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Moving to San Francisco

An Insider’s Guide to Accommodation in San Francisco

Cost of Living in San Francisco

This relocation guide has been designed with the explicit intention to provide expats and travellers with all they need to know about moving to San Francisco.

The first exciting chapter covers Accommodation.

Within this chapter, we will be covering the glorious rental market of San Francisco as well as other pieces of practical knowledge that will come in handy.

A Guide for the Bold and Brave

The guide in your hands has been purposefully constructed to help you understand the intricacies of the San Francisco rental market.

San Francisco’s property market is running high like wildfire. The average rent cost is around $3,460 a month while the median price for a single family house is $1,354,100. You can understand why some property pundits have concerns over the property market.

However, don’t let the cost deter you. San Francisco has much to offer those that choose to make it their home. From a booming tech and financial job market to great attractions that can uplift any weekend, the city is a great location for all cheery travellers and expats that are seeking the American Dream.

By reading on, you’ll find out:

  • How to navigate the rental market.
  • How to find the right accommodation.
  • How to weave your way through the demands of tenant agencies and landlords.
  • What checklist you need before you move.
  • Why serviced apartments in San Francisco are better than property rentals.

1.1 Need vs Want

It is vitally important that before you start moving you have a rough idea of what you want from your rental property. Does the rental need to allow pets? Do you need a garden? How far can you commute to work every morning? How important are public transport links?

Moving to San Francisco transportation

All these questions need to be answered as they can help you assess what your ideal property will be and what location you want to be situated in. Then, you will see the number of properties on your list decrease and thus your dream property will appear.

When you have your needs and wants all together, your rental search will be easier to navigate through the turbulence.


The housing market, like in any city or country, is very competitive and it is important you apply your patience as you weave your way across the rickety landscape.

The cost might be quite high for rentals and homes but that hasn’t deterred Americans or expats from relocating to San Francisco. With so many good jobs and a booming economy, they’d be crazy not to. Remember, you’ll be up against a lot of people so it is best to be prepared.

Registering for email alerts on property sites can alleviate a lot of pressure and keep you in the loop with the latest happenings.

Most people use agents to assist with their property search. It is recommended that you contact the agent by phone, when you’ve found somewhere of interest, rather than emailing. This looks more professional and allows you to build a working relationship between you and the agent. This can ensure that you get the dream accommodation you want.

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