Is a 21 min walk too long of a commute? 1st year IB analyst in SF.

Hi all,

I am starting as a first-year analyst in SF in a few weeks and am thinking about pulling the trigger on a lease. The walk is 21 min (mostly downhill).

Is this too far?

For SF monkeys, it's located in Nob Hill around Clay and Leavenworth. Thanks!

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Comments (27)

Jun 11, 2021 - 12:20am

You're totally fine. You walk downhill to work and it takes <20 minutes. Then you uber back home up to Nob Hill every night. Every analyst lives in Nob hill, Soma, or north beach  

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 11, 2021 - 12:27am

Was gonna say exactly this. Might just add, bring/keep a pair of non-dress-shoe. Walking down those hills in a dress shoe every morning might harm your ankles. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 11, 2021 - 12:39pm

Good point. There is a bus that runs like every five minutes. It would around 12 - 15 min. I am under the impression the bus is not great, but have never lived in SF before and know little about it.

Is it any good?

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jun 11, 2021 - 5:31pm

The SF bus is fine, I didn't have any issues with it when I took it before WFH. In your case I would only take the bus if it's raining, the 21min walk in the morning will be a nice breather.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 11, 2021 - 12:40pm

I was thinking I would just take an Uber every night, so the uphill won't be an inconvenience. Good idea though. Is it common to have a scooter? Will I look strange bringing one to the office?

Jun 11, 2021 - 6:39pm

Look, life is far too short to care about what anyone else thinks about you. As long as you're sleeping more, doing your job to the best of your ability, and great to get along with, who cares what they think about the scooter?

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jun 11, 2021 - 6:42pm

Just make sure you get a pair of lightweight sneakers for sidestepping needles and human feeces, and a puffy jacket to absorb any potential knife impacts from homeless nutjobs

edit: angry SFers throwing MS at me are seemingly unaware of the deep irony of their actions. read it and weep!

In the last eight years, the number has increased gradually and is now five times the number it was in 2011

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jun 14, 2021 - 3:14am

Everyone downvoting has clearly never lived in SF. This right-wing talking point is very grounded in reality and anyone who currently lives in downtown SF could confirm it

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Jun 14, 2021 - 4:33pm

I live in SF and rarely see needles and human feces. It's because I avoid those neighborhoods. Same things NY'ers do when they avoid the Bronx, Chicago does when they avoid south side Chicago, etc.

Jun 13, 2021 - 11:51pm

I had a 25 minute walk to work in SF for a while and really liked it, nice way to start the day, always ubered home (company expenses of course), and since there weren't bus routes or traffic to think about, you knew almost EXACTLY how long your commute to work is, really nice for morning meetings and getting as much sleep as possible

  • VP in IB - Gen
Jun 14, 2021 - 11:59am

lol @ comments about not wanting to walk 20 minutes because that's too long, but somehow talking a subway that takes 20 minutes is okay.  I'm walking 20 minutes home every night, usually past midnight, instead of ubering and expensing because I frankly enjoy it.

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