Frequently Asked Questions

Confused on where to start? Browsing some of our frequently asked questions might point you in the right direction!

It's never too early to begin learning the renters' market-Start now! Visit neighborhoods and look at listings online to prepare yourself for a successful search. We recommend that you begin searching 4-6 weeks before your anticipated move-in date. 

Can you help us look for an apartment off-campus?

I'm always happy to help USF students and even staff/faculty start their search. One of my main goals is to successfully provide resources and help guide your search! While I am happy to help and share advice, I do not search for you. :) Remember to take advantage of this tool on the website. Feel free to email me, call or set up and appointment but remember to browse the site. You may find your answers online!

How do I search this site for a place to live?

We have many search options. You can search our site's listings for places or find other housing search options as well on our site!

How do I search this site for a roommate?

As long as you have a USF user name and password you have the ability to create a profile in our Roommate Connector as well as search for roommates! Visit our Roommate Connector section!
 

Does USF offer off-campus search help to non-USF students?

If you are a non-USF student please feel free to browse our site for resources. While direct help from our staff is reserved specifically for our USF students you are free to browse the site and look at listings on our USF Off-Campus Listings section. 

Where can I find short-term off-campus housing? 

Please visit our USF Off-Campus Listings section. The listings detail the lease length for the property. A lease length of 1-3 months is typically a short term lease. 

I'm having landlord problems. I think I need legal help!

We sorry to hear that your experience hasn't been a good one. We have many resources to help navigate your next steps!

What's a fair price for a security deposit? 

State law limits the amount a landlord can require for a security deposit. The total amount cannot be more than the equivalent of two month's rent for an unfurnished unit, or three month's rent for a furnished unit. Visit our Deposit section to find out more about security deposits. 

What if my roommate signs a lease with me and then doesn't pay the rent?

If your roommate doesn't hold up their part of the rent....the rent is still due! That means you could be left to pay the other half. This is a great time to really know you are entering a lease with. Ask yourself who you are comfortable sharing those responsibilities with!

What do I need to ask before renting an apartment?

Visit our Tips and Definitions section to for tips on what questions to ask as your searching for apartments. 

What should I know before signing a lease?

Visit our Tips and Definitions section to for tips on what you should know before signing a lease. 

How much does off-campus housing cost? 

Off-campus housing costs are left entirely up to the landlord. The housing office doesn't regulate the prices charged for off-campus housing. We can however help you gauge average prices and provide a breakdown of prices compared on campus housing! 

I have a room/apartment/listing I'd like to post. How do I do that? 

You can post your listings here

How do I know if an area is a safe place to live? 

There are many ways to gage safety in certain areas of San Francisco! One of the best ways to track this is to visit http://www.crimemapping.com/

Can you recommend the best apartment for me to live in?

I am here to give USF community accurate information to the best of my knowledge. My personal observations might not suit your needs. Contact and visit as many place as possible so you can discover what's important to you. 

I've tried Craiglist and the USF Off-Campus site search engine and I still haven't found anything. What do I now?

While the above search tools are great they are not the only ways to find housing! Please go to our Housing Search Options page for more classified website listings as well as getting in touch with Property Management Companies. 

I don't have an apartment secured for next year and I move back home for the summer soon. What do I do?

Make a weekend trip up to San Francisco to search! If you are searching with someone local to San Francisco, work with them to do the leg work in the search process. A Real Estate Agent might be helpful in this situation as well.

 

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