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San Luis Obispo:
A Local Perspective

San Luis Obispo is one of the older cities in the entire state of California. Missionaries first settled the city of roughly 45,000 people in the 18th century. By the mid 1800s, it had blossomed into a modern town. The city is situated in a very rugged landscape, marked notably by the Nine Sisters hills. San Luis Obispo is on a very geographically active location, as the Nine Sister are actually volcanic plugs. There are also several nearby fault lines, including the infamous San Andreas.

The largest employer in San Luis Obispo is the California Polytechnic State University. The school employs roughly 2,700 people in the region. The university registers more than 20,000 students annually.

Finding a San Luis Obispo Apartment

When to search

When you're on the lookout for an apartment in San Luis Obispo, March is the best time to start looking. From March, the hunting should be good all the way through until August. Then, the availability of markets will start to tighten up throughout the winter, so it is best to get your apartment found earlier, rather than later.

How to Search

Finding an apartment can be hard, especially when there are so many choices. With our filters, you can narrow your search by price, floorplan, and amenities. Looking for an apartment building with a fitness center, swimming pool, and easy access to a dog park? We've got you covered.

Staying in the know

Finding an apartment in San Luis Obispo doesn't have to be difficult. Start by reaching out to multiple landlords simultaneously, because it doesn't pay to put all your eggs in one basket. Then, make appointments to view apartments and meet the landlords and be sure to show up on time and conduct yourself professionally during the viewings. Finally, complete your applications accurately and truthfully, and you'll have an apartment before you know it.

Life in San Luis Obispo


This is one of the rare cities in California where having a car isn't really necessary. The public transportation system operated by city provides fairly adequate coverage, and runs until 10 PM on weekdays. For those who prefer to travel by bike, the city takes good care of the comprehensive system of bike lanes.

Where to play

Visiting the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a good way to get a taste of the missionary life that was so important during the years in which California was originally settled. Exploring the Nine Sisters is thrilling for those who enjoy outdoor activities, and many of the peaks have public trails. Heading out to the Edna Valley is a must for those who enjoy wine tours and tastings.