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Life In San Diego

Great weather and beautiful beaches are only the beginning. San Diego is a unique city defined by diversity, sustainability, and booming technology. Our students are immersed in a culture where beach days go hand-in-hand with opportunities for success. Simply put, we have it all: sun, sand, surf, and success. Read below to learn more about what it really means to callAmerica’s Finest City” home.

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Year-Round Activities

  • San Diego’s climate defies the seasons, allowing students to stay active all year long. Whether here on campus, at the beaches, or in downtown, there is never a short supply of activities.
  • Outdoor Adventures is a favorite among USD students. This student-led organization hosts a variety of activities throughout the year, including: bike rides to nearby farmers markets, backpacking trips in national parks, moonlight canoes, and much more. Students also have the option to rent equipment for informal outings of their own. From surfboards and kayaks to tents and sleeping bags, planning a quick adventure couldn’t be easier.
  • Campus Recreation is home to USD’s many club and intramural sports teams, as well as our extensive listing of recreation classes. Students also have the option to take aquatic classes at the local Mission Bay Aquatic Center, one of the world’s largest instructional waterfront facilities.
  • For students craving the cold, various skiing and snowboarding day trips to the mountains are planned throughout the year. That’s right – just a short drive away, students can trade in the sand for the snow.

Vibrant Communities

  • San Diego is divided into an assortment of communities, each known for its own unique culture and traditions. Although the list goes on, see below for a small selection of the communities most popular among Toreros.
  • Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach are three distinct beach communities near campus. Being just a short drive away, it is not uncommon to find our students on their sands.
  • Downtown’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter is located in the heart of San Diego. Many USD students find themselves interning here while others know it for its vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and local watering holes.
  • Just down the hill from campus, you’ll stumble upon Old Town San Diego. A favorite among Toreros, our campus tram makes regular trips to Old Town, allowing students to enjoy the authentic Mexican restaurants, bazaars, and, of course, Taco Tuesdays at Fred’s Mexican Café. 
  • Hillcrest is a diverse urban community full of locally-owned cafés, bars, and specialty stores. Hillcrest also neighbors Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, which houses museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  
  • Close to downtown, Little Italy is home to a variety of cultural events, eateries, and a weekly Mercato, or farmers market.

Internships and Careers

  • When you hear “San Diego,” it may be difficult to think of anything but surfboards and sunshine. Although our students certainly enjoy both, the truth is that San Diego is bursting with opportunities that extend beyond the sands.
  • America’s eighth largest city, San Diego houses the third largest concentration of biotechnology companies among the nation’s metropolitan areas, and its unique location fosters an economy of international business and trade.
  • We’ve established successful working relationships throughout San Diego to provide opportunities that span a wide array of disciplines. Career Services works closely with students to assist in the internship search process as well as overall career preparation.
  • Simply put, internship and career opportunities abound, which means that students graduate from USD with the experience they need to make the successful transition from scholars to professionals.

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