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Old 03-31-2011, 09:54 AM
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Hi all! I'm originally from Austin and have been living in Boston (Cambridge) for the past couple of years and now I'm planning on moving to San Diego this July to start a PhD program. The program is a joint program so it is at both the SDSU and UCSD campuses (but my office will be at SDSU).

Unfortunately I will be unable to visit before I actually move so I was hoping to get some advice about neighborhoods. From my own research, Ocean Beach seems like my favorite place so far and my ideal location but I may not be able to afford it. My budget is around $750-950/month and I'm looking for a studio or 1 bedroom that would take cats.

Ideally, I would like to live somewhere laid back and by the beach but I'm not sure if a) beach living is feasible given my budget & feline friend and b) is it too far away from SDSU?

Also, I'm a 26 year-old single grad student...I don't want to live in a super party community (I heard PB is super fraty) but I do want to be able to go out, have fun, and meet guys.

Any help, advice, or insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:30 PM
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Ocean Beach to SDSU is an OK commute. Google says an optimistic 20 minutes. But the closer you live to the actual beach, the longer your commute time.

Here's an OB rental in your price range: Lower Unit RIGHT AT THE PIER! (http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/apa/2297576945.html - broken link)

OB is laid back but it takes some getting used to. Lots of homeless people in OB lately.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:30 AM
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I would say Mission Valley, easy access to State, Gaslamp (via trolley), upscale apts, check out the bar In Cahoots...

Archstone Mission Valley Apartments in San Diego | Archstone Apartments

I lived here for a year - pretty nice, and there are a few like this in MV...

(not an add - no affiliation with this apt!)
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:51 AM
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you'll find apartment listings at craiglist and also signonsandiego.com. I've been looking and lots of places take cats.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:15 PM
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I'd suggest one of 2 things:

1. Look for a room in Normal Heights, North Park, or University Heights - these places have a more urban feel and lots of people and things to do.

2. Look into grad housing at UCSD. It's cheap ($500 or so) and you'll be around lots of grad students, but the area is quite boring.

If you don't want a crazy party area, don't live too close to SDSU.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the links and tips! I don't know why but I didn't think about graduate student housing at UCSD - I'll also look into that and the other neighborhood suggestions. Thanks again!
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