Studio apartments for rent in San Diego, CA

181 studio apartments in San Diego, CA

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Studio Apartments: The Minimalist’s Apartment

Studio apartments come in all shapes and sizes, though maybe with more emphasis on different shapes. When it comes to size, you expect it to be on the smaller side of things because that’s what you are looking for: a studio.

So, what is a studio apartment? A studio apartment is generally a two room apartment where one room comprises the bedroom, living room, and kitchen and the second room is the bathroom. The majority of studio apartments within larger complexes have their utilities included and come with a space heater instead of central A/C. Kitchens vary between studio to studio and sometimes the only kitchen amenities included are sinks while others vary between having a condensed kitchenette and a others a full kitchen, so be sure to clarify what you’re getting. Also, many studio apartments come furnished with a bed, television, and dressers.

Studio apartments are great for a number of reasons. If you are a student trying to cut costs while going to college, you are probably going to seriously consider renting a studio apartment at some point. It’s doubtful you’ll ever need a full kitchen when top ramen and mac and cheese go so well with Sriracha anyway. Since many studios are month-to-month and some are even weekly, they are great for those new to an area that unsure where to begin when looking for longer-term apartments for rent. And of course, if you just need a cheap apartment for rent, a studio apartment is one of your best options.

Varieties in Studio Apartments for rent:

When it comes to rental living, studio apartments are one of the oddballs that can exist in many different scenarios. Sometimes you’ll find a Craigslist ad with a studio in someone’s basement, other times they are just another option in a traditional apartment complex. Sometimes you’ll find historic hotels that have turned their rooms into studio apartments for rent or in places like New York City or San Francisco, you’ll find a studio the size of a hallway and you will feel like the luckiest person on earth.

As one would expect, the name “studio apartment” differs all over the world while referring to the same basic thing, but here some fun facts about studios in other countries:

  • In Brazil, the term “studio” is used for modern appeal since it is an English term
  • In Singapore, “studio apartments” are specifically marketed to senior citizens
  • In Japan, “one room mansion” is the term commonly referred to their even smaller-sized studio apartments

Using RentLingo to find studio apartments for rent:

Finding your next studio apartment for rent is easy when using RentLingo as your apartment finder. We’ve compiled the best studio apartments in your area for you to choose from. With our apartment ratings and reviews, you have access to professional and unbiased insight on the pros and cons of the apartment you are looking at, what the neighborhood is like and whether other factors such as whether the property is pet-friendly or not, what type of amenities it has, apartment pictures, floor plans, if all bills are paid by the property management and more. Good luck with your apartment search!

User reviews for apartments in San Diego, California
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars, 8 reviews
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Awesome view
This place has an awesome view, and hidden access to the 5 and 52. Best location I lived in during my 9 years in san diego
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Naval Academy, UVA
Great place!
Coronado Island is truly a small paradise. With the best beach in the country and a great variety of bars and restaurants, it is one of the best places to live in southern CA!
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Stanford, Claremont Colleges, Accenture, Pomona College
East Village rocks
Lower East Village is awesome -- cheaper, quieter than Gaslamp while still being extremely walkable and within range of everything good. Stay south of Broadway or even E/F for the nicer parts of town, and west of 11th. There are good places outside that range, but also a lot of low-income housing.
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North Park has it all!
The neighborhood is quiet, diverse, and full of charming craftsman style homes. Yet, despite the residential area's modest appeal, North Park is also home to some of the finest bars and restaurants in San Diego. The area is rapidly becoming a hub for slow food, craft beer, and new music. There's always something new brewing in North Park, but my guess is the warm, eclectic atmosphere will never change.
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Great place to live if you don't mind the bustle
This is the heart of the downtown scene. It's walking distance to anything you could need, whether it be groceries, shopping, restaurants, bars, or just a quiet park to hang out. the weekends can be a bit noisy, and traffic can get a backed up when big events are in town (eg Comic-Con), but all-in-all, it's invigorating to live where everyone else comes to play!
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UVA, Bain & Company, Stanford
beautiful homes and feels like a slice of utopia. living near the water gives great views of the San Diego skyline. only negative is average age on the island is probably 70, so it gets quiet here early.
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North PB
Good spot if you want access to PB amenities without the craziness. Walking distance to Garnet / Grand area and the beach, but far enough away that you can find parking and don't have to deal with all the drunks!
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UVA, Bain & Company, Stanford
Little Italy
Tons of amazing restaurants in the area. Short walk to Gaslamp but not touristy itself. Right off the 5 makes commuting easy. All Around great place to live.
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