Nob Hill
Cable car at the top of Nob Hill.
Chinatown street
Grant Street in Chinatown.
Castro row houses
Row houses in the Castro.
Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower
Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill.
Twin Peaks
The winding streets of Twin Peaks.
Bernal Heights
Bernal Heights and Bernal Park.
Mission SF
Mission San Francisco anchors the Mission District.
North Beach
Window shopping in North Beach.
USF Church Tower at Dusk
Golden Gate Bridge purple 150

Hello Students, Family and Community members,

This guide will assist you in your transition off campus and help you understand your rights and responsibilities in the greater community. Browse this great resource to start your search and learn about other off-campus housing information! Email us if you have addition questions.

Upcoming Events

Off Campus Housing Workshop #2 Roommate Social and general Q & A- Wednesday April 30th at 5 P.M., University Center 4th Floor Lounge 

Start your search!

Looking for a room to rent?

Option #1 - University of San Francisco - Off Campus Housing Listing
The Student Housing and Residential Education Office maintains a Housing and Room Search Tool where you can browse for room listings. This service is available to USF students and is free of charge.

Option #2 - Craigslist
Craigslist is the most popular database for finding housing in the San Francisco Bay area. Tips: Once you've specified your search, type in the "Search Type" area "Students." This helps one specify units/rooms/apartments that landlords and posters are posting specifically for students.

Option #3 - San Francisco Housing Services with Latitude 38 Group
Latitude 38 Housing Services is a leading provider of student housing in San Francisco.  Our all inclusive, fully furnished accommodations include housekeeping and utilities and are located in some of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city. Live with a roommate or in a private room and avoid the frustrating process of searching for housing. We are committed to providing you simple, affordable, and convenient accommodation.

Option #4- Rental Roost
 A website that includes housing listings and neighborhood guides, as well as a specific section focusing on college students that allows you to find available rentals near University of San Francisco.

Option #5- Social Media
Tag #usfcaoffcampus in your posts on these social media platforms:
Facebook: post on our university FB page; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other students that have posted about housing.
Twitter: Tweet a message and mention @usfca; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other tweets about housing
Instagram: take a photo of yourself and give a little bio using #usfcaoffcampus to see if anyone is looking for a roommate. Tag @usfca and post to Twitter and Facebook. Search #usfcaoffcampus to see other Instagramers looking for housing and/or a roommate that you can potentially connect with.

Looking for an apartment?

Option #1 - University of San Francisco - Off-Campus Housing Listing
The Student Housing and Residential Education Office maintains a Housing and Room Search Tool where you can browse for apartment listings. This service is available to USF students and is free of charge.

Option #2 - Zumper.com
Zumper.com a curated search site for apartment rentals where listings are real and from verified sources. We know finding the right place can be challenging so we built neighborhood pages and a news feed to help you refine your search. For USF, we're also offering free phone consultations so if you have specific questions about renting in San Francisco, give us a call at (919)-998-6737.

Option #3 - James Wavro Associates Property Leasing and Rental Assistance
We know you have a limited amount of time for your search and are looking for a competitive advantage over other tenants searching for the same properties. Our full service rental program is the perfect way to gasin that advantage. One of our licensed real estate professionals will do all the work from pre-qualifying you with the application and credit/income process, representing you to owners and agents of available properties, preparing the schedule and conducting the tours. The agent will assist you with the application process and lease negotiations all the way through to lease signing. We work with you until you obtain the rental property you looking for, whether it's a few days or a few weeks. ***Visit site to learn more including fees.

Option #4 - Craigslist
Craigslist is the most popular database for finding housing in the San Francisco Bay area. Tips: Once you've specified your search, type in the "Search Type" area "Students." This helps one specify units/rooms/apartments that landlords and posters are posting specifically for students.

Option #5- Rental Roost
A website that includes housing listings and neighborhood guides, as well as a specific section focusing on college students that allows you to find available rentals near University of San Francisco.

Option #6 - American Marketing Systems Incorporated (Kim Harper)
Relocating to a new city can be a big challenge. Especially when you are not familiar with the rental and real estate market, nor with the San Francisco neighborhoods or San Diego neighborhoods. Working with a local relocation specialist can be a big asset when looking for a new place or the right neighborhood in a new city.

Option #7 - Scott Upper from Fashion Furniture Rental
Because he is constantly providing furniture for SF Bay Area apartments, Scott Upper is a walking database of property information. USF students and graduates are invited to give him a call for advice. With the current housing crunch, Scott is the best resource for what is available now and what will be coming up soon. Please note: although Scott is happy to help USF students in their search for off-campus housing, priority may be given to those seeking furnished apartments.

Option #8 - Padmapper
Padmapper functions on a giant Google Map, making it easy to view available apartments for rent based on location. Listings are gathered from Cragslist and other apartment search sites but are organized in an easy to read fashion.

Option #9 - Rent Jungle
Rent Jungle is a rental search engine that groups listings from a myriad of website.

Option #10 - Zillow
Zillow is a curated real estate website that has rental listings as well as real estate for sale.  Listings are mapped so that it is easy to find apartments in your preferred neighborhood and it allows you to sort listings by newest posting, price, square feet, number of bedrooms, and a number of other categories.

Option #11 - Social Media
Tag #usfcaoffcampus in your posts on these social media platforms:
Facebook: post on our university FB page; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other students that have posted about housing.
Twitter: Tweet a message and mention @usfca; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other tweets about housing
Instagram: take a photo of yourself and give a little bio using #usfcaoffcampus to see if anyone is looking for a roommate. Tag @usfca and post to Twitter and Facebook. Search #usfcaoffcampus to see other Instagramers looking for housing and/or a roommate that you can potentially connect with.
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Looking for last minute, temporary/sublet housing?

Option #1 - University of San Francisco - Off Campus Housing Listing
The Student Housing and Residential Education Office maintains a Housing and Room Search Tool where you can browse for temporary listings. This service is available to USF students and is free of charge. Tips: Temporary leases are generally leases from 1-6 months. Look at the "Lease Length" field.

Option #2 - Craigslist
Craigslist is the most popular database for finding housing in the San Francisco Bay area. Tips: Once you've specified your search, type in the "Search Type" area "Students." This helps one specify units/rooms/apartments that landlords and posters are posting specifically for students.

Option #3 - Hotels and Residences (Word Document)
A collection of Hotel and Residence Inns near USF and Downtown.

Option #4 - American Marketing Systems Incorporated (Kim Harper)
Whether you are looking for a short-term rental for an employee or need a short-term rental yourself, for business or pleasure, AMSI can help you find the perfect solution for your short-term housing needs.

Option #5 - Scott Upper from Fashion Furniture Rental
Because he is constantly providing furniture for SF Bay Area apartments, Scott Upper is a walking database of property information. USF students and graduates are invited to give him a call for advice. With the current housing crunch, Scott is the best resource for what is available now and what will be coming up soon. Please note: although Scott is happy to help USF students in their search for off-campus housing, priority may be given to those seeking furnished apartments.

Option #6 - AirBnb
This site allows people to rent out rooms in their residence or even entire apartments or homes for a specified period of time.

Option #7 - Flatbook

Flatbook is a company that will cover all of your rent and expenses while you are away for the summer. They will take care of the all of the subletting services and store any of your personal belongings while you are away.   

Option #8 - Social Media
Tag #usfcaoffcampus in your posts on these social media platforms:
Facebook: post on our university FB page; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other students that have posted about housing.
Twitter: Tweet a message and mention @usfca; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other tweets about housing
Instagram: take a photo of yourself and give a little bio using #usfcaoffcampus to see if anyone is looking for a roommate. Tag @usfca and post to Twitter and Facebook. Search #usfcaoffcampus to see other Instagramers looking for housing and/or a roommate that you can potentially connect with.

Looking for a roommate?

Option #1 - University of San Francisco - Off Campus Housing Roommate Finder
The Student Housing and Residential Education Office maintains a Roommate Networking Database where you can browse for roommates. This service is available only to USF students and is free of charge. To access this tool you will need your USF username and password to log-in.

Option #2 - Craigslist
Craigslist has a "Rooms and Shares" section where you can find people looking for a roommate to share a unit. You can also use the "Housing Wanted" section to post information about yourself and the property you are hoping to secure.

Option #3 - Additional USF Roommate Resources
Use this page as an additional resource to determine what qualities you are looking for in a roommate and if having a roommate will work for you.

Option #4 - Social Media
Tag #usfcaoffcampus in your posts on these social media platforms:
Facebook: post on our university FB page; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other students that have posted about housing.
Twitter: Tweet a message and mention @usfca; search #usfcaoffcampus to see other tweets about housing
Instagram: take a photo of yourself and give a little bio using #usfcaoffcampus to see if anyone is looking for a roommate. Tag @usfca and post to Twitter and Facebook. Search #usfcaoffcampus to see other Instagramers looking for housing and/or a roommate that you can potentially connect with.

Option #5 - Apartment List
A website and smartphone app that lets you connect with potential roommates, organizes roommate socials, and connects roommates with available apartments.

Corporate Housing for Staff/Faculty

Option #1 - AirBnb
This site allows people to rent out rooms in their residence or even entire apartments or homes for a specified period of time.

Option #2 - San Francisco Housing Services with Latitude 38 Group
Latitude 38 Housing Services is a leading provider for interim and long term corporate housing. Our accommodations vary from affordable hotels to luxury living with full amenities.  We guarantee a clean and convenient living experience in the City.

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