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Overview of San Francisco

When you're looking for cheap apartments in San Francisco, California, Rent.com can help you find one that's within your price range. These types of apartments are perfect for students attending San Francisco State University (SFSU), University of San Francisco (USF) as well as City College of San Francisco (CCSF). You can move to Ingleside or the Balboa Park area to be near the other city college location, or you can move to Bernal Heights, which will put you near the other location. Ashbury Heights is within walking distance of UCSF, so you won't have to worry about being late for class.

Other parts of the city that are more affordable include the Outer Sunset and the Outer Richmond. With convenient access to Golden Gate Park and the beach, these are residential and peaceful places to live. They are noticeably foggier than other parts of the city, though, so be sure to prepare for that.

Finding a Cheap Apartment in San Francisco

If you're looking for a cheap apartment in San Francisco, you will likely need to stick with either a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. One of the more affordable neighborhoods here is Excelsior, where you can likely find a smaller-sized place ranging from $1,8000-$2,000 a month. Located in convenient proximity to restaurants and bars, as well as local schools, Excelsior is a good neighborhood for singles, couples, and families alike to settle down. Once you move in, check out this helpful Rent.com blog post that gives great tips about how to save money once you move in.

What to Look for in Cheap Apartments in San Francisco

Studios are roughly 500 square feet, and one-bedroom apartments can be as large as 820 square feet. When you walk into a studio apartment in San Francisco, you'll have the kitchen to one side of the entryway with a wall on the right that leads to the bathroom, and the living area and dining room will be attached to each other. The one-bedroom apartments will be similar to the studios, but you'll have a wall and door that separates the bedroom from the living area.

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South San Francisco, CA 94080

$1,650 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

South San Francisco, CA (Downtown, South San Francisco)

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$1,650 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Oakland, CA 94606

$1,695 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Oakland, CA (Clinton, San Antonio)


$1,695 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Alameda, CA 94501

$1,800 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (Alameda, East End)


$1,800 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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South San Francisco, CA 94080

$1,830 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (Orange Park, South San Francisco)


$1,830 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA 94015

$1,895 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Daly City, Westlake)


$1,895 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Daly City, CA 94015

$2,267 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Daly City, Serramonte)


$2,267 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2,277 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, Emeryville)


$2,277 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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284

Daly City, CA 94015

$2,280 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Daly City, Serramonte)

(284)

$2,280 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94107

$2,295

Studio1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (South of Market, Southeast San Francisco)


$2,295

Studio1 Bath
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Pacifica, CA 94044

$2,295 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Pacifica, West Edgemar-Pacific Manor)

(62)

$2,295 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94132

$2,299 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lakeshore, Southwest San Francisco)


$2,299 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Oakland, CA 94612

$2,357 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Central Oakland, Downtown...)

(70)

$2,357 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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583

San Bruno, CA 94066

$2,439 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Pacific Heights, San Bruno)

(583)

$2,439 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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329

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2,450 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Fairmont, Pacifica)

(329)

$2,450 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA 94015

$2,495 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Daly City, St. Francis Heights)


$2,495 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA 94133

$2,550 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Fishermans Wharf, Northeast San Francisco)


$2,550 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath