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.

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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.

All questions about applying to live in I-House can be directed to the I-House Director’s Office

All other questions about I-House notifications, timeline, waitlists, room placements, move in etc. must be directed to ERC Residence Life Office.

Please note that successful completion of the application does NOT guarantee your placement to live in I-House.

If you are placed on the waitlist and would like to consider living on-campus at UC San Diego then please place yourself on the housing waitlist (see information below).

Housing Interest Waitlist

All undergraduate students who apply for I-House are also strongly encouraged to place themselves on the Housing Interest List. This allows you to be put on a waiting list for on-campus housing should you not receive a spot in I-House. Students are allowed to place themselves on this list even if they have applied for a space at I-House. The Housing Interest List usually opens about a month before the I-House application does, but check the link above for regular updates and deadlines.

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.

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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 Directory
UC San Diego's Off-Campus Housing Directory 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 and room rentals are listed online. The Off-Campus Housing Directory is an excellent resource for waitlisted students.

In order to access the Online Housing database, you will need to input your student information. If you are not a student yet, email 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 only and are not endorsed by the International Students & Programs Office. 

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 .

Off-Campus Housing Resources Webinar

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Short Term Housing Options/Homestay Programs

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 Students & Programs Office 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. Private and shared rooms available. Apply at least 4-6 weeks before arrival. Homestays are a great way for students to experience American culture and customs!


Local Homestay Agencies

        No application fee required.
        Providing free airport pick up, free housing for several days, and a cultural exchange with an American family.              Serving UCSD students and scholars for over 10 years.


Online Homestay Agencies


Temporary Housing Providers

These companies own and manage apartments in the local area and can help place you in their temporary or extended-stay accommodation. Additional costs for these services may apply. See websites for more information.

Anatolia Corporate Housing

Synergy Global Housing


Hotels and Temporary Housing

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

Inn by the Sea
7830 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Courtyard by Marriot - Sorrento Valley/La Jolla
9650 Scranton Road
San Diego, CA 92121

Holiday Inn Express Sorrento Valley
5925 Lusk Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92121

Extended Stay America - Sorrento Mesa Hotel
9880 Pacific Heights Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92121

Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037

La Jolla Inn
1110 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA  92037
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
Offers furnished accomodations

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.

Beach Bungalow San Diego
707 Reed Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 412-5878

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

USA Hostels Ocean Beach San Diego
 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

Avoid Housing Scams

Avoid Housing Scams

Be aware of housing scams, particularly on websites like Craigslist!  Signs of a scam targeting renters can include the following:

  • The advertised price of the rental property is much lower than that of similar properties.
  • The person trying to rent you the property claims to be an agent for the property owner who is too busy, out of the country, or otherwise unavailable to handle the rental.
  • The owner or agent requires you to sign the lease before you see the rental property.
  • The owner or agent isn't able to let you enter the home or apartment or charges you a fee to view it. 
  • You're asked to wire money as a deposit or payment of first and last month's rent. Remember wiring money is the same as giving cash. You can't get a refund, even if you find out the offer was a fraud.
  • The owner or agent uses high pressure sales tactics, urging you to rent quickly, before someone else gets the property.
  • The person preparing the lease writes in a higher monthly rent or additional fees that you hadn't agreed upon. 
  • The landlord directs you to a website to get a free credit check. This can be a tactic for harvesting your identity. Only disclose this information on a written application after you have seen the property.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • If you’re not able to see the unit in person, have a friend or family member check it out for you. If this isn’t possible, hire a local real estate agent.
  • Check for the home’s address online using Google Maps to see if it matches what is being advertised online.
  • Use UCSD’s Off-Campus Housing website to search for a property: However, it is still important that you follow the tips listed above when checking out these properties!
  • Consult with UCSD Student Legal Services if you have any questions or concerns about a property you are renting/would like to rent:
  • Report any scams to the San Diego Police Department:


*Source: Housing Scams Website