Living in San Diego

Welcome to Paradise

NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s downtown San Diego location is a prime spot to inspire learning, curiosity, and innovation. Students and instructors alike benefit from the beauty and passion that surrounds them while living in San Diego, California.

Start your exploration in the East Village, best known for PETCO Park, and in the nearby Gaslamp Quarter—an area The New York Times calls “happening … for the culturati and the hip.” Streets lined with historic Gold Rush–era architecture, much of it impeccably preserved, hold destination restaurants, intriguing music clubs, and student hangouts. Life in San Diego is full of inspiration at every corner.

Downtown living in San Diego is just blocks away, where you’ll enjoy even more opportunities to pick up new visual ideas and trends. It’s all part of the city’s new revitalized downtown, known for its loft residences, boutique hotels, and many lounges—with fun features from pool decks to a sandy rooftop beach. Balboa Park—the largest urban cultural park in the United States—is also close by, featuring 15 museums, the Old Globe Theatre, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

With idyllic weather, nothing gets in the way of enjoying all that life in San Diego has to offer. Street festivals abound, from the Mardi Gras celebration to arts and music fairs. In a single day, you can go from mountain hiking among wildlife to touring wine country to luxury shopping in La Jolla. But what brings so many to San Diego is its 70 miles of beaches. In this laid-back surfer community, swimming, sailing, and watching the sunning seals and migrating whales are all options. Life in San Diego, California can truly be enjoyed by all.

Residents find that the area’s diverse ethnic make-up is welcoming. International trade and the region’s access to Mexico, the Pacific Rim, and South America open doors to a thriving post-graduate future.

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