The first thing you have to realize is that even though Daly City is cheaper than San Francisco, it's still expensive to live there compared to the national average. So having a credit report ready to hand over when you're about to get an apartment is important.
Most of the available apartments are small to medium size, and are often in high-rises or older converted townhouses. There are many family homes. If you do find one for rent, you'll have to act fast to get it; the neighborhoods with these homes typically have a vacancy rate of 1% to 3% -- the lowest in the country.
They're used to renters in Daly City, so you don't need to sign anything in blood. Just bring the usual information: credit report, pay stubs, references, and a letter of recommendation from your last landlord.
Junipero Serra Blvd & Serramonte Blvd: This area is close to Serramonte Mall, and has many one bedroom apartments available.
City Center: If plan on relying heavily on public transportation, you want to live here.
St. Francis Blvd: With a vacancy rate of 3%, you'll have to act fast and look hard to get an apartment in this hot neighborhood.
Bayshore: A popular neighborhood, this community is made up of small houses and townhouses. A great spot if you can find a 2-bedroom to rent.
Skyline Dr. & Westline Dr.: On the shore of the Pacific, this area has great beaches.
Oak Ct. & Saddleback Dr.: This neighborhood is very walkable.
John Daly Blvd: This is currently a must-live part of the city.
Bellevue Ave. & Whittier St.: There are a large number of row houses throughout this community. If you want to find a 2- or 3- bedroom place for rent in Daly City, this is where to look.
Mission St. & Westlake Ave.: Great area with a variety of shopping.
Sullivan Ave: Many restaurants and cafes in this area.
Mountain View & Reservoir Dr.: Filled with townhouses and row houses, this neighborhood has the best chance of actual vacancies for potential renters.
Because of its location in beautiful California, it shouldn't be surprising that Daly City residents spend a lot of time outdoors at the beach, playing sports, and enjoying the nightlife. Thornton State Beach is popular with residents and tourists for walking dogs, flying model planes, hang gliding, swimming, and just lounging in the sun. There are about five other beaches that, while smaller, are almost as nice. The city supports over 259 sports leagues and groups, including baseball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, running.... let’s just say if you want to play something, you'll have no trouble finding companions.
There are tons of concerts, restaurants, clubs, and fun stuff to do in every neighborhood. And if the city doesn't have it, you can head up into San Francisco and find it there. Living in Daly City can be on the expensive side, but there's always something to do, and in comparison to living in San Francisco, it's a veritable steal.