San Francisco seems like the place to be these days for millennials. This city has everything from champion sports teams, world renowned restaurants, innumerable job opportunities, and a poppin’ social scene!
May through the summer months are prime moving time in San Francisco and rents tend to spike. If you have the ability to move before or after that your wallet will thank you. Craigslist, Zillow and Padmapper are all go to sites for finding a place to live. Craigslist give you the ability to search by neighborhood which makes finding your ideal place in your favorite area easy! Tip for finding a place with for multiple roommates—some houses have “extra living rooms” that can be converted in to bedrooms. It’s worth asking the landlord if a 2 bedroom +2 living rooms can accommodate 3 people.
The Marina is filled with recent college grads! Its prime location and endless streets of shops, restaurants and bars make it the place to be any night of the week. Being the marina, the water is a close walk! This fun neighborhood is ideal for young grads!
North Beach is Italy in the heart of San Francisco! If you’re an [Italian] foodie, North Beach is the place for you. From the authentic fare to the ideal location you will love living in Italy—by way of California! North Beach is also a quick walk to the Financial District.
Pacific Heights/Lower Pac Heights
Pac Heights is full of the most beautiful homes you’ve ever seen! While there may be more families here than other neighborhoods you will love its homey charm. Keep your eye out for for the Tanners and Uncle Jessie & Joey—or maybe just the iconic Full House house!
These upscale neighborhoods sit on top on San Francisco! This area is pricier than other areas but when you see the view you’ll understand why! Russian Hill and Nobhill are fabulous, safe and fun neighborhoods!
On the outskirts of Pac Heights, Nopa and Laurel Heights maintain all the charm of its neighboring hoods and great apartment deals can be found here!
A little further away from some of the trendy Marina, the Richmond District is up and coming and less expensive than other neighborhoods.
*Note: Avoid the Tenderloin—this is a rough part of town and not the safest area.
San Francisco is the birthplace of Uber! It’s quick, convenient and safe. Uber Pool (Ubers where riders carpool to similar destinations) provides a very inexpensive way to get around! Lyft is also very popular.
MUNI-the bus system in the city is very easy. People of all ages use the bus as their main mode of transportation. Pick up your Clipper card at city Walgreens locations. 1 ride is $2.25.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can take you from the East Bay to the South Bay and anywhere in between!
Having a car in the city can be a bit of a burden. Street parking will add dramatic wear and tear to your vehicle and unfortunately break-ins are not uncommon. Garage parking is recommended but expensive (around $300+ a month). Some apartments provide garage spaces at additional costs. San Francisco has such good public transportation there really is no need to have a car!
Eat. San Francisco is home to countless amazing restaurants. Did you know there are enough restaurants in this city to seat every resident at once?! That’s a lot of tables! Check out Zagats top rates picks!
Off the Grid. Sunday mornings, food trucks from around the bay gather at the park in the Presidio for Off the Grid! This is a fun and inexpensive way to spend your Sundays—and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge will take your breath away! Off the Grid can also be found at different locations around the city during the work week too!
Shop. Union Square is home to any and every retailer you could ever imagine.
Street Fairs. When the sun comes out through the fog, outside activates are in full swing. Street fairs full of food, music and shopping are easy to come by in the summer!
Parks. There are fantastic parks all over the city. Dolores Park, Lafayette Park, Alamo Square Park, Washington Square Park…to name a few! Grab a picnic and a beach towel on a sunny day and you’ll fit right in!
Bay to Breakers is an iconic race through San Francisco that takes place in late May. Some run and others dress up in eccentric outfits and enjoy the festivities. Either wat you participate it’s bound to be an unforgettable day!
Outside Lands. August 5th-7th. A weekend long music festive in Golden Gate Park. Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith & Red Hot Chili Peppers—just to name a few acts who have graced the OSL stage. Keep watching for the 2016 line up!
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. FREE concert in Golden Gate Park. Not many things in SF come with no cost attached—take advantage of these opportunities!
Sports. Golden State Warriors. SF Giants. 49ers.
Tourist spots. Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, the Painted Ladies, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Warf, the Ferry Building, Fort Mason, the Exploratorium, Chrissy Field!
Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, new apps are always on the rise.
Postmates. Food delivery on demand from essentially anywhere!
Task Rabbit. Have a task you need help with? Order a Task Rabbit to help you out. From housekeeping and organization to handy work you can find someone at an affordable price to help you.
Lugg. Moving? Hire inexpensive movers through this app to help you get your things from point A to point B!
Routsey. Your guide to San Francisco public transportation. This app will let you know exactly when you can expect the next bus to arrive.
Rinse or Washio. You’ll be lucky if your home comes with a washer and dryer in unit. If you don’t like waiting for machines in your building or at the corner laundry mat, Rinse or Washio will come pick up your laundry, wash and fold it, and return it to you! Not a bad deal!
Special thanks to Transitions contributor Emily Coulouras –
Originally from California, Emily journeyed to the University of Arizona where she became a member of the Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi, and served as the Director of New Member Education and Director of Philanthropy. After graduating from UoA she traveled as an Educational Leadership Consultant and Educational Leadership Specialist for 3 years before settling in San Francisco. She recently accepted a position with the Executive Office as the Program Manager of Collegiate Recruitment.