Average Rent in San Diego, CA

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Current Versus Historical San Diego, CA Rents

San Diego rentals average $1,825 for a studio rental to $5,625 for a 4-bedroom rental. The median price of all currently available listings is $2,864, or roughly $3 per square feet.
For the apartment units and housing in February 2024, median rents have been roughly unchanged over the last year. Studio rentals prices have decreased by $33 (-1.82%) year-over-year from $1,828 to $1,795. 1-bedroom rentals prices have increased by $30 (1.39%) year-over-year from $2,165 to $2,195. 2-bedroom rentals prices have increased by $161 (5.68%) year-over-year from $2,828 to $2,989. 3-bedroom rentals prices have increased by $293 (7.90%) year-over-year from $3,703 to $3,995. 4-bedroom rentals prices have increased by $629 (12.91%) year-over-year from $4,871 to $5,500. Note that this figure includes all active and rented listings throughout the month.
Month-to-month, seasonality might have a bigger impact than overall trend price changes. Studio rents have gone up by 0.84% this month. 1-bedroom rents have gone up by 2.17% this month. 2-bedroom rents have gone up by 3.02% this month. 3-bedroom rents have gone up by 3.11% this month. 4-bedroom rents have gone down by 1.17% this month.
Beds
Price / Sqft
Feb 2024 Rent 1 Yr Ago Rent (% +/-) 3 Yr Ago Rent (% +/-)
Studio $4.47 $1,795 $1,828 (-1.82%) $2,093 (-14.22%)
1 BR $3.59 $2,195 $2,165 (1.39%) $1,686 (30.23%)
2 BR $3.25 $2,989 $2,828 (5.68%) $2,315 (29.11%)
3 BR $3.00 $3,995 $3,703 (7.90%) $3,131 (27.62%)
4+ BR $3.41 $5,500 $4,871 (12.91%) $4,248 (29.46%)

Historical Rents in San Diego, CA

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3 Bed
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Top Cities Near San Diego

There are a total of 9 cities nearby San Diego. The average rent in San Diego is currently $2,995 per month. A total of 4 cities nearby have an average rent lower than that. Our records show that El Cajon, CA, with an average rent of $2,095, is the most affordable city nearby. In contrast, the most expensive city near San Diego, CA is Coronado, CA. Monthly rents here are on average $6,125 per month.

Let's compare San Diego, CA's rent against other top cities nearby by bedroom size. Typically, rent for studios in San Diego, CA is 14.52% more expensive than other cities nearby. One bedrooms are about 3.49% more expensive. Two bedrooms in San Diego, CA are about 8.08% more expensive. Finally, rent for three bedrooms are about 3.63% more expensive. Want more information? Check out the top 9 cities near San Diego, CA in the following chart.
City Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed All
El Cajon, CA $1,560 $1,725 $2,175 $2,095
La Mesa, CA $1,800 $1,980 $2,410 $2,200
Chula Vista, CA $1,495 $1,975 $2,475 $2,485
Escondido, CA $1,800 $1,900 $2,495 $2,530
Imperial Beach, CA $1,895 $2,075 $2,748 $2,995
Mission Viejo, CA N/A $2,385 $3,100 $3,569
San Clemente, CA N/A $2,600 $3,650 $5,950
Dana Point, CA N/A $3,250 $4,850 $6,100
Coronado, CA $6,250 $6,000 $6,000 $6,125

Top Neighborhoods Near San Diego

There are a total of 3 neighborhoods in or near San Diego. Some of these neighborhoods include North Park, Imperial Beach, and College East. We've included all of these top 3 neighborhoods in or near San Diego, CA in the following chart.

The average rent for these 3 neighborhoods in or near San Diego, CA is currently around $2,995 per month. A total of one neighborhood has a lower average rent. Meaning, only two neighborhoods have a higher average rent than $2,995. Interestingly, the neighborhoods' average rent is higher than San Diego's average rent, which is only $2,864. Out of all the neighborhoods in or near San Diego, North Park has the most affordable average rent at $2,500 per month. Whereas, at $5,600 average rent per month, College East is the most expensive neighborhood in or near San Diego. View the following chart for more information.
Neighborhood Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed All
North Park, San Diego, CA $1,850 $2,195 $2,795 $2,500
Imperial Beach, CA $1,895 $2,075 $2,748 $2,995
College East, San Diego, CA N/A $1,895 $2,473 $5,600

Top Counties Near San Diego

There are a total of 3 counties located by San Diego, CA. The average rent for rentals in these counties is $2,750. That's roughly around $3 per sqft. A total of 1 counties have a lower average rent. The county that is the most affordable is San Diego, CA. It's average rent per month is $2,750. Vice versa, with an average rent of $2,750, San Diego, CA is the most expensive county by San Diego, CA.

Typically, rent for studios in San Diego, CA is 1.53% more expensive than other counties nearby. In comparison, rent for one bedroom listings in San Diego, CA is 2.56% more expensive than other counties nearby. Finally, rent for two bedrooms in San Diego, CA is 9.67% more expensive than other counties nearby. We've listed the top 1 counties in the chart below.
County Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed All
San Diego, CA $1,797 $2,095 $2,700 $2,750

Top Zipcodes Near San Diego

There are a total of 15 zipcodes in or near San Diego, CA. The average rent for all of these zipcodes is $2,550. A total of 9 zipcodes have a average rent that is lower than that. The zipcode with the most affordable average rent for apartment listings is 92105, San Diego, CA at $1,899 per month. In comparison, the zipcode with the most expensive average rent of $6,125 per month is 92118, Coronado, CA.

Studios in these zipcodes have an average rent of $1,650. That's at least $4 per sqft. Do you need more space than that? Average rent for one bedroom rentals for the zipcodes in or near San Diego, CA is $2,075 per month. Or in other words, $4 per sqft. Meanwhile, two bedroom apartments will cost you an average of $2,623 per month. Which comes out to $3 per sqft. The following chart includes the top 10 zipcodes in San Diego, CA. You can view the average rent breakdown for each zipcode by bedroom size.
Zipcode Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed All
92104, San Diego, CA $1,900 $2,195 $2,795 $2,550
92101, San Diego, CA $2,125 $2,795 $4,438 $3,825
92629, Dana Point, CA N/A $3,250 $4,750 $5,875
91932, Imperial Beach, CA $1,895 $2,075 $2,748 $2,995
92116, San Diego, CA $1,840 $1,995 $2,595 $2,373
92021, San Diego County, CA $1,490 $1,695 $2,095 $2,095
92020, El Cajon, CA $1,560 $1,795 $2,198 $2,095
92102, San Diego, CA $1,697 $2,098 $2,595 $2,250
92692, Mission Viejo, CA N/A $2,385 $3,210 $3,569
92118, Coronado, CA $6,250 $6,000 $6,000 $6,125

Frequently Asked Questions - San Diego Average Rents

What is the average rent price in San Diego, CA?
The average monthly rental price for San Diego, CA apartments for rent is approximately $2,864. This calculation takes into consideration rental listings of varying bedroom/bathroom sizes, building types, and locations.
Do San Diego, CA rent prices drop in winter?
Yes! On average we see a 3.4% drop in rental prices between the peak summer months and the slower winter months. With the added bonus of decreased competition from other renters looking to move, winter is generally considered the best time of the year to find an apartment for rent in San Diego, CA.
How much is a studio apartment in San Diego, CA?
The average monthly rental price for studio apartments is $1,825 and an average price per square feet of $4.47. There are a total of 63 studio apartment listings currently available for rent in San Diego.
How much is a one bedroom apartment in San Diego, CA?
The average monthly rental price for one bedroom apartments is $2,150 and an average price per square feet of $3.59. There are a total of 307 one bedroom apartment listings currently available for rent in San Diego.
How much is a two bedroom apartment in San Diego, CA?
The average monthly rental price for two bedroom apartments is $2,989 and an average price per square feet of $3.25. There are a total of 348 two bedroom apartment listings currently available for rent in San Diego.
How have rent prices in San Diego, CA changed this year?
Rent prices for rentals in San Diego, CA can fluctuate yearly. Specifically, studio rental prices have changed by -0.02%, one bedroom rental prices have changed by 0.01%, two bedroom rental prices have changed by 0.06%, and three bedroom rental prices have changed by 0.08% year-over-year.
What is a reasonable rent price in San Diego, CA?
A reasonable rent price in San Diego, CA is around $2,291/month. You can search for these reasonably priced rental listings on RentHop.
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