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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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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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32

San Francisco, CA 94124

$2700 - $4365

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Bayview, Southeast San Francisco)


$2700 - $4365

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
19

South San Francisco, CA 94080

From $2703

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (Winston-Serra)


From $2703

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
35

Berkeley, CA 94710

From $2715

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (West Berkeley)


From $2715

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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31

Alameda, CA 94501

$2720 - $5145

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (Marina Village, West End)


$2720 - $5145

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
17

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
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(306)

San Francisco, CA 94122

From $2790

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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

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From $2790

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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San Francisco, CA 94103

$2794 - $7725

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2794 - $7725

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(165)

San Francisco, CA 94131

From $2845

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Diamond Heights, Southwest San Francisco)

(165)

From $2845

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
59

San Francisco, CA 94105

$2880 - $7290

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$2880 - $7290

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
60

San Francisco, CA 94110

$2900 - $3300

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Mission Dolores, Southwest San Francisco)


$2900 - $3300

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
29

Emeryville, CA 94608

From $2941

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Central Emeryville)


From $2941

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
79

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
66

San Francisco, CA 94103

From $2980

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

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


From $2980

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
26

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2995 - $5165

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Dogpatch, Southeast San Francisco)


$2995 - $5165

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(605)

San Francisco, CA 94107

From $3030

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(605)

From $3030

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(253)

San Francisco, CA 94112

From $3035

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(253)

From $3035

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(399)

San Francisco, CA 94115

From $3055

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(399)

From $3055

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths