San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California, home to more than 2.5 million people in the greater metropolitan area. The economy of the city has a broad base including tourism, the aerospace industry, biomedical technology, and agriculture. The University of California is the second largest employer in the area. An excellent climate, easy access to recreation, good educational systems and a variety of cultural opportunities combine to make San "America's Finest City."
Residents at UCSD are fortunate not only because of the excellent academic environment but also for because they live in one of the country's most beautiful cities. An average annual temperature of 70 degrees provides mild sunny days, ideal for a range of outdoor activities. San Diego is known for its great weather and beautiful coast line. Recreation is the name of the game in Southern California and San Diego offers it all. There are many city, county, state, and national parks, including the Torrey Pines State Park, Cabrillo National Monument, Cuyamaca State Park, Anza Borrego State Park, and Mission Trails Regional Park. Activities such as jogging, hiking, biking, camping, sailing, surfing and rock climbing are enjoyed by many of our residents.
There are many other cultural activities available to San Diego residents. Balboa Park, located near UCSD Medical Center, is home to the San Diego Zoo, as well as a large number of museums that explore aerospace, contemporary arts, fine arts, natural history, photography, sports, and the evolution of man. Balboa Park has many other attractions, including a Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, and Botanical Gardens. San Diego is also home to the San Diego Symphony and Opera. The La Jolla Playhouse has received national acclaim for the quality and nature of its productions. The Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum offers instruction about the sea life of California.
San Diego is located conveniently close to just about anything you think of to do. Ballooning in Del Mar, surfing in La Jolla, windsurfing in the bay, shopping and dining Downtown or in the multitude of local neighborhoods, or even a day trip to Mexico are all easily within reach. And, if that's not enough you are only a 2 hour drive from the ski slopes of Big Bear Mountain or the Anza-Borrego Desert. To find out more about our beautiful city go to Top Things to do in San Diego.
Many new condominium and apartment complexes have been developed in the Hillcrest and La Jolla areas. The Hillcrest area is in the downtown area and is where out UCSD Medical Center is located. It is close to Balboa Park, the Museums, The Gaslamp District, the Zoo and PetCo Baseball Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Neighborhoods near Hillcrest include Banker's Hill, Little Italy, North Park, Kensington, and University Heights.
The La Jolla area is where the VA Medical Center is located. It is close to the beach, shopping (University Town Center), the Birch Aquarium, Torrey Pines Glider Port and Park and much more. Rents usually run a little higher in this area compared to the Hillcrest area. Neighborhoods near La Jolla include Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, and Clairemont. You may decide that the beach areas are the place for you- don't forget to look at Ocean Beach and Mission Beach. Living on the coast will cost more than living in the East County areas.