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.