Off-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

View a list of short & long term accommodations in San Francisco, find roommates, get to know the city, or list your off-campus apartment for rent. We also have a new resource to help employees buy homes through

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. 
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.

If you are in a UCSF-UC Berkeley joint program, we encourage you to learn more about their housing options 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.

If you’re looking for summer housing, please visit this site for more information.

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.

Know Your Rights
This is the California guide to residential tenants’ rights and responsibilities.

Create a Resume
Show landlords 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
Financial questions:
•How much is the deposit? Is it negotiable?
•Are any utilities included? How much do they usually cost?
•Has there been a recent rent increase?

•How many tenants are allowed in the unit?
•Is subletting permissible as long as you, the landlord, are notified?
•How long do tenants usually rent here?

•What appliances are included? Are there washer/dryer hookups(if washer/dryer is not included)?
•Does the unit have off-street parking? How many parking spaces? Are parking permits required for street parking? Is there a garage?
•Is the unit furnished?
•Is there a back yard?

•Is there public transportation nearby? How far?
•Are the tenants responsible for the upkeep of landscaping?

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. 

Try to address the following areas in your pet resume:
•Mention anything about your pet’s age, activity level, and/or breed traits that help make your dog or cat a “good tenant.” Tell the landlord something positive about your animal’s personality and how much you care about your pet.
•Give examples of your pet’s good behavior and your responsibility. Has your dog been to obedience school or had special training? If your dog has lived in apartments before and is accustomed to it, say so. If you have more than one pet, let the landlord know how well they get along and keep each other company while you are away. If your cat uses a scratching post, say so and also note that your cat is litter box trained.
•Explain how you keep your pet clean and free of fleas. Mention that you always clean up after your dog, and/or dispose of cat litter properly.
•Let the landlord know your dog or cat is spayed or neutered. Also note that your animal is up-to-date on their vaccinations, and mention the name of your pet’s veterinarian.
•Offer to sign a pet agreement and pay a pet deposit.
•You can certify your dog through the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program which will test and verify that your dog has good manners at home and in the community.

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 list of items you need to be prepared for any major disaster or earthquake. 

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

How to Detect a Rental Scam
•Rental amount is unusually low in comparison to the average rates for the area
•Landlord is unable to show you the rental; claims to be out of town, state, or country
•There is a sense of urgency
•There are requests made of advanced payments through wiring, cashier’s check, money order, escrow service, Western Union, or MoneyGram
•Landlord does not ask for rental application or reference check
•A third party is involved
•Ad and/or correspondence has misspellings
•Excessive use of capitalization

How to Avoid a Rental Scam
•Never wire money, nor pay money in advance of seeing the rental
•Always meet the landlord or property manager in person before signing rental documents or sending money
•Never give out bank account information
•Contact the county assessor’s office to look up property ownership:
•Do a web search of the landlord’s name

Home Buying Support

Housing Services is pleased to connect UCSF employees with Landed
Landed, Inc. provides health care workers and educators, including UCSF employees, with down-payment support and home-buying resources, making it easier to purchase a home in the expensive Bay Area market. More information about UCSF’s affiliation with Landed is here.

UCSF aims to develop new and improved service and patient experiences; forge strategic partnerships with cutting-edge startups and technology companies; help create a culture of innovation across the organization, in advancing health worldwide.
Please keep in mind, however, that this is not a UCSF benefit. Landed works with many employers in several states and is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by UCSF, UC or any UCSF affiliate or UC affiliate.
Any interested employee should independently review and investigate this program to ensure it meets their needs.

UC Home Loan Program - Mortgage Origination Program (MOP)
The Mortgage Origination Program (MOP) is a recruitment tool to assist qualifying new faculty in purchasing their first home in the Bay Area using a below-market rate mortgage. Eligibility for MOP participation is restricted to faculty with appointments in the Academic Senate series (Professor/ Ladder Rank, Professor In Residence, or Professor of Clinical X) or members of the Senior Management Group (SMG) within the first two years of their eligible appointment. Faculty with appointments in the Adjunct or Health Sciences Clinical series are not eligible to participate in this program. Please visit Academic Affairs for more information.


Relocation Services

Housing Services strives to be your first choice for your housing needs, however we know that you may have needs for other options throughout the City of San Francisco.

What does Full Service Relocation Service mean?
- Rental Finding Services
- Area Orientation
- School Search
- Moving Services, including purchasing or renting furniture
- International Client Support

Contact San Francisco Relocate for a free consultation at

Contact The Right Move Group for more information on their services at

This website contains links to the San Francisco Relocate website.  This website are operated and maintained by third-party services; the links herein are provided for convenience only.  UCSF does not endorse San Francisco Relocate; UCSF receives no compensation or other benefits for publicizing these links; and these third parties and their websites are unaffiliated with UCSF.  By clicking on either link, you will leave the UCSF Housing Services website.  Anyone using San Francisco Relocate should review the terms and conditions, especially the privacy policies, of these companies prior to using their services or providing any personal information.  Should you encounter technical difficulties, please refer to the San Francisco Relocate website terms and privacy policies.  UCSF is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage caused by, or in connection with, the use of these third-party services, or for any information, products, or services on or from those websites.

San Francisco’s Public Transportation

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.


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.