The City of San Diego
San Diego State University is located in sunny San Diego, California, atop a mesa overlooking Mission Valley. The central location of the campus allows for easy access to the many sites and attractions that have made San Diego a desirable vacation spot, among them:
- 70 miles of beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean;
- Balboa Park, the central park boasting Spanish-style museums modeled after exhibits of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and much more;
- Torrey Pines Park, featuring hiking trails along a bluff overlooking the Pacific shoreline;
- the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park;
- Downtown's Historic Gaslamp Quarter, the city's dining and entertainment center;
- Historic Old Town San Diego;
- Sea World aquatic park;
- Mission Trails Regional Park, filled with challenging biking and hiking trails only a 15-minute drive from campus;
- Julian, California in the nearby mountains, home of the best apple bakeries in the West;
- Anza-Borrego and Ocotillo Wells Desert State Parks, for those with a taste for sandy expanses and/or off-road driving.
San Diego has been called America's Finest City.
San Diego State University students have access to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. The center is located in Mission Bay Park and it gives students the opportunity to take full advantage of the recreational activities the city is famous for — the Aquatic Center offers lessons in kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, wakeboarding and sailing.
University life is more enjoyable when you are located in a beautiful city with idyllic weather. The San Diego Trolley has recently been extended to include San Diego State University. The new transit station allows students further access to the surrounding areas in San Diego.