Renting Resources

Use these resources to help guide your off-campus housing search

The Off-Campus Housing resource page identifies various housing complexes and neighborhoods located close to San Francisco State University.

The Student Renters Guide for general information and guidance on the process of renting off-campus and with roommates.

San Francisco homes

Living on campus and don’t know the steps to pay for on-campus housing? Please visit the housing website for instructions on paying for on-campus housing through the Make a Payment feature on your student center portal.  

Had loans offered but didn’t accept enough? It is not too late to check in with the Financial Aid Office to request/expand the loans you need to pay for on-campus housing. Please note that financial aid awards are not enough to support all the costs of attendance for a student. Living in San Francisco is expensive, so students should factor all related costs, such as tuition & fees, rent, food, supplies, and more.

As a reminder, the following expenses are considered expectations of your academic journey:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing/food/Living expenses
  • Books and school supplies
  • Technology for school
  • Travel/transportation/commuting expenses (check out the Gator Pass for info on transit benefits!)

Having a regular and steady source of income is essential to sustainable housing. Please review Handshake for information about currently active jobs on and off campus. For information on resume building and interviewing tips and tricks, please visit Career and Leadership Development. 

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis, please submit a request through the Basic Needs Intake Form. 

Find roommates and rooms for rent in your area. Not exclusive to students. Eligibility: 18+


Facebook Groups

Facebook Group | SFSU Apartment Roommate Group



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Facebook Groups



People can post available rentals and rental needs filtered by price and area on Craigslist.

NEVER send money, security deposits or personal information like your social security number via email, online or by phone without meeting someone in person and vetting their listing is real. For more information on avoiding scams, visit Craigslist's Avoiding Scams.



Airbnb offers short-term or longer-term rentals available in most areas.


Hostel World

Hostel World offers short term room and bed rentals in most areas.