California State University, Sacramento Off Campus Apartments

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The Hornet’s nest is the best in the west! The green and gold logo says it all: at California State University, Sacramento, you have gold-medal-winning NCAA Division I athletics AND a luscious green campus. The school borders the Goethe Arboretum (basically a botanical garden of trees) and also boasts 3,000 trees of its own, in addition to myriad flower gardens and miles of hiking and walking trails. Heaven for all you outdoorsy types! If you’d rather be in the water than on land, it’s good to know that campus borders the American River. This body of water runs from the Sierra Nevada to San Francisco Bay, and is renowned for its whitewater rapids.


Living Off Campus at Sacramento State

Like so many other state schools in urban areas, Sacramento State is a commuter campus with very limited on-campus housing options. Many students are from the Sacramento area and choose to live at home through their studies. If you’re new to the area and going into college straight from your parents’ house, consider teaming up with some other students to find an apartment in the city. Read our apartment search guides to get ideas for how to find your perfect place. Fortunately, there are plenty of properties in the area within walking distance of campus, or just a short trip on the city’s bus system or light rail.. There are bus and rail stops right on campus for your convenience. The school is also not far from several freeways, if you’re commuting from farther out of town.

The State Capital

Sac State has a huge campus right outside the city center. You can easily find an apartment that’s close to school and near the best shopping and dining in the city. Or, if you prefer a bit of culture, you can live close to Sacramento’s museums, zoo, or the Capitol building, home to California politics. While the bar and club scene is not as crazy as in the bigger cities, Sacramento definitely has its own gems. Because students are spread out, there aren’t many parties on campus. Instead, Hornets have created their own hangouts at Monkey Bar, Harlow’s, and Pine Cove Tavern, among other hotspots.

Average Apartment Rent in Sacramento

# Bedrooms Sep Aug Jun 3 Month % change
Studio $744 $741 $744 0%
1 Bed $998 $957 $974 2.5%
2 Bed $1,021 $989 $1,056 -3.3%
3 Bed $1,393 $1,352 $1,343 3.7%

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5310 Moddison Avenue, Sacramento

5310 Moddison Avenue, Sacramento

Sacramento, California, 95819

3 Bedrooms

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1362  50th Street

1362 50th Street

Sacramento, California, 95819

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230  Tivoli Way

230 Tivoli Way

Sacramento, California, 95819

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60  Fallon Lane

60 Fallon Lane

Sacramento, California, 95819

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  • What neighborhoods in Sacramento are good for eating out?

    Midtown Sacramento is a hip, vibrant region of the city with scores of eclectic restaurants to satisfy any food enthusiast's appetite. The streets are wide and the weather beautiful, and consequently many restaurants have patio seating to take advantage of these benefits. Stop by Temple Coffee for a world-class cappuccino or head over to local favorite Crepeville for some top-notch lunch cuisine. For more of a family neighborhood, check out East Sacramento which also boasts a number of good quality eateries. One Speed is the best pizza in the city, and is located in East Sacramento.

  • Is Sacramento a town where I'll need a car to get to work?

    While public transportation in Sacramento is less than ideal, it is possible to get to work and around the city without a car. If you live in the central city you can get around pretty well by foot or bike. For those who work in Rancho Cordova, there is a light rail system that runs here. Also worth mentioning, travel to San Francisco by public transportation is fairly easy, and there is an hourly bus to the airport as well.

  • We are moving to to CA with a job in Sacramento we have 2 small children. What areas in or around Sacrmento is good to raise a young family? We want a safe & clean neighborhood w/ good schools&parks

    Around Sacramento, many young families live in Elk Grove, or Greenhaven, or Rancho Cordova or North Sacramento. All of these cities are located very close to Sacramento, so commuting into the city is relatively easy.

  • how much are the condos in Swallows Nest rent for?Maritza

    The average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Sacramento is around $960 per month.

  • Does Sacramento have any famous museums or exhibitions?

    Sacramento boasts an extensive array of fun and educational museums for visitors of all ages. Crocker Art Museum, located in downtown Sacramento, claims the state's largest collection of art with pieces from local, national, and international artists including Asian art, photography, and ceramics exhibits. The Discovery Museum of Sacramento is the city's interactive, kid-focused science and space center, with separate space and earth science wings, a planetarium, and a hands-on discovery room. The California State Railroad Museum is located in Sacramento's historic district and showcases the history of locomotion, even offering a six-mile train ride along the Sacramento River aboard a working steam engine during the summer months. Some other great Sacramento museums include the California Military Museum, Towe Auto Museum, and the Wells Fargo History Museum.

  • How is the school system in Sacramento?

    The school system in Sacramento is on par with the national average for their test scores and curriculum. The district is expansive, with a public, public charter, or magnet school fit for every student. Many schools within the district received excellent scores of 9 and 10 out of 10 on for their fantastic test scores. Some of the best include Crocker/Riverside Elementary, Genevieve Didion School, Sutter Middle School, West Campus High School, and Rio Americano High School, amongst many others. Many renowned private schools also reside within the district including Christian Brothers High School, Camelia Waldorf School, and Loretto High School.

  • What areas of Sacramento are safe for walking around at night?

    McKinley Park is a safe Sacramento neighborhood just past midtown, with nice, mostly older homes. Carmichael is another safe and family-friendly neighborhood within the city with affordable housing. Some other safe Sacramento neighborhoods include parts of downtown, Land Park, River Park, Elk Grove, and Laguna. According to, Sacramento's neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates are Laguna, Pocket Road, Walsh Station, and, not surprisingly, the area around Sacramento City College.

  • What kinds of outdoor activities are either in or around Sacramento?

    River rafting is a very popular outdoor activity in Sacramento from late May through September. Self-guided, leisurely floating trips are possible on the Lower American River, usually from Sunrise Boulevard to River Bend Park, a six-mile trip that takes about three to four hous. For white water rafting, raft guides can be hired to run the Upper American River. For running or biking, The American River Bike Trail is a 32-mile stretch of automobile-free pavement running along lush parkland beside the Sacramento River.

  • Looking for a clean place to rent with easy acces to college and stores. Will be relying on public transportation for awhile. Must be clean and safe.

    East Sacramento is close to stores (Sutter Square Galleria Center) and California State University, Sacramento. You can also easily get around with the 30, 31 busVillage Townhouses also can be good choice. Village Townhouses is in Arden-Arcade. There are 3 big shopping centers nearby, and you can get California State University with local bus num. 82, 87 (Regional Transit).

  • Do most people in Sacramento rely on public transportation?

    71 percent of Sacramento residents drives private cars to commute to work on a daily basis, while less than 5 percent uses mass transit for the same purpose. These figures show that Sacramento's public transportation system leaves a lot to be desired. However, there are a few options available, most of which center around the Sacramento Valley Rail Station, which is the second busiest Amtrak station in California and the tenth busiest in the country.