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San Francisco Self Storage Market Statistics:

Rent Prices, Local Inventory and Development Trends (October 2021)

Self storage has become crucial for navigating major life events. It can be particularly useful for events such as moving, downsizing and when changes in household composition occur, as well as when engaging in home remodeling projects and organizational endeavors. San Francisco offers plenty of self storage options to cater to all needs and budgets.

How much does a storage unit cost in San Francisco, CA?

Currently, the average cost of a 10x10 storage unit in San Francisco is $274/month, a change of 3% compared to last year. Nationally, self storage street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled units saw a 8.5% year-over-year change, registering an average of $128 in October, 2021.

San Francisco self storage prices by unit size

Besides the standard 10x10 unit, the San Francisco self storage market includes several other types of units that can vary in terms of size and amenities, and naturally, price.

For instance, a 5x5 self storage unit in San Francisco rents for $115, while a 5x10 unit would cost $175/month. Average street rates for a 10x20 unit stand at $500/month. Non-climate-controlled units typically come with lower price tags than their climate-controlled counterparts of the same size.

Non-Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $115
5x10 $175
10x10 $274
10x15 $360
10x20 $500
10x30 $629
Climate-Controlled Units*
Unit Size Avg. Street Rate
5x5 $118
5x10 $182
10x10 $260
10x15 $410
10x20 $544
10x30 $623

* Average monthly rates for San Francisco in October 2021.

Average storage unit cost in San Francisco by neighborhood

Self storage prices can vary depending on location as some neighborhoods might offer more budget-friendly self storage rates than others. You can find cheap storage units in San Francisco in Ingleside Heights, where the standard self storage unit goes for $195/mo. on average, in Inner Mission, where renters pay $210/mo. on average, and in South of Market, where the average street rates hover around $215/mo.

If you’re looking for other great deals, check out listings in Potrero Hill and Central Waterfront - Dogpatch, where self storage street rates start at $29/mo. and $43/mo., respectively.

Other neighborhoods, on the other hand, come with higher street rates. The most expensive neighborhood in San Francisco is Hunters Point with a monthly average street rate of $363, followed by Bayview.

Cheapest Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Ingleside Heights $195
2 Inner Mission $210
3 South of Market $215
Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Self Storage
# Neighborhood Average Street Rate
1 Hunters Point $363
2 Bayview $317
3 Jordan Park - Laurel Heights $262

Compare average storage prices in San Francisco neighborhoods

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Want to find the best self storage deals? Browse listings in your preferred San Francisco neighborhoods and San Francisco Zip Codes for more details on what’s available and compare rent prices, unit sizes and amenities.

How San Francisco, CA, Self Storage Compares With Other Cities

How self storage costs in San Francisco compare to prices in other nearby cities

Check out the table below to see how self storage in San Francisco compares rent-wise to other places within a 50-mile radius.

# City Average Street Rate
1 Mill Valley, CA $353
2 Daly City, CA $275
3 Berkeley, CA $275
4 San Francisco, CA $274
5 South San Francisco, CA $271
6 Emeryville, CA $264
7 Alameda, CA $231
8 Oakland, CA $207
9 Pacifica, CA $168
10 Millbrae, CA $166

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2021.

How self storage costs in San Francisco compare to rates in other sought-after cities in the US

Check out the table below to see how self storage rent in San Francisco compares to other popular cities in the US.

# City Average Street Rate
1 San Francisco, CA $274
2 New York City, NY $247
3 Phoenix, AZ $127
4 Las Vegas, NV $125
5 Austin, TX $119
6 Dallas, TX $116
7 Tucson, AZ $114
8 San Antonio, TX $109
9 Houston, TX $95
10 Indianapolis, IN $86

Average street rates for non-climate-controlled 10x10 units for October 2021.

Self storage market size in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco self storage market statistics

No. of self storage units approx. 3,484
No. of self storage facilities 29
Local self storage inventory (sq. ft.) 2,215,519
Self storage sq. ft. per capita 2.1
New self storage facilities set for delivery in 2021 N/A
New self storage supply set for delivery in 2021 (sq. ft.) N/A
Average self storage rent in San Francisco for a standard 10x10 unit $274

San Francisco self storage construction trends

The self storage sector has maintained an active development pipeline in recent years.

Currently, there are 29 self storage facilities and approx. 3,484 storage units in San Francisco. The local inventory encompasses 2,215,519 square feet of storage space, offering 2.1 square feet per capita.

What’s driving demand for self storage?

Quick overview of the San Francisco housing market

Total no. of households 362,354
Y-o-y change in no. of households 0.7%
Renter households in San Francisco 226,115
Homeowner households in San Francisco 136,239
Households with mortgages in San Francisco 89,924
Median number of rooms (all housing units) 4.0
Average apartment size (sq. ft.) 741
Average home size (sq. ft.) 1,350
Average apartment rent $3,237
Median home value $1,118,200
Working from home (# of total working population) 4.5%

Self storage for residential clients: key facts and figures about the San Francisco housing market

Generally associated with life events, the self storage industry is equipped to respond to people with changing housing situations, whether that means moving, downsizing, welcoming a new baby, or embracing multi-generational living. Lifestyle choices are also a demand driver for self storage, including preferences for snowbirding, digital nomading and RV travelling.

Looking at the type of residential customers that the San Francisco self storage sector serves, it caters to both renters and homeowners, acting as extensions of their homes when living spaces are not big enough for the things people own.

San Francisco is home to 226,115 renters and 136,239 homeowners. The average apartment size in San Francisco is 741 sq. ft. and the average San Francisco home size is 1,350 sq. ft.

Self storage for business

Alongside the residential sector, self storage responds to needs arising from conducting business. Entrepreneurs and small business owners, including brick-and-mortar retailers, can turn to self storage to store their merchandise all while keeping it accessible.

Legal and medical professionals often turn to self storage as they are generally required to keep hard copies of their records. Realtors and interior designers also find self storage particularly useful for temporarily storing staging furniture. Moreover, blue collar businesses can benefit from storing their heavy equipment and supplies close to their work site.

Self storage interest: How customers search for San Francisco self storage

Interest for self storage has been growing over the last decade, as Google Trends data shows. We’ve looked at the most popular keyword used in conjunction with San Francisco self storage-related searches, "self storage", to see the latest trends in consumer search habits. June, July and August are generally the most popular months for self storage searches.

Data Source:  Google Trends

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Where does our data come from?

All data related to self storage was compiled by STORAGECafé, an online self storage search portal featuring more than 25,000 listings across the U.S.

The self storage rental statistics on this page were sourced from our sister company, Yardi Matrix, the industry's most comprehensive market intelligence tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in the multifamily, student housing, self storage, office and industrial sectors. Yardi Matrix maintains operational profiles for over 29,000 self storage facilities across the U.S.