101 Cheap Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

Last updated August 21 at 11:06pm UTC
333 Hyde
333 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 11:06pm UTC
Studio
$1,695
320 14TH STREET Apartments
320 14th Street
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 11:06pm UTC
Studio
$2,295
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1771 15th Street
Mission
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 9:49am UTC
Studio
$2,300
4500 Mission Street, Suite 3, Room H
Mission Terrace
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 9:49am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
494 27th ave #41
Outer Richmond
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 9:45am UTC
Studio
$2,295
851 California Street
Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 20 at 11:02am UTC
8 Bedrooms
$1,200
474 27th Avenue #6
Sea Cliff
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 12 at 9:25am UTC
Studio
$2,395
22 MARGRAVE PL
Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 11 at 10:12am UTC
Studio
$2,300
851 California St
Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 10 at 9:35am UTC
10 Bedrooms
$1,250
1600 Ingalls Street
Bayview
San Francisco, CA
Updated July 31 at 9:42am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,250
83 McAllister Unit 312
Civic Center
San Francisco, CA
Updated July 31 at 9:37am UTC
Studio
$1,790
382 Green St
Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 21 at 1:15am UTC
Studio
$2,303
524 Girard St
Portola
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 18 at 5:25pm UTC
Studio
$1,800
60 Leavenworth St
Tenderloin
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 15 at 5:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,950
1336 25th Ave
Central Sunset
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 10 at 5:10pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,400
118 Trumbull St
Excelsior
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 5 at 9:25am UTC
Studio
$1,395
1674 Palou Ave
Bayview
San Francisco, CA
Updated August 5 at 9:24am UTC
Studio
$1,250

August 2018 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents increased 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 2018 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents increased 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 increase sharply over the past month

San Francisco rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,460 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,090 for a two-bedroom. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.8%, as well as the national average of 1.2%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Francisco, 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.

  • Fremont has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $3,740, while one-bedrooms go for $2,970.
  • Over the past year, Berkeley is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 4.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,620, while one-bedrooms go for $2,090.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,240; rents were up 1.7% over the past month and 3.3% over the past year.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,450; rents grew 0.8% over the past month and 2.4% over the past year.

Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

As rents have increased slightly in San Francisco, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.8% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in San Jose, 1.3% in Los Angeles, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,090 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.2% over the past year compared to the 1.1% rise in San Francisco.
  • While San Francisco's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-2.4%) and Chicago (-1.8%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,050, where San Francisco is nearly three 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 $3,090 0.7% 1.1%
Oakland $1,780 $2,240 1.7% 3.3%
Fremont $2,970 $3,740 -0.3% 4.6%
Hayward $2,290 $2,880 0.4% 3.4%
Concord $2,440 $3,060 2.8% 3.8%
Berkeley $2,090 $2,620 -1.2% -4.6%
Richmond $2,140 $2,690 -0.1% 4.4%
Antioch $2,870 $3,610 0.6% 2.5%
Daly City $2,470 $3,100 0.5% 3.3%
San Mateo $3,540 $4,450 0.8% 2.4%
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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.

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.