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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.

Clubview - South San Francisco, CA 94080
7

South San Francisco, CA 94080

$2239 - $2848

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (Avalon, Buri Buri)


$2239 - $2848

102 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emme - Emeryville, CA 94608
19

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2328 - $3800

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2328 - $3800

190 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aqua Via - Oakland, CA 94607
24

Oakland, CA 94607

$2337 - $3437

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA


$2337 - $3437

100 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Pinnacle at Nob Hill - San Francisco, CA 94108
11

San Francisco, CA 94108

$2350 - $4250

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

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


$2350 - $4250

205 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Pacifica Park Apartments - Pacifica, CA 94044
19
(227)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2399 - $5414

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

(227)

$2399 - $5414

104 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Casa Roja - Mill Valley, CA 94941
7

Mill Valley, CA 94941

$2415 - $2825

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Mill Valley, CA (Amonte, Tamalpais)


$2415 - $2825

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

77 Bluxome Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
13

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2425 - $2479

0 Beds 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay, South of Market)


$2425 - $2479

102 Units 0 Beds 1 Bath

Summit at Sausalito - Sausalito, CA 94965
33

Sausalito, CA 94965

$2446 - $3115

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sausalito, CA (Marin City)


$2446 - $3115

198 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tower 737 - San Francisco, CA 94109
43

San Francisco, CA 94109

$2452 - $4232

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$2452 - $4232

248 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Pacifica - Pacifica, CA 94044
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(329)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2515 - $3010

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Fairmont, Fairmont East)

(329)

$2515 - $3010

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Grand - Oakland, CA 94612
31

Oakland, CA 94612

$2524 - $5802

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Downtown)


$2524 - $5802

243 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avenue 64 - Emeryville, CA 94608
16
(99)

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2544 - $5554

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)

(99)

$2544 - $5554

227 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

SOMA at 788 - San Francisco, CA 94107
23
(71)

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2556 - $5021

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)

(71)

$2556 - $5021

160 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fourth & U Apartments - Berkeley, CA 94710
16

Berkeley, CA 94710

$2579 - $3641

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (Aquatic Park, West Berkeley)


$2579 - $3641

171 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Bluffs at Pacifica Apartments - Pacifica, CA 94044
22
(139)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2593 - $7782

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Edgemar, West Edgemar)

(139)

$2593 - $7782

64 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pacific Bay Vistas - San Bruno, CA 94066
22
(452)

San Bruno, CA 94066

$2599 - $5540

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Pacific Heights)

(452)

$2599 - $5540

308 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

1190 Mission At Trinity Place - San Francisco, CA 94103
13

San Francisco, CA 94103

$2629 - $4391

0-2 Beds 0 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)


$2629 - $4391

418 Units 0-2 Beds 0 Baths

Geary Courtyard - San Francisco, CA 94102
20

San Francisco, CA 94102

$2642 - $3378

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

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


$2642 - $3378

164 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Park West - San Francisco, CA 94122
2

San Francisco, CA 94122

$2655 - $4832

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Sunset District)


$2655 - $4832

126 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

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