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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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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2280 - $4939

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, North Bayfront)

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$2280 - $4939

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(57)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2295 - $3195

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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

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$2295 - $3195

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2329 - $4616

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula, North Bayfront)


$2329 - $4616

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(191)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2375 - $7198

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2395 - $4295

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Central Emeryville, East Bay Bridge)


$2395 - $4295

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

$2410 - $4649

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Civic Center, Northeast San Francisco)


$2410 - $4649

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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South San Francisco, CA 94080

$2415 - $3155

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (Avalon)


$2415 - $3155

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Oakland, CA 94612

$2462 - $5137

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Central Oakland, Koreatown-Northgate)


$2462 - $5137

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Pacifica, CA 94044

$2500 - $3125

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (Fairmont, Fairmont Pacifica)

(329)

$2500 - $3125

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94107

From $2502

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South Beach, Southeast San Francisco)

(68)

From $2502

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(381)

San Bruno, CA 94066

From $2510

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

San Bruno, CA (The Crossings)

(381)

From $2510

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Alameda, CA 94501

$2540 - $5175

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (Marina Village, West End)

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$2540 - $5175

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94133

$2550 - $4500

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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


$2550 - $4500

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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San Francisco, CA 94107

$2552 - $6422

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2552 - $6422

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(91)

Oakland, CA 94607

$2552 - $3751

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Central Oakland, Produce and Waterfront)

(91)

$2552 - $3751

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Berkeley, CA 94702

$2585 - $5375

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (West Berkeley)


$2585 - $5375

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths