Community Housing: Housing Types and Costs

Apartments and Houses

Most apartments are part of a complex, but occasionally they are separate units in a house or attached to a house. Apartments may include some or all of the following amenities: pool, laundry facilities, private patio or balcony, and private parking. Most apartments are unfurnished and tenants pay for water, power, internet, cable TV, etc.

A house offers greater space and privacy than any other option, but is expensive. Houses are more likely than apartments or condominiums to have (individual) garage parking and yards.

Average rents for apartments and houses located near Stanford (from Redwood City in the north to Mountain View in the south), as of November 2017:

  • Studio apartment: $2,595
  • 1 bedroom apartment: $3,030
  • 2 bedroom apartment: $3,795
  • 3 bedroom apartment: $4,770
  • 3 bedroom house: $5,200
  • 4 bedroom house: $7,160



Some homes have a separate structure on the same property. These were usually built as guest quarters.  They are often charming and in nice neighborhoods, but many were not built to be occupied year-round.  If considering a cottage, ask about insulation, how it is heated or cooled, and for estimates of the utility costs.


Work Exchange

A room in a house is sometimes exchanged for work (usually yard work, housework, or childcare.) The hours required and use of house facilities vary greatly. To avoid misunderstandings, a written contract of work expected and hours required is a good idea.
With a work exchange, there is no rent or reduced rent.  If considering a work exchange, be sure that you have the time to complete your duties and that you are committed to following through.