College Area is basically what it sounds like: college kids everywhere and an income property on every street to house them. Home to San Diego State University, the widely spread area houses mainly students on and off campus. In certain areas you will find families however, farther away from the area of El Cajon Boulevard that is. The massive spreads from lengths of the 8 East all the way until La Mesa, its neighbor, and has a decent cost of living due to the more youthful inhabitants. When people cannot afford to live at the beach, the next best is looking for an area around State; although it is still quite pricey compared to other cities in California.