San Francisco has undisputedly incredible nightlife. You can find absolutely anything that interests you, from bars with books to lounges covered in faux-animal skins. No two nights are ever the same in this city, especially with all that the bars, clubs, and culturally superior venues have to offer students. Geary Boulevard and Haight Street are great spots for students looking to stay local, with fairly good prices and every kind of setting imaginable. Most students drink in their dorms or apartments before going out, since the bar scene can take an enormous toll on any wallet. There are also tons of great theaters to check out, or you can have a late bite at any one of the city’s great restaurants or cafés. There are dozens of venues for live music, too, and many of them cater to the under-21 crowd.
Parties at USF, on campus or off, tend to be a bit of a letdown for those expecting a great sense of late-night camaraderie with fellow students. But every once in a while, a good house party comes along, and you can expect to see tons of your classmates there. If you join Greek life, there’s a chance you’ll encounter more USF-friendly nightlife. More students tend to look to the city for their entertainment, especially since it’s so easy to find. Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences is also hugely popular, and it’s a great way to see a museum that’s otherwise too expensive for students to visit regularly. The Mission District as a whole is known for great, cheap dive bars. Some bars around campus, like the Abbey Tavern, have certain dollar beer nights, and Polk Street is famous for cash-only bars with cheap cocktails. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in San Francisco.