Map of monthly rent/person in the Berkeley and SF area. Last updated July 2021.

There is no limit on the amount of rent a landlord may first charge the tenant when renting a vacant unit. The annual allowable rent increase is approximately ~5%. As such, leases that started further in the past often correspond to lower rent.

When looking for a place your first year, it may also be useful to see proximity to the AC Transit Transbay Express bus stops (map) for express service between SF and Berkeley. Students can ride AC Transit buses free of charge through the EasyPass which is paid through the UC Berkeley student fees.  Other transbay options are the AC transit F bus (no express service; ~60 min Downtown Berkeley to first stop in SF), and the BART trains (not free of charge, ~$5 each way).

The interactive map below has a panel that will allow you to switch between monthly rent cost per person and commute time.

Raw data

Cross Street / Neighborhood and CityApproximate Move-in DateResidence Type# of Housemates + YouAverage Monthly Rent per PersonPrimary method of commutingTypical Commute Time to LabTypical Commute Cost
Cedar and Bonita, Berkeley5/1/2019Apartment21300Bike50
Virginia St and Walnut St, Berkeley8/2/2020Apartment51250Walk150
Shattuck and Virginia, San Francisco5/15/2020Apartment41148Walk100
Virginia and Walnut St, Berkeley5/15/2021House41100Drive3020
Channing and Sacramento, Berkeley, CA8/1/2017Apartment31115Bus300
4th St and Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco7/20/2020University Housing21220Walk50
19th Street and Valencia, San Francisco12/9/2020Apartment21400Bike150
Mission District, San Francisco6/1/2019Apartment21600Bike200
North Berkeley7/1/2021Apartment21480Bike120
Cedar & Henry, Berkeley7/15/2020Apartment21485Bike100
18th and Connecticut, San Francisco8/1/2019House71300Drive257
19th and Valencia, San Francisco12/14/2020Apartment21400Bus300
Milvia and Lincoln, Berkeley8/1/2020Apartment31330Bike150
40th street and Telegraph Ave, Temescal, Oakland8/10/2020Apartment21800Bus500
Knowles Ave and San Diego Ave, Daly City12/1/2016Apartment21100Drive15150
Mission Bay, San Francisco5/13/2021Apartment21500Walk100
Milvia and Lincoln, Berkeley8/11/2017Apartment41200Bike100
1560 3rd street, San Francisco 12/27/2020University Housing21500Walk50
Bancroft and San Pablo, Berkeley7/1/2020Apartment31100Bus705
North Berkeley, Berkeley8/15/2020House151625Drive4518
Albany, CA9/17/2020University Housing21023Drive1510
3rd and 22nd, San Francisco8/1/2020Apartment21200Bike50
Henry st and Cedar St, Berkeley8/15/2020Apartment31300Bike150
North Berkeley8/16/2016House5996Bike100
Sacramento & Channing, San Francisco7/1/2017Apartment31115Bike150
McAuley and Ayala, Oakland8/1/2020House21500Bus200
Albany, CA8/1/2020University Housing900Bus200
Broadway and 27th St, Oakland12/1/2020Apartment31400Bus400
Henry/Cedar, Berkeley7/26/2019Apartment31317Bike450
Ashbury St and Frederick St, San Francisco8/1/2020Apartment41425Walk100
Lone Mountain, San Francisco7/15/2019Apartment21493Bike300
Rose and Shattuck31100
La Loma Ave and Glendale Ave11350
walnut st near hearst + shattuck01775