San Diego Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (April 2022)

Self storage has become crucial for navigating major life events. It can be particularly useful for events such as moving, downsizing and when changes in household composition occur, as well as when engaging in home remodeling projects and organizational endeavors. San Diego offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in San Diego, CA?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in San Diego is $185/month, an increase of 5.1% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 4.8% year-over-year increase, registering an average of $130 in April, 2022.

San Diego self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the San Diego self storage market includes several other types of units that can vary in terms of size and amenities, and naturally, price.

For instance, a 5x5 self storage unit in San Diego rents for $82, while a 5x10 unit would cost $116/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $335/month. Non-climate-controlled units typically come with lower price tags than their climate-controlled counterparts of the same size.

Non-Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $82
5x10 $116
10x10 $185
10x15 $251
10x20 $335
10x30 $428
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $92
5x10 $121
10x10 $183
10x15 $244
10x20 $321
10x30 $403

* Average monthly rates for San Diego in April 2022.

Average storage unit cost in San Diego by neighborhood

Self storage prices can vary depending on location as some neighborhoods might offer more budget-friendly self storage rates than others. You can find cheap San Diego storage units in North Park, where the standard self storage unit goes for $132/mo. on average, in Allied Gardens, where renters pay $157/mo. on average, and in Torrey Pines Preserve, where the average street rates hover around $162/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out self storage listings, and their average street rates, in Fairmont Park ($165) and Palm City ($168).

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in San Diego is Bernardo Springs with a monthly average street rate of $297, followed by Mission Valley West.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 North Park $132
2 Allied Gardens $157
3 Torrey Pines Preserve $162
4 Fairmont Park $165
5 Palm City $168
6 Miramar $175
7 Otay Mesa West $177
8 Miramar Ranch $180
9 East Village $190
10 Rolando $192
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Bernardo Springs $297
2 Mission Valley West $250
3 Carmel Mountain $241
4 Fleet Ridge $236
5 Lincoln Park $235
6 Grantville $234
7 Encanto $226
8 Midway $225
9 Kearny Mesa $223
10 Ridgeview - Webster $220

Want to find the best self storage deals? Browse listings in your preferred San Diego neighborhoods and San Diego Zip Codes for more details on what’s available and compare rent prices, unit sizes and amenities.

How San Diego, CA, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

How self storage costs in San Diego compare to prices in other nearby cities

Check out the table below to see how self storage in San Diego compares rent-wise to other places within a 50-mile radius.

# City Average Street Rate
1 LA Mesa, CA $221
2 Santee, CA $208
3 Chula Vista, CA $185
4 San Diego, CA $185
5 Lakeside, CA $183
6 El Cajon, CA $181
7 Spring Valley, CA $174
8 Poway, CA $174
9 National City, CA $162
10 LA Jolla, CA $150

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for April 2022.

How self storage costs in San Diego compare to rates in other sought-after cities in the US

Check out the table below to see how self storage rent in San Diego compares to other popular cities in the US.

# City Average Street Rate
1 New York City, NY $253
2 San Diego, CA $185
3 Las Vegas, NV $130
4 Phoenix, AZ $129
5 Austin, TX $121
6 Tucson, AZ $119
7 Dallas, TX $117
8 San Antonio, TX $112
9 Houston, TX $98
10 Indianapolis, IN $90

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for April 2022.

Self storage market size in San Diego, CA

San Diego self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 8,470
No. of self storage facilities 79
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 6,107,553
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 3.8
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2022 3
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2022 (sq. ft.) 209,467
Average self storage rent in San Diego for a standard 10x10 unit $185

San Diego self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years. In 2021 alone, about 71,891 square feet of self storage space came online in San Diego, representing 1.2% of the existing inventory. Compared to the year before, self storage inventory in San Diego has increased by 1.2%.

Currently, there are 79 self storage facilities and approx. 8,470 storage units in San Diego. The local inventory encompasses 6,107,553 square feet of storage space, offering 3.8 square feet per capita.

A total of 209,467 square feet of self storage space is projected for completion in 2022, an increase of 191.4% compared to last year.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the San Diego housing market

Total no. of households 507,580
Y-o-y change in no. of households 0.8%
Renter households in San Diego 269,936
Homeowner households in San Diego 237,644
Households with mortgages in San Diego 171,301
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 4.6
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 875
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,443
Average apartment rent $2,822
Median home value $608,100
Working from home (# of total working population) 5.7%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the San Diego housing market

Generally associated with life events, the self storage industry is equipped to respond to people with changing housing situations, whether that means moving, downsizing, welcoming a new baby, or embracing multi-generational living. Lifestyle choices are also a demand driver for self storage, including preferences for snowbirding, digital nomading and RV travelling.

Looking at the type of residential customers that the San Diego self storage sector serves, it caters to both renters and homeowners, acting as extensions of their homes when living spaces are not big enough for the things people own.

San Diego is home to 269,936 renters and 237,644 homeowners. The average apartment size in San Diego is 875 sq. ft. and the average San Diego home size is 1,443 sq. ft.

Self storage for business

Alongside the residential sector, self storage responds to needs arising from conducting business. Entrepreneurs and small business owners, including brick-and-mortar retailers, can turn to self storage to store their merchandise all while keeping it accessible.

Legal and medical professionals often turn to self storage as they are generally required to keep hard copies of their records. Realtors and interior designers also find self storage particularly useful for temporarily storing staging furniture. Moreover, blue collar businesses can benefit from storing their heavy equipment and supplies close to their work site.

Self storage interest: How customers search for San Diego self storage

Interest for self storage has been growing over the last decade, as Google Trends data shows. We’ve looked at the most popular keyword used in conjunction with San Diego self storage-related searches, "self storage", to see the latest trends in consumer search habits. June, July and August are generally the most popular months for self storage searches.

Data Source:  Google Trends

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Where does our data come from?

All data related to self storage was compiled by StorageCafe, an online self storage search portal featuring more than 25,000 listings across the U.S.

The self storage rental statistics on this page were sourced from our sister company, Yardi Matrix, the industry's most comprehensive market intelligence tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in the multifamily, student housing, self storage, office and industrial sectors. Yardi Matrix maintains operational profiles for over 29,000 self storage facilities across the U.S.

Average home size data is from PropertyShark, while demographic data is from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2019 American Community Survey.