San Diego State University

Student life at San Diego State University in San Diego

Student life in San Diego

San Diego State University is located in San Diego, the most amazing city in California near the Mexican border. The city is also known as America's Finest City because of its beauty and because it’s one of the safest cities in America. This page tells you about all the activities you can do when you are not studying or attending classes at San Diego State University.

Keep calm and enjoy the sun

San Diego is perfect if you like sunbathing, surfing, skating, mountain biking, beach volleyball and many other summer activities and outdoor sports. It never, almost never, rains in Southern California. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and wonderful climate during your studies at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the US. Don’t forget to buy sun cream and contact KILROY to help you find a suitable study abroad program at SDSU.

Surfin' U.S.A.
Wax your board and wait for the perfect wave.

Beaches and places to stay in San Diego

Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are popular neighbourhoods among international students in San Diego. If you're going to study one or two semester in San Diego and prefer to live off-campus, this is a great place to stay. In addition to a 4 km long beach, it has a bay for water sports and many cafés, restaurants and shops.

Come to San Diego, there's so much to see ...

When you are not studying or attending classes you can go on excursion in and around San Diego. There are plenty of options to choose from. We have listed just some of them below:

  • In San Diego city you can visit San Diego Safari Park, the USS Midway Museum or take a San Diego Harbor Cruise.
  • Go on a beer tour. There are more than 70 breweries in San Diego.
  • Eat tacos or a California Burrito. The city is known for its 'taquerias', there are over 1,000 taquerias in San Diego.
  • La Jolla is a relaxed village on the coast of San Diego. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving and kayaking, as well as fine dining and shopping in the exclusive boutiques.
  • Hop onboard for a breathtaking whale & dolphin watching tour on the ocean. The California coast is a great area to spot marine mammals, like; whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds.
  • Visit colorful Mexico, Hawaii or Palm Springs.
  • Explore one of the amazing national parks, like; Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cleveland National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park or Yosemite National Park.
  • Go canoeing or wakeboarding in the Colorado River.
  • Take the train to Los Angeles - a beautiful trip along the coast. 
  • Make a Pacific Coast Highway road trip from San Diego to San Francisco.

Orcas
Whale & dolphin watching tour in the wild.

Canoeing in the Colorado River
Canoeing in the Colorado River

California ... knows how to party

Do you like going out to a bar, event, festival, show, restaurant or a nightclub? San Diego is known for its great parties and nightlife. One of the best places to go is Gaslamp Quarter and plenty of parties are organized by students on campus. Please keep in mind that alcohol is not allowed under 21 years.

We're going out tonight
"We are not wasting our time, We refuse to hide ... We're going out tonight"
(San Diego Song, The Coronas)

5 things you can do for free in San Diego

Before you start your courses at SDSU or during the weekends and in holidays, you’ll probably like to explore the city. Here are some suggestions for cool free activities in San Diego.

  1. Watch the beautiful sunset at Oceanside Pier, San Diego during a campfire.
  2. Relax and go for a swim at one of Southern California's world-renowned beaches.
  3. Balboa Park is well worth the effort also. This is a beautiful park with lots of museums. Admittance to the park itself is free and so is the Botanical Building and most of the gardens. You only have to pay for the park museums. 
  4. Stroll around the beautiful Hotel del Coronado. This Victorian beach resort, known as "the Del" to locals, is the second largest wooden structure in the United States and a National Historic Landmark since 1977. It is located in Coronado, a city on a peninsula near San Diego, just across the San Diego Bay.
  5. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown San Diego. Free admission daily for anyone 25 and under (with ID) and students 26 and over (with ID) only pay 5 USD.

Sunset at Oceanside Pier, San Diego
Sunset at Oceanside Pier.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park.

Student discounts in San Diego

With your ISIC student card you receive student discounts and benefits in San Diego, the USA, and the rest of the world. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and take advantage of all the cool student benefits. Save money during your stay in San Diego with ISIC. Read more about ISIC and purchase your card here.

Climate in San Diego

The mild climate in Southern California is great, which makes San Diego a popular seaside resort. It’s warm and sunny most of the year and it rarely rains. Lowest temperatures are in January; 9 to 18°C and highest temperatures in August; 19 to 26°C.

Rent a car in San Diego

Maybe you wish to explore the areas surrounding San Diego in the weekends. KILROY offers car rental in San Diego and we'll be happy to find you the best and cheapest option for your needs. Contact us to hear more.

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