QUESTIONS ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO! HELP!

  • A_1991

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    Jul 08, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    So I am traveling alone to SF next week for school orientation at SFSU and have no idea what I am going to do when looking for an apartment up there. I never been to SF at all. I am currently on waiting list for housing and it looks like I wont be getting in, so I've been looking online for apartments. However, I have no idea where to look and how to go about finding a roomate since I never lived on my own. I looked around on craigslist, but I am too sketchy and feel that most of ppl on craiglist are rapist... is there a site where I can find ppl looking for roomates in SF? Also, from what I heard, you dont need a car in SF and it is hard to find parking and it is expensive to park around or get a permit? One more thing, what is there to do in SF? Besides looking for appartments up there all day, I want to go sight seeing around to kill time while im waiting for my plane back.

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    EDIT: WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST PART TO LIVE IN SF? I KNOW IT IS EXPENSIVE!
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    Jul 08, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Hm congrats first of all on getting into SFSU, I found a couple of good roommates/rental off from CL in the past but not in SF though. I stayed with a friend at his apt and moved into my ex bf Victorian flat close to the Castro when we were living together. A couple things about your questions.

    . Parking Permit in SF costs about $98 per year, there are different areas like A, B, C, S, Z zone or something. It depends on where you park. I think by SFSU Ingleside area, it's not permited. You have to apply at the SF Municipal Transportation Authority for a permit over in Van Ness/Market. I wouldn't get a car though, I had such a hard time with parking when I was living there.

    . From what I've seen, there are usually good deals in the Sunset/Ingleside areas, some Chinese families or SFSU people looking to rent out extra room rental (I'd say around $550-$900) is ideal. This is from CL again. Use your common sense on people from the internet.

    . Castro gay area, Chinatown, Richmond areas....there's a SF guide all over town for you to pick up and explore on your own. try http://www.sanfrancisco.com/ guide.

    . Ask your school/housing again and ask people around campus and sometimes they have rental/roommate wanted ads up at the bulletin boards.

    Good luck buddy.


  • Manarii2281

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    Jul 08, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREppl on craiglist are rapist..


    oh my lol.


    It's been many years since I've gone to SFSU. The M Car goes right in front and connects the Castro, and all of Market St up to Embarcadero. So transportation is good at least.

    In those days, you used to easily get an inexpensive share in the Haight or the Western Addition. It was quite common for students to live in town and take the M to school. Nowadays it may be different.

    I never found the area around SFSU to be particularly sexy, lots of families and older people (then). But the city is a lot different from when I last haunted that area,

    There was always a well kept housing board if not office, which would give advice on places to stay, Like the poster above said, there are probably families in the neighborhood renting out rooms and other people choosing not to go the Craigslist route. CL is pretty big in SF, but I'm sure many people choose to bypass it for similar reasons as you have, although one never knows about the rapist part lol,

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Welcome to San Francisco!

    To give you as best an answer as possible, you should know the following...

    1. Which SFSU campus? Parcmerced or Powell Street?
    2. How close or far can you accept for commute time? 10 min? 45 min? 90min?
    3. What is your budget?
    4. Are there any other "requirements" which you have regarding the "minimum necessary" living space?

    Preliminary suggestions:
    1. Don't bring the car if you don't have to. Owning a car in SF is a huge expense and liability. Whether you're at Parcmerced or Powell Street, public transportation rocks! Also, just because you have a permit does not mean it will be easy to park.
    2. Wait until you're here to find a roommate. Get to know folks FIRST then pick somebody to live with (or find somebody through "the vine"). The best deals are "word of mouth".
    3. As cheesy/corny as it is to us locals here in The City, the "Hop On, Hop Off" sightseeing bus is a GREAT way to sightsee! Not only does the 2-day pass allow you to get on and off unlimited, you have an experienced tour guide who is telling you stuff you would never know by just walking around. This comes in handy when you have friends in town. You can then be the "tour guide" and people will think your family has been in SF for generations. You will also know what to go back and see.
    4. Get a ClipperCard with monthly Muni Fast Pass. Unlimited Muni bus, metro light rail, and cable car for a month! It's a must if you don't bring the car. Don't bother with the BART add-on.
    5. If you can live IN The City. IF you live in the East Bay, you will not be living IN The City. It's a different living experience.
    6. Prepare to NOT bring a lot of stuff. Living spaces are smaller in SF unless you're a gazillionaire.
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    Jul 08, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Manarii2281 said
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREppl on craiglist are rapist..


    oh my lol.

    ... CL is pretty big in SF, but I'm sure many people choose to bypass it for similar reasons as you have, although one never knows about the rapist part lol,



    Hmmmm. Would there be an "audition" to determine if they are rapist or not?
    Just how "good" would they have to be to qualify as rapist? What are the criteria?
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