Graduate students who move to San Francisco can choose to live on campus (university-sponsored housing) or off campus (private housing).
Graduate students who seek university-sponsored ("on-campus") housing reside in Loyola Village (apartment-style housing) or Pedro Arrupe Hall (traditional residence hall). On-campus housing for graduate students is limited and priority is given to students who apply early. For information contact the Office of Student Housing and Residential Education . Complete the Housing Application for on-campus housing by selecting "Apply".
The large majority of graduate students at USF choose to live off campus in one of the neighborhoods that surround USF. Many new students find an apartment by contacting current graduate students in their graduate program, or another program, who already live in an apartment and who seek a new apartment mate.
USF's Off-Campus Housing website posts listings of apartments and students in apartments who seek new apartment mates. The majority of these listings are posted from late April to August.
You may find the following websites helpful in your off-campus housing search:
- Zumper.com - This site carefully checks every landlord, property management, and broker that lists with them, which significantly reduces the chances of fraud.
- ApartmentList.com - Students find this site helpful due to its user-friendly interface and ability to map the locations of your search results on one map.
- Livewith.us - This site is used as an organizational tool to help manage all your Craigslist applications and bookmark Craigslist listings. In addition, Livewith.us provides a map of all the San Francisco neighborhoods and rates them in different categories.
- Livelovely.com - Livelovely captures listings from Craigslist and other sites as well. This site also allows you to create alerts for apartments of your preference and even help you create a resume using their online resume builder.
- Craigslist.org - Craigslist is a popular website due to its notoriety in San Francisco and the Bay Area. This site is always a go-to for many landlords and brokers to list their available housing.
- Hotpads.com - The search function of this website allows you to search for housing with additional criteria such as rental types, property types, and allowed pets. In addition, this site's map feature distinguishes between houses and apartments/condos, which helps narrow possible options depending on the renter's preference.
- Zillow.com - Zillow allows you to create a renter profile, which provides faster responses from property managers. In addition, Zillow offers a unique map tool where the renter can draw a circle to pull all available housing within that area.
The Off-Campus Housing Coordinator in the Office of Student Housing and Residential Education provides information and advice about local housing options, short-term housing options, roommate listings, apartment listings, apartment locator services, tenants' rights and other helpful strategies for living in San Francisco.
Whether you choose to live in university housing on campus or an apartment off campus, please remember that it is each student's responsibility to arrange for their housing and living.
Contact information for off-campus and on-campus housing:
Office of Student Housing and Residential Education