There are two trains based out of Oceanside, both belonging to the North County Transit District. One is called the Coaster, and the other is the Sprinter. The former rides from Oceanside to San Diego along the Pacific. The latter goes from Oceanside to Escondido, and is the train that commuter students use to get to MiraCosta. It stops at the Rancho Del Oro Station, which is a little less than a mile from campus. Conveniently, it is exactly three stops from both Oceanside and Vista. Because these two places are where most students live, they should be able to take the train to class every day if they don’t own a vehicle. MiraCosta is sandwiched in between Oceanside and Vista, so it doesn’t matter much commuting-wise which one you choose to live in. But with apartment costs, the difference between the two areas is hundreds of dollars per month. Oceanside, with its location on the Pacific coastline and higher affluence, is much more expensive than Vista. In fact, Vista has the cheapest average apartment costs out of anywhere within twelve miles of MiraCosta (this includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, and a few other places). For college students on a budget, Vista is a no-brainer.
We currently have apartments near MiraCosta College available for rent. If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.