Picturesque coastlines, towering redwoods, bustling city streets, and booming technology hubs offer a life of opportunity and adventure that only the Bay Area can offer. Essex studio apartments for rent in San Francisco span the city’s diverse and unique neighborhoods and are ideally suited for couples, first-time renters, or solo renters looking to call the Northern California home at a more affordable price.

Soaring 42 stories into the air in the heart of the city’s vibrant East Cut neighborhood, 500 Folsom combines the best of cosmopolitan living with all the comforts of home. Mission Bay is home to MB360 apartments near Oracle Park and the Chase Center, and in the SoMa district, you can enjoy stunning Bay Bridge views at Bennett Lofts. Discover modern living at Fox Plaza apartments in the Civic Center neighborhood, known for its renowned cultural institutions, top restaurants, and shopping at Westfield San Francisco. Or, find your home in the popular Sunset neighborhood at Park West to enjoy luxury living in an unbeatable location adjacent to the expansive Golden Gate Park.

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Whether you’re looking to experience the city’s pulse or find a refreshing escape into nature, San Francisco is a city that’s fit for any lifestyle. Not only is it home to historic landmarks like Haight-Ashbury and the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s also filled with some of the world’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment.

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Studio Features and Amenities

Our studio apartments for rent in San Francisco feature open-concept layouts and a desirable collection of in-home amenities, including walk-in closets with custom-designed storage, full-size kitchens, ultrafast Internet connectivity, and private patios or balconies. Essex studios provide renters with the opportunity to minimize their living space and maximize their living experience with ample on-site amenities. Our pet-friendly communities feature dog parks and paw spas for your four-legged friends, in addition to luxurious rooftop pools and spas, fully equipped fitness centers, dry cleaning and valet services, EV charging stations, and more.


What is the Floor Plan of a Studio Apartment?

A studio apartment combines your living room, bedroom and kitchen into one open space to create a one-room apartment. While the open-concept design of a studio apartment does not include walls or partitions to section off different rooms, the floor plan includes space for a bed and living area, as well as separate closet and bathroom space. If you choose to live in an apartment community or rental property, your studio apartment may include smart home features, an outdoor patio or balcony, and access to the community’s pool and fitness center.

What is a Studio Bedroom vs a One-Bedroom Apartment?

The most common difference between a studio apartment and a one-bedroom apartment is the layout of the bedroom and bathroom. One-bedroom apartments have a designated separate bedroom (and bathroom) within a greater apartment space. It will also have walls separating the bedroom from the other rooms, which may include a living room, dining room and kitchen. Studio apartments do not include separate rooms.

How Can you Decorate a Studio Apartment?

One of the benefits of a studio apartment is an open-concept floor plan that can be creatively decorated. Less is more when it comes to decorating a studio. Consider finding furniture that serves more than one purpose, like an upholstered coffee table that can also be an ottoman, use organizers to maximize space in your closet, or purchase a bed with storage to maximize your drawer space. In a studio apartment, you’ll also want to think vertically. Take full advantage of the height of your space by incorporating shelves and tall bookcases into your design. Lastly, use area rugs, curtains, privacy screens, and furniture to create separate spaces within your studio apartment.

Other Studio Apartment Locations

If you’re interested in exploring other locations outside of San Francisco, check out our additional studio apartment pages below. Essex offers a variety of studio apartments from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest in some of the most sought-after locations on the West Coast.

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