Assistance with Housing
Get help with the monstrous cost of housing in the Bay Area. Apply for a Cost of Living Supplement.

Cost of Living Supplement

San Francisco has become one of the nation's most expensive places to live. To address this reality, the University is developing more campus housing, but it will take time for all housing units to be completed and open up to students. 

To bridge the gap for students enrolled in degree programs who are not living in campus housing, UCSF will continue to offer a need-based program to provide a $2,500 Cost of Living Supplement (COLS) to current and admitted students in the 2019-20 academic year. The COLS may be used, at the student’s discretion, to help pay for housing or associated costs, such as commuting.

The COLS program will be gradually phased out as new campus housing becomes available. See the projected timelineThe Tidelands, a new UCSF housing complex in the Dogpatch neighborhood near Mission Bay campus, is opening in summer 2019! 


Looking for information about where to live? Campus housing is often the best option, especially for new students. Visit the Campus Life Services — Housing website for information about living on campus as well as useful resources for students who choose to live off-campus.