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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

From $2657

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Bayfront and Peninsula)


From $2657

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(110)

Pacifica, CA 94044

$2693 - $9547

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Pacifica, CA (West Edgemar-Pacific Manor)

(110)

$2693 - $9547

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Emeryville, CA 94608

$2695 - $4095

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Central Emeryville, East Bay Bridge)


$2695 - $4095

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA 94124

$2700

Studio0 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Bayview, Southeast San Francisco)


$2700

Studio0 Baths

San Francisco, CA 94108

$2700 - $4350

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

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


$2700 - $4350

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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(381)

San Bruno, CA 94066

From $2705

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

San Bruno, CA (The Crossings)

(381)

From $2705

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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San Francisco, CA 94107

$2725 - $5005

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2725 - $5005

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
(28)

San Francisco, CA 94124

$2725 - $4465

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Bayview, Southeast San Francisco)

(28)

$2725 - $4465

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
(11)

San Francisco, CA 94134

$2734 - $5695

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Southeast San Francisco)

(11)

$2734 - $5695

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(399)

San Francisco, CA 94115

From $2741

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Pacific Heights, Northwest San Francisco)

(399)

From $2741

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(306)

San Francisco, CA 94122

From $2785

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Inner Sunset, Southwest San Francisco)

(306)

From $2785

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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(253)

San Francisco, CA 94112

From $2805

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Southwest San Francisco, Westwood Park)

(253)

From $2805

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
35

San Francisco, CA 94107

From $2825

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Potrero Hill, Southeast San Francisco)


From $2825

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
39

San Francisco, CA 94107

From $2857

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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


From $2857

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
30

San Francisco, CA 94158

$2872 - $8092

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay, Southeast San Francisco)


$2872 - $8092

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
68

San Francisco, CA 94103

From $2925

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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


From $2925

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
86

San Francisco, CA 94129

From $2960

1-6 Beds1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Northwest San Francisco, Presidio National Park)


From $2960

1-6 Beds1-3 Baths
17

Tiburon, CA 94920

$2995 - $9034

Loft-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Tiburon, CA (Strawberry)


$2995 - $9034

Loft-3 Beds1-3 Baths
(23)

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2995 - $5090

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Dogpatch, Southeast San Francisco)

(23)

$2995 - $5090

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(59)

San Francisco, CA 94158

From $3010

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay, Southeast San Francisco)

(59)

From $3010

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths