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The 5 best affordable San Francisco apartments this November

At just $1,000 to $2,000 per person, these hand-picked San Francisco apartments are actually worth your money

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San Francisco is an amazing place to live, which, as we all know, makes apartment-hunting in the Bay tricky. You may even consider desperate measures to shift the rent/income ratio in your favor—something transplants quickly realize after moving here. Affordable San Francisco apartments are hard to come by, but they do exist. Whether you want to live in the Sunset or the Mission, check out our rotating selection of digs ranging in price between $1,000 and $2,000 per person, per month, from real estate site Zumper’s inventory. But do it quickly: These will be gone before you can say “security deposit.”

360 Hyde Street #101
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360 Hyde Street #101

Studio in the Tenderloin, $1,695/month

When looking for a deal on renting in San Francisco, we turn to the Tenderloin. Don’t let the neighborhood’s past reputation scare you away—this area is quickly becoming the go-to for new renters. Check out that adorable loft bed and hardwood studio space. What fills the nook underneath is anyone’s guess, but we’re voting for a bean bag and Moroccan glass lantern. This pet-friendly pad is a perfect starter-apartment for a new San Franciscan with street smarts.

360 Hyde Street #101
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360 Hyde Street #101
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539 42nd Avenue
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539 42nd Avenue

3-bedroom in the Inner Sunset, $5,200/month ($1,733 per person)

This 1,360-square foot condo is literally facing Golden Gate Park—and the good part of Golden Gate Park, too. The Botanical Garden, Academy of Sciences, deYoung Museum and Japanese Tea Garden are just steps away, as is the fabulous shopping, dining and drinking of Irving Avenue. If this location weren’t dreamy enough, a look inside this airy space reveals a spacious master suite with its own balcony, a brand new kitchen and a fireplace. This unit is probably best suited for a family who can afford it, as that master bedroom is so much bigger and better than the other living spaces. But for roommates who can work out a deal, this could be SF’s premiere party pad.

539 42nd Avenue
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539 42nd Avenue
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855 Lincoln Way, #3
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855 Lincoln Way, #3

3-bedroom in the Inner Sunset, $5,200/month ($1,733 per person)

This 1,360-square foot condo is literally facing Golden Gate Park—and the good part of Golden Gate Park, too. The Botanical Garden, Academy of Sciences, deYoung Museum and Japanese Tea Garden are just steps away, as is the fabulous shopping, dining and drinking of Irving Avenue. If this location weren’t dreamy enough, a look inside this airy space reveals a spacious master suite with its own balcony, a brand new kitchen and a fireplace. This unit is probably best suited for a family who can afford it, as that master bedroom is so much bigger and better than the other living spaces. But for roommates who can work out a deal, this could be SF’s premiere party pad.

855 Lincoln Way, #3
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855 Lincoln Way #3
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 34 Wayne Place #34
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34 Wayne Place #34

2-bedroom house on Nob Hill, $3,695/month ($1,847 per person)

Let’s start with the bad news—this unit has no living room. What we at first thought was a fun breakfast nook is actually the entirety of the common space. Now for the good news—this sunny 2-bedroom apartment is located on one of those charming side alleys on Nob Hill that we’ve always walked past and wondered about. While the space is on the smaller side, the apartment comes with in-unit laundry, a parking space, a shared balcony with a downtown view and an inexplicably large and modern kitchen. It’s like they took the living room and just made it into a gourmet chef’s kitchen. Nice call, 34 Wayne Place, nice call.

34 Wayne Place #34
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34 Wayne Place #34
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1562 Dolores Street
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1562 Dolores Street

3-bedroom in Noe Valley, $5,695/month ($1,898 per person)

Look at the palm tree outside this living room window and just try to say no to this 3-bedroom Noe Valley flat. The top-floor unit is at once modern and classic San Francisco, with shiny hardwood floors, an exposed brick mantle and amenity-filled kitchen. The building’s owner lives in the lower unit and shares the sunny backyard, so party people might want to stay away. But responsible nerds who are looking to live in a Williams Sonoma catalog should submit an application—and then have us over for craft beer in the backyard.

1562 Dolores Street
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1562 Dolores Street
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