San Diego, "America's Finest City"

San Diego is California's second largest city, borders the Pacific Ocean and Mexico, and is recognized globally as a dynamic international hub. Known for its ideal climate with daytime temperatures rarely below 60°F or above 80°F degrees (in other words, it's always flip-flop weather), San Diego has miles of sandy beaches, and a variety of things to see and do. SDSU's campus is within a 15-minute drive of downtown San Diego, the Pacific Ocean, and the mountains.

In the heart of San Diego.

How Close?

  • 10 miles → Beaches
  • 10 miles → Downtown
  • 50 miles → Mountains
  • 75 miles → Deserts
  • 95 miles → Disneyland
  • 120 miles → Los Angeles
  • 350 miles → Phoenix
  • 500 miles → San Francisco

Living in San Diego

San Diego's geographic location and diverse regional population create plenty of opportunities for work, play and learning. From the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp Quarter downtown to the charming and eclectic beach towns of Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and La Jolla, San Diego offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. There aren't many places where you can watch the sun rise in the desert, build a snowman in the mountains in the afternoon, and watch the sun set into the ocean all in one day, but this is possible in San Diego.

Student's walking along beach after surf class.

Explore Beaches and Bays

Whether you want to go surfing, take a bike ride, explore tide pools, or spend a day in the sun, our beaches and bays have something for you. You can even earn SDSU credit in water sports like kayaking, sailing, stand up paddling, surfing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing by taking classes at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center!

Grab your towel and take a break in the sun at San Diego's beaches and bays.

Student's on a hike.

Set Foot on Adventure

Your adventure awaits! Hike sandstone bluffs overlooking the ocean in Torrey Pines or head inland closer to SDSU, and you can climb peaks to take in breathtaking panoramic views of landmarks over 100 miles away. Challenge your physical and mental limits with classes and outdoor excursions through Aztec Adventures.

Discover San Diego's hiking trails.

Celebrate the Arts

The arts are alive in San Diego and at SDSU.

San Diego is home to two Tony™ Award-winning theaters, historic sites, art, music venues, dance performances, film festivals, galleries, and much more. In the heart of San Diego is Balboa Park, which hosts 17 museums and performing arts venues. And to top it off, SDSU hosts concerts for many well-known artists at our on-campus venues, Viejas Arena and the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, and hosts plays, musicals, films, music ensembles and dance in our multiple theatres.

Be In the Know

Gliding off Torrey Pines

Play Like a Local

This is the place to step out of your comfort zone, try something new, and perhaps discover a new hobby that you love. Whether it's taking in the arts, strolling one of the many outdoor shopping malls, driving up to Disneyland for a day trip, or soaking in the rays at the beach, there is plenty to do. So c'mon, what are you waiting for?

Live it up and explore the top things to do in San Diego.
Tacos from Old Town

Eat Like a Local

Due to the city's long history and close proximity to Mexico, there is an extensive variety of authentic Mexican restaurants to choose from, and given that our region is surrounded by farms and ocean, fresh local ingredients and farm-to-table roots create an excellent California cuisine.

Want to eat like an SDSU Aztec? Check out our alumni-owned restaurant guide.

Leave Your Mark on the Industry

SDSU prepares you for life after graduation.

Our region is an industry leader in biotechnology, engineering, cybersecurity, innovation and technology, healthcare, travel and tourism and the blue economy. With its proximity to the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim, Mexico, and South America, San Diego is a cultural center that provides opportunities for learning experiences. Through internships, mentorships, and job placements, San Diego State University provides students with opportunities to work in these industries. This experience will prepare you for life after you graduate and begin your career, or take the next step in your educational journey.

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