I can’t say what it’s like to go to university here as I didn’t, but there is plenty to do otherwise. The weather is usually always nice so there is a lot to do outdoors. There are beaches, parks, and just a lot of things take place outside. It’s a big city, so you can usually find whatever it is that you want to do. Anywhere near the beach is a great place to live to meet other people that are new to San Diego, as well as other students. There are several universities as well, so if you do go to school you will meet people that way.
I think San Diego is a great place for foreign people. I remember when I lived at the beach I met lots of foreigners who were here going to school for a while. One thing to keep in mind is that public transportation isn’t great, so you want to factor that in to where you decide to live if it’s an issue. Lastly, you asked me about jobs. I don’t know for foreigners, but San Diego is a big tourist destination so there are a lot of restaurants and other attractions, and you could probably get work in that industry pretty easily. I’ve seen lots of younger foreign students working at restaurants, coffee carts, cafes, as bike cabs riders, guides at tourist attractions.
San Diego is a great place to live. There is alot of stuff to do. It is famous for the beaches and the weather. There are many attractions such as the zoo, wild animal park, and seaworld. I lived here my whole life and i still don’t get bored.
For school it matters what you prefer. San Diego State is laid back and full of parties. UCSD is more for the serious academic student. It also has a very good biology curriculum. It is right by the beach so there is something to do on breaks.
Job wise it is a little harder because of the economy but that is anywhere in America right now. There are still alot of resturants and coffee shops. And i think Seaworld is always hiring.
Public transportaion is a little hard if you live far away from downtown.
And the nightlife is great. There are so many diffrent places to go you will never get bored.
Hi. Check out sdreader.com and sandiego.craigslist.com to see how much it costs to live and what’s going on. A great resource for you would be couchsurfing.com. Sign up and then contact people who live in San Diego – they will be very helpful.
I’d recommend Pacific Beach (aka PB) to live if you like the beach and fun people in their 20’s and 30’s.
University of San Diego – Catholic School – extremely expensive – difficult to get in.
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Great school for sciences. Difficult to get in.
San Diego State University (SDSU) – large public university. 10 miles from the beach. Great business school. Easier to get accepted.
I think all three schools have an “extension program” which you just pay to take classes and don’t have to be accepted formally.
You can do the extension program or community college and then transfer into a program (major) if you want to graduate with a degree.
Hope that helps.
BTW – if you like good weather and the outdoors there is no better place.
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