College Area

Visitor Information

The College Area neighborhood centers around and is named for San Diego State University (SDSU).  The school began in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School in the area now known as Normal Heights.  In 1935, it was renamed San Diego State College and moved to its present location.  In the 1970s, the college became a university, but the College name continues to define the neighborhood.

El Cajon Boulevard serves as the shopping district for the College area and has recently been going through redevelopment adding a new supermarket and many new shops and restaurants.  The College Avenue median has recently been landscaped with new plants and stamped concrete. 

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College Area Businesses

Best Rate Repair Company, Inc.

4580 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. K
San Diego, CA
  • Contractors - General
  • General Building Contractors
  • Pest Control
  • Termite Control
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Movie Theaters

Listings of movie theaters are not available for this community.

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events


Improving Design Management and Pre-Construction

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., SDSU and Sundt Construction will offer a tour of the South Campus Plaza Construction project. This $143M student housing and retail development is an example of SDSU’s Collaborative Design Build process. The six story complex of buildings on the edge of the SDSU campus will provide community serving retail, 600 beds of student housing, and create a new urban neighborhood to serve the larger university community. The tour will be followed by a panel discussion
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