University City, in northwest San Diego, is a beautiful town centered around UC San Diego. Everyone from college students to retired professionals choose to make this town their home. With beautiful scenery, exquisite shopping and gorgeous Spanish style homes it is no wonder so many decide to raise families here.

Guide to University City, California

Photo by Joe Wolf

Beautiful Outdoors

University City has amazing scenery in and out of town. It is surrounded by the breathtaking Rose Canyon Open Space Park that features the famous southern California mesas and canyons. It is home to several endangered species and it known for the unique plants and animals that it plays home to. This landscape extends onto the several golf courses, dog parks, and recreation areas scattered across the city. Some of these family friendly golf courses are:

  • Town Park Villas Golf Course
  • GolfTEC Golden Triangle
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course
  • La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
  • Riverwalk Golf Club

For more urban scenery there are three sprawling shopping centers known for their exclusive and famous stores.

Real Estate Within the City

University City features mostly condos and single family homes with Spanish architecture. The majority of residents are college students and young professionals living in many of the condominiums that fill the north part of the city around the university. Almost anywhere in University City you will see the beautiful terra cotta roof tiles, traditional white stucco and hallmark curves and archways. These are seen in almost every home and add the old world Spanish charm that was clearly kept in mind while the city was built and designed.

Raising a Family in University City

University City has some of the best schools in southern California and all of the schools are highly rated and award winning. With only three elementary, one middle and one high school each child is afforded an excellent education that is one of the reasons many families decide to move here. These small schools afford each child the best education possible. With the three public libraries and all of the educational resources that come with being so close to a famous university. As of 2013 the public and private schools in University City are as follows:

  • University City High School- 1,852 students
  • Standley Middle School- 1,256 students
  • La Jolla Country Day School- 1,038 students
  • Spreckels Elementary School- 813 students
  • Doyle Elementary School- 729 students
  • Curie Elementary School 592 students
  • Mission Bay Montessori Academy 398 students

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