mnolen wrote:stonepeep wrote:erico wrote:do i have to worry about wearing my watch?
No, it is not that scary around Hastings. In fact, it's not scary at all. The first day you walk to campus you might be a little weirded out but by day two you won't even notice.
Besides, watching the campus security officers arrest random people adds much needed excitement to the day.
I have to disagree with you on this. I definitely still notice and would feel very uncomfortable walking through the TL by myself. I've been followed, grabbed, etc. I imagine it's a bit more scary for us women than it would be for men. Mostly it's depressing more than anything and over the semester it sort of worse me down. I don't think there's much of a risk of violence, but there is definitely a risk of mugging. If you walk around in groups you'll be ok
I've talked to some Hastings students who moved here from out of state, and they all say they wished someone had warned them about living close to/on campus. The Tenderloin is fine for school, and it's not even necessarily about fear of violence or theft that is the issue, it's the quality of life. It's an up-and-coming neighborhood, so there are good restaurants and bars once you get to know the place, but the reality is the TL is San Francisco's strongest example of urban blight. If you're ready to _live_ in a place where walking a few blocks from your apartment means encountering prostitutes, drug deals, arrests, junkies/alcoholics/schizophrenics screaming nonsense at you (or passed out in a fetal position on the sidewalk, sometimes bleeding) , then you'll be fine in the TL. But if that's not a place that you want to live, you should probably consider someplace off campus and in another neighborhood.