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Cheap Apartments for Rent in San Diego, CA - 149 Rentals available


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Finding the right apartment as far as size and location go is one aspect of apartment searching, but making sure that it provides all that you need within a reasonable price is another. On RENTCafé, you can search for cheap apartments near you and ensure that you find one that suites your needs. Worried the neighborhood or city you are looking to move to is known to have higher rents? You can browse our listings and find the cheap apartments in any location, whether you are looking at a specific neighborhood, ZIP code, or city.

The perfect apartment for you is out there, either near you or anywhere in the U.S. that you are looking to move to. So, let's find the one that satisfies your wants and needs, but that also comes at an affordable price.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of a cheap apartment in San Diego, CA?

The price range of a cheap apartment is between $995 and $5,000. Find cheap apartments in San Diego, CA.

How many cheap rentals are available in San Diego, CA on RENTCafé?

There are 133 cheap rentals available on RENTCafé. Prices and availability in San Diego, CA were last updated on 18 Jan 2021.

What is the average size of a cheap apartment in San Diego, CA?

The average San Diego, CA cheap apartment size is 714 sq. ft.

What are the advantages of renting a cheap apartment in San Diego, CA?

Cheap apartments in San Diego, CA are usually less expensive, smaller, and easier to maintain. They also come with lower utility costs.

What are the downsides of renting a cheap apartment in San Diego, CA?

A cheap apartment in San Diego, CA offers little storage space and fewer amenities compared to other apartments. You might be interested in studio apartments, 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments or 3 bedroom apartments, or browse all RENTCafé apartments for rent in San Diego, CA.

Renting a Cheap Apartment in San Diego

California’s southernmost major city is near the U.S. border with Mexico. San Diego residents enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with beautiful beaches, diverse dining and recreational opportunities, and wonderful weather. San Diego is host to the popular annual Comic-Con event. Visitors enjoy restaurants and nightclubs in the historic Gas Lamp Quarter downtown. SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo are internationally famous local attractions. The U.S. Navy, local public school system, and UC San Diego are the area’s major employers. Active San Diegans surf, sunbathe, run, fish and enjoy many other activities their coastal location offers.

San Diego, CA Demographics

  • Total Population1,401,932
  • Female 705,717
    Male 696,215
  • Median Age34.7

Average Rent in San Diego, CA

  • San Diego, CA Average Rental Price, October 2020 $2,187 /mo

    San Diego, CA Apartment Rent Ranges

    • $701-$1,0001%
    • $1,001-$1,5008%
    • $1,501-$2,00033%
    • > $2,00058%

    San Diego, CA Rent Trends

    Average Rent Nov / 2017 Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Oct / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Oct / 2020
    San Diego, CA $2,054 $2,061 $2,164 $2,186 $2,155 $2,216 $2,247 $2,223 $2,235 $2,176 $2,187
    National $1,377 $1,380 $1,417 $1,426 $1,430 $1,466 $1,466 $1,473 $1,474 $1,461 $1,464
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    San Diego, CA Households

    • Total Number of Households503,463
    • Family 304,809
      Non-family 198,654
    • Children 147,995
      No Children 355,468
    • Average People Per Household2.71
    • Median Household Income$75,456
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,730

    San Diego, CA Education Statistics

    • No High School6%
    • Some High School23%
    • Some College23%
    • Associate Degree7%
    • Bachelor Degree25%
    • Graduate Degree16%

    Looking for a cheap apartment for rent in San Diego, CA? With RENTCafé, finding an affordable apartment in San Diego, CA has never been easier. We feature 151 low-priced rentals directly from property managers, with rents lower than the San Diego, CA average. What is a cheap rent in San Diego, CA? The average apartment rent in San Diego is $2,187 per month so any rental south of $1,750 would be considered cheap here. On RENTCafé, San Diego, CA rents go as low as $995/mo.

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