Life in San Diego

Think "San Diego" and the first thing that may come to mind is the mild Mediterranean climate, blue skies and 70 miles of majestic coastline. America’s Finest City is one of the few places in the world where you can catch a wave in the morning and ski a summit or trek serene desert trails in the afternoon.

The City

California's second-largest city and the nation's eighth largest, San Diego has a population of over 1.3 million people. It is home to a thriving music, theater and arts scene, and has the largest concentration of museums on the West Coast in historic Balboa Park, which also houses the renowned San Diego Zoo. Iconic destinations dot the coastline, from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma to Torrey Pines State Reserve and the tide pools of La Jolla.

Our Neighbors

Only 20 miles from the Mexican border, San Diego's international perspective reaches back to its very roots and is reflected in the city's architecture, culture and celebrations. Proximity to Mexico provides an excellent opportunity for gaining first-hand insight into Mexican culture.

Arts and Entertainment

The University of San Diego campus is ideally situated minutes from:

  • The lively and historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego
  • Old Town, the first permanent Spanish settlement in California
  • The award-winning Old Globe theatres in Balboa Park
  • Petco Park for Padres baseball in downtown
  • Qualcomm Stadium for Chargers football in Mission Valley
  • Mission Bay Aquatic Center, the world's largest instructional waterfront facility

With such an array of entertainment at their doorstep, USD students always have a wide range of activities available.

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