It's often the case that storage prices can swing to the opposite end of the spectrum within a few blocks in the same city, just as real estate values are liable to do. Storage facilities just on the periphery of your current search might have some great rental rates, and you'll only find them if you search a little more broadly. Though you may have to travel farther to access your unit, the additional savings might just be worth it. Knowing whether or not you should look in nearby cities depends on whether or not self-storage (sometimes called mini storage or public self storage) in those cities is less expensive than in San Diego. We've gone ahead and figured that out for you.
San Diego's average price of $71.89 a month for a unit ranks it as the 144th most expensive city for self-storage in California, which itself ranks as the 9th most expensive state for storage. To give you a better idea of what this means, San Diego's average price is $19.47 less than the state average of $91.36.
While average prices will give you a good idea of how much you should expect to spend, they don't necessarily tell us if storage is relatively affordable in that city. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. The median income in California is $54,681.00, which means the average storage unit in San Diego would require 1.58% of a median earner's monthly income. This is a moderately small percentage of income to spend on a self-storage unit compared to rates in other cities, ranking at the 43rd percentile among other cities in California, meaning self-storage here is relatively cheap.
San Diego self-storage prices are relatively cheap on the national scale as well. When compared with cities on our national network they rank in the 48th percentile. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in San Diego should cost an average of $0.26 less than the national average price of 72.15.
You'll won't have the easiest of times telling a good deal on storage in San Diego from a great one if you don't know what storage in San Diego usually rents for. With rental rates being as dependent upon the facility's location as they are, comparing prices at facilities in San Diego with those in other cities you might have rented a storage unit in in the past will do you little good. That's why, in order to help you go into your storage search as knowledgeable as possible, we've had our storage analysts go over all the data on San Diego we have available.
Storage units in San Diego rent at an average monthly rate of $71.89. To give those thinking of renting storage for a year or more some better perspective, that's about $862.68 per anum. It must be noted that that rate averages all sizes of units in San Diego, and so shouldn't necessarily be used as a definitive yardstick during your search. The price gap between the smallest unit sizes and the largest can be very significant. The standard sizes of storage units in San Diego are: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. For each standard storage unit size, here's how much you should expect to pay per month in San Diego:
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The demand for storage being as highly seasonal as it is, moving between highs and lows throughout the year, the season you decide to book a unit during can have as much affect on the price you pay as any other factor. The high season typically begins in April or May and lasts till August or September, with prices dropping back down to their lowest in the late fall and winter. Memorial Day weekend marks the definitive end to the low season. The following Tuesday is often so busy that it's popularly known as 'Crazy Tuesday' within the self storage industry. In addition to families moving between homes, college students renting storage for the summer also contribute to demand during the high season, particularly in college towns.
Prices on self storage in San Diego do not vary as widely between high and low seasons as they do on average in other cities, so seasonality should be less of an issue for potential renters here. Even though you shouldn't have to worry as much about your rates changing later in the year, it's always best to lock in your rate with the facility if possible. With its average price of $68.38, March is the cheapest month to book storage in San Diego. With an average price of $99.19, July is the most expensive month to rent storage in San Diego.
A greater number of storage facilities equates to more available storage space, so the number of facilities operating in your city will be one of the most important factors in your storage search. So does San Diego offer plenty of options when it comes to different storage facilities?
In total, 58 San Diego storage businesses have listed themselves on our self-storage facility network. Other cities in California average only 9 storage facilities, 49 less than what's available in San Diego, which means San Diego is home to a large number of storage businesses. It should come as no surprise then that San Diego has the 3rd-highest count of facilities out of all 253 cities on our network in California, acting as home to 2.65% of facilities in California. Even by national standards, San Diego boasts a large number of facilities, 49 more than the national average of 9 facilities in each city.
But of course, there are vast differences in population between San Diego and other cities in California, and even more so nationwide, so not controlling for population makes little sense. Approximately 1,306,300 people live in San Diego, CA. Is that a large population for a city with 58 self-storage facilities, or a small one? Considering that the average city that falls in the 1,000,000 and above population bracket has 50 self storage facilities, we can conclude that San Diego, which boasts 8 more, has a fairly-high amount of storage space for its size. But does San Diego's relationship to other cities in the 1,000,000 and above bracket prove that it has a relative surplus of self-storage facilities for the population, or would a different measure be more relevant? As it turns out, per capita data seems to have repudiated the importance of those figures. With 58 storage businesses serving a community of 1,306,300, San Diego ranks in the 8th percentile for facilities per capita in cities nationwide. In other words, there's not a ton of extra storage space in San Diego, which may make your search for the perfect unit a more trying task. Even for a California city, San Diego doesn't seem to be inundated with an overabundance of self-storage space, as it only ranks in the 11th percentile for storage businesses per person among cities in the state.
The fact that San Diego is growing, but not doing so at a particularly rapid rate, also bears mentioning in our discussion of storage facilities per person. The US Census reports that San Diego saw 6.4% more people move there in the first decade of this century. That's not insignificant, though it is 3.6% less than the 10% population that California saw altogether. Remember, though, that while relatively fewer people are moving into San Diego and generating additional demand for storage, there's already a shorter supply of that storage than in most other cities in California, as San Diego had a low level of facilities per capita for its state.
As they are closely linked to real estate prices, self storage unit prices can be very different in one part of San Diego to another. Searching for storage in the 92126 ZIP code should yield the cheapest rental rates, as units there average $94.12 a month, lower than anywhere else in San Diego. The 92127 ZIP code, on the other hand, is the costliest neighborhood in San Diego, with an average price of $266.69 for a unit.
Are you trying to reserve an exceedingly inexpensive self storage unit in San Diego, CA? March is the best month to find inexpensive storage, while the least expensive area for storage is the 92126 ZIP code. Try to avoiding looking for storage during July, and be warned that the 92127 area is the most expensive part of town for storage.
San Diego is the county seat of San Diego county and the second largest city in California. The natural geography of wild canyons and flat mesas has created a city made up of densely populated neighborhoods separated by sparse gaps of land. Because of this sprawling landscape, many people use SelfStorage.com to find San Diego self storage units that are conveniently located within a short drive of their home, school or work.
There are approximately 100 distinct neighborhoods within the San Diego city limits. Some of the most popular among San Diego self storage users include:
Hillcrest: this is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in San Diego. Many of the residents here live in apartment complexes in order to take advantage of the nearby amenities of the pedestrian-friendly business district. While apartment living is convenient for day to day life, it often leaves a shortage of storage space for holiday decorations, seasonal clothing items and family heirlooms. Small self storage units can provide additional storage in this area for about $50 per month, which is usually less than the additional cost of a larger apartment with an extra bedroom. Use zip code 92103 to find San Diego storage units in the Hillcrest area.
College Area: as the name suggests, this area is home to many students and faculty of San Diego State University (SDSU). Students can find San Diego storage units near campus that allow them to store belongings that won't fit in a shared dorm or small apartment building. They may also use self storage to avoid moving all of their belongings back home during the summer if they are planning to return to campus in the fall. Use zip code 92115 on SelfStorage.com to find San Diego storage units near San Diego State University.
La Jolla: the other major public university in town, the University of California San Diego, is located in the La Jolla area near the Pacific Coast. While students here can find units nearby, looking further inland for self storage in San Diego can greatly reduce the monthly rate. You can search for self storage near the University of California San Diego using zip code 92037. For lower rates, consider units about 5 miles away in the 92111 zip code.
The United States Navy is the number one employer in San Diego. In addition to Navy bases, San Diego is also home to Marine Corps bases and U.S. Coast Guard stations. San Diego self storage is vital for the military personnel and their families who are often living in transition. Use the following zip codes to find on SelfStorage.com to find San Diego storage units near you:
Many companies offer a discount on San Diego storage units to military personnel. Search for storage facilities near your zip code and then click the green "View Price" button next to a company. You will then find a detailed description of the storage company along with contact information so that you can call to ask about discounts not listed on the website, including any discounts available to military personnel and their families.
San Diego, CA self storage typically costs between $36 and $359 a month. Storage is currently in stock.
If you’re considering buying/selling a home instead of renting, it’s crucial to find a storage unit that will last you through the purchase or sale process. Especially when, according to Zillow, San Diego had an average home value of $460,000 which in the past year is up 0.145%.