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Welcome to For Rent Oceanside!

A genuine beach town, Oceanside is one of SoCal’s true gems. Featuring immaculate weather year-round, breathtaking beach fronts, a historic pier, charming neighborhoods, and a unique New England Style harbor, who wouldn’t want to live here?

If you’re looking to rent in Oceanside, this guide is for you.

We cover everything there is to love about Oceanside, CA, and what make this California town such a great place to live. From singles to growing families, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Oceanside!

About Oceanside: a brief introduction for renters

Centrally located in the heart of sunny California, the ocean isn’t the only thing making waves in Oceanside. Known as a coastal city, the area is famous for its palm-lined harbor beachfront, marina, and shops.

As the third-largest city in San Diego County, its population is just above 167,000 as of last census (2010), and along with Vista and Carlsbad, Oceanside completes the trifecta known as the ‘tri-city area’.

Known by the locals as O’Side, this town is a sought-after destination for exploration and discovery, offering a wealth of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping and dining experiences that won’t soon be forgotten.

Oceanside Neighborhoods to Consider for Renting

If you’re looking to rent in the city, you have several distinct negihborhoods to choose from, including:

  • La Mision Village
  • Fire Mountain
  • East Side Capistrano
  • Dixie Village
  • Mira Costa
  • Canyon Vista
  • Pelican Cove
  • San Luis Rey
  • And others…

Living Costs for Renters 

Like most places in California, you’re going to pay a bit of a premium for paradise living. Below is a quick rundown of the cost of living as compared to the national average:

  • Overall 47% more expensive
  • Grocery: 8.3% higher
  • Health: 11% LOWER (woo!)
  • Housing: 133% higher (make rent vs buying more appealing)
  • Utilities: 0.5% higher
  • Transportation: 12% higher
  • : 4.2% higher

Although the costs of living are higher than the national average, so is the median income level, with higher salaries largely making up for the difference.


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Schools and Education

Within the city limits are four public school districts, including:

  • Vista Unified School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Union School District

Of these, the totality of the Unified School District is comprised of a total of 24 schools, including two high schools and three separate charter schools.

Jobs and Employment

We all gotta make a living, right? So what’s the job market like in Oceanside?

COVID-skewed stats aside, the area has a robust economy with plenty of opportunity for work in and around the city limits. The unemployment rate is near that of the national average, with the job market projected to grow by around 32.6% over the next decade.

The family median income per household in Oceanside is around $72,964, as compared to the US national average of $53,482.

Major Employers in the Area Include:

  • City of Oceanside
  • Tri-City Medical Center
  • Genetech
  • Ocean’s Eleven Casino
  • Mira Costa College
  • Select Staffing
  • Milagro Ranch

Things to Do in Oceanside

There’s one thing you can count on in Oceanside, never a dull moment. The area is ripe with things to do, see, explore and participate in. From outdoor festivities to museums, beaches, and a vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone.

Here are just a few local attractions to get you started…

  • Oceanside Pier
  • Mission San Louis Rey (museum)
  • Oceanside Sunset Market
  • Harbor Beach
  • California Surf Museum
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Oceanside Farmer’s Market

Places to Eat and Drink

Wet your pallet and tantalize your taste buds at hundreds of local eateries, restaurants and bars. A few of our favorites include:

  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster
  • Beach Break Café
  • Hello Betty
  • Mary’s Family Restaurant
  • Jolly Roger Restaurant
  • Dominic’s Italian Restaurant
  • 333 Pacific
  • Local Tap House

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Oceanside Population and Demographics

Browsing the ‘for rent’ ads in oceanside? Curious what your future neighbors might be like? Let’s look at some census stats…

The People

Although the area is predominantly white (65.2% of the population), there is a vibrant and thriving multi-cultural community in the area. The people of Oceanside can be classified as friendly, peaceful and receptive to newcomers. Although the area is well within driving distance to big city living, oceanside life is quaint and a nice change of pace.

Oceanside Weather

The summers are notably clear, warm and arid, with low precipitation. Winters tend to be partly cloudy but still with plenty of sun getting through, and markedly cooler (albeit still quite pleasant).

The average temperature throughout the year tends to be quite mild, fluctuating between 45-76 degrees Fahrenheit, with it rarely climbing above 83 degrees or falling below 38 degrees.

If we had to pick out the most pleasant months to be outdoors, it’d be between June thru October.