helterskelter wrote:Last fall, I asked one of the admissions reps about students living in the East Bay/peninsula vs. the city. I'd wanted to know if I'd be out-of-the-loop if I lived in Hercules. He said very few students live outside SF, which I found hard to believe. Maybe 10-15% live outside but relatively close, like in Berkeley/Oakland, and he knew one in El Cerrito. I really hope people are not going into crazy debt to live somewhere because it's a great city (worse, if they are doing that and living in a terrible part of the city) when there are so many cities easily accessible by BART.
Look rent is not absolutely horrible, you just need to be resourceful. When you see rent for 1 person at 2000+ that's a one bedroom, not a studio. Studio's will still run you like 1200-1500 (on the lower end obviously), but that's still not 2000+. Furthermore, if you can find 1 or 2 people to live with, you can find 2-3 bedroom houses in the richmond, the sunset, or sometimes the mission for like 1000-1300 per person. You can also find houses generally (2-3 br) for 1200-1500 per person.
If all this is too expensive, just look at craiglist roommates in SF. You can easily find someone to share a studio or share a room or fill a spot for sub-1000 dollars.
There is absolutely no need to move out of SF simply because the housing market is expensive. The opportunity cost/cost of owning a car and commuting from outside the city could easily make the costs not worth it. In addition, this doesn't even factor in the benefit of living in arguably the best city in the world (which can't be understated in my eyes).
Not everyone who lives in the city is wealthy; there wouldn't be such a youth culture if this was the case. You just have to be resourceful and you have to be ok with not necessarily living in absolutely picturesque neighborhoods, and you'll be fine. That said, with all those people (on the accepted students FB group) who are scared of the tenderloin, it seems like most people will be hopeless in this regard.
Sorry for the rant, I was born and raised in SF and I've been monitoring the rental market for a while so I just thought I'd voice my opinion.