How to afford rent in SF?

Jan 16 16 Comments

And how hard is it to actually find share accommodation?

Like how long does it take in your experience to land a half decent place?

The interview-like process looks harder than at least leetcode catching water in buckets on whiteboard.

Take into account that I am not cool nor do I have candid insta snaps of me laughing in various poses so I offer nothing in the way of friendship value to people comprising of `nice_hair+skinny_chinos+ck_basics`.

TC: 160k base + 30k bonus for which we won't hit targets + infinite illiquid magic money

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TOP 16 Comments
  • Twitter Oomnj
    SF is designed to keep you as Labor. It’s designed so you focus on consumption and not wealth creation. It’s a losing proposition.
    Jan 16 1
    • OP
      How many share mates do you have?
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft / Eng
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    Considered not staying in sf, and getting a place of your own?
    Jan 16 4
    • OP
      Where would you stay if not SF? My job is on SOMA. And I'm paranoid around dodgy areas so please don't say anywhere I'm likely to get mugged ie. Oakland.
      Jan 16
    • Logitech Sigurd
      That’s just ridiculous. Plenty of cleaned up ie gentrified areas in Oakland.

      See my answer below. You should easily find something is Soma. Personally I find Soma way too bare, stale and boring but that’s just me.
      Jan 16
    • OP
      I heard Oakland is still really sketchy outside of the one or two very nice areas that are equally expensive to SF. Maybe more sqf?
      Jan 16
    • Logitech Sigurd
      For sure more Sqf and better amenities for the same price. But I’ll be working in SV.
      If you work in Soma, I’d stay in SF.
      Jan 16
  • Logitech Sigurd
    Wtf? With a base of 160k you should be able to afford a place of your own. Even in SF. There are plenty of nice studios in the 2k-2.5k range. In nice hoods too.
    Jan 16 4
    • OP
      For under 2.5k can you get a livable studio? When I was searching it looked dodgy af, like for 2k you get basically an SRO.
      Jan 16
    • Logitech Sigurd
      Of course you can. What hoods you looking at? Soma and Nob Hill seem to have plenty of decent spots.
      Jan 16
    • Logitech Sigurd
      Just had a look. Olume on Mission St. for example has several studios listed as available under 2.5k.

      I am looking for a place right now too but need a 1br. So I am going to Oakland. But if I were single, I’d get a studio in SF.
      Jan 16
    • OP
      Thanks bud. It looks like at the 2.5k mark there are more options. I think when I was searching for 2.2k and under it looked a lot more dire.
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft / Eng Lmat
    Found a nice studio in Marina district for 2.2k. Ymmv
    Jan 16 1
  • New ktFx33
    Don’t panic. Things will be ok. If you want a shared accommodation I would save that for when you know a colleague well. Or post on blind “looking for shared accommodation in sf”
    Jan 16 1
    • OP
      I'd be a bit worried looking for house mates on blind, might end up with 5'6"Indian and he will rant at me about his maxilla.
      Jan 16