Off-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

View a list of short & long term accommodations in San Francisco, view our lodging guide, get to know the city, or list your off-campus apartment for rent.

Off-Campus Rental Information

This Off-Campus Rental listing service, called Places4Students, connects landlords and apartment seekers who are looking for long-term off-campus housing accommodations. Features also include a Roommate Finder for UCSF students. 

Housing Services maintains listings of current rental information concerning off-campus houses, apartments, rooms, and various types of shared housing. The listings are searchable online and updated as new information is available. Just choose the type of rental you desire as well as the maximum monthly rent you are willing to pay.

Landlords, click here to list your property rental with us.

Apartment seekers, click here to find long-term off-campus accommodations.

Looking for a UCSF roommate? Click here to access our Roommate Finder.
Students can also register here to post a free roommate or sublet listing.

San Francisco’s Neighborhoods & Transportation

Want to get to know the city better? Learn more about San Francisco by using this guide.

To assist you with your off-campus transportation, click here for a public transportation map.

You may also use UCSF’s free shuttle network to travel between various UCSF locations. To find out more about the UCSF Shuttle system, click here.

Short-Term Housing

Our Short-Term Lodging Guide assists visiting professors, hospital patients, returning alumni, conference attendees and students’ families in finding temporary lodging, and helps new students who need temporary housing until they find permanent accommodations.

Apartment Hunters Resources

The off-campus housing search can be challenging in the San Francisco rental market.  Here are some helpful resources to look for your new home.

Beware of Scams
The internet is full of scams for housing.  Here are some tips to help avoid some of those scams

Know Your Rights
This is the California Tenant Guide for your reference. 

Create a Resume
Present yourself in a way that makes a landlord want to choose you to rent their property.  Show them that you have a strong history of responsibility by creating your resume. Here is a sample resume to use to create your own.

Questions to ask about a rental property
Here is a list of some question to ask a potential landlord about the property they are renting. 

Have a pet you want to live with?
Finding a place that is pet-friendly in San Francisco is difficult, but not impossible.  To enhance your chances with a potential landlord, consider creating a pet resume.  Here is a guide for you to refer to a sample resume.

Inspecting a Rental Property
Here’s a simple checklist to guide you in checking out a space you’re interested in renting.

Always be prepared for any disasters
When living in San Francisco, or anywhere in California, we must always be prepared for earthquakes.  Here is a guide to making sure your home has the items you need to be prepared for any major disaster or earthquake.

Other Resources

International Scholar Housing
Arriving from abroad presents special challenges. We can help you find the right housing accommodations. Click here to find out more information on International Scholar Housing.

Avoid Rental Scams – do not be a victim of fraud.  Criminals pretending to be landlords are active in San Francisco.  The United States Federal Trade Commission provides resources for renters to avoid rental scams.  Please review the information carefully before sending money to potential landlords. Click here to review a list of rental listing scams.

City Affordable Housing Programs
The Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development offers resources for finding “affordable rental housing” in San Francisco.  Visit this site for more information about the various programs the City offers, and to find out if you qualify for these programs.

NOTE: UCSF Housing Services provides links to this information for your convenience only.  The University makes no representation as to the availability,  condition or suitability of any of the listed resources or establishments.  Eligibility for these programs is limited to those who meet qualifications based on income/salary, household size, etc.