University Heights San Diego

University Heights, San Diego: Community Spotlight

University Heights sign with red trolley and blue arch above Park BLVD.
The University Heights sign stands gorgeously over Park Boulevard.

You know those neighborhoods that make you feel great as soon as you step foot into them? That is the feeling that University Heights exudes. It is charming, beautiful, fun, and close to it all. It is tempting to keep University Heights a secret, but since we really like you, we want to give you the low-down on this neighborhood so that you can see if it is the oh-so-perfect place for you.

Things to Do

University Heights is central to some of the best parts of San Diego like Hillcrest, North Park, Normal Heights and the like. But, the beauty of living here is that you don’t even need to leave. It has its own downtown area with plenty of places to grab a cocktail with friends. It also has the Diversionary Theater, which is the oldest LGBT theater in the country! You can catch comedy at shows at Lestat’s, get drinks at Lancer’s, and enjoy vegan/vegetarian meals at Grains, Plumeria, Red House, El Zarape, and tons of other places in the community. It is also within walking distance to Hillcrest but just far enough away if you like to get away from the noise of one of the most popular areas of San Diego.

The front of Grains vegan restaurant in University Heights. It is a white restaurant with black trim and a Grains logo in the center.
There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian food options in University Heights, including Grains restaurant.


Stop by University Heights and you will see many people love walking around this area. You can walk on the west end of the neighborhood to catch beautiful canyon and ocean views or walk down Park to enjoy the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market. This neighborhood is similar to North Park and Normal Heights in that, from here, you can walk to it all! And you should try it on one of those days where the San Diego weather is too good to not enjoy.


The median age in University Heights, according to City-Data, is 36.3 years old, compared to San Diego which comes in at 34.2 years old. The median household income is $64,222 compared to the San Diego median income of $71,481. You can find out more about the demographics in University Heights by checking out this City-Data link.


If you are raising a family in San Diego, it is essential to figure out if the right school for your child is nearby. Take a look at this map created by Voice of San Diego that shows you information about public schools all over the county.

Freeway Access

University Heights is close to the 8 and 163. This makes it a great area to live in if you need to zip on that interstate and head to North County for work, or if you frequent Coronado for endless queso at Miguel’s Cocina. (Okay, maybe that’s just us.) Like some of the other neighborhoods nearby, University Heights’ proximity to—well—everything, might make it so that you don’t even need to sit in traffic on those freeways at all. You may find that you want to lace up your tennies and walk around or use the markets nearby for shopping.

If you think University Heights needs Y-O-U, contact us. We would love to help you with your real estate needs, whether you are buying, selling, remodeling, or leasing your home. We cannot wait to get to know you!

To find out more about some other incredible San Diego neighborhoods, click the links below: 


Normal Heights

North Park

Allied Gardens