San Francisco

A look inside San Francisco's least expensive apartments

If you're seeking a budget-friendly apartment in San Francisco, there are deals to be found — if you know where to look.

We reviewed listings for studios and one-bedroom apartments citywide via rental site Zumper to see what price-conscious apartment seekers can expect to find.

Note: these prices and availability are subject to change.

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198 Carl St. 


Listed at $1,295/month, this efficiency apartment at 198 Carl St. in Cole Valley is 44.9 percent less than the median rent for a studio in San Francisco, which is currently estimated at around $2,350/month.

Located inside a former hotel, the fully-furnished unit contains a private bathroom, a dresser, a small fridge and microwave. Amenities include wifi, and an outdoor patio.

The location has a walkability score of 96, is very bike-friendly, and public transit isn't an issue: the N-Judah literally stops outside the front door. No pets or smoking allowed. (See the complete listing here.)

935 Geary St.


This studio at 935 Geary St. in the Tenderloin is going for $1,395/month.

The efficiency unit lacks a kitchen, but it has been recently updated and contains a microwave and small refrigerator. All utilities are included, and on-site laundry is available, but pets are not permitted.

Per Walk Score ratings, the area around this address is extremely walkable, is quite bikeable and is a haven for transit riders. (See the full listing here.)

1068 Howard St., #11


Then there's this top-floor efficiency at 1068 Howard St., #11 in SoMa that's listed at $1,495/month.

The unit comes with laminate flooring and "a nice, large bathroom," according to the listing. Close to downtown, the surrounding area is a "walker's paradise," is great for biking and has excellent transit.

Water and garbage fees are included, but pets and smoking are not allowed. (See the full listing here.)

16th Ave. and California St.

Listed at $1,500/month, this studio apartment is located at 16th Ave. and California St. in the Richmond district.

This efficiency unit lacks a kitchen, but building amenities include on-site laundry, carpeted floors, and feline companions are A-OK. Adjacent to many restaurants and cafes, the unit is just two blocks from the Presidio.

Several Muni lines, including the 1 California, pass nearby, and the rent-controlled unit is also close to shuttle stops on Park Presidio Blvd. Walk Score indicates that the area around this address is very walkable and is bike-friendly.

(Here's the listing.)

1423 Rhode Island St.


This studio at 1423 Rhode Island St. in Potrero Hill is listed for $1,600/month for 325 square feet of space.

The in-law unit features on-site laundry, a kitchenette, and is close to nearby transportation options. The landlord is offering an 8-month lease to a single occupant.

According to Walk Score, the area around this address is very walkable, is very bikeable and is a haven for transit riders. (See the listing here.)

1701 Broadway, #8


This studio apartment at 1701 Broadway, #8 in Pacific Heights is going for $1,600/month.

Located on the ground floor of a residential condominium, the studio contains laminate flooring, "a nice kitchen area" and large closet space, but pets are not permitted.

According to Walk Score, the surrounding area has excellent walkability, is fairly bikeable and is a haven for transit riders. (Check out the listing here.)

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