Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus in my own apartment. I had to research and find apartments myself; however, there are lots of available options depending on what and where you want. Some are convenient by public transport, but not always walking distance to school. The cost is very high, and I do not even live in San Francisco. The manager of the complex is kind, but the other people working in the office are not. It is rather safe in my neighborhood. The parking is included in my rent, and we have visitor parking as well.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am still in the process of finding an off campus house. The only places I can find are really pricey.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive and no variety!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A bit expensive but affordable

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing options for SF, in general, is scarce.


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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 202 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 199 responses

  • 6% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 25% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 203 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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