Off-Campus Housing

San Francisco, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off campus. It's cleaner

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I chose off campus housing for my freshman year because it was actually cheaper than on campus housing. With off campus I have my own room and bathroom for less than I would've paid SFSU to live in a dirty place. I live right off of a Muni stop as well that takes me right into campus in about 10 minutes. I am also 2 blocks away from the BART that can take me anywhere in the city.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I think that they should invest in dorms for a large Mount of people. To my knowledge there are only student apartments and apartments that have light relationships with he school

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's San Francisco, one of the best cities in the US, and has one of the most accessible public transportation system. The cost is extremely high, but it's worth it to live in this great city.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Wish you can still have meal plans that go along with the cost of the off campus house


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  • 765th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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San Francisco is big city, and there's lots of competition for housing, so finding any student housing is a real feat in the Bay Area. Any former dorm resident will tell you to at least apply for and attempt to get into the dorms for your first year (do it early or forget it!). Since SFSU is a commuter campus, sometimes it is hard to be social and make friends. Living on campus is easy, but if you want to branch out and explore the real San Francisco, live off campus after your freshman year.

San Francisco State is the tip of the iceberg of San Francisco. Seated eerily close to Daly City, it gets less sunshine than many of the other spots of the Bay. Many off-campus residents flock to the Parkmerced Apartments, which essentially look like extra dorms, located five to 15 minutes away from campus. However, Parkmerced has become increasingly expensive, and it's a disappointment in terms of customer service and quality. After a short stint there, many students move to either Ocean View or the Sunset District for cheap rooms, short Muni rides to campus, and loads of other students.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
May is usually when tenants give notice of whether they are staying or going. If students act fast, they can get a great deal. July is also the most ideal time to move in with a cheaper rent. If students wait until beyond August, the pickings will be slim. Craigslist is a great way to look for people who need roommates.
Popular Areas
  • Parkmerced
  • Sunset District
  • Westlake Village
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,600
  • 2 BR: $2,500
  • 3 BR: $3,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 118 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 116 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 116 responses

  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 7% Extremely helpful.


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