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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Right next to the mall there's Stonestown mall and also not too far down there is an In-N-Out Burger, and who doesn't like that stuff. The mall offers a lot and so does San Francisco in general. You can take the muni anywhere or drive to Pier 39, walk around Lake Merced which is right behind the school as well. It's honestly nice, and even though its not close to the piers, it's fine. Any bus will take you where you want to go.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Being born and raised in the Bay Area, everything felt right. A must see is Ocean Beach , I would go in-between classes to take in the beauty of the majestic waves and take out any frustration I had.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: San Fran is a beautiful place with so much culture. I love that you can find anything you need and I never feel homesick. The people are nice and so is the weather. I love it!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are so many different things to do in San Francisco, and all can be reached by public transportation. There is Union Square for shopping and dining, piers, the zoo, the ball park, and more.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: San Francisco State is located right next to the MUNI line which takes you downtown. It also offers a shuttle and bus that takes you to the BART station. The Bart is a subway style train that can take you all over the Bay Area and near popular attractions.

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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 161 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 163 responses

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

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 162 responses

  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 162 responses

  • 36% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% No way.


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