People Are Renting Bunk Beds in San Francisco for $1200 a Month

Photo Credit: PodShare

The housing crisis in San Francisco is so bad that, according to an annual report, the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is now at $3,170 per month.

But for under half of that price, you could also just accept that you live in a dystopia and rent a bunk bed in a communal space!

PodShare, a start up, calls itself “the future of housing” and will rent you a bunk bed, or a “pod,” in San Francisco for $1200 per month.

So it seems people are…digging it? Out of options?

Who knows.

The facilities come with furniture and basic household goods, and “you share everything — except your pod,” per the website.

At $1200, a pod is much cheaper than an apartment. You don’t have to pay a security deposit, and there’s more flexibility. You can transfer anytime to a number of PodShares in San Francisco and Los Angeles neighborhoods.

The trade-off, of course, is that you live in a bunk bed. You have no privacy (you are not allowed to cover the front of your pod, according to the rules). You share a bathroom and kitchen with strangers. You can’t bring any of your own furniture. It’s unclear where you’re supposed to store your belongings.

You’re paying $1200 per month for access to a place to sleep, basically.

“We believe that housing is anywhere you lay your head,” the PodShare website says. “That doesn’t have to be a room, and it doesn’t have to be for a month. If you are sleeping somewhere for one night, that is your housing.”

Paying $1200 for temporary bunk bed access may seem like a sad solution to the housing crisis in California. But clearly, it appeals to some renters, because, again, the pods at the San Francisco location are all sold out.