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The San Diego Community

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is the second-largest city in California, with a population of approximately 1.3 million. It is about 120 miles south of Los Angeles, and 20 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico. Recognized as one of the leading high-tech hubs in the U.S., San Diego’s economy is full of innovative technology companies, with expertise in life science, communications, clean tech, software, and technology-driven health care. The region hosts six universities and more than 80 research institutes, making it one of the country’s strongest centers of research, and contributing to a dynamic, knowledge-based economy. As a border city, San Diego is proud of its deep cultural and entrepeneurial partnership with Mexico.

Sunshine and beautiful geography shape the quality of life in San Diego. Beaches and mountains and temperate weather encourage an active and outdoor lifestyle, and attract more than 30 million visitors each year. Tourists and residents enjoy the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego de Alcala Mission, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, among other well-known destinations. San Diego also enjoys an increasingly rich cultural scene. Our major urban park, Balboa Park, is home to the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Museum of Art, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, World Beat Center, and the Natural History Museum. It is also home to the Old Globe Theatre, one of the oldest and finest regional theatre companies in America (and a partner with USD in our top-ranked MFA program in acting). The San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony, and the La Jolla Playhouse all contribute to a region remarkably strong in the performing arts. Urban neighborhoods such as North Park, Hillcrest, and Ocean Beach bring to San Diego sophisticated restaurants and cafes, active farmers’ markets, and a world-famous collection of micro-breweries.

Our location near downtown, and on the San Diego trolley, means that our faculty and students can live within, and enjoy the resources of, our urban area. The neighborhoods immediately surrounding USD, Linda Vista and Morena, are diverse, economically, culturally, and in terms of their development. USD’s Master Plan includes the creation of a “Village” at the foot of the mesa, which is meant to enhance the university’s engagement with these developing neighborhoods. As we expand, we look forward to forging even stronger bonds with these up-and-coming parts of the city.

 The median home price in San Diego is $490,000 as of May 2016. In order to assist faculty with the purchase of a first San Diego home, USD has a Faculty Home Buying Assistance Program, with $1,000,000 of annual funding. Program benefits include assistance in the form of second lien loans forgivable over five years, closing cost assistance, and temporary mortgage interest rate subsidies.

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5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600

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