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Sitting directly across the I-80 from San Francisco, Oakland is a thriving city in its own right, and in recent years has become a popular home for folks seeking more affordable (and available) living arrangements than what is available across the bay without sacrificing the distinctive atmosphere.

While shipping is still a major part of the local economy, Oakland is home to the corporate headquarters for everything from established consumer brands to younger tech businesses. The cultural diversity of the city is vast, meaning that it’s easy to find art, food, and people from every corner of the world by just walking down the street.

California College of the Arts brings a creative streak to the community, which is reflected in the eclectic shops and cafes along College Avenue; In the Mosswood area, an eclectic mix of coffee houses, taverns, arts centers, and international restaurants line Telegraph Avenue, which runs all the way up to the UC Berkeley campus. Oakland is also home to famous tourist attractions that are well worth your time as well, including the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland Art Museum, and East Bay regional Park.


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As of October 2017, the average apartment rent in Oakland, CA is $1,316 for a studio, $1,670 for one bedroom, $2,092 for two bedrooms, and $2,569 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Oakland has increased by 4.1% in the past year.

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81 Walk Score® Very Walkable
63 Transit Score® Good Transit
71 Bike Score® Very Bikeable



By being a big city, Oakland has a wide selection of restaurants in every price range and cuisine. You have a great selection of ethnic restaurants with menu options from sushi to taquitos to burgers. The city has every type of big chain eateries, pizza huts, burger joints, pancake houses, Mexican, Asian, Indian and good old fashioned American diners. You will find Jack in the Box, McDonalds, Arby’s and Subway. If you are looking for a different dining experience, then Lake Chalet Seafood or Pican Restaurant will be sure to satisfy your appetite. If you really like Chinese food, Oakland has many great options including Plum Restaurant, Yoshi’s Oakland, or B&K Asian. Locals love the Italian restaurants, Oliveto and Luka’s Taproom and Lounge. If boutique breweries are your thing, Oakland has Pacific Coast Brewery, Linden Street Brewery, Anchor Brewing and Ale Industries.


Oakland has the best of a big city and charm of a rural western town, and you will find everything from discount chains, big box retailers, boutiques and specialty stores. In addition to Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Kmart and more. The Oakland Mall has JC Penny, Sears and Macys as well as Abercrombie and Fitch, Aeropostale, Claire’s, Ecko, Footlocker, Forever 21, Guess and Fredericks of Hollywood. The mall has specialty stores for apparel, accessories, bath and beauty, electronics, shoes, jewelry, fabric and athletic apparel. With its proximity to the Sierras only a few hours away, outdoor gear shops include REI, Outdoor Pro and Bonanza.


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Lion Creek Crossings
6888 Lion Way, Oakland, CA 94621
2 wks
$1,166 1-4 Bed Not Available
Drasnin Manor
2530 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
No Availability 2 wks
Muse Manor
1406 Seminary Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
No Availability 2 wks
City Towers
1065 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
No Availability 2 wks

Low Income Housing Apartments for Rent in Oakland, CA

Many things in life are expensive, but finding a good place to live shouldn’t be one of them. Renting a subsidized or section 8 apartment is the best way to find affordable housing in Oakland. Searching for low income housing and no credit check apartments in Oakland, CA at is the first step toward finding a new home that you both love and can afford. Check out photos and find out information about neighborhoods, schools, nearby public transit, and more by clicking on any of these 1 Oakland income restricted apartments. Once you’ve found your next income based rental with the help of, the next step is to move in and make it your own.

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