College Area, San Diego, California
TheÂ College AreaÂ is a neighborhood of the Mid-City region ofÂ San Diego, California. The College Area is dominated byÂ San Diego State University (SDSU), which was formerly San Diego State College and previous to that San Diego State Teachers College, which the area is still named after. The College Area is in the mid-city, and has many new stores and restaurants, as well as many canyons.
There is also anÂ Orthodox JewishÂ neighborhood in the area near Congregation Beth Jacob Orthodox Temple on College Avenue.
The college area lies on a plateau which overlooksÂ Interstate 8. The neighborhood’s borders are defined by Fairmount Avenue/Montezuma Road/Collwood Boulevard to the Southwest, Interstate 8 to the North, 70th Street/Keeney Street to the East, and El Cajon Boulevard to the South.
MTS (Metropolitan Transit System) operates theÂ San Diego TrolleyÂ toÂ SDSU Transit CenterÂ and theÂ Alvarado Medical Center trolley station, both of which are in the College Area. The trolley station at SDSU, as well as a bus plaza, make up the SDSU Transit Center. Bus routes 11, 11A, 14, 936, 115 go to the Transit Center, to name a few. Transfers are made from the SDSU trolley subway station located at the Transit Center, underneath the bus plaza. Riders can go up to the bus plaza via elevator or stairs.
Congested traffic is a consistent nuisance on College Avenue, a main street in the area. During the school year at SDSU,Â freewayÂ ramps are heavily backed up. Since the July 2005 connection of the San Diego Trolley to the SDSU on-campus underground station, congestion has subsided only marginally. TheÂ Interstate 8Â freeway that runs past the area to the north often gets congested during the week because of students and commuters.
The college area is home to one traditional elementary school, two alternative K-8 schools, and SDSU.
K through 12
- San Diego Unified School District
- Language Academy
- Tubman Village Charter