Housing Assistance

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

Cost of Living Supplement

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 2020-21 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 now open!

See information about applying for COLS.

Short-Term Lodging Needs

Housing Services provides a Short-Term Lodging Guide to assist visiting professors, hospital patients, returning alumni, conference attendees and students’ families with temporary lodging, and to help new students who need temporary housing until they find permanent accommodations. 

These listings are based solely on information provided by the managers and owners of the guest apartments and houses, bed & breakfasts, hotels and motels listed in this guide. These listings are not affiliated in any manner with UCSF. Moreover, Housing Services does not investigate, endorse or guarantee the accommodations listed. It is advisable to make reservations in advance and, if possible, to visit the unit prior to making final commitments.

Visit the Housing Services website to learn more.

Housing Resources

If you are experiencing housing insecurity, please contact Student Financial Services.