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.”
200 Willard N.
Stop the presses! Compared to the rest of San Francisco, this 3-bedroom just two blocks from the University of San Francisco is downright cheap. While not fancy, the available unit is perfect for a few quick-acting students looking to snap up an airy, clean study space. With a new washer, dryer and dishwasher, not to mention parking place at additional cost, 200 Willard N. is ideal for USF or UCSF smarties. Golden Gate Park, the Pan Handle and Haight Ashbury are all within walking distance, and the apartment’s proximity to public transportation is as impressive as a USF application essay. This available unit is such a fluke, it’ll go fast.
Filbert and Octavia Streets
2-bedroom in Cow Hollow, $3,700/month ($1,850 per person)
Bros and babes, take note! We’ve managed to find an affordable 2-bedroom in sunny Cow Hollow, the official neighborhood of former fraternity boys and sorority girls. While not large, this updated apartment is located in a unique Victorian complex, which leads us to imagine a modern day Melrose Place experience. If you’re looking for a clean, cute spot to hang your popped-collar polos within stumbling distance of lots of bars, Filbert and Octavia is the spot for you. Bonus: $100 extra a month includes a parking place.
Clay and Walnut Streets
2-bedroom in Presidio Heights, $3,795/month ($1,898 per person)
By the looks of this listing, the available unit hasn’t been redone since the Fonz was cool, but the location of the apartment at Clay and Walnut is as desirable as they come. This 2-bedroom is blocks from the charming, upscale shops of Sacramento Street, the bustling California Street thoroughfare and the lush nature of the Presidio. Lots of sunlight, high ceilings and an updated bathroom make-up for a kitchen straight out of the 1950s. But with spots like Spruce and Swank just beyond the front door, the renters here won’t do much cooking at home anyway.
11th Avenue and Judah
Hello adorable house, it’s so nice to meet you. The available rental at 11th and Judah looks a lot cuter from the outside than it does on the inside, but as with all things in life, this flat comes with trade-offs. The ground-floor unit is a large 2-bedroom with serious room to spare. Look at the size of that bathroom! The kitchen alone is bigger than most studio apartments! And there’s not just a washer and dryer in this unit, there exists an entire laundry room. (Take a moment to compose yourself.) Architectural Digest won’t be featuring this apartment anytime soon, but when it comes to bang for your square-footage buck, you can’t do much better than this.
920 Taylor Street, #6
Don’t let the Taylor Street location scare you away from this small 2-bedroom that’s really closer to Grace Cathedral than it is the drug den you’re imagining. In a classic San Francisco move, a renter would need to turn the bright living room into a bedroom to make this an official 2-bedroom, but hello? Everyone does that. A spacious main room and updated kitchen serve as the common space, and high ceilings keep the unit feeling big. When it comes to living in a San Francisco Victorian a couple of steps from a cable car line, turning 920 Taylor Street #6 into an easy 2-bedroom is how you make it work. Welcome to the tech boom, kids.