Off-Campus Housing

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great to live on off-campus, but part is parking issues. Not worth it if you have your own car.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is extremely difficult to find housing with possible rent.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Rising rents in San Francisco make finding off-campus housing difficult and expensive, with on-campus housing being just as bad due to the limited nature of dorms and housing options. Students who live closer to campus normally have more money to allow for the luxury of convenience to school.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Difficult to find, but possible to find great off campus housing options. Definitely need roommates to split the cost.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still have not lived off campus, but I am currently looking for an apartment, and it is difficult.

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  • 768th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Hometown
Huntington, New York
Major
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
2013
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San Francisco has consistently been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the country. The average rent per person is more than $1,000, and finding an apartment or a room is nearly as difficult as affording it. Still, however expensive an apartment may be, the dorms are just as costly, if not more so. Most freshmen, while required to live in on-campus housing, enjoy the ease of school-regulated utility costs and a convenient location. As for off-campus housing, the most cost-effective way to afford to live in the city is to find some roommates. Residence Life boasts a special section of the school’s website for off-campus living, which connects students looking for roommates. Many students also post fliers in bathroom stalls and in the cafeteria, describing rooms for rent and roommates desired.

The most preferred neighborhoods for USF students living off campus are the Richmond (especially the Inner Richmond, right around the school and on Geary Boulevard) and the Sunset. Students also enjoy living in the Mission and even farther out, though the commute can be much longer. However, San Francisco isn’t very big, and the bus system is simple enough for off-campus students to navigate. Living off campus definitely has its perks, like having your own kitchen, space to study and relax, and best of all, a bathroom shared by a few people, rather than an entire floor. It’s also nice to be able to get to cafés, grocery stores, and neighborhood shops more easily.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
62%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
8%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$12,640
Best Time to Look for a Place
As is true of most major cities, it's easiest to find an apartment about a month before your move-in date. This is especially true if you're using a site like Craigslist. If you're looking to live with friends, it's best to choose roommates in advance to ease the stress of finding the apartment itself.
Popular Areas
  • Around USF
  • Mission
  • Richmond
  • Sunset
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,295
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $2,100
  • 3 BR: $2,900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 89 responses

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  • 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 86 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 24% 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.
  • 3% 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 85 responses

  • 47% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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