2020 San Francisco Summer Housing

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I didn't see any threads on this for next summer, so I wanted to start one. I'll be in San Francisco next summer, and I wanted to see everyone's opinions on the best places to stay as an intern. I'd love to hear where everyone stayed this last summer, what you liked about the place, what you didn't like, etc.

Feel free to use this as a place to find roommates as well. I know that people usually start looking for housing in the spring, but I wanted to start this anyway. PM if you're looking for a roommate, I'd be down to discuss with you.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 24, 2019

Also wondering!

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Nov 24, 2019

Main tips are don't stay in the Tenderloin (bad part of SF) and don't stay super far away from work because you never know when you might have to come into the office and get your work done. You'll understand how important those extra 30 minutes (or more depending on traffic) are when you start working (especially at a bank with brutal hours).

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Nov 25, 2019

Lived in an AirBnb in SOMA last summer. Was about a 25 minute walk (10 minute uber) to the office which was nice. Look soon as they go quick

Nov 26, 2019

How much per month?

Nov 28, 2019

It definitely wasn't cheap, close to $2,500/month but fully furnished/utilities included and good location so it was definitely a trade-off.

Nov 25, 2019

Will also be in SF for 2020. Interested in an Airbnb for June and July as those are the only two months I am working.

I am from the Palo Alto area (about an hour south of SF) and am also considering staying at home. My company will pay for ubers back but I really don't know how I feel about spending two hours daily on commute if I'm going to work late. Not sure how late I will be working (MM IB) but assuming it will be long. Anyone whose commuted from the bay to SF have any advice?

In the mean time am interested in learning more about staying in the city.

Nov 28, 2019

One of our MDs commuted from over the Bay Bridge and said it took him over an hour to get 3 miles in the morning with traffic so I would not recommend commuting. As an intern you always need to be within 30 minutes of the office since you won't have work from home capabilities. I would live in the city near FiDi.

Nov 28, 2019

I'd be on a train, but you're right on weekends going up for an hour would be asbolutely ass. I'd also want to be close to the social scene. Anyone have any recommendations for cheap housing?

Nov 26, 2019

Also looking into this a lot. I found that most apartments are unfurnished and therefore not the best option. UC Berkeley has a place called "Panoramic Apartments" which is close to the financial district and "affordable", but the reviews are very negative.

Is Airbnb really the best option?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 26, 2019

Bump. Also wondering.

Nov 28, 2019

There are some Airbnbs that I found would be around 1500-2000 per month. I'm only working June and July. if there's anyone who'd be down to split an airbnb for that cheap for those months please hit my line and we can try and sort out roommates

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 28, 2019

Would this be near FiDi?

Nov 29, 2019

I think they were in the NobHill area ish which isn't too far

  • Intern in Other
Nov 29, 2019

Would anyone recommend living in Berkeley and commuting in via the BART?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 29, 2019

That's a bad idea

Nov 29, 2019

Someone told me the same and I looked into it and didn't seem like it was a good idea

Nov 29, 2019

Someone told me the same and I looked into it and didn't seem like it was a good idea

Nov 29, 2019

Does anyone know the good neighborhoods 15 min walking near FiDi?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 30, 2019

Wondering the same

Nov 30, 2019

Looking at crime stats (lol) it seems the best areas would be North, or West of Fidi. Nob Hill looks like a good location.

Nov 29, 2019

PM me if anyone is interested in rooming somewhere within walking distance of FiDi

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Nov 30, 2019

PM'd

Dec 2, 2019

The chinatown area is pretty close to FIDI and you can find some affordable airbnbs

Dec 3, 2019

Do you guys think living 20-25 minutes away is good enough?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Dec 3, 2019

Depends how far from a station.

Dec 3, 2019

20-25 from the place to work. This already includes the walk to station etc... lol

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Dec 3, 2019

Is it recommended to live with some of your co-interns or does that not matter? Just wondering.

Dec 3, 2019

I would imagine that it might not be ideal. Don't wanna bring too much private stuff into the workplace i.e. the co-worker being dirty at home etc..

  • Intern in IB-M&A
  •  Dec 3, 2019

Yeah, makes sense. Thanks

Dec 25, 2019

I'm also doing IB SA in SF from the beginning of June through the first week of August and would be interested in finding a roommate, anyone feel free to pm me if potentially interested

Dec 25, 2019

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Dec 25, 2019

Will be in SF too. PM me if you're looking to room together. Trying to find something ~15 min walk from FiDi.

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Dec 26, 2019

Alright listen up everyone, I'm about to drop some knowledge, here's the rough neighborhood guide.

East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley): Places here will be cheaper, but parts of Oakland can be dangerous and even Berkeley can be a little sketchy as well. The only way I'd take a place here is if you're within a 5-10min walk of a Bart station and you do some vetting on the surrounding area. The Bart is one of the main commuter trains, but it gets crowed and needs to go under the bay and is often prone to delays. It's also a pretty shitty train (sometimes literally). Unless money is a huge issue, I'd avoid. With that being said, there are some nice areas in Berkeley/Oakland.

South Bay (Palo Alto, Menlo, Mountain View): Can't go too wrong in any of these. Avoid anything in East Palo Alto. Otherwise, all super nice suburbs. Having a car is helpful or if you're at a tech company, a shuttle close by. Nightlife will be lame, if you want to make trips into the city, make sure you're near the Caltrain station. Caltrain is kind of an Amtrak lite for East Coasters. It's a nice train that runs North South from SF down to San Jose. Oh one thing to add here, I'd avoid living in San Jose. Nightlife is awful, it's a bleak and depressing city in my opinion. People get tricked into thinking that it's a large city and that it'll be fun... it just isn't. Oh and make sure to swing by the Rosewood hotel at some point, Thursday night is Cougar night, drop by on a Thursday and you'll see what I mean.

Regarding places in SF that I'd live:

Marina/Cow Hollow: Far from any of the downtown offices, but the most fratty/sorority-y place in the city. Lots of mediocre bars, but things are relatively close together and it has a campus like feel. I'd live here if you live to party and want to prioritize that during the summer. It's also pretty expensive, but close to the water and you'll get some good views.

Russian Hill/Nob Hill: I lump these two together, because they're right next to each other and are kind of the same vibe. These are some of the higher points in the city and have a few apartment complexes (not a ton of these in SF). These are nice areas, more upscale, but not a ton in terms of bars/nightlife directly nearby. With that being said, it does't matter much, but don't expect to walk right outside and have a lot of things at your disposal. You'll have to walk/uber. These are good areas for the summer because depending on where you work, you could be walking distance to the office.

Tenderloin: Avoid at all cost. Will be cheap, but is sketchy.

North Beach: Also a good area, SF's informal red light district, so a little edgier that a nob hill/russian hill, but a slightly more fun vibe. Also pretty close to downtown and might be walkable to the office.

SOMA: Lots of startups here and newer apartment compelxes (which is why SOMA has been mentioned above so frequently). SOMA has decent places to live and is home to a lot of SF's newer startups. The buildings will be nice, but the surrounding area is so-so and usually pretty dead on the weekends (depending one exactly where you are in SOMA). I'd argue you're not really part of the city if you're on like 8th and Brannan, but overall, fine place to live for the summer.

Those are honestly the big ones off the top of my head. Hayes Valley is also awesome, nice little street of restauratns and bars, close to public transit, but probably fewer housing options here for the summer. Kind of a grown up Marina.

Mission: Fine as well, a little grungier, 16th and Mission isn't dangerous persay, but lots of homeless people milling around, 24th and mission is a little better. The Mission district in general is gritter which some love and some hate. Food is pretty good and there are some fun bars too.

Outer Sunset/Outer Richmond: Avoid, they're just too far. Inner Sunset/Richmond are ok and if you're really on a budget, these will be ok areas to live if you're close to a transit line and ok with a little more of a commute.

Dogpatch/Potrero, kind of a farther SOMA. Definetly worth visiting during the summer, cool wineries/breweries and a few good spots to eat. Don't go too far south though, Bayview is kind of like the tenderloin, I'd avoid it.

Noe Valley: Family oriented neighborhood, super quiet, nice restaurants, probably not where you want to live for the summer, but it's nice.

Castro: The gay district, if people talk about going out in the Castro, you're 100% going to a gay bar, just an FYI.

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Dec 30, 2019

What would you expect to pay (montly) for something in North Beach, Mission, or SAMA?

Dec 30, 2019

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Dec 30, 2019

Will also be in IB SF for the summer. Happy to chat about sharing a place close to FiDi

Dec 30, 2019

I just booked my AirBnB. It's around 2,200/month in Nobb Hill. Not great but better than everything else I found. Thought you guys might be interested.

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Jan 1, 2020

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Feb 16, 2020

Going off this topic, should I bring my car from LA? Would really appreciate some advice.

Mar 8, 2020

Avoid bringing your car if you can. Will cost a couple hundred bucks/month to park it and likely be broken into at least once or twice if parked on the street. Car theft is highly common in SF. Upside is there's lot to do outside the city (Tahoe, Marin, Yosemite), but I'd avoid it if possible given the cost.

Mar 12, 2020

how feasible are trips to tahoe even given the SA workload?

Mar 6, 2020

anyone else still looking for housing? unable to find anything relatively cost friendly with good roommates.

Mar 6, 2020

what sites are you guys using to look for housing?

Mar 12, 2020

hot take but craigslist has some dope spots but roommates would be needed to make it affordable

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Mar 8, 2020

anyone here interested in housing in Berkeley?

Mar 12, 2020

Has anyone found a place yet? I've been looking hard on craigslist and facebook but haven't found any place available for the summer

Mar 17, 2020
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