The College Area is a neighborhood of the Mid-City region of San Diego, encompassing about 3.4 square miles with almost 20,000 residents. The College Area is home to San Diego State University. The majority of residents are white and the largest group is of college age. Twenty percent of the community live in college dorms. Fraternity and sorority houses can be seen in close proximity to the campus. In general, houses cost significantly less to buy than the city average, although rents are on the high-average side. Most houses were built in the 50’s, although many were built during the two decades following.
Each October, the community hosts the annual Boo Parade and Carnival, an event which has been around since 1937. The Rolando Street Fair takes place each March.
What Staff are Saying:
- Overall, residents of the College Area gave high ratings in regards to traffic on the streets. There is less congestion on the streets of College Area, therefore allowing residents to get around easily. Residents also rated that access to grocery stores, pharmacies, and farmers markets as above average.
“It is relatively quiet but affordable. It allows me to afford a decent house with a yard. The weather is generally nicer in my part of town.”
- “Although I'm in the "College Area" according to the map, I'm actually live in a smaller section called El Cerrito. This is a great neighborhood with friendly neighbors and a lot of young families. For me the best thing about my neighborhood is my daughter can play safely outside with her friends.”
- “Huge number of SDSU students living in private homes ("mini-dorms) and apartment complexes.”
- “I wish there were more good restaurants and shops accessible, though I'm glad there isn't a lot of chain development in the area. It would be nice if there were a "village" kind of feel to it with independently-owned shops and restaurants
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