Immediate Housing Needs


If you are unable to identify an alternative residence within the next 24-48 hours and one or more of the following apply,

  • Domestic violence (e.g. relationship or interpersonal violence)
  • Fire damage
  • In-home crime (e.g. armed robbery in place of residence)
  • Physical illness (e.g. severe limited mobility, etc.)
  • Sexual assault
  • Other major safety issues (e.g. major structural damage, etc.)

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students for further emergency assistance (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm). Please contact the Department of Public Safety after hours (after 5:00 pm, weekends, holidays) at 415-422-4201. 

If you feel that you have a need for housing assistance and your situation is not listed above, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students or the Department of Off-Campus Living for further assessment of your housing needs.


I'm Homeless

Below is a list of resources for students who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Food Locator: This Food Locator tool helps find food assistance in San Francisco and Marin. The tool can help you locate weekly free groceries, monthly food boxes for seniors, one-time emergency food, or help to enroll in CalFresh (food stamps).

Ice Machine: There is an ice machine in Lone Mountain Room 100. Lone Mountain Room 100 is across from the Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Office. When you go into Room 100, there is a door to the right, and behind that door is an ice machine. Students can take this ice for food storage purposes.

Long Term Bay Area Off Campus Resources: List of food resources in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano counties. 

Microwaves: There are five microwaves in the University Center (UC) that are open for student use. Two microwaves are located on the UC 1st floor in the Grind Down Lounge. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the UC also have one microwave each. 

USF Food Pantry: The University of San Francisco’s Food Pantry is available to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University. The pantry is meant to provide an intermediate solution for students who are experiencing food insecurity. 

  • ​​​​​211: 211 provides information on resources for persons experiencing homelessness. This includes information on housing expense assistance, emergency housing and shelters, landlord/tenant assistance, homelessness resources, and residential housing options.
  • 311: 311 provides information on resources available for persons experiencing homelessness. This includes information on emergency housing and shelters.
  • Larkin Street Youth Services: Larkin Street Youth provides housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness supports to help young people get off the street for good.
  • Off Campus Student Services Office (OCSS): The OCSS Office here at USF can provide tips and support you in your housing search. The OCSS Office can be reached at
    • USFCA Rental Website: The listing of rental units on this site is a service to local rental property owners and University of San Francisco students, faculty, and staff. 
    • Helpful people, vendors and sites: This Off Campus Student Services website provides helpful information on everything from realtors and rentals to home sharing and home insurance.
  • San Francisco Hostels: Hostels are generally more affordable than traditional hotels because they cater to travelers who are on a budget and because they offer shared accommodations, such as bathrooms, and bunked beds with less personal space. Below is a list of some hostels in the city.
  • Shelters:

Grab and Go toiletry bags: If you are in need of basic toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), please contact the Office of the Dean of the Students. Our office can set up a time for you to come in and pick up a bag filled with some essential toiletries.

Koret Health and Recreation Center: USF students, faculty, and staff with a valid USF ID card can access the Koret Center. Once in Koret, students can utilize Koret's showers and towel and locker services.

  • Case Management: Case Management, offered by the Office of the Dean of Students, works to address student challenges and/or concerning behavior that may be impacting student success and well-being. This is done through direct engagement with students, as well as consultation and care coordination with campus and community partners.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS provides students with mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and to meet their educational, personal, emotional and spiritual goals.
  • Health Promotion Services (HPS): HPS offers a full range of services and opportunities dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of the USF student body, and fostering a vibrant and safe campus community for student success.
  • Off-campus/community referrals: The Office of the Dean of Students, through Case Management, is available to support students who are seeking off campus services. There are several steps in the off campus referral process, including information that students should know and understand when seeking off campus services for mental health needs. The level of support we offer is based on student need. The process is student driven--students must be engaged in the process, and treat it as a priority.
  • University Ministry: University Ministry supports the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of the University of San Francisco (USF) community.

Free/low cost clinics: Below is a list of free/low cost clinics in the bay area.

Hospitals in San Francisco: Below is a list of local city hospitals.

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR): Click the link to access the SFWAR referral guide. 

Student Health Clinic: Students can call or go online to schedule an appointment at Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG) clinics. 

Urgent Care: Urgent care centers are equipped to handle non-life-threatening situations. Urgent Care visit costs vary based on your health insurance plan benefits.

  • St. Ignatius Parish: Saint Ignatius Parish is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community. The weekly mass schedule can be found at link provided.
  • University Ministry: University Ministry supports the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of the University of San Francisco (USF) community.

MUNI Lifeline Pass: Muni offers a discounted monthly pass for individuals on a limited income. The Lifeline Pass is offered at a 50% discount off the standard adult monthly pass price. To find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the SFMTA website

MUNI Pass (Undergraduates): Undergraduate students have a semester pass for all SF Muni lines incorporated into their tuition. Undergraduate students may pick up the SF Muni pass beginning the first day of the fall and spring semesters in the University Center building. Muni passes are only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must have their USF One Card in order to pick up their SF Muni pass.

USF Shuttle Services: The Department of Student Leadership and Engagement and the Department of Public Safety co-sponsor the USF Shuttle and the Night Safety Program. Its primary purpose is to provide reasonable transportation to classes, on-campus locations, and off-campus residences within the boundaries of the service