Hi there, we arrive in San Fran next Saturday. What's the weather like at the moment and what should I make sure I pack?
At this very moment, it’s roughly 65 F. Sunny, not too windy, and somewhat humid. It’ll probably be very similar throughout the week, so you’re likely to encounter the same kind of weather. I’d recommend packing a bunch of t-shirts (or maybe even shorts if you don’t get cold easily). A light jacket or hoodie will work throughout the day, but a fleece or North Face-type jacket would be good to have if you’ll be out past, say, 11 pm (or before 8 am). Don’t forget your camera, a tote bag or two (unless you don’t mind paying 10 cents per paper shopping bag), and a comfortable pair of shoes!
I don’t think an umbrella or rain jacket will be necessary this week… but the skies here, as we all know, can be pretty unpredictable.
Hi, I'm from Peru and I want to live in San Francisco, it seems to be a nice city, I want to study there, now I have 18 but I want to travel in 2 years, so I'll be so greatful if you can give me some information about colleges and what i have to do to live there as a citizen, I want you to give me ALL the information of SanFran you know the cost of the food, what i have to do to have job ,the cost of the rooms, apartment, please ALL, thank you so much, greetings from Peru.
Holy cow. That is a lot of questions, but I’ll take a crack at it.
Hi, I'm planning to move up to San Fran for school. I'm having difficulties apartment hunting. Any tips on where I should start looking? I am from all way down in SoCal btw.
The average rent of a 1 BR apartment in San Francisco is roughly $2,800/month. Here is a table of rent estimates for different parts of the city. Your other options are cheaper places in the East Bay, Daly City, or South San Francisco.
Unless you have a lot of money, I strongly suggest you find a roommate. Best of luck and welcome to San Francisco! =)
Those lounges and night clubs sounds amazing actually. Tbh, i'm 18, so i was wondering what there is to do for my age? I want to go clubbing, but i dont wanna risk going to an 18+ club and finding out im partying with a bunch of 16 year olds with fake id's....
Hmm. That limits things a bit. I will say that you’re probably better off going to an 18+ club and risking accidental encounters with 16-year-olds than going to an “under 21 club” and being surrounded by teenagers under 18 (if you’re uncomfortable with that). Otherwise, there are always music venues, improv shows, museum events, theatre, etc.
Hello! I'm planning a trip with my best friends to San Francisco in September for a week! You have any suggestions on places to see, eat, hotels, shopping, transportation? I've never been to San Francisco so I'm really excited for this trip!
Hey there! So glad you’re excited to visit!
I’ve sort of answered this question before, so I hope you don’t mind that I send you my previous tourist-related responses:
Hey there! As you can imagine, there are tons of things to do in the city at night. There are concerts, theatre shows, comedy clubs, and nighttime exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences (much more fun than it sounds, trust me). Honestly, even as a twenty-something, I’m not big on bars or clubs… BUT I have heard good things about Monroe (lounge), Chomp N’ Swig (restaurant/bar), Rickhouse (cocktail bar), and Madrone Art Bar (dance club).
My best friends and I are moving to San Francisco in the fall for school. We're super excited! There is a lot to do there (obviously) what are somethings we cannot skip out on experiencing/trying? Thanks!
If you’re going to live here for four years, I think it would be fun to explore a bunch of these neighborhoods (the link is missing the Richmond, Russian Hill, Chinatown, Hayes Valley, the Tenderloin, Cole Valley, Pacific Heights, and the downtown/Embarcadero area).
Also, don’t miss out on:
Giants baseball (preferably Orange Fridays or any night game, preceded by a trip to 21st Amendment Brewery if you can drink).
Tourist landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, Lombard St., etc.
Watch the Chinese New Year and/or St. Patrick’s Day parades!
I mention this all the time, but you really must try the food everywhere. There’s a vast number of cuisines.
SOMA (south of Market St.) is trending right now, as far night life goes.
Finally: don’t be afraid to explore!
[Edit: Union Square around Christmastime is lovely.]
hi there , can you tell me the differences between los angeles & san fransico ?
Oh, man. Where do I begin?!
Weather. On average, it’s much warmer (maybe ~10 degrees F warmer) in Los Angeles than it is in San Francisco and, clearly, San Francisco is much foggier than Los Angeles (but that’s okay, LA - you have smog). It’s not difficult to leave the 60 F weather in SF, though - just drive over to Berkeley or Oakland, and could very well be 75 F. Anyway, LA is a very sunny place.
Land. LA is mostly flat. SF has tons of hills, some very steep.
Public transportation. There are, of course, buses and taxis in LA, but people usually get around by car. It’s a nightmare trying to find parking in SF (in most places, anyway), so a lot of people take MUNI or BART. And while we’re sort of on the topic, LA’s traffic is TERRIBLE. SF’s isn’t much better, but at least we have other options.
Business. Hollywood is a major part of LA, so successful media companies and law firms thrive there. SF is home to tons of equally successful tech and biotech companies.
Sports teams. We love our kickass Giants, 49ers, and Warriors (though they’re based in Oakland) to death. LA’s beloved Dodgers are our baseball rivals. They don’t have a football team, but they do have two basketball teams: the Lakers and the Clippers.
Rent. Because LA has more space, it also has tons of huge, expensive houses. SF has some incredibly expensive houses, too, but I have a feeling our average apartment rent is a lot higher than the average rent in LA.
Landmarks and attractions. Most of LA’s landmarks are film industry-related: Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre, etc. SF’s landmarks are separate from each other and spread out around the city: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pyramid Building, Castro Theatre, Ferry Building, and Coit Tower (to name a few).
Clearly, I only scratched the surface (and I’m obviously biased). LA has a reputation of being progressive, but very into appearances; SF is known to be a more urban and liberal city. Like anywhere in the world, both cities have their pros and cons. I’d recommend taking the time to visit both, if possible.
Hi so I'm from the Midwest and I'm going to San Francisco for the first time this April. What are some things to do other than go to fisherman's wharf and go shopping and so fourth, I guess what I'm asking is what are some cool things to see/do other than the basic tourist stuff?
Eat! There’s so much good food in the city. Some random places I love are: Ebisu (Japanese), Nopalito (Mexican), Sunflower (Vietnamese), Ike’s (sandwiches), Lefty O’Doul’s (restaurant/sports bar), and Great Eastern Restaurant (dim sum).
Walk around and enjoy the sights/sounds/smells of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (only open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings).
Marvel at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Take a stroll in Golden Gate Park and explore the Japanese Tea Garden.
Watch a SF Giants ballgame at AT&T Park (night games are more fun, in my opinion).
Have a picnic at Baker Beach (not in the nudist part, though… unless you’re into that sort of thing).
Enjoy the view at Twin Peaks (I don’t think it’s a “basic tourist” thing to do).
Hi! I am so excited to find your blog! I am moving to either the North Bay or East Bay in a matter of weeks and desperately need some advice on where NOT to go in the city or around it. Anything helps! Thanks!
Hello! =) It’s probably a good idea to avoid the Tenderloin at night (it’s not as bad in the afternoon, but only if you have a reason to be there). Hunter’s Point also has a bad reputation. Golden Gate Park at night doesn’t usually have much going on (except the occasional event), so maybe stay away from there. Golden Gate Park during the day, however, is wonderful.
Oakland, in my opinion, is not as bad as people make it out to be. Downtown and uptown Oakland are lovely (and cheaper than downtown SF), but maybe make sure you aren’t by yourself. As for East Oakland, there’s almost no reason to ever be there.
I don’t remember the last time I was in Richmond, but it has an awful, awful reputation and the highest crime rate per square mile. Sorry for the bad review, Richmond.
Regardless of where you are in/around the city, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings (and your pockets!).
I hope this was even a tad helpful. Enjoy your move! =)
I'm a 20 year old from a a very small town in southern California and I plan on moving up there in the fall. I know it's expensive and I've done a lot of homework on the city. I plan on taking 10k with me. Is that enough tell I find work? Thanks
I’m going to answer this question as simply as I possibly can because I don’t know enough about your situation to make any fair assumptions.
If by “taking 10k,” you mean that’s all you have on you and in your bank account, it may:
be enough — IF you’re planning to live with at least one other roommate in an inexpensive apartment. Finding a job in the city, as I’ve mentioned before, is not difficult IF you aren’t picky (If I were you, I’d even start applying to open positions now).
not be enough — If you’re planning on living alone and/or in an expensive part of town. If it takes you more than two months to find a job, you might be in trouble.
There are just so many things to consider! I’m not the kind of person who is comfortable living paycheck-to-paycheck, so I’m trying to give you some sort of expense-cushion in my answer.
This is the part where I imagine a (not really)worst-case scenario and throw random numbers in: If your contribution to rent is $1,000/month and you’re making $10/hour (minimum wage is $10.55, but I’m trying to make the math easy for myself) AND you’re working 40-hour weeks, you’ll be making ~$1,600 (before taxes). Which means your net monthly take-home is ~$600 (before taxes, and not including utilities or food or other bills or fun). Is that okay with you?
I realize this isn’t one of my more helpful responses - so sorry! BUT You’ve done your homework on the city, so I’m sure you’ll thrive here! =) Just come as prepared as possible, is all I’m saying!
Ugh so I'm a 17 year old as a junior in high school and words can't describe how much I WANT to move to SF and study at SF State...but living there is so pricey and do my dreams are crushed...
If SFSU is your dream school, then apply! =) There are always financial aid and work-study opportunities (it’s not that difficult to find a part-time job in the city, as long as you’re not too picky). I’m sure you’ve already thought this through, but also make sure that you want to attend the school for reasons other than location (know what majors/courses SF State has to offer).
Point is, go for it! It’s always good to be practical, but just know that solutions to college costs do exist (i.e. live with roommates, get a part-time job, buy used books, etc.).
I would love to live in the Castro District because I'm a huge LGBT supporter and I would love to get a sense of living in that neighborhood, but the thing is I'm not lesbian or bisexual sooooo would it be odd that I go and live there?
Of course not! =) It’s made up of a fun, vibrant community that welcomes anyone and everyone. The neighborhood is pretty safe, the nightlife is fantastic, and there lots of great cafes (ahem, Cafe Flore)!
Really, you could live in any part of the city and still experience life in the Castro.
Best advice you can give to someone who plans on moving to the beautiful San Francisco city?
I hope you don’t mind that I’m practically copying and pasting from a previous answer I gave.
Depending on where you’re moving from, try not to be shocked by the cost of living. This might sound obvious, but just keep it in mind.
Get used to public transportation - MUNI and BART. There are a bunch of MUNI underground routes, but each of them only go in two (opposite) directions. BART works in a similar way, but you’d really only use it to get around outside SF. Also: take some time to know the differences between single rides/transfers.
Cable cars are wonderful, but they’re mostly for tourists. Be nice to tourists. Represent the city well.
Although it’s been pretty warm around here lately, make sure your wardrobe is ready for cool weather (the temperature is between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit almost all year round) and rain.
Don’t walk around the Tenderloin alone, especially at night - unless you want to be bothered by crazy homeless people.
Learn about the neighborhoods. It’s just a good thing to know. Also, there are tons of great restaurants and hang-out spots outside of downtown.
I personally love taking walks along the Embarcadero. It’s clean and pretty scenic (and if you go far enough, you’ll end up at Pier 39). A lot of people jog along there, too.
Don’t be offended by SF street personalities (for instance, people holding up “No Sex” or “Jesus Christ Loves You” signs). Just ignore them and keep walking.
There are a great deal of homeless people in every part of San Francisco. I suggest that (if you want to give them something) you give them food, not money.
Try not to get carried away by street vendors.
Be open to trying different food (including ones from food trucks). Living in the city, you have so many options!
There is no shame in visiting tourist destinations/landmarks, even if you’ve lived here for years. It’s your city; enjoy it!
Bonus tip: If you’re out and about during commuting times (in the morning and early evening) - for the love of God, please walk at a decently brisk pace.
Best of luck! I hope you love it here as much as I do. =)