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982 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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49 Units Available
Mission Bay
855 Brannan Apartments
855 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,245
597 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,780
741 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,435
1128 sqft
Luxury community features rooftop deck, views of San Francisco skyline and fitness facilities. Residents enjoy units with private balcony, Caesarstone counters and A/C. Located in bustling SoMa, close to East and South Bay.
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18 Units Available
South Beach
340 Fremont Apartments
340 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,800
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,078
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
1140 sqft
Brand-new apartments in a high-rise that looms over San Francisco's South Beach. Luxurious units have hardwood floors, walk-in closets, air conditioning and stainless steel appliances. Rooftop terrace, fitness center and clubhouse.
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34 Units Available
Showplace Square
One Henry Adams
1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,025
582 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,766
693 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,598
1035 sqft
On-site restaurant. Community rooftop lounge with city views, 24-hour gym, car-charging stations, pool and racquetball court. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Floor-to-ceiling windows.
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34 Units Available
Potrero Hill
Potrero 1010
1010 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,453
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,222
1059 sqft
Pet-friendly studio and 1-2 bedroom apartments just steps from CalTrain. Near I-280, College of the Arts and UCSF Mission Bay. Units feature modern kitchens, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and patio/balcony. Gym, garage parking, elevator, courtyard.
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44 Units Available
South Beach
SoMa Square
1 Saint Francis Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,246
533 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,205
668 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,206
1078 sqft
Great location for commuters, close to the Metreon Center, Highway 101, I-280 and the Bay Bridge. Units feature laundry, granite counters and hardwood floors. Community includes sauna, pool and gym.
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3 Units Available
South of Market
77 Bluxome Apartments
77 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,809
210 sqft
Large, sleek studio apartments with easy access to I-80. Artistic design, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. Extra storage. Garage parking available. Building has elevator.
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29 Units Available
Mission Bay
Azure
690 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,893
749 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,770
1090 sqft
Private balconies, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include concierge service, a state-of-the-art gym, coffee bar and bike storage. Excellent transit. On the waterfront. Near At&T Park.
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7 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
The Terraces
1330 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,825
415 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Residents enjoy luxurious in-unit amenities like patio or balcony, granite counters, and hardwood floors. Community features parking, on-site laundry and lobby. Located close to BART and MUNI for commuters.
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15 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
Geary Courtyard
639 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,814
446 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,516
642 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,050
777 sqft
Located a few blocks away from Union Square with easy access to the Financial District, art museums and more. Modern apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, upgraded lighting and fitness center and pool.
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6 Units Available
Nob Hill
645 STOCKTON
645 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,195
541 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Nob Hill keeps it classy. With instagrammable views of the Bay and Downtown, it's easy to imagine why this area has been synonymous with glamour since the Gold Rush.
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13 Units Available
South of Market
Glasdore Lofts
30 Dore St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,995
380 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,329
428 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,795
875 sqft
Ultra modern apartments in very walkable neighborhood. Two-story lofts available. Stainless steel appliances and patio/balcony. Community features garage parking and private gym. Heart of the city with easy access to I-80.
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6 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
735 TAYLOR Apartments
735 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,595
207 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Enjoy SanFran's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood in a historic building with on-site laundry. Welcomes pets. Granite counters and hardwood floors in unit. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
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4 Units Available
Dolores Heights
240 Cumberland
240 Cumberland St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,695
603 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Fully furnished one-bedroom apartments across from Dolores Park. Unit includes hardwood flooring, an in-unit laundry and a dishwasher. Off-street parking included in the lease. Small dogs and cats welcome with fee.
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3 Units Available
Civic Center
1520 Gough
1520 Gough St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,395
392 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,395
379 sqft
One-bedroom luxury apartments just a block from the Van Ness 101 Corridor. Recently renovated with modern kitchens, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry. Building is pet-friendly with elevator. Easy access to public transit. Walk to shopping, dining.
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5 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
828 Jones
828 Jones St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,095
376 sqft
Located in lower Nob Hill, close to public transportation. Walking distance to dining, shopping, nightlife and more. Recently renovated apartments have modern kitchens with efficient appliances. Pet-friendly, with available parking.
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4 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
947 BUSH
947 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,295
207 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Located in San Francisco's prestigious Nob Hill neighborhood, near shopping, dining, parks and public transportation. Recently renovated studios, all with hardwood flooring and in-suite laundry facilities. Small dogs and cats welcome with fee. Media room.
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1 Unit Available
Civic Center
1440 Sutter
1440 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,295
1038 sqft
Classic-style San Francisco apartment located near Japanville. All units have dishwasher, in-unit laundry and fireplace. Playground on-site, garage parking available with car charging. Pets welcome.
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1 Unit Available
Russian Hill
1305 LOMBARD Street
1305 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,200
1045 sqft
Wish you were here! Postcard-pretty Russian Hill has tons of personality. Binge-watch Hyde Street's panoramic views of Alcatraz, both bridges and beyond. Next on the itinerary: Polk Street's fine dining, cocktailing and shopping.
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2 Units Available
Nob Hill
1301 Leavenworth
1301 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,095
253 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Must-have apartments in San Francisco's historic Nob Hill neighborhood, close to Union Square and Chinatown. Units feature walk-in closets, bathtub and oven. On-site laundry, lobby and garage. Pet-friendly.
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1 Unit Available
Lower Pacific Heights
2737 SUTTER Apartments
2737 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,295
762 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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This building sits in Laurel Heights, convenient to UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, Target and Trader Joes.
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4 Units Available
Lower Nob Hill
798 Post St.
798 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,595
203 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,395
492 sqft
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, 2/29 1:30-2PMMeet in the front of the building at 1:30pm. Call or text Kyla at 415-609-2490 upon arrival for access or to make an appointment.
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2 Units Available
Mint Hill
16 LAGUNA
16 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,495
721 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,795
721 sqft
Just off Highway 101 in a tree-lined area. Beautiful community with on-site laundry, garages and elevator service. Pet-friendly. Apartments offer hardwood floors, bay windows and updated appliances. Within walking distance of area shops.
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2 Units Available
Western Addition
1760 Golden Gate
1760 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,995
540 sqft
Near Golden Gate Park. Spacious layouts with hardwood floors and updated appliances. Garages available. Pet-friendly home. Just north of the Panhandle. On-site grill area and laundry facilities.
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1 Unit Available
Russian Hill
1355 LOMBARD
1355 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,200
891 sqft
Cosmopolitan city-center homes, just off Route 101. Rooms have cable television and hardwood floors. Parking, garage and laundry facilities all located on site. Close to Russian Hill Park. Cats and dogs allowed.

Median Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Jul. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,388, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,001.
Studio
$1,943
1 Bed
$2,388
2 Beds
$3,001
3+ Beds
$4,037
City GuideSan Francisco
"It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the East Coast; if they’d landed in San Francisco first, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited." (Herbert Mye)

Truly one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco is overflowing with world-class culture, cuisine, and charm. It also has the house from Full House and, as you might imagine, any city that hosts the fictional antics of John Stamos is naturally going to be popular, San Francisco being no exception.

More than 800,000 people are condensed into the city’s 47 square miles. The climate is cool and often foggy but rarely bone-chillingly cold, and it’s remarkably consistent (July’s average high: 68 degrees, January’s: 58). With thriving financial, technology, and artistic sectors, there’s a high demand for living space. With breathtaking views, historic neighborhoods, and the thrill of living in a cutting edge city, your dreams are about to come true. Now, let’s find you an apartment!

Having trouble with Craigslist San Francisco? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

It's hard to imagine a better view of the city than from the Golden Gate Bridge at night. Unless you're on a hill looking at the iconic architectural structure, of course!

Affectionately nicknamed the "Painted Ladies" by locals, this row of houses near Alamo Square Park are featured in every '90s baby favorite sitcom: Full House.

As it turns out, Pier 39 is not just a tourist trap - it's also a favorite sunning spot for sea lions (and a death trap for their fishy food).

Finding an Apartment in "The City"

The vacancy rate in San Francisco is a miniscule 2%, with a whopping 65% of the city being renter-occupied as opposed to homeowners. Take some of the following tips to heart and you’ll have a much better shot at finding a spot for your extensive record collection.

How much will it cost? Prices vary greatly depending on what neighborhood you’re looking at, but it’s not uncommon to see 1 bedroom units for $2000. Lucky for you, the city does have rent control laws in place for apartments built before 1979 (most were), so you won’t have to worry about dramatic annual spikes if you do end up in one of those buildings. If your place is newer, be sure to ask about their history of rent increases, as 20% rent hikes after the first year have been known to ruin many's mood.

When to rent: Winter is the quietest season for renting, while Spring and Summer are busy. But be prepared; finding an apartment in San Francisco will be a challenge—a challenge that could take weeks, months or hours. Hours? Yes, hours. You should be prepared to plunk down your money as soon as you start physically looking at places, because odds are if you like it, someone else will too, and they’ll snatch it up while you’re home “sleeping on it.” Don’t sleep on it.

What you need: Be prepared to raise your game. With the competition for places being über stiff, you’d be wise to treat your apartment search like a job search (and a job search in today's economy, at that). When you get an appointment with a landlord, be on time. Be friendly. Be professional. Have your documents ready. Remember that 3-ring binder? Yeah, get that and put inside of it your credit report, rental application, letter of employment (or your 2 most recent pay stubs), references, and if you’re bringing a pet, you might need a “pet resume”—something to show the management that your precious parakeet has had all her shots and doesn’t have a record of biting people’s earlobes off. Of course, have your checkbook ready too because you’ll need to be ready to act quickly. A security deposit paid on the spot speaks volumes.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

There’s no shortage of quality and quaint neighborhoods here. We’ll do our best to break some of the biggest nabes down for you here, but for in depth neighborhood overviews.

Bernal Heights: Next to the Mission (see below), Bernal Heights has parks and restaurants.

Castro: Remember Milk with Sean Penn? This is the ‘hood where Harvey Milk made history. It’s close to the Haight, close to the Mission, and there’s loads of great shopping and eating.

Chinatown: A famous downtown community jam-packed with shops, restaurants, vendors and history.

Cole Valley: Just a couple of blocks south of Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley is a popular place with some very nice living options. Cole Valley is one of the smaller hoods in SF so only a few blocks worth of rentals will place you in this area.

Cow Hollow: Area near The Presidio & the Marina. It’s pretty much just the Marina.

Civic Center-Tenderloin: Neighborhood contains an array of restaurants, along with City Hall.

Financial District: The central business district of San Francisco and where the city gets its beautiful skyline from.

Haight-Asbury: It’s flat here, so great for walking and biking and you’re close Golden Gate Park & the Panhandle for a handful of sunny SF days. Upper Haight is a bit cooler temperature-wise (and more shopping/touristy heavy) than Lower Haight, which is just down the street past Buena Vista Park and Divisadero.

Hayes Valley: Somewhat of an unsung gem, this area boasts great restaurants and culture. Hayes Valley is fairly centrally located among the other hoods mentioned, so it would make for a nice walk to the Mission or Haight.

Hunters Point/Bayview: Located in the southeastern part of the city, this is where you’ll find the 49ers playing at Candlestick Park.

Marina District: Marina is a neighborhood with a great view of the bay and great food.

Mission District: Here you’ll find murals, great food, and some rad thrift, antique and used bookstores. If you can, look for a spot near Dolores Park as this is one of the choicest hangouts in the city and boasts one of the best views around.

Nob Hill-Russian Hill: These hilly, cable car-loving neighborhoods offer spectacular apartments and views. Some blocks lack the Victorian charm of many parts of the city, so if you're adamant about crown molding and vaulted ceilings you might want to take a gander at Google Street View before touring for yourself. Nob & Russian Hill offer big blocks of residential living, it’s a great spot to consider.

Noe Valley: Another primarily residential area.

North Beach: One of the classic San Francisco neighborhoods, you’ll find lots of restaurants, boutiques and tourists here. Washington Square Park is always packed on Saturdays, Sundays, and, well, most days. If you can find a spot, it’s a great choice.

Pacific Heights: There are many Victorian homes here, and Lower Pacific Heights can be a great find with convenient access to the park, Fillmore Street shopping & dining, and Japantown.

Richmond District: A residential area. It’s foggy here, but it’s less expensive than elsewhere.

Sunset District: Home to lots of parks and an increasing amount of surfers. Outer Sunset also has plenty of rental deals. Oh, and fog. The Sunset district is on the westernmost edge of San Francisco. Unlike elsewhere in SF, if you’re moving here (or the Richmond), you’ll probably want a car.

SoMA (South of Market): This is the perfect place to live if you work downtown. Filled with museums, hotels, and plenty of great restaurants, here you’ll find many loft style apartments, an eclectic energy, and baseball’s Giants. SoMA is home to many industrial and warehouse buildings & newer high-rise apartment complexes.

Western Addition: Home to the musically rich Fillmore neighborhood, this area also contains Japantown and has no shortage of Victorian homes. It’s primarily residential, but there are corner stores galore.

Life in San Francisco

It’s not “San Fran”, and don’t you dare call it “Frisco”

  • San Franciscans are a unique breed, and one that’s very protective of their home turf. “San Francisco” is just that, and nicknames of any variety (with the exception of “The City” and “SF”) are a dead giveaway for tourists. Also, Gough Street is pronounced “GOFF”, & and that “L” in Polk Street, that’s not just sittin’ there for kicks.
  • Because the city is just 7 miles by 7 miles, you’ll learn the streets well and in SF it’s common to use cross streets (as opposed to exact addresses) as a navigational means. Speaking of navigation...

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Muni

  • Public transportation is a major way of life here and there’re many options. Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway) combines it all: light rail, subway, bus, trolley, carrier pigeon, you name it. Learn your neighborhood, ask around, and you’ll soon find the best combo of public transit. Be sure to order & fill a Clipper card online (or get one at a local Walgreens), as this is the form of payment most easily accepted on Muni vehicles.
  • For drivers, traffic can be an issue depending on where you live. If you plan on commuting to Silicon Valley, you’ll want to rent in the southeast section to ease your freeway access & minimize your drive time. Make sure to get an apartment with an assigned parking spot, too, as street spots are rare and parking tickets are not.
  • If you’re a fan of repeatedly putting one front in front of the other, you’ll love San Francisco; Walkscore.com ranked it America’s most walkable city in 2008. If you’re a fan of bicycles, great; you’ll have plenty of company with fellow commuters who pedal their way to work. If you’re a fan of forgetting to put your car in park – a very weird thing to be a fan of, we might add – then rethink your move here. Lots of hills mean lots of opportunities for things to roll down them.
  • For the true 21st century dudes and dudettes, check out Zip Car if you’re not planning on owning, but would still like to get behind the wheel occasionally, and be sure to download the “Transporter” app to your iPhone for real-time updates on Muni & BART arrivals.

In San Francisco, you’ll be treated to one of the world’s greatest cities, full of culture, history, open minds, and spectacular food. Congratulations on your move and best of luck finding that perfect pad!

August 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2020 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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August 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2020 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Francisco rents decline sharply over the past month

San Francisco rents have declined 1.1% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 4.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,389 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,001 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.0%, as well as the national average of 0.2%.

    Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Francisco over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,001, while one-bedrooms go for $2,389.
    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,763, while one-bedrooms go for $2,199.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,405; rents fell 1.0% over the past month and 1.8% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,189; rents went down 0.3% over the past month and 2.1% over the past year.

    Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

    As rents have fallen sharply in San Francisco, a few similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in California have been slightly on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.1% in San Diego.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,001 is above the national average of $1,193. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in San Francisco fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,104, where San Francisco is more than two-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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Francisco
    $2,390
    $3,000
    -1.1%
    -4%
    Oakland
    $1,740
    $2,190
    -0.3%
    -2.1%
    Fremont
    $2,970
    $3,730
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,800
    -0.1%
    1.3%
    Concord
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.1%
    -1.5%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    -0.3%
    0
    Richmond
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -0.1%
    3.5%
    Antioch
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -0.4%
    1.2%
    Daly City
    $2,630
    $3,300
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    San Mateo
    $3,510
    $4,410
    -1%
    -1.8%
    Livermore
    $2,280
    $2,860
    0
    -1%
    Redwood City
    $2,760
    $3,460
    -1.1%
    -2.7%
    San Ramon
    $3,000
    $3,770
    0.3%
    -1.8%
    Pleasanton
    $2,870
    $3,610
    0
    -4.6%
    Union City
    $2,770
    $3,490
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,450
    $3,070
    -0.5%
    -0.8%
    South San Francisco
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -1.4%
    -4.9%
    Pittsburg
    $2,560
    $3,220
    0.6%
    -1.3%
    San Rafael
    $2,540
    $3,180
    0
    -2%
    Novato
    $2,620
    $3,290
    -0.1%
    -2.4%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.3%
    -1.6%
    San Bruno
    $2,750
    $3,460
    -0.9%
    -0.7%
    Pacifica
    $3,040
    $3,820
    -0.2%
    0.2%
    Martinez
    $2,480
    $3,120
    0
    -0.2%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,750
    $3,460
    0
    1%
    Burlingame
    $2,700
    $3,390
    -1.2%
    2.3%
    Belmont
    $2,810
    $3,530
    -1.2%
    -0.4%
    Emeryville
    $2,350
    $2,950
    -0.3%
    -3.6%
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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.

    Methodology:

    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.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Ap...

    View full San Francisco Renter Survey

    Here’s how San Francisco ranks on:

    B+
    Overall satisfaction
    C+
    Safety and crime rate
    A
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A-
    Recreational activities
    D
    Quality of schools
    A
    Social Life
    A
    Weather
    B-
    Commute time
    D
    State and local taxes
    A-
    Public transit
    C+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love San Francisco, some aspects can be better."

    Key Findings in San Francisco include the following:

    • San Francisco renters gave their city a B+ overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for San Francisco were social life, weather, and jobs and career opportunities, which all received A grades.
    • The areas of concern to San Francisco renters are affordability (F), quality of local schools (D) and state and local taxes (D).
    • San Francisco millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-.
    • San Francisco earned similar scores to other tech hubs, including Austin (A-), Denver (B+) and Seattle (B+)
    • San Francisco did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Philadelphia (C+) and Miami (C+).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "I love the diverse food, ease of getting around, and all of the activities. But I hate the high cost of living." -Anon.
    • "San Francisco is a diverse city where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed. On the downside, it seems like crime is rising at an alarming rate." -Richard
    • "I love the history, food, parks, and close places to go hiking. I hate that it’s so expensive and keeps getting more crowded." -Kandace B.
    • "SF is a good mix of residential neighborhoods, urban areas, and natural beauty." -Katie F.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How much is rent in San Francisco?
    In San Francisco, the median rent is $1,943 for a studio, $2,388 for a 1-bedroom, $3,001 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,037 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Francisco, check out our monthly San Francisco Rent Report.
    What are the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco?
    Some of the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco include South Of Market, Tenderloin, Nob Hill, Mission District, and Lower Nob Hill.
    How pet-friendly is San Francisco?
    According to our Annual Renter Survey, San Francisco received a letter grade of C+ for pet-friendliness.
    What is the job market like in San Francisco?
    According to our Annual Renter Survey, San Francisco received a letter grade of A for satisfaction with jobs and career opportunities.
    How good are the schools in San Francisco?
    San Francisco renters gave their city a letter grade of D when asked to rate their satisfaction with schools in the area. To see how San Francisco did in other categories, check out the results of our Annual Renter Survey.
    What is social life like in San Francisco?
    San Francisco renters gave their city a letter grade of A when asked to rate their satisfaction with social life and dating opportunities. To see how San Francisco did in other categories, check out the results of our Annual Renter Survey.
    What colleges and universities are located in or around San Francisco?
    Some of the colleges located in the San Francisco area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, University of California-San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University-San Francisco. If you are looking for off-campus housing near your school, follow the links above to see apartment listings in the area.
    What cities do people live in to commute to San Francisco?
    Some of the nearby cities that people commute to San Francisco from include San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, Sunnyvale, and Santa Rosa.

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