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375 Apartments for rent in San Bruno, CA

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San Bruno, CA
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San Bruno, CA
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San Bruno, CA
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1099 Admiral Ct
The Crossings
San Bruno, CA
Updated December 19 at 5:54am UTC
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616 Hensley Ave
San Bruno Park
San Bruno, CA
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3550 Carter Dr
South San Francisco, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37pm UTC
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310 Lansdale Ave., 310B, Millbrae, CA 94030
Millbrae, CA
Updated December 19 at 6:38am UTC
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Millbrae, CA
Updated December 15 at 10:25am UTC
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227 Richmond Ave., 227B, Millbrae, CA 94030
Millbrae, CA
Updated December 19 at 6:38am UTC
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503 Poplar Ave., 503D, Millbrae, CA 94030
Millbrae, CA
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300 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica, CA
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110 Darby Place
San Bruno, CA
Updated November 15 at 11:56am UTC
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City Guide
San Bruno
San Bruno, CA

Bring your pink slip, checkbook and first born with you when you rent an apartment in San Bruno and try, please, to wrap your mind around the fact that there aren’t any inexpensive apartments here. Officially, the median rent in San Bruno is $1,465 a month. Don’t say we didn’t warn all you bargain hunters!

The least expensive apartments in San Bruno will run you $1100. For that you get a 450 square foot studio apartment at Peninsula Place, walking distance to the BART station.

If you require more space, plan on spending almost $1300 for a studio and $1475 to $1635 for a one bedroom. For this price, one would hope that the complex is somewhat attractive and one would be correct. The Crystal Springs Terrace complex is quite pretty with lots of onsite amenities, including a sauna and theater room.

Luxury apartments in San Bruno start at over $2,000. Now, although that seems like good news, the bad news is that the apartments at this price are located in a complex that lies directly under the flight path of the behemoths taking off and landing at San Francisco International. If you want to avoid inhaling jet fumes all day you’ll need to pay more in another complex.

San Bruno’s vacancy rate is quite low – only 3.9 percent – so it may be a challenge to locate exactly what you’re looking for. Keep a vigilant eye, however, and we’re sure you’ll find one eventually.

Bringing the pooch? Another challenge there, my friend. There aren’t a lot of pet-friendly apartments in San Bruno. Those that allow pets typically ask for pretty hefty pet deposits.

It costs a lot to live in San Bruno mainly because of its location. For a couple of bucks, you can ride BART and be in The City within 20 minutes. It’s also adjacent to SFO, tucked between South San Francisco and Millbrae.

San Bruno boasts a population of just over 41,000 people. San Bruno, once a stagecoach stop, is now home to Youtube headquarters – the largest employer in the area.

If you can afford it, we think you’ll be quite happy living in San Bruno. Welcome to the Bay Area!

Rent Report
San Bruno

December 2018 San Bruno Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 San Bruno Rent Report. San Bruno rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Bruno rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Bruno rents increase sharply over the past month

San Bruno rents have increased 2.7% over the past month, and are up sharply by 8.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Bruno stand at $2,980 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,740 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. San Bruno's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Bruno, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,430; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.4% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,040, while one-bedrooms go for $2,420.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,220; rents fell 1.2% over the past month but rose 2.8% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Bruno

As rents have increased sharply in San Bruno, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Bruno is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.5% in Los Angeles, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • San Bruno's median two-bedroom rent of $3,740 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 8.1% rise in San Bruno.
  • While San Bruno's rents rose sharply over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Bruno than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where San Bruno is more than three-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,460 $3,100 -0.3% 1.8%
Oakland $1,770 $2,220 -1.2% 2.8%
Fremont $2,970 $3,730 0.5% 4.3%
Hayward $2,300 $2,880 0.2% 3.0%
Concord $2,420 $3,040 -1.5% 1.4%
Berkeley $2,080 $2,610 0.9% 3.0%
Richmond $2,110 $2,660 -1.0% 3.3%
Antioch $2,850 $3,590 -0.5% -0.6%
Daly City $2,480 $3,110 0.0% 3.8%
San Mateo $3,520 $4,430 -0.0% 4.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.