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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.

South City Station - South San Francisco, CA 94080
21

South San Francisco, CA 94080

$2751 - $3922

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

South San Francisco, CA (El Camino)


$2751 - $3922

360 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avenue 64 - Emeryville, CA 94608
16
(97)

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2789 - $5324

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)

(97)

$2789 - $5324

227 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Geary Courtyard - San Francisco, CA 94102
20

San Francisco, CA 94102

$2796 - $3483

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

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


$2796 - $3483

164 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Parkmerced Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94132
15

San Francisco, CA 94132

$2820 - $5885

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

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


$2820 - $5885

3300 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

2000 Post - San Francisco, CA 94115
16
(389)

San Francisco, CA 94115

$2841 - $8947

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Pacific Heights)

(389)

$2841 - $8947

304 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mosso Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
33

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2845 - $8192

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)


$2845 - $8192

463 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Diamond Heights - San Francisco, CA 94131
27
(165)

San Francisco, CA 94131

$2885 - $3240

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Noe Valley)

(165)

$2885 - $3240

154 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

La Terrazza - Colma, CA 94014
13

Colma, CA 94014

$2904 - $3428

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Colma, CA (Bart, Colma...)


$2904 - $3428

153 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Acappella - San Bruno, CA 94066
17

San Bruno, CA 94066

$2939 - $4191

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Bruno, CA (Buri Buri, Tanforan)


$2939 - $4191

163 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parc on Powell - Emeryville, CA 94608
17

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2955 - $4140

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2955 - $4140

173 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Presidio Residences - San Francisco, CA 94129
79

San Francisco, CA 94129

$2960 - $12000

1-6 Beds 1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Presidio)


$2960 - $12000

1284 Units 1-6 Beds 1-3 Baths

Bayside Village - San Francisco, CA 94107
26

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2974 - $8399

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South Beach)


$2974 - $8399

862 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bay Street - Emeryville, CA 94608
20

Emeryville, CA 94608

$3016 - $3910

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$3016 - $3910

284 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Venn on Market - San Francisco, CA 94102
27

San Francisco, CA 94102

$3035 - $5035

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Haight, North Park)


$3035 - $5035

113 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ashton San Francisco - San Francisco, CA 94134
16
(142)

San Francisco, CA 94134

$3039 - $6337

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Bayview Heights)

(142)

$3039 - $6337

110 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fox Plaza - San Francisco, CA 94102
23

San Francisco, CA 94102

$3039 - $4679

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)


$3039 - $4679

443 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Vista Belvedere - Tiburon, CA 94920
30

Tiburon, CA 94920

$3046 - $5154

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Panomar Apartments - Alameda, CA 94501
16

Alameda, CA 94501

$3050 - $4485

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (Marina Village)


$3050 - $4485

84 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Furnished Studio - Oakland - Oakland, CA 94608
14

Oakland, CA 94608

$3060

1 Bed 0 Baths

Oakland, CA (Clawson, MacArthur Maze...)


$3060

1 Bed 0 Baths

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