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,

Looking for Off-Campus Housing in San Francisco can be very challenging, however please know that I am here to help you through this process. Please give yourself ample time—about two to three months to search for Off-Campus Housing. 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! Remember, persistence and patience is key in regards to finding Off Campus Housing. Email us if you have additional questions.

Drop In Counseling hours
Please review the Off Campus Housing Website thoroughly before coming to drop in hours. Also prepare a renters resume (sample renters resume can be found to the left side of this webpage). If you have any additional questions please email Jose Cuevas at jlcuevas@usfca.edu.
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Please schedule an appointment to meet with Mr. Cuevas.
PLEASE NOTE IF THIS IS AN IN PERSON APPOINTMENT OR PHONE APPOINTMENT WHEN SIGNING UP.
Please include your email if it is an in person appointment or include your preferred phone number if it is a phone appointment.

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Jose Cuevas
Off-Campus Housing Coordinator

Start your search!

Off-Campus Housing Upcoming Events

Off Campus Workshop #3

  • What is it? Neighborhood Relations
  • Date: April 22nd, 2015
  • Where: University Center 4th Floor
  • What Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Off Campus 101 Workshop 

  • What is it? Missed any of the previous Off Campus Workshops? Please come to this all-encapsulating workshop that will guide you through all of the content presented in the previous Off Campus Housing Workshops. This is a can't miss event if you are searching for Off Campus Housing. 
  • Date: April 28th, 2015
  • Where: University Center 4th Floor
  • What Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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 - Rentcomfy

Rentcomfy is a housing search site that caters specifically to college students.

Option #12 - Campus Cribz

Campus Cribz is a housing search site that caters specifically to college students.

Option #13 - Lovely

Lovely is a website that allows students to search for housing by both a list of postings as well as a map showing the location of rentals.

Option #15 - Campus SF 

Looking for off campus housing this semester? Join Campus's community houses where you can learn and create with like-minded housemates. Campus is a housing network with 18 bay area properties and counting! We offer convenient month-to-month housing with furnished common areas and  manage utilities and bills.

Option #14 - Hotpads

Hotpads is a website that allows you to search for apartments by neighborhood as well as by location using its map display.

Option #15 - 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
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190+ countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions

Option #7 - Tripping.com

This site aggregates short term and vacation rentals from multiple sites. 

Option #8 - 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 #9 - 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.

Resources for International Students

Option #1 - Sara's Homestay
A website that allows international students to arrange homestays with families in the San Francisco area who would like to host an international student.

Option #2 - UNO
A website that provides airport pick-up services for international travelers. UNO also helps coordinate homestays and other housing services.

Option #3 - International Housing Placement Service
A website that coordinates homestays for international students. International Housing Placement Service is also developing a service to help connect international students in major cities to their own apartments.

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