There’s only so much a website, brochure, or even campus tour can tell you. Most students have to figure out vital information—like the lot that never completely fills up or the best spot for late night snacks—on their own.
To help out incoming students at San Diego State, we asked a couple recent students—Fiona, who just graduated from the Speech-Language Pathology master’s program, and Chanel, who just finished undergrad and is starting her master’s program there this fall—to share some of those tips and insider info that comes with spending a significant portion of their time on campus for several years.
Fiona: A campus parking pass is worth it if you drive. It was easy to park my bike in front of the SLHS building—I’d recommend walking or biking if you live close enough. My classmates usually parked at the lots closest to the building—3, 4, and 7.
Chanel: The library and Starbucks.
Fiona: The outdoor tables and couches by the Aztec Market.
Fiona: Clockwork Coffee, The Living Room, Public Square, Duet Coffee, Caffe Calabria (Chanel seconded The Living Room)
Chanel: I didn’t eat on campus very often, but I usually brought food from home. The Market is best for breakfast, snacks, and late night. Habit is good for lunch and Chipotle for dinner.
Fiona: I ate on campus most of the week for the first week. I packed lunch and dinner, but I bought ice cream from The Habit and CREAM. Chipotle and The Habit are good for lunch and dinner and the sweet potato fries from The Habit are good snacks. Aztec Market is also great for snacks.
Fiona: San Diego Blenders for breakfast, Sang Dao for lunch, Dirty Birds for dinner, and Yogurtland for late night treats.
Chanel: Windmill Farms for lunch, dinner, and snacks.
Fiona: I was part of E3 [environmental club]. I planted in the community campus garden and went to a brewery and learned about sustainability—but my experience was short-lived since my grad school schedule conflicted with meetings.
Chanel: Very easy—I’m not sure about dating, but it’s easy to meet people and socialize.
Fiona: My social interactions were mostly with my cohort. You can also just meet strangers on campus if you wander that way—it depends on your personality.
Chanel: Online, using valorebooks.com, and the campus bookstore.
Fiona: Amazon, Chegg, eBay, and the campus bookstore.
Fiona: The location—you’re near food, drinks, the beach, coffee, and nature—plenty of hiking and climbing.
Chanel: The weather and location.
Fiona: The lack of windows in the SLHS building.
Chanel: The traffic getting there.
Both Fiona and Chanel: Graduating!