You know that "dream sheet" you filled out? Well, you just hit the U.S. military's version of the lottery. You've been assigned to San Diego!
Let's get your boots on the ground and talk about things to consider for San Diego housing!
San Diego and San Diego County: San Diego is the second largest city in California, second only to Los Angeles and is home to 28 zip codes. It stretches from the U.S. southern border to Escondido, its most northeastern point.
San Diego Bases: Click the links below for more information about each of the military installations in San Diego.
Off-Base Housing: Off-base housing in San Diego isn't cheap. The average two-bedroom apartment is San Diego rents for $1,823, depending on the location. Buying vs. renting in San Diego could save you about 15% over time.
On-Base Housing: If you need base housing as an option, apply through Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) now, if you haven't already done so! It's not the waiting list for housing, but it gets you on the contracts you need to get on that waiting list the moment you're eligible. Dependents or active duty members can fill it out and you can get it going even before you have your orders in hand.
Weighing Whether to Buy or Rent?
If you're an active-duty military service member, you have even more to consider than the average American when considering whether to buy or rent. Here are just a few of the things you need to think about:
-The base you're stationed at
-The specific needs of your family, including school districts for the kids
-The housing wait-list, if on-base housing is your preference
-Credit score and ability to qualify for a loan, including the military's special programs, VA and Cal-Vet loans!
Need help sorting out whether it makes sense to buy or rent a home in San Diego? Talk to one of our qualified Relobase agents in San Diego!
Once you get your housing settled, and you can finally take a deep breath, it's time to start enjoying all San Diego has to offer!
(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)