University: San Diego State University
City: San Diego
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: Business Administration, International Business Administration
Study type: semester abroad
My journey started at the beginning of August. I hadn’t organized any accommodation from home yet, so I flew to San Diego a little early to look on the spot. I spent my first nights in a hostel (California Dreams Hostel). There I got to know other exchange students who were also looking for the right accommodation. We decided to go on a search together, which wasn’t that easy. Our goal was to live right by the sea so that we could live out the Cali lifestyle to the fullest. The prices just in the season are totally overpriced and it was initially very difficult to find something suitable. One should not lose heart so quickly. See mcat-test-centers for what is the average GMAT test score in Mexico.
In the end we were extremely lucky and ended up living in the best location right on the Pacific and Mission Beach border. However, this location and the house also had their price. We paid USD 1,300 per month for the single rooms with utilities and USD 1,000 for the shared rooms. We were at the beach in 30 seconds and at all the bars, restaurants and clubs in Pacific Beach in five minutes. There were many other students living on our street, which made the neighborhood quite pleasant. Many barbecues and parties took place here.
The university is very different from what we are used to at home. The classes are much smaller and it sometimes feels like school again. The lecturers and professors encourage students to actively participate in class and usually also evaluate participation. In addition, attendance is compulsory; if you miss one, you can already have a grade deducted in certain subjects. The performances are divided over the whole semester. Some like it, some students hate it. This type requires discipline and constant persistence. Not easy when you consider the alternatives and what there is to do and see in San Diego.
My favorite pastime was going to the beach. We did this almost every day until mid-November, weather permitting. San Diego is also great for surfing. Tuesday night was a weekly highlight, Taco Tuesday. Nearly every bar and restaurant in Pacific Beach had offers to eat tacos at a discount. Most of the time there was happy hour for drinks at the bar afterwards. Don’t worry, even if you have uni the next morning, you should still make it on time because the bars/clubs all close between 1 and 2 o’clock at night. I think having a car is a must when in San Diego. We have this overDirt Cheap Car Rental, which offer pretty good rates for students. Since we lived on the beach, it was essential to rent a car because we had to get to the university somehow. Of course you can also buy a car, but you should already be familiar with it.
Sport is very important at the university, so you shouldn’t miss out on watching a football, baseball or basketball game at least once. Tickets are free for SDSU students. T-shirts or other gadgets are usually distributed before the games.
Travel and expenses
Of course, not only San Diego offers an incredible number of great things to see and do (like the zoo, the Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, etc.). The west coast offers many great places to stay. During my time in the States, I would road trip to San Francisco, down Highway 1, and back again. Excursions to the canyons and national parks were also included. I have also been to Los Angeles and Las Vegas several times. The highlight was the short trip to Hawaii. So you definitely won’t get bored. However, everything has its price. You should calculate your budget rather generously for the time you spend in San Diego and the surrounding area. I was pretty shocked at first when I did the first billing.
All I can say is that it’s definitely worth the expense and have an amazing time in San Diego and the surrounding area! The university and the courses offered as well as life in San Diego really convinced me and I spent five unforgettable months in the Sunny State of California.