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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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Oakland, CA 94612

$2348 - $4664

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (San Pablo Gateway, Uptown)


$2348 - $4664

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94108

$2350 - $4250

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, Lower Nob Hill...)


$2350 - $4250

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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Sausalito, CA 94965

$2369 - $3364

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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(91)

Oakland, CA 94607

From $2385

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Produce and Waterfront)

(91)

From $2385

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2395 - $4295

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (MacArthur Maze)


$2395 - $4295

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94102

$2498 - $3687

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, NOMA...)


$2498 - $3687

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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(460)

San Bruno, CA 94066

$2519 - $6942

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Pacific Heights)

(460)

$2519 - $6942

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94122

From $2565

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Forest Knolls, Sunset District...)


From $2565

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2571 - $5055

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2571 - $5055

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(175)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2579 - $5005

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Fairmont, Fairmont East...)

(175)

$2579 - $5005

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Oakland, CA 94612

$2583 - $4991

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Downtown, Lake Merritt District...)


$2583 - $4991

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Berkeley, CA 94710

From $2590

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (Aquatic Park, West Berkeley)


From $2590

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
26

San Francisco, CA 94107

From $2622

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South Beach)


From $2622

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(405)

San Francisco, CA 94115

From $2640

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Pacific Heights)

(405)

From $2640

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94122

$2655 - $5283

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Inner Sunset, Sunset District)


$2655 - $5283

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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San Francisco, CA 94132

From $2674

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Park Merced, San Francisco State University)


From $2674

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
11

Oakland, CA 94607

From $2695

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Loft District, Produce and Waterfront)


From $2695

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94133

$2700 - $6500

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (North Beach, North Waterfront)


$2700 - $6500

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath