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UC San Diego Housing Resources 2021

Click on the drop-down arrows below to learn more about UC San Diego's on/off-campus housing, as well as housing resources for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate On-Campus Resources

Undergraduate On-Campus Resources:

  • Review UC San Diego's Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) website to explore our resources for application processes, important dates, and announcements
  • Living Learning Communities are each characterized by housing within the same residence location, shared co-curricular experiences, access to resources, and engaging in activities that reinforce common affinities such as aspects of culture
  • Gender Inclusive Housing is available for continuing groups of undergraduate residents in all seven apartment living areas at UC San Diego. This option meets the needs of all of our continuing residents, inclusive of all genders, gender identities and expressions. It means that for continuing residents, women, men, and people of all gender identities and expressions can live together.
  • Access information regarding leasing and legal topics by visiting UC San Diego's Student Legal Services
    • Students can book appointments for legal counseling through this website

Graduate / Family On-Campus Resources

Graduate / Family Housing On-Campus Resources:

UC San Diego Transitional Housing (Partnership with Marriott)

UC San Diego Transitional Housing (Partnership with Marriott):

  • Enrolled UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students can book a stay at one of 4 participating Marriott hotels (listed below) in the San Diego area. Students can book a stay at reduced rates for daily/weekly/monthly stays (note: rates depend on the length of stay and are subject to availability). Students staying for 90 consecutive days, or longer will receive the best rate.
  • The Residence Inn hotels feature large suites equipped with full kitchens, and include breakfast and WiFi in the price.
  • The Courtyard features rooms with a mini fridge and microwave.
    • Hotels are also conveniently located less than 6 miles away from campus and have MTS routes that are accessible at the La Jolla and Sorrento Valley locations.
  • Explore the participating Marriott locations by following the link below, and for those seeking a roommate or roommates, check out the UCSD Marriott Program Roommates Facebook Page.
  • If you anticipate needing financial assistance to support your transitional housing stay at the Marriott Hotel (Residence Inn La Jolla, Residence Inn Sorrento Mesa/Sorrento Valley, Courtyard Sorrento Valley, or Residence Inn Del Mar), please fill out this Subsidized Transitional Housing Assistance Form.

San Diego Local Properties working with UC San Diego & Helpful Search Tools

San Diego Local Property Owners working with UC San Diego:
  • Click here for a list of hostels in the San Diego area, which are sometimes helpful for transitions
  • Airbnb is helpful for a transitional place to stay until an apartment/housing is found
  • VRBO is helpful for a transitional place to stay until an apartment/housing is found
  • Room Chazer is helpful for a transitional place to stay until an apartment is found
  • Pacific Ridge Apartments is able to offer the following special, effective August 12, 2021: Move-in by September 15, 2021 and receive $1,000 off 1st months rent for any availability they have!
  • Downtown properties with significant vacancy: 
  • Mission Valley vacancy:

Transit-Efficient Housing in San Diego

Transit-Efficient Housing in San Diego:

When exploring housing options, consider your commute. Selecting housing in a neighborhood with great transit service can make your commute faster, more reliable, more productive and lower impact all while helping you save money.

These routes offer some of the fastest and most reliable one-seat rides to the La Jolla campus. Looking for housing within a brief 5-6 block walk or 1-mile bike ride from these transit centers could make your commute significantly more efficient.

UC San Diego's Transportation Services and UC San Diego's Case Management Services have compiled the below information on San Diego neighborhood's near transit service lines.

route map

Consider neighborhoods along the Rapid 237 express bus line. (map)

trolley route map

Consider neighborhoods along the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley, arriving on campus November 21, 2021. (map)

Properties along the Trolley Blue Line

Properties along the Trolley Blue Line:

Tecolote Stop

Clairemont Stop

Balboa Stop

Nobel Stop

Executive Drive Stop

UTC Transit Center Station Stop

City College Stop

Park & Market Stop

Palomar St Stop

Helpful Off-Campus Housing Search Links

Helpful Off-Campus Housing Search Links:

  • The UCSD Unofficial Facebook Housing Group is a community resource students unofficially use to find roommates and housing.
  • The AS Local Housing Guide is an off-campus housing guide compiled by Associated Student (AS) AVP of Food and Housing Resources
  • The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) offers information on Housing Resources for International Students, but this is also often helpful for domestic students who are navigating San Diego region housing for the first time
  • Search engine ideas: "San Diego Property Managers" or  "San Diego Property Management" to tap in more to other local property owners that are not corporate; complexes that are duplexes, 4 units, 8 units, 16 units etc.
  • Search engine idea: "Corporate Housing San Diego" for transitional housing options often geared towards traveling professionals; apartments are short term and often furnished! 

San Diego Housing Commission Affordable Housing Overview

Click here for a Summary of Affordable Housing in the City of San Diego as presented by the San Diego Housing Commission.

County of San Diego Security Deposit Assistance Program

The County of San Diego's Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP) helps eligible County residents with a security deposit payment.

The program provides one-time payment assistance for renters unable to pay for a security deposit through a security deposit voucher program. The security deposit cannot exceed two months rent for a maximum award amount of $7,000. Vouchers are limited.

Applications will be accepted until funds are no longer available. The application period will be open, starting September 3, 2021 for two weeks and initial applications for review will be selected via a random lottery. After that applications will be selected based on date and time of application.

Click here to apply online and to apply over the phone, or for assistance, please call: (858) 694-4801.

California COVID-19 Rent Relief

The California (CA) COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible California renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance.

Depending on the address of your rental property, you may be eligible for a local program.

Apply Now to determine which program is right for you.

County of San Diego's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021

The County of San Diego's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program provides payment assistance for renters who need help with rent and utilities. Applications will be accepted until funds are no longer available.

Click here to apply online and to apply over the phone, or for assistance, please call: (858) 694-4801.