San Diego Relocation Guide

Moving to San Diego, Made Simple

So you're moving to San Diego! Welcome to "America's Finest City"! You'll probably love the weather, especially around the coast, but should be prepared for the 33% cost of living increase compared to the rest of the country.


You can find a wide variety of properties in San Diego, with the more upscale homes and neighborhoods generally found to the north of the city, and the more affordable areas in the south and east. Take a look at our neighborhood guide for specific information.

San Diego Schools

San Diego county has many award-winning school districts. For more information about the schools in your specific area, you can visit Education Data Partnership. Here are some of the top-rated school districts in the county:

For your higher education needs, San Diego boasts some of the best universities in the state, as well as a number of community colleges in convenient locations around the county.

San Diego Public Transportation

San Diego boasts an extensive public transport system, with trolley and bus routes covering most of the county. With our lovely climate you won't have to worry about waiting in the rain for a bus very often. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System issues day and month passes to make it easier for commuters.

San Diego Utilities

The San Diego Gas & Electric company provides utilities for the entire San Diego County. The San Diego Public Utilities Water Department has several programs in place to help handle the drought. Waste Management of San Diego handles garbage and recycling. Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable handle cable, internet, and phone services for the county.

San Diego DMV

San Diego DMV has nine offices around the county to serve motorists. You can also make appointments and take care of many things online.

San Diego Post Offices

The USPS offers online change of address forms, and has physical offices in most neighborhoods.

San Diego Public Libraries

The San Diego Public Library has many locations around San Diego county. You can reserve material online, as well as request books from other public library systems and some of university systems in California.

San Diego Hospitals

Sharp, Scripps Health, and UC San Diego Health are the major healthcare providers in San Diego, with hospitals all over the city.

San Diego Public Safety Departments

The San Diego Police Department has nine divisions around the city. You can file a police report online on their website, as well as view crime maps and statistics.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department keeps the city safe with 53 stations all over. It holds regular events and community to educate the citizenry on fire safety, and also provides resources for fire victims.

San Diego Lifeguard Services helps keep the beaches safe, and provides a recorded daily update on beach weather, surf, and dive conditions.