Moving to San Francisco this summer! Uh...Where do I even begin looking?

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    May 10, 2013 7:54 PM GMT
    Halo! I recently have been admitted to the University of San Francisco (sweetness!) I am currently looking for places to live in San Francisco, but...Truthfully I do not even know how to begin my search! Do any of you have any good suggestions of areas to live in, or any other information in regards to living there (aside from saying how expensive it is because everyone and their mothers have already told me that). Thanks a bunch!
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    May 10, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    omg, you're going to a catholic school!
    that's totes cute.

    just anywhere in Oakland would be good. =)
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    May 10, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    Import saidomg, you're going to a catholic school!
    that's totes cute.

    just anywhere in Oakland would be good. =)


    Haha! Yeah, going to get my Catholicism on! Oakland, huh? Are there any areas I should avoid (I'm definitely guessing the ghettos there)?
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    May 10, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    censorthis1 said
    Import saidomg, you're going to a catholic school!
    that's totes cute.

    just anywhere in Oakland would be good. =)


    Haha! Yeah, going to get my Catholicism on! Oakland, huh? Are there any areas I should avoid (I'm definitely guessing the ghettos there)?


    UGH, u seem so nice....I cant be a dick toward you.
    Just avoid oakland. Period. it's shit.


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    May 10, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    Import said
    censorthis1 said
    Import saidomg, you're going to a catholic school!
    that's totes cute.

    just anywhere in Oakland would be good. =)


    Haha! Yeah, going to get my Catholicism on! Oakland, huh? Are there any areas I should avoid (I'm definitely guessing the ghettos there)?


    UGH, u seem so nice....I cant be a dick toward you.
    Just avoid oakland. Period. it's shit.




    Haha you jested with me and I totally fell for it! Anyways, I heard there were actually some okay places in Oakland..If I had the money to live in those places that is. Maybe I'll just live in a box in someone's backyard in SF.
  • TheiKevin

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    May 10, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    I might be wrong but doesn't USF require you to live on campus your first year or two? At least that's what I found out when I applied (and didn't get accepted icon_sad.gif lol )

    As for places to stay away from, Tenderloin is the notorious ghetto of SF. Search up on craigslist for areas around the school: richmond, sunset, pacific heights are nearby districts.
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    May 10, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    TheiKevin saidI might be wrong but doesn't USF require you to live on campus your first year or two? At least that's what I found out when I applied (and didn't get accepted icon_sad.gif lol )

    As for places to stay away from, Tenderloin is the notorious ghetto of SF. Search up on craigslist for areas around the school: richmond, sunset, pacific heights are nearby districts.


    Thanks for the info! Luckily for me I am a junior level transfer student, so I am not forced to live in their dormitories. My search for Richmond, sunset, and pacific heights will be commencing now as we speak as well! Thanks again TheiKevin!
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    May 10, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    Import said
    Just avoid oakland. Period. it's shit.


    Apparently expensive shit, from what I hear.

    If even the shit is expensive where do normal people go to live?
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    May 11, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Import said
    censorthis1 said
    Import saidomg, you're going to a catholic school!
    that's totes cute.

    just anywhere in Oakland would be good. =)


    Haha! Yeah, going to get my Catholicism on! Oakland, huh? Are there any areas I should avoid (I'm definitely guessing the ghettos there)?


    UGH, u seem so nice....I cant be a dick toward you.
    Just avoid oakland. Period. it's shit.




    This is false...Oakland is really a great place, with a couple of rough neighborhoods. But USF is going to be a hellish commute, because it's far from BART, so I wouldn't live there.

    The panhandle (near USF) is one of my favorite SF neighborhoods, close to Golden Gate Park and the presidio. The inner Richmond (just west of Arguello) has flourished recently, great restaurants and other hangouts.

    And yeah, expensive...
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    May 11, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    Personally, I would recommend you begin your search with Inner Richmond, Laurel Heights, or even the Haight. Those will afford you the opportunity to walk to USF. I used to work there and lived near Arguello and Geary. It took me 20 minutes from there up the Parker Street hill.

    If you can't find anywhere between there and the university, start looking at outer Richmond. Especially on any of the Avenues. The 38 bus will drop you off at Geary and Parker. The further out you are on the Avenues, the more options you might have. Remember though, most folks in SF consider the Avenues to essentially be on the moon.

    USF has very limited parking and if you try to drive there everyday, you will more likely drive yourself mad. Wherever you choose, make sure there is a bus route nearby.

    Sunset will also be an excellent choice because the park is essentially between you and the university.

    Doen't even need repeating that you will need more money than you think to live in SF.


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    May 11, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Go for the sunset or the richmond.... UNless you're a secret multimillionaire, those will likely be the most affordable hoods for you.
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    May 11, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Congratulations, I just finished my masters program at USF last May, I had a great experience there.

    Parking at USF is very difficult. You will have to move your car every 2 hours unless you have an L zone parking permit or can get one of the few coveted spots that border the university. I used to add 20 minutes to my commute on days when I drove just to find parking.

    There are several bus lines that pass USF and they can be unreliable, the most frequent bus would be the 38 Geary.

    I would recommend trying to find a place close enough to walk or bike to USF.

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    May 11, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    heard that hunter's point was nice, particularly harbor road. icon_twisted.gif