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University Heights Neighborhood Guide

University Heights is a central neighborhood just minutes from downtown San Diego. It’s quite affordable, with an abundance of small, bare-bones rental apartments, mostly dating from the 1970s through the ‘90s. If you’re looking for something more upscale, luxurious detached homes are also available. Shirley Ann Place, the block between Madison Avenue and Monroe Avenue, has been designated a historic district due to its Spanish Colonial Revival bungalows built during the 1920s.

This community is right next door to Hillcrest and also gay-friendly, even though it’s a bit quieter. Crime here is 28% lower than the San Diego average, so it’s quite safe. The residents like to hang out in Trolley Barn Park, which hosts live music every Friday evening in the summer. Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue are the main commercial streets, offering a choice of good ethnic restaurants and boutique shopping, not to mention carrying on San Diego’s interest in craft beer.

Freeway access is through State Road 163 on the west side, Interstate-805 on the east, and Interstate-8 to the north.

Properties for Sale in University Heights

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Things to Do in University Heights

Diversionary Theatre

Performing Arts

4545 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116

Fall Brewing Company


4542 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

Poor House Brewing Company


4494 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

Top Restaurants in University Heights

4646 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 299-6363

4651 Park Blvd, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 546-7900

2312 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 298-4007

University Heights Demographics


Population: 12,894
Median household income: $62,779
Median contract rent: $1,184
Median resident age: 34.4
Percentage of family households: 23.8%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 782,183
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 486,188
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 487,268
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 248,631

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 53.5%
  • Female: 46.6%
  • African American: 3.5%
  • American Indian: 0.4%
  • Asian: 5.2%
  • Caucasian: 82.7%
  • Mixed race: 6.0%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.3%
  • Other race: 1.9%

Schools in University Heights

Academy Of Our Lady Of Peace

Grades 9-12

4860 Oregon Street
San Diego, CA 92116

Garfield Elementary School

Grades K-5

4487 Oregon Street
San Diego, CA 92116

Leeway Sudbury School

Grades K-12

3660 Madison Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116