Off-Campus Resources

Things to Know About Living Off-Campus

San Francisco by Neighborhoods

When it comes to apartment hunting in the Bay Area, having some insight of the geographical locations of its neighborhoods can be extremely helpful.

Many of our SF State Students that live Off-Campus live in the following neighborhoods:

  • Ingleside
  • Daly City
  • Sunset
  • Richmond
  • Glen Park
  • Lakeside

Thanks to the GatorPass/Clipper card, many students also commute from BART friendly cities such as Daly City, West Oakland and Berkeley.


Financial Aid may be used to cover Off-Campus housing. When factoring financial aid into your budget remember that Financial Aid is always applied to your tuition fees first and that the balance of your award will be dispersed to you.

Information about the cost of attending SF State is available on the cost of attendance page of the Financial Aid web page.

SF State Off-campus accommodation search sites

The Housing Office provides free access to online off-campus accommodation search sites. Our partnership with Places4Students and Renthello will help you find a place to live off-campus, find a roommate, or post student sublets. Registration is not required to search the listings.

View rental listings for the Bay Area
Register to post a Roommate or sublet
Landlords can register to post listings online.

View rental listings for the Bay Area
Register to post a Roommate or sublet
Landlords can register to post listings online.

Roommate search for the Bay Area
Personalized matches by shared interests, neighborhoods
Custom profile setup

Other San Francisco based universities’ off-campus housing search sites

UCSF (University of California San Francisco)

USF (University of San Francisco)

Local Apartment Complexes

SF State is adjacent to several apartment complexes. Below you will find a list of apartments sorted by distance to the campus along with their contact information and websites. These apartment complexes are not affiliated with San Francisco State University.

Contact: 415-405-4600
3711 19th Ave, San Francisco
(Approx. 0.2mi/0.3 km to SF State)

Soma Residences
Contact: 415-864-7368
1045 Mission St, San Francisco
(Approx. 8.6 mi/14 km to SF State)

Westlake Village Apartments
Contact: 650-755-1313
331 Park Plaza Drive, Daly City
(Approx. 2.4 mi/3.9 km to SF State)

USA Student Residences
Contact: 415-359-9042
711 Post St, San Francisco
(Approx. 10.3 mi/16.48 km to SF State)

Lakewood Apartments
Contact: 415-586-0100
515 John Muir Drive, San Francisco
(Approx. 2.9 mi/4.7 km to SF State)

Paramount Housing
Contact: 415-773-2070
240 O’Farrell St, San Francisco
(Approx. 10.9 mi/17.6 km to SF State)

Serra Commons Apartments
Contact: 650-756-1405
1580 Southgate Ave, Daly City
(Approx. 3.4 mi/5.5 km to SF State)

Villages at Treasure Island
Contact: 415-345-4400
410 Palm Ave. Bldg. 1 Suite 168, San Francisco
(Approx. 12 mi/19 km to SF State)

Short Term Accommodations

Some students that find themselves on the wait list may be interested in a short term accommodation as the 2018-2019 Academic Year begins. Since some landlords and apartment complexes may not offer month-to-month leases we have compiled some alternative options. These listings are not affiliated with San Francisco State University. The SF State Housing Office is not responsible for the management or authenticity of the listings found using these websites.

USA Hostels
Contact: 415-440-5600

Adelaide Hostel
Contact: 415-359-1915

Hostel International: City Center San Francisco
Contact: 415-474-5721


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Universal Student Housing

San Francisco Homestay

International Students Placements

International Housing Placement Service

Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center

San Francisco State University Disability and Resources Center

San Francisco State University Longmore Institute

SF State Food and Housing Insecurity Initiative-Basic Needs

Basic needs in the higher education setting refers to those things that are necessary for students to be active and engaged learners, with an equitable opportunity for full participation in curricular and co-curricular offerings of the University. These basic needs can include, but are not limited to, safety, access to quality mental health services, food security, and housing security.

San Francisco State Basic Needs Initiatives

The state of California, nor any agency, officer or employee of San Francisco State University warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by any of the aforementioned websites, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. San Francisco State University assumes no responsibility for contracts/leases between individuals. San Francisco State University is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus housing arrangement and does not endorse or sponsor any of the agencies, services, advertisements, properties or landlords included in these websites. The information is provided only as an aid in your search for housing. Students are under no obligation to use this service or rent from companies or individuals listed. Students are strongly encouraged to use due diligence and to obtain references and other information regarding listings and facilities. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.