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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off campus housing is a huge struggle. The school doesn't really help and living in the city is expensive.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Help through school is poor.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus right now and I really like the freedom. I can honestly say that finding off-campus housing is not only difficult, but competitive. It's a hinderance to students trying to find their first off-campus residency that many landlords don't take students seriously and often require the presence of a co-signer and detailed documentation before even considering them.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding places in SF sucks. Too much $$ for no room

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: i am roommate with a couple of friends of mine working in the financial district so finding a place to live was easy. The cost of living is high though, so be prepare to spend your savings.

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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 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 115 responses

  • 3% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 117 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 45% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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