Renting an apartment in SF

New qdJo63
Sep 17 44 Comments

I'm moving to San Francisco from the east coast soon. I will be joining Uber as an SE2. I am a single guy and looking for a nice 1 bedroom apartment. UBER's HQ is in the Soma area but it will be moved to Mission Bay soon.

Here are my options, please help me choose. I have included the monthly rent (utilities included), the approximate area and commute. 

The rents are so high! Let me know about the other available options.

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  • The big thing that we can’t decide for you is how much you value a quick commute.

    Soma is a bit soulless but it’s hard to beat walking distance.

    My general preference would be Oakland but 40 mins is a long commute. (Edit: as the next commenter said, you should be able to find a quicker commute in Oakland)

    My advice is this: don’t decide based on the money. If you’re only considering those other options because they’re cheaper, a few hundred dollars a month isn’t worth your happiness.
    Sep 17 4
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      I am trying to consider everything. Oakland will waste take an hour extra of my life with commute every day but it will be 700$ cheaper! I can get a car with that money. I am also considering the area, but I don't know which area is good. I just know SOMA has a lot of homeless people on the streets.
      Sep 17
    • If a “good” walkable area with relatively few homeless people is important to you do not choose Soma.
      Sep 17
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      where do you live yourself?
      Sep 17
    • I don’t live or work in SF sorry
      Sep 17
  • Airbnb YdSR51
    Find a place in Oakland that’s closer to Bart. All trains through SF also pass through West Oakland, it’s closer to a 20 minute commute.
    Sep 17 3
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      When Uber move to mission bay it will be 40 minutes because I have to change the bus
      Sep 17
    • Uber $UBER
      Mission Bay schedule is not known. Would not decide based on that for now
      Sep 17
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      How come? It's gonna be about 8 months right?
      Sep 17
  • Microsoft / Eng Leet_God
    TC or GTFO
    Sep 17 3
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      230k
      Sep 17
    • Uber $UBER
      Breakdown?
      Sep 17
    • DoorDash cwOq47
      Love this GTFO culture
      Sep 17
  • Uber $UBER
    If you are someone who doesn’t like commute, stay in the city and spend the money on rent.

    There are nice apartments in Rincon Hill area $3000 for studio and $3500 ish for 1 BR.

    You don’t need a car in city. You can always rent for traveling on weekends unless you want to drive a lot. Car will become a liability for future home search due to high parking cost in the city ~$300+

    Are you in 1455 or 555?
    Sep 17 6
    • Uber $UBER
      There is a bike room but you can’t leave it overnight
      Sep 18
    • Uber $UBER
      There are a bunch of apartments around that area. Forget about long commutes
      Sep 18
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      Can you leave skateboards there? Are they safe?
      Sep 18
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      Yeah, I'll probably stick to your advice. My goal is under 30 minutes commute
      Sep 18
    • Uber $UBER
      You can take your skateboard to your desk.
      Sep 18
  • Intel bTpT22
    Daly City is way toooooo foggy ! I feel that's not a healthy place to live.

    You may check the apartments close to 101 on the south side of SFO, there are some apartments with a rent $2500 ~ 2600 for 1B1B (utilities not included, but parking is free). Commute to Mission Bay should be easy (101 + 280). But you need to rent a parking spot in the city ($200/m ?)
    Sep 17 4
    • American Express gandalf$$
      Can you get Uber to reimburse for parking
      Sep 17
    • Uber $UBER
      Nope
      Sep 17
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      So Uber doesn't have parking? Good to know!
      Sep 18
    • American Express gandalf$$
      I can’t think of any companies that have their own parking space in sf. The exception being some startup housed in a warehouse that lets you park your scooter inside. That would be cool.
      Sep 18
  • Uber / Other yippeee
    Mission bay
    Sep 17 2
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      Do you currently live there? how's the area?
      Sep 17
    • Uber / Other yippeee
      No, I live in the opposite side and work in the engineering building. We're moving to mission bay soon and it's clean there so highly recommend. Even dogpatch is nice too and studios might be a little cheaper
      Sep 17
  • Amazon Dr. Jones
    Do you have a car? If so there are better options - I wouldn’t really want to live in any of these neighborhoods you have chosen.
    Sep 17 1
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      Please tell me the other options, I don't know. I might buy a car, but it depends on my rent and how far is the commute
      Sep 17
  • Sony turts
    Don’t get stuck with a long commute, it’s totally draining.
    Sep 17 0
  • Salesforce karlthehog
    New homeless shelter coming to Embarcadero part of SoMa - avoid that
    Sep 17 0
  • Lyft / Eng TFl423p00p
    Depending on your age I’d say get a roommate and save some $$
    Sep 17 1
  • Microsoft oftgroct
    How about mission district or Hayes valley?
    Sep 17 1
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      Yeah, they are all walking distance, but the rents are more or less the same. Is there any difference in terms of the neighborhood?
      Sep 17
  • Ellie Mae orange 🍊
    Time is money
    Sep 17 0
  • New qdJo63
    OP
    Btw with Oakland and Daly city I should pay an extra cost for transportation
    Sep 17 0
  • DoorDash cwOq47
    I’m in soma and it costs 3300 per month plus util and stuff. Def go San Mateo or Oakland unless you spend time outside work in city a lot.
    Sep 17 3
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      San Mateo would add 1 hours commute every day right?
      Sep 17
    • DoorDash cwOq47
      Definitely. I takes 40-60 two ways to commute within soma (30 if you do scooters). I think San Mateo would be 45-60 one way, 90-120 one day. I Commuted from mtv which took 1.5-2 hours one way
      Sep 17
    • New qdJo63
      OP
      That's a looong commute, you must have a good reason to live there
      Sep 18
  • American Express gandalf$$
    Op, I might be doing the same. How was the relocation bonus?
    Sep 17 0
  • Facebook FUo69
    TC?
    Sep 17 0

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