5 Tips for Moving To San Diego on a Budget

Thinking of taking the plunge and moving to a major city? San Diego has options that make it enjoyable AND affordable!

Bobby Dyer
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1. CoLiving

What is Coliving?

If you are new to urban living, finding affordable rent can be tricky. CoLiving is a shared accommodation. You can rent a bed or a private room on a monthly basis. The bathrooms, kitchen and common room areas are shared.

This housing option is a great way to make friends and meet people from everywhere. CoLiving is a way to not feel isolated in an urban setting. It is for those that are not looking to spend all their money on where they sleep.  Ultimately CoLiving is about making housing affordable so you can spend your money on what you want while living in an exciting city.

The ITH Adventure Hostel and CoLive locations are conveniently located in the heart of Downtown San Diego it will feel like a mistake that you are paying so little for such prime real estate!

2. Get With the Mass Transit

All over San Diego, you will see electric scooters parked along the curbs. Simply download the app and for a few bucks, you can dash all over the city! This is both a fun and efficient way to get where you need to go.

Ubers are great when you are trying to get from the Downtown area to some of the outer neighborhoods or the beaches. Only a few miles away, it will save you time to take an Uber but still remains cost-efficient due to the distance.

The best way to get around the city is the Trolley System. These bright red trains are easy to spot, have three different lines (blue, orange and green) and span more than 50 miles of the city. For more information read the article Getting Around San Diego.

3. Take Advantage of Free Events Around Town

Partaking in the activities that happen around town is a great way to get engaged in the Community for someone that is a new arrival. There is free yoga, beach volleyball at Ocean Beach and always a park to hike and enjoy free of charge. The best thing about San Diego is how easy it is to be outside all year round and these natural wonders come free of charge!

4. Eat Out at Local & Authentic Restaurants

Of course, you have to go out sometimes even if you are on a budget. It is essential to try the local cuisine wherever you are. But you don’t want to feel bad by breaking the bank on one night out. So what do you do? Find the places that the locals already know about. Locally based restaurants will give you the authentic San Diego food experience, better quality, and sustainability. And of course, be less expensive so you can enjoy your meal. Here are a few places to get you going…

Best overall cheap Mexican food: El Indio Mexican Restaurant

Best burgers: Crazee Burger

San Diego Only Deals: The Crack Shack, Snack Shack, Point Loma Seafood

5. GO on Group Adventures

Doing things with a group is a great way to cut costs and have an adventure with new people. Rent a car and take a day trip to a place none of you have gone before. See a drive-in movie in the desert ($9.00 per person for a movie!!) Order a bunch of appetizers and a pitcher of beer at a local bar. There is power in numbers when it comes to saving money, plus the added benefit of making new friends.



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