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International Students: Housing

Here's all the information you need to start (or continue) your housing search while attending UC San Diego. Visit the sites listed below for more detailed information.

Short Term Housing Options

Here are some alternatives to short term housing in San Diego. You must contact the home stay provider, hotel, or hostel directly. The UC San Diego International Center does not arrange temporary accommodations, but offers helpful advice and tips about any questions you may have about housing

Home Stay Programs

Live with an American host family and learn about American culture. Private and shared rooms available. Apply at least 4-6 weeks before arrival.

Hotels

There are many hotels near UC San Diego. Some are within walking distance of UC San Diego:

Best Western by the Sea
7830 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-459-4461
Courtyard by Marriot - Sorrento Valley/La Jolla
9650 Scranton Road
San Diego, CA 92121
858-558-9600
Holiday Inn Express Sorrento Valley
5925 Lusk Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92121
858-731-0100
Homestead San Diego
9880 Pacific Heights Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92121
858-623-0100

Hotel La Jolla at the Shores
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037

La Jolla Inn
1110 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA  92037
858-454-0133
Marriott Residence Inn
8901 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037
(858) 587-1770
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
Special UC San Diego rates offered
3299 Holiday Court
La Jolla, CA  92037
UC San Diego reservation line: (866) 500-0335
Synergy Corporate Housing
800-600-1115
Woodfin Hotel San Diego
10044 Pacific Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92121
858-597-0500


Youth Hotels

Youth hostels in the San Diego area are far from UC San Diego, but offer dormitory-style housing at a lower rate than hotels. Some have kitchen facilities.

Banana Bungalow San Diego
707 Reed Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 273-3060
Lucky D's Hostel
615 8th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-0000
Hostelling International-Point Loma
3790 Udall Street
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 223-4778
Ocean Beach International Hostel
4961 Newport Avenue
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
(619) 223-7873
Hostelling International-San Diego
521 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 525-1531
USA Hostels San Diego
726 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-232-3100

Long Term On Campus Housing Options

The UC San Diego Housing and Dining Services Office operates several housing complexes, but on a limited basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for on-campus housing as soon as they receive an official admission letter from UC San Diego.

Undergraduate housing

For more information, please visit UC San Diego Housing.

Special housing options:

International House

I-House is an apartment complex of single and double rooms open to single UC San Diego upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

The purpose of this facility is to provide an environment and programs that foster understanding and friendship among individuals from different nations and cultures.

The Village

The Village is a community of apartments and retail spaces for transfer and continuing students, including two high rises with incredible ocean views. All of our affordable resident apartment homes feature modern amenities and a sleek design aesthetic in a prime location—right on campus!

Graduate housing

UC San Diego ARCH Housing consists of six apartment complexes:

  • Coast Apartments, La Jolla Del Sol, Mesa Residential Apartments, Single Graduate Apartments, and One Miramar Street , and the Rita Atkinson Residences.

See more information on:

Long Term Off Campus Housing Options

Living in San Diego, especially in La Jolla, is very expensive and it is important to set a realistic budget before beginning to look for a place to live.

Vacancy rates are very low in San Diego and it may take some time to find an apartment.

Be prepared to pay a security deposit equal to one month’s rent (which may be refunded upon leaving) in addition to the first month’s rent.

The following are resources for locating off-campus housing:

UC San Diego Off-Campus Housing Office
UC San Diego's Off-Campus Housing Office is a rental referral and housing information resource center with listings of apartment, house, and condominium rentals, available in a variety of areas around campus and the San Diego community. Roommates, room rentals, and work exchange are listed online and in the office. The Off-Campus Housing Office is an excellent resource for waitlisted students.

Where to live in San Diego
In order to access the Online Housing database, you will need to input your student information. If you are not a student yet, email offcampushousing@ucsd.edu to request a log-in and password.

Alternative housing websites
Some of these links will offer “full vacancy” listings. They are empty apartments for rent, which means you have to find your own roommates

Note: The above links are suggestions, not endorsed by the International Center. 

Print publications

  • The San Diego Union-Tribune Classified Section also lists apartments for rent; Sunday’s edition has the largest number of listings.
  • The Reader is a free newspaper containing many housing listings. It is published every Thursday, and is a valuable source of information for apartments for rent and roommates wanted.
  • The La Jolla Light is a local newspaper which is published every Thursday and contains listings of properties for rent in nearby areas.

Graduate student listserv
This mailing list includes graduate housing opportunities. For instructions on how to signup for the listserv, visit http://ogs.ucsd.edu.

Additional Resources

Here are a handful of additional resources to help aid your search for housing:

See Also

Commuter Student Services: A resource center that shares off-campus housing information and enriches the lives of commuter students.

Questions to ask landlords before you rent from them

Contact Us

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)
Phone: (858) 534-3730
Email: Visit our Contact Us page

Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.