Local Atmosphere

San Francisco, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
Admission Difficulty
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are many free events, convenient for students

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love San Francisco, there's always something to see in the city which makes me understand why its so expensive to live here, though at times there are areas where I would rather steer clear of it I enjoy my experience in San Francisco.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Francisco is full of culture, and the experiences are unlimited. Although there are not very many cultural events and activities on campus, there are several opportunities to explore off campus in the city.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love SF! Transportation could be much better though

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Living in San Francisco is great. You can decide to go into Downtown one night and the next, take a relaxing stroll on the beach. The transportation can take you anywhere, even to UC Berkeley, San Jose, and downtown Oakland.


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Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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The atmosphere is casually sunny, and in the evening through the night, it turns into a gray fog. The best things to do are either to go down through the Haight and shop or explore the good Mexican eats of Church Street. You can also enjoy the nightlife in the Mission District, but stay away from Hunters Point in the Mission—it's the most dangerous part of San Francisco. Other universities are nearby, including the University of San Francisco (where you can find some prepster pharmacy graduates) and City College of San Francisco (take some fun courses in your spare time for cheap, like ceramics or swimming).

As many would expect, the hipster culture does run rampant throughout San Francisco, but it is fairly easy to avoid or attract. The smell of cigarette smoke lingers through the air, and Pabst Blue Ribbon neon signs are lit up in dingy bars. But the rest of the community and some hipsters enjoy soaking up the beauty of the city while sitting atop Twin Peaks or relaxing in Dolores Park. If a student is looking for an escape from the Bay, he or she can easily get over to UC Berkeley via a quick BART ride, and Sonoma State is an hour-and-a-half-drive away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The block of Victorian houses known as "The Painted Ladies" appeared in the opening credits of the television series, "Full House."
  2. Mark Twain once said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
Notable Natives
  • Benjamin Bratt - actor
  • Darren Criss - actor
  • Clint Eastwood - director, actor
  • Robert Frost - poet
  • Rob Schneider - actor, comedian
Local Slang
Hella: Really
Points of Interest
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Coit Tower
  • Exploratorium
  • Ocean Beach
  • Pier 39
  • SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Village Market
Shopping Centers
Stonestown Galleria Mall
Movie Theaters
Castro Theatre
429 Castro St.
(415) 621-6120
Movie Theaters
United Artists Stonestown Twin 2
501 Buckingham Way
San Francisco
(415) 681-0331
Major Sports Teams
  • Golden State Warriors: NBA
  • San Francisco 49ers: NFL
  • San Francisco Giants: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Sacramento, Calif.: : 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • San Jose, Calif.: : 55 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 135 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 1% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 90% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 134 responses

  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 134 responses

  • 6% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 40% Totally.


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