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Welcome to Westmont in San Francisco! 

We are excited about having you at Westmont in San Francisco, and want to provide you with some initial information about your experience in San Francisco. 

First, it is important that you read the Student Handbook (Student Handbook PDF) before you arrive.  The handbook contains detailed information about WSF as well as the city as a whole.

Please also read the information provided below, which overviews travel arrangements, what to bring, and other details regarding your initial arrival in San Francisco. For questions regarding what the rest of your semester will look like, please refer to our frequently asked questions page. 

If you have important questions that are not answered in the handbook or in the following information below, please contact us at urban@westmont.edu or at (415) 931-2460.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Getting to San Francisco

By air: 

If you plan to fly in to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you can catch a shuttle that will bring you directly to the program, usually for $20 including tip (recommended: Super Shuttle). Appointments for shuttle service can be made online or in person at the airport; the destination is 301 Lyon Street (cross-street is Fell).

Public transit is also available at SFO. Take BART to Powell Street Station and take the 21-Hayes bus. The bus stop is located directly in front of the Gap Headquarters on Market Street. Take the bus to Hayes & Lyon, then walk one block south toward the park. Total cost is approximately $12.00 for BART and $2.00 for the bus.

If you are flying into Oakland International Airport (OAK), please contact us at (415) 931-2460 or urban@westmont.edu for instructions on taking a shuttle to Urban house.

By car:

Click here for directions to the Clunie house.

If you plan to arrive the night before, we recommend the following hotels, all of which are less than a mile or so from the house.  We encourage you to make reservations well in advance:                 

Metro Hotel (319 Divisadero): (415) 861-5364, www.metrohotelsf.com

Stanyan Park Hotel (750 Stanyan at Waller): (415) 751-1000, www.stanyanpark.com

Geary Parkway Motel (4750 Geary Boulevard): (415) 752-4406

 

vineyardArrival & Room Selection

Please plan to arrive at the Urban house at 1:00pm on the day of your scheduled arrival. Students who need to arrive later should arrange this with staff ahead of time, and this will also limit room selection options.

The first part of check-in is room selection. A lottery is drawn prior to move-in day to determine the order in which students will select their rooms. Students may choose their roommate ahead of time or coordinate on move-in day. To get an idea of what the rooms are like in the Urban House, please see the Clunie House page for pictures or the Clunie House layout for floor plans.

What to Bring      

Furnishing your room: 

Each room is equipped with a bed, desk, closet and drawers for each student. You are responsible for bringing your own bedding and any items you would like to decorate your room. We have three computers with Internet connections available for student use, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one, since the demand can be high when papers are due. 

Clothing:

Closet and dresser space is very limited; bring only clothes and other items that you know you will need. Keep in mind that San Francisco is much cooler than other parts of “sunny California.” Though we do have warmer weather in September and October (70s), November through February are cooler (40s-50s). A raincoat and umbrella are great items to pack. Also pack the appropriate professional clothing for the type of work environment you expect at your internship.

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Information about San Francisco

SF Gate: News and information for the San Francisco Bay Area, presented by the San Francisco Chronicle. www.sfgate.com

Only in San Francisco: The official visitor’s guide to San Francisco. http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org/

Citysearch: A comprehensive guide to restaurants, hotels, shops, events and attractions in San Francisco. http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/

7x7 San Francisco: The latest on where to go and what to do in San Francisco. www.7x7sf.com

511.org: A guide to travel in the Bay Area.  Use the Trip Planner tool to find out how to get from one place to another. www.511.org