Hey! I'm planing on moving to SF once I graduate collage and study their. It's slightly overwhelming, with the multiple neighborhoods and everything, and the cost of living. I was wondering if you know any links to break down the neighborhoods and do you have tips on a collage budget in SF? Thank you! Btw, I love you blog
Hi! Thanks very much for the blog love.
Here is a useful website about the major San Francisco neighborhoods.
Living on a college budget in San Francisco is not as hard as it would seem, as long as you have self-control.
How bad was the earthquake that recently happened there? Does it scare you that major earthquakes happen there in SF ? I live in socal and we haven't gotten anything that big.... Yet.
Sorry for the super late response. It registered as a 6.05 in Napa, but it felt more like a 3.5 or 4 in San Francisco. In fact, many of my friends and co-workers in the city barely felt it.
The most recent earthquake was the worst one I’ve ever experienced, but it still wasn’t bad (and I’m not a very brave person). Honestly, I think it’s just something we get used to around here. The buildings in and around the city are built to earthquake code and nearly everyone here has gone through earthquake drills, so it really isn’t scary. Hopefully a really, really big one doesn’t hit us (or you) any time soon.
Thanks for checking up on us, though. =)
[Edit: I will add, though, that it did some serious damage in Napa. Many businesses suffered big losses in inventory and some people lost their homes. The people who were lucky enough not to have completely lost their homes were still greatly affected in some way (i.e. they got hurt, their cars were squashed by overhangs, lost important possessions, etc.).
Next summer I have the chance to intern in San Francisco, but I was wondering if there are any clubs or anything fun for someone 17 to do on nights and weekends to meet new people? I would be alone there for 2.5 months and would love to meet some people, or have some things planned to do there or something aha. Please respond back if you know of anything x
That’s awesome. Most dance clubs are 18+ or 21+, but there are always music events, comedy clubs/improv shows, museum events, and theatre! SF Weekly is a really useful resource for these things. =)
Giants baseball games are also great to go to, and you can have some really fun conversations with the people around you.
Heyo! What's San Francisco really like? I've lived in Orange County/ Los Angeles my whole life and I do like it here but I've always had a strong love for SF even though I've never visited. But from what I've seen, the environment seems really calming and everyone's all relaxed and chill instead the high paced feel here. Is everyone as nice and relaxed as they seem? Oh! Is it easy to get a job there? I'm applying to colleges there this year and if I get accepted I hope it's not hard to find one
San Franciscans, generally speaking, are friendly and easy-going people. That being said, there are a bunch of different neighborhoods in San Francisco, so you can meet a lot of different kinds of people. And… it is definitely a fast-paced city if you go anywhere downtown. I strongly suggest visiting some time before officially choosing a university.
If you have any kind of retail experience, it shouldn’t be hard to find a job in the city (If you’re not at all picky!). If you’re looking for something specific (i.e. waiting tables in the Financial District, working at Nordstrom, being a receptionist), it’ll be pretty tough.
Well… there are tons of stores downtown (or in malls - Westfield/SF Shopping Centre or Stonestown) and restaurants are everywhere in/around the city. (Waiters/waitresses can make a good amount of money off tips, depending on the place.) If you’re a college grad, try finding/contacting a staffing agency in the Bay Area (if online job postings aren’t working for you).
I'm going to San Francisco by train on Saturday by any chance do you know of any motels/hotels that are close by and affordable?? Thank you :)
To be honest, I’m not familiar with the most affordable hotels, inns, or motels in San Francisco because I’ve never had to stay in one. Please believe me when I say that I’m genuinely trying to help you here.
Things to do in SF if you're an 18 year old college student? Also, any cool restaurants to eat at( i heard about one that serves red velvet fried chicken :p)
Things to do in SF for college students under 21 (or over 21, really):
Giants baseball (preferably Orange Fridays or any night game; weekday day-game tickets are usually cheapest)
explore the city (there’s more to San Francisco than downtown): check out the Mission, North Beach, Nob Hill, the Presidio, etc.
concerts, theatre shows, comedy clubs
Some of my favorite places to eat are: Ebisu (Japanese), Nopalito (Mexican), Sunflower (Vietnamese), Ike’s (sandwiches), Lefty O’Doul’s (restaurant/sports bar), Great Eastern Restaurant (dim sum), and Barbacco (Italian).
P.S. The red velvet fried chicken you heard about can be found at American Cupcake on Union St. ;)
Hello! I'm moving to SF for school and I've been trying to find a room to rent that isn't too expensive but I haven't found any. Do you know any places near SFSU? Or do you know where I can look for rooms besides Craigslist? Thank you!
If you want a cheaper apartment, you might want to look at Westlake Village Apartments in Daly City. The rent is generally much lower there compared to apartments in San Francisco, and it’s only ten minutes away from campus.
Otherwise, you could try looking for some sort of SFSU housing/apartment-hunting page on Facebook.
My family is coming up next week! What's the weather been like? We've been before and done the big stuff like Lombard, golden gate, But what would you suggest that most people don't do but should?
Hello! The weather’s been around 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day (probably no lower than 55 degrees at night) and hasn’t really been raining.
For some not-so-touristy things to do:
Eat a lot! 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.
Have a picnic at Alamo Square.
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).
me and my mom are going into San Francisco for a day and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for hole in the wall clothing/thrift/music shops? Any suggestions are helpful thanks a ton!
Hi! I don’t know if these fit your idea of “hole-in-the-wall” (and I’m sorry if they don’t), but…
Clothing: Cary Lane (Mission), Paragraph (Inner Sunset), Painted Bird (Mission) Music: Recycled Records (Haight), Thrillhouse Records (Mission), Amoeba (I know it doesn’t really count) Thrift: Out of the Closet (SoMa), 31 Rax (Mission), Wasteland (Haight)
Q from Steve (maxw2): Do you know on what street this photo of the two Victorian homes was taken?
A: I would love to try to help you, but I’m not sure which photo you’re referring to. If you’re talking about the painted ladies (aka the Full House houses), they’re on Steiner St. You could also try exploring the Alamo Square neighborhood, since there’s a lot of Victorian architecture in that area. =)