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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

$1600 - $1850

1-2 Beds1 Bath

South San Francisco, CA (Downtown)

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$1600 - $1850

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Alameda, CA 94501

$1800 - $3200

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (East End, South Shore)


$1800 - $3200

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

$1825 - $4595

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Westlake)


$1825 - $4595

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94132

$2009 - $4000

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lakeshore, Southwest San Francisco)


$2009 - $4000

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Alameda, CA 94501

From $2066

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (West End)


From $2066

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Berkeley, CA 94702

$2100 - $6000

Studio-5 Beds1-4 Baths

Berkeley, CA (Poet's Corner, West Berkeley)


$2100 - $6000

Studio-5 Beds1-4 Baths
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Oakland, CA 94612

$2129 - $6357

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2129 - $6357

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(284)

Daly City, CA 94015

$2170 - $3141

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Serramonte)

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$2170 - $3141

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Alameda, CA 94501

From $2170

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (East End, South Shore)


From $2170

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

$2177 - $3264

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (Orange Park)


$2177 - $3264

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94109

From $2178

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Nob Hill, Northeast San Francisco)


From $2178

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

$2227 - $2428

Studio1 Bath

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


$2227 - $2428

Studio1 Bath
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Emeryville, CA 94608

From $2232

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, North Bayfront)


From $2232

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(78)

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2255 - $5164

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, North Bayfront)

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$2255 - $5164

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(55)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2295 - $3400

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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

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$2295 - $3400

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
4

Berkeley, CA 94702

$2300 - $5000

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (West Berkeley)


$2300 - $5000

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2314 - $4582

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, North Bayfront)


$2314 - $4582

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

$2345 - $3675

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Daly City, CA (Serramonte)


$2345 - $3675

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(91)

Oakland, CA 94607

$2371 - $4159

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Central Oakland, Produce and Waterfront)

(91)

$2371 - $4159

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths