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Comparing on-campus vs. off-campus housing?

Here is why on-campus is a better deal:

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Location
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Close to campus & university resources
Off Campus
More time & effort to commute to/from UCSF when you could be studying or being with friends
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Transportation
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Free shuttle system
Off Campus
A monthly muni pass is $81 or $98 to include BART
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Internet Services
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Included at most properties*
Off Campus
~ $60/month
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Gas & Electric
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Free or reduced due to building efficiencies
Off Campus
Up to $200 for a 2-bedroom apartment
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Trash, Compost, Recycling
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Included
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~ $33/month
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Maintenance
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Included & available 24/7
Off Campus
May take 24 hours or more
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Lock Outs
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Included & available 24/7
Off Campus
Sleeping at a friend’s house or waiting for hours
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Security
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Security systems, emergency “blue phones,” & some on site security guards
Off Campus
Most properties do not have advanced security systems or on-site guards
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Security Deposits
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None
Off Campus
1-2 months’ rent or more
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Application Fees
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None
Off Campus
~ $40/person
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Lease Terms
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Terminations possible when you leave UCSF
Off Campus
Locked into your lease for its full term
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Rent Stability
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No rent increase thru June 2022 and you will know the rent increase around 4 months ahead of time.

Off Campus
Rent increases up to 5% a year. Even in rent-controlled apartments, owners could pass on building improvement costs to tenants. Also, landlords can give you only a 30-day notice of rent increase.
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Rent Pricing
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We are not-for-profit and can aim rental rates lower than their appraised market value. We are constantly monitoring the market to give tenants the best value for the price.
Off Campus
Landlords attempt to maximize their profit with highest rates possible given market conditions. As the economy improves, off-campus rates will increase more rapidly than campus rates.

* Not included at Aldea San Miguel or Mount Zion

Who is eligible to live in UCSF Housing?

Many students, postdocs, residents, clinical fellows, faculty, and staff are eligible for housing. Please review our Eligibility Requirements to see if you qualify.

How long does my Housing Agreement last?

All Housing Agreements begin on the first date of occupancy and end on the following July 1st. If you wish to continue past July 1st, you will sign a Housing Agreement for a full year to the following July 1st. We have a 6-month then month-to-month option as well. Read more about it here.
All tenants are limited to 5 years in campus housing.  Click here to see a sample of the housing lease agreement.

What does my apartment include?

Each of our housing communities offers different amenities.  We have two resources for you to refer to for more detailed information.  The Amenities page gives an overview of each property and your assignment email will have specifics about your unit.  For more on what to bring, refer to the Move In Checklist.

What childcare resources are available at UCSF?

UCSF Family Services has many resources for you and your family while living in San Francisco.  From on-campus resources, to camps, to referral services, the information is easy to find right here.
Our Housing Meetings & Events team plans many events for your children as well.

What are the UCSF Housing COVID-19 policies?

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We appreciated being able to live at Aldea during our child’s early, formative years.  He has been able to interact with all the wonderful people and also to take part in many activities here. Sadly, we can’t live here forever and plan on moving on—but we will never forget you or this place.
- Avon Leekley, Aldea San Miguel Tenant