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Hotels in San Diego near San Diego State University

San Diego State University Introduction

Set on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley, San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California is one of the nation’s premier public research institutions. Spread over a 283-acre campus, it is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego County and was founded in 1897. It has the highest enrollment of any university in the San Diego Metropolitan Area with an undergraduate enrollment of over 29,000 students. Built in the Mission/Spanish Revival style, the university houses historic landmark buildings including the Hardy Memorial Tower, the Aztec Bowl stadium, and the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.

Hotels near San Diego State University

There’s a good selection of budget hotels close to San Diego State University, most of them near Interstate 8. The majority are motels, guesthouses, and no-frills, suburban inns. A few offer outdoor pools and restaurants. You’ll find 3- and 4-star properties closer to downtown San Diego, about 10 miles west. The best times to visit for a hotel bargain are from March to May and September to November, when you’re less likely to face large crowds of families visiting the San Diego Zoo and other attractions. Summers are warm and pleasant, with lots of tourists sightseeing.

Where to stay near San Diego State University

Mission Valley is a commercial district 9 miles west of SDSU. It has 3 shopping malls and several old hotels and motels along El Cajon Boulevard, a business loop off I-8. It's a convenient place to stay with numerous restaurants, bars, and fast-food outlets. The city of La Mesa lies about 3 miles east of SDSU. It’s a suburban area with inns, business hotels, and restaurants. Downtown San Diego is the city’s thriving urban center with an abundance of entertainment, dining, and nightlife. It’s home to buzzing districts such as the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and East Village.

Things to see near San Diego State University

For nature, arts, and culture, head to Balboa Park, urban green space with museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It’s a 13-minute drive from San Diego State University. Qualcomm Stadium is the home of San Diego State’s Aztecs football team. It’s 5 miles from the university, near shopping at Mission Valley Mall, a 12-minute drive away. For outdoor shopping, hit Westfield Horton Plaza in downtown, about 10 miles away. Also in downtown, you can visit Seaport Village at the waterfront Embarcadero, take in a baseball game at Petco Park, or wander through the historic streets in Gaslamp Quarter.

How to get to San Diego State University

San Diego State University is located just off Interstate 8, within a 15-minute drive of downtown San Diego. The San Diego International Airport is about 13 miles away. The SDSU Transit Center connects the campus to bus, train and trolley routes that serve the greater San Diego area including the airport, train station, and beaches. The San Diego Trolley Green Line stops at an underground station beside the campus. A rapid bus service runs from downtown to the university. There are taxis at most hotels and the airport, and bikes are also a popular way to travel.

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