Any big-city native can tell you that parking is nearly impossible in a major city, and San Francisco is no different. Most streets are narrow and hilly, with traffic running both ways. In order to make getting around easier, most students make use of MUNI, the bus system whose fee is included in tuition at USF. MUNI is one of the most reliable, timely transit systems in the country, and while buses are not known for their speed or precision, most city dwellers find public transportation in San Francisco to be more than satisfactory.
Old-fashioned streetcars, the same ones used in the early 20th century, and trolleys run throughout the city, as well. The MUNI pass included in each USF student’s tuition covers every part of the MUNI transit system, so even students can enjoy being tourists for a day here and there. So if you choose not to drive in San Francisco, the bus is a great option. Buses run frequently, and they go just about everywhere imaginable, minimizing walking time in the process. You’ll encounter plenty of homeless people, teenyboppers, and pets on the bus, but it’s all part of city life.