 

Hope this helps.  Enjoy San Diego.  Most people who have lived there will agree, it is one of the greatest cities in America.  😃

This is incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

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1 hour ago, theonewiththePhDapp said:

SDSU-UCSD (Global health)

Word of advice: Take this program.  Having done two degrees at TAMU, I strongly discourage attending the university. 

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