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San Francisco Apartments and Residence Hotels

San Francisco Apartments and Residence Hotels

TestMagic has put this information here to help people looking to find housing in San Francisco. TestMagic does not necessarily endorse any of the companies listed here.

What can you expect when you arrive in San Francisco? High rent! Rents have been rising for the last few years, and it doesn't seem as if they will ever come down. Everybody complains about the high cost of living in San Francisco, but few complain about the quality of life here. San Francisco is truly one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, likely because of its diversity and unique history. And many people say that San Francisco is the "most European city" in the United States, but I've yet to see any European city that can accommodate so many different cultures so comfortably.

Want to come to San Francisco? Take a look at the following. Most TestMagic students choose one of them.

San Francisco Housing


Share a house or apartment

This is what most students do after they have been here for more than a few months. This is often the best option for mature travelers or people who are going to stay here for more than a few months. Prices range from $250/month (sharing an apartment with as many as 10 people) to $800/month (you have your own room and bathroom). You can find places to rent either by using local classifieds or bulletin boards. There are also many services in San Francisco that will help you locate a roommate for a fee. These are some of the companies:

Rent Tech

Metro Rent

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Residence Hotel

A lot of people do this when they first arrive. There are several in downtown San Francisco. Many of the students seem to like them and seem to meet lots of people there, too. However, it is one of the more expensive ways to stay in San Francisco.

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Homestay

Students live with an American family. You pay for your room and food. This is a good way to practice English and learn about American culture. These companies charge a fee to find a place for you. This is one of the most expensive ways to stay in San Francisco. Expect to pay from $650 to $1,000/month.

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Au pair/Nanny/Live in Babysitter

This is one of the cheapest ways to live in San Francisco, however, you have to give up some of your freedom to do so. Also, part of your duties will be to care for a child or clean the house. Sometimes, your boss can take advantage of you--for example, make you work a lot. Most au pair jobs require about 20 hours/week of work. Many parents are also looking for an au pair who speaks a certain language and the au pair is required to speak that language with the baby. This will give the student less time to practice English. You can find these positions either by using local classifieds or bulletin boards.

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Living Alone

Great! You want to live alone! You will probably pay anywhere from $800/month to $2,000/month, depending on the apartment and location.You can find apartments for rent either by using local classifieds or bulletin boards.You also might want to check out these services: Rent Tech or Metro Rent.

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Newspaper Classified Ads

Many Americans use this method, it's cheap but can be tiring. Some local papers are (the links will take you directly to their Classifieds sections):

SF Chronicle (morning daily) and SF Examiner (afternoon daily) These two papers have the same classified ads. They are published on-line. You will see a large variety of people advertising here.

The Bay Guardian (free weekly) This is one of the most popular free weeklies. The people who advertise in it tend to be those leading somewhat more alternative lifestyles, like students or other typical San Franciscans.

SF Weekly (free weekly) This is another free weekly. Its readers are similar to those of the Bay Guardian: leading somewhat more alternative lifestyles, like students or other typical San Franciscans.

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Bulletin Boards

This is one of the best and cheapest ways to find a roommate once you are here in the US. The local universities and cafés are a great place to check out ads. In general, if you want to live with someone like you, go to the places that have customers like you.

San Francisco State University If you want to live with some other students, check out the bulletin boards here at this public 4-year university.

City College of San Francisco If you want to live with younger students, you could go to this 2-year public university.

Golden Gate University This private four-year university is located in downtown San Francisco.

University of California at San Francisco This public 4-year university is known for its medical school and is centrally located in a nice area, not too far from Golden Gate Park.

University of San Francisco This private, Jesuit 4-year university is centrally located in a nice area.

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