Top 10 Cheap Short-Term Apartments Under $2500 in San Francisco Bay Area


Looking for an apartment in the San Francisco Bay Area for a short term but with a limited budget OF $2,500? In the nation’s most competitive rental market, this seems like an impossible task. Even an unfurnished apartment (which typically requires a one-year lease) will cost you well over $3,000 a month, let alone furnished apartments that come with all the futures you will need.

However, with advanced planning and the right platform, you can still find cheap short-term apartments that are furnished and in good conditions. This article rounds up the top 10 short-term apartments under $2500 on 2nd Address, an online marketplace of temporary apartments.

Act fast before they are scooped up by someone else.

1. Artist studio with garden access, San Francisco

Price: $2,490

Location: Scott St & Elm St, San Francisco

A beautiful Victorian house built in 1881 and restored during the last few years. It has a private entrance and direct access to the garden and is located right in the middle of where you want to be.

You will have access to the back yard, garden, and laundry facilities.

2. Beautiful 2 Bedroom Cottage, San Jose

Price: $2,080

Location: S 12th St & E San Fernando St, San Jose

Beautifully restored two-story historic “Carriage House” in the quiet historic neighborhood of Naglee Park downtown San Jose two blocks from SJSU. This home has two bedrooms, living room kitchen, full bath, air-conditioning electric heat and high-speed Internet and private parking. The rental includes the use of laundry facilities in the main house. Every room is elegantly furnished with artful pieces. House design included multiple skylights, arched doorways and unique architecturally pleasing ceiling elevations. The Carriage House sits back from the main road and is adjacent to a garden with river Rock raised garden bed. The Carriage House has been recently remodeled, freshly painted and in excellent condition.

3. Furnished 1B1B, San Francisco

Price: $1,920


This fully furnished unit is at the ground floor of a three-story residential building. You have your own private entrance. It consists of one bedroom, one bathroom, and a living area with a fully stocked kitchenette. 

This building is conveniently located one block away from San Bruno Ave, where you can find a lot of restaurants, cafe, shops and groceries. It is also only 2 blocks away from Highway 101. Muni bus line 8 goes through San Bruno Ave and can get you to Downtown San Francisco, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is only 20 mins away by car.

4. Vintage furnished trailer, San Mateo

Price: $2,360


This is a cozy and sweet vintage travel trailer, lovingly named “La Piccina” (the tiny one), that has everything you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay – all in a very tiny, minimalist space. This home is ideal for a single guest; however, we welcome parties of more than one guest, if everyone is accustomed to tiny spaces.

Features and amenities:

• Full size bed 
• Comfortable 10 inch memory foam mattress
• 2 bunk beds with camping pads 
• Dining table that converts into a bed 
• Kitchen 
• Refrigerator with freezer 
• Gas stove with four burners 
• Counter top convection oven 
• Coffee maker
• Organic coffee and filtered water 
• Bathroom
• Full size shower head 
• RV half tub 
• Organic soap and shampoo 
• Ample lighting 
• Radio/CD player 
• Skylights 
• Air conditioner 
• Space heater 
• Outdoor seating 
• Redwood patio deck 
• Trampoline 

5. One-of-a-kind studio, Palo Alto

Price: $2,480


This charming studio apartment is quaint and fully equipped with everything you need for modern living. This unit has its own sofabed, bathroom, and kitchenette inside of a beautiful Victorian house. Located 3 blocks away from University Ave where you will find a hub of trendy shops, restaurants, cafes and across the street from Heritage Park, the largest park recreation area in the city! An easy 7-minute walk to the Palo Alto CalTrain station provides convenient access to the entire Bay Area.

6. Furnished Studio with Kitchenette, San Francisco

Price: $1,920


This fully furnished studio is at on the second floor of a three-story residential building. You have your own private entrance. It consists of a queen bed, a private bathroom, and kitchenette with refrigerator. 

This building is conveniently located one block from San Bruno Ave, where you can find a lot of restaurants, cafe, shops and groceries. It is also only 2 blocks away from Highway 101. Muni bus line 8 goes through San Bruno Ave and can get you to Downtown San Francisco, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is only 20 mins away by car.

7. San Jose 2BR near Santana Row

Price: $2,350


This is a cute and family-friendly neighborhood near everything you need. Nearby Westfield Valley Fair mall and Santana Row offer more than enough options for shopping, dining, and people-watching. Have easy access to commuter freeways and top Silicon Valley employers. The Winchester Mystery House, a quirky and eccentric home designed to confuse ghosts, is a historical landmark just moments away. 

Pet restrictions are determined on a case-by-case basis.

8. Trendy studio in Burlingame

Price: $2,480


Downtown Burlingame Fully Furnished Modern Studio Apartment
Fully renovated modern interior Studio 1 bath fully furnished apartment
Walk two blocks to CalTrain or El Camino Real transit 
Walking distance to downtown Burlingame shops, restaurants and grocery shopping
Brand new kitchen has solid surface counters, espresso cabinets, stainless/black appliances and basic housewares. Appliances include refrigerator, range, microwave/hood, and dishwasher
Brand new bathroom has modern vanity, mirrored medicine cabinet, and modern tile floor and shower
Brand new laminate hardwood flooring throughout and window coverings
Brand new stacking washer/dryer inside the apartment
Covered parking (1) space
Comcast Cable TV & High Speed Internet installed
Utilities are included 
3 month minimum lease
No pets. No smoking.

9. Beautiful Cottage with private entrance and bath

Price: $1,640


Bright, light-filled and newly renovated cottage with all of the amenities needed for an extended stay in the Bay Area. It is a perfect jumping-off point for day trips to all that Northern California has to offer. It is a short walk to BART to take the train into San Francisco and 2 miles from the UC Berkeley Campus.

The space is calm and serene in the back garden of the property. The kitchenette is brand new with quartz countertops, microwave, mini oven, hot plate, fridge and all cookware/ dishware. You will also enjoy a beautiful private bathroom with a rain showerhead and crisp, clean towels. In the main space you will find a desk, a comfy queen bed, and a flat screen TV with Netflix. This cottage fully furnished and is great for a relaxing stay in the Bay Area.

It has a completely separate and private entrance. A laundromat is a one minute walk from the cottage for longer stays.

10. Furnished Studio Loft in Berkeley

Price: $1,920


This is a tiny and cute studio, but on 3 levels. One enters on the ground floor, takes a staircase up, opens into a wide hall with breakfast nook, then through a door into the living room / kitchen, then up an antique ladder to reach the sleeping loft. It has wood floors and faces into the front garden of our urban farm. There is a nice big window with Eastern exposure and great morning light. Its compact full bathroom has a new standing shower and a nice tile floor. The compact kitchen is on the north wall of the studio with a small sink, 20″ gas stove, and under-the-counter fridge–all quite new. There is an eating table with two chairs in the wide hall’s breakfast nook. A standing wardrobe provides ample space for one or can work fine for two. The living space features a small foldout couch for guests (note: occupies most of the room when open) as well as an Ottoman. Zero-VOC paint throughout.