Life’s a beach and San Diegans love it. We also enjoy 1,200 acres of open air space in Balboa Park (twice the size of Central Park) and 4,000 square miles of space to run, bike, hike, kiteboard, sail, hang glide, skydive, waterski – accessible all year round.
Feeling more indoorsy? Check out craft breweries and wineries galore, artisanal coffee shops popping up on every corner, and fun events every single weekend. We’re a stone’s throw away from Tijuana, which means double the fun – and our Mexican cuisine is on point. California burrito, anyone?
We get around.
Town that is.
Surprise, surprise, we have rush hour traffic, too. However, San Diego has the third lowest average commute time (26.1 minutes) among the top 25 most populous U.S. metros, beat out only by Minneapolis and St. Louis.
Here’s a secret tip from our locals: head to the beach after work and wait out the freeway crowds. Though most people here drive, there’s plenty of public transit options if that’s more your style.
Bus or trolley, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will get you where you need to go, with routes all over the region.
NCTD (Coaster, Sprinter, Breeze)
North County Transit District makes getting around San Diego easy with the Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze. Del Mar races, anyone?
Coaster – commuter train that runs from downtown to Oceanside.
Sprinter – east-west 22-mile light rail system that connects 15 stations along the Highway 78 corridor.
Breeze – bus that provides worry-free commuting in all directions.
The Amtrak train makes quick trips easy with more than 500 destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
Need a real getaway? The San Diego International Airport has several direct flights to top destinations overseas, including Tokyo, Zurich and London. It’s also uniquely located in the heart of downtown, so try to sit on the left side of the plane on your return flight for the ultimate welcome home greeting.
The San Diego-Coronado Ferry provides iconic views of the downtown skyline and harbor with a 15-minute ferry ride from Broadway Pier to Coronado Ferry Landing.
Sorry Lyft and Uber, there’s a new ride in town. FRED, which stands for Free Ride Everywhere Downtown, does exactly that. Use the mobile app to call a gas-free electric shuttle, which will take you anywhere you want to go in downtown San Diego.
We’ve got brains.
San Diego is well known for its unrivaled quality of life. But most people don’t realize just how smart and diverse San Diegans are—UC San Diego, for example, graduates more women STEM majors than any other university in the U.S. With countless undergraduate, graduate, and certification programs, San Diego equips professionals like you to lead and exceed in innovative careers.
- California State University San Marcos
- National University
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- San Diego State University
- University of California San Diego
- University of San Diego
So you want to
move to San Diego.
Good choice. Now what?
- Trade in your winter coats for a new wet suit.
- Buy lightweight sunglasses for outdoor activities.
- Find your new home or apartment.
Then consider the basics:
1. Moving your stuff.
- Drive it yourself:
- Ship it:
2. Selling or donating it.
San Diego has plenty of thrift stores, from trendy spots like Buffalo Exchange to good ol’ Good Will. You can rest assured that your belongings will find another good home.
3. Getting settled in:
- Register your vehicle and license with the DMV
- Register to vote here
- Set up utilities: