Where to Live in San Diego When You're Young and Single

Wondering where to live in San Diego when you're young and single and want to have fun? I've compiled a list. And no, you don’t technically have to be single to enjoy living in these places. My husband and I happily lived as a couple in one of the places on this list for years (PB we still miss you!), but as a general rule, these are the top places where you’ll find 20-somethings (and oftentimes 30-somethings) partying it up each night in packs while simultaneously building their careers, all while enjoying the San Diego lifestyle.


[post_ads]Or more specifically, the Gaslamp Quarter, is where young adults in San Diego should move if they want a big city feel. Live in brand new high rises or old walk-ups and enjoy an easy car-free commute to the office if you work downtown. On weekends, hit up the hot and happening night clubs for cocktails and dancing.
The Gaslamp Quarter borders the San Diego harbor, which provides a scenic place for a morning run or leisurely afternoon weekend walk after brunch with friends.


Hillcrest is a short jaunt from the Gaslamp Quarter and feels like a mini downtown with shops spreading out from University Avenue and a variety of trendy, gourmet restaurants. It has cute bungalow-style homes plus apartments so provides many housing options for young adults. Hillcrest also has an active LGBT scene.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach (commonly referred to as PB) is party central for many young adults, especially those just out of college. Garnet Avenue is lined with bars straight to the ocean and a variety of apartments and houses spread out from Garnet making it easy to find a place to live close to the action and the beach.

Mission Beach

South of PB lies Mission Beach, which matches PB in its love for dive bars and beaches and ups the ante for outdoor lovers with a massive boardwalk and close proximity to Mission Bay which is ideal for jet skiing and standup paddle boarding.

Ocean Beach

Located just south of Mission Beach, Ocean Beach (commonly referred to as OB) is a bit more laidback and a lot more hippie compared to its neighbors to the north.
Surfing, supporting local businesses, a wide beach with strong waves for surfing and a long pier, plus simple bars and restaurants that don’t skimp on quality make for a special place to live.

North Park

Despite not bordering a beach, North Park is quickly becoming the preeminent place for young urbanites and hipsters to call home. It’s also quickly becoming unaffordable for many young people due to that popularity though deals can still be found if you time to be patient and are flexible with your housing must-haves. 

South Park

The current up and coming neighborhood with an uptown vibe for young people to live is South Park. With a booming craft beer scene and affordable housing, it’s an ideal option to North Park or Hillcrest for those who want to live somewhere with a hipster vibe that has an easy commute to downtown without losing all their money to rent each month.

No matter your personality or the atmosphere you’re looking for, you can find a San Diego neighborhood filled with other like-minded young adults to live in and enjoy.


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