College Area, San Diego

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College Area, San Diego
Community of San Diego
College Area
College Area, San Diego is located in Southern San Diego
College Area, San Diego
College Area, San Diego
Location within San Diego
Coordinates: 32°46′19″N 117°04′08″W / 32.771831°N 117.068939°W / 32.771831; -117.068939
Country  United States of America
State  California
County San Diego
City San Diego

The College Area is a neighborhood of the Mid-City region of San Diego, California, United States. The College Area is dominated by San Diego State University (SDSU; once known as San Diego State College), after which the area is named. Several neighborhoods in the College Area were developed in the 1930s, with others becoming established in the post-war period.[1] The College Area is bordered on the west by Kensington and Talmadge and on the east by the city of La Mesa. El Cajon Boulevard is a busy shopping district; additional retail is in development near SDSU.

The College Area includes the neighborhoods of the Catoctin Area, Dennstedt Point, East Falls View Drive, Saranac-Mohawk, and an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in the area near Congregation Beth Jacob Orthodox Synagogue on College Avenue. The region includes Alvarado Hospital, a 306-bed acute care facility, and the College-Rolando branch of the San Diego Public Library.


The college area lies on a plateau which overlooks Interstate 8. The neighborhood's borders are defined by Montezuma Road/Collwood Boulevard to the southwest, Interstate 8 to the north, 73rd Street to the east, and El Cajon Boulevard to the south.


MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) operates the San Diego Trolley[2] to SDSU Transit Center and the Alvarado Medical Center trolley station, both of which are in the College Area. The trolley station at SDSU, as well as a bus plaza, make up the SDSU Transit Center. Bus routes 11, 11A, 14, 936, and 115 go to the Transit Center, to name a few. Transfers are made from the SDSU trolley subway station located at the Transit Center, underneath the bus plaza. Riders can go up to the bus plaza via elevator or stairs.

As of October 12, 2014, the SDSU Transit Station serves as the starting point for MTS Rapid Bus Route 215. A high-frequency, limited-stop service runs between San Diego State University and Downtown San Diego via El Cajon and Park boulevards. This route provides a convenient transit option for College Area residents through the Mid-City Corridor with connections to North Park, East Hillcrest, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.


Congested traffic is a consistent nuisance on College Avenue, a main street in the area. During the school year at SDSU, freeway ramps are often heavily backed up. Since the July 2005 connection of the San Diego Trolley to the SDSU on-campus underground station, congestion has subsided only marginally. The Interstate 8 freeway that runs past the area to the north often gets congested during the week because of students and commuters.


The college area is home to one traditional elementary school, one private K-8 school, two alternative K-8 schools, and SDSU.

Elementary schools[edit]

K through 8[edit]

  • Blessed Sacrament Parish School

K through 12[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]


  1. ^ “Historical Neighborhoods.” College Neighborhoods, 2013.
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Coordinates: 32°46′18.59″N 117°4′8.18″W / 32.7718306°N 117.0689389°W / 32.7718306; -117.0689389