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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to common questions prospective students have about WSF.  Please contact us at (415) 931-2460 or urban@westmont.edu for more information.

Will my financial aid transfer from Westmont College?

Yes! Financial aid applies even if you have studied abroad already or plan to go abroad in the future. Consider a semester in San Francisco as Westmont off-campus housing.

What does a regular week look like at Westmont in San Francisco?              

Monday: 9AM - 5PM Internship
Tuesday: 9AM - 12PM Urban Studies Course
  12PM - 5PM Duos & Independent Study Tutorials
  5:30PM Community Dinner
Wednesday: 9AM - 5PM Internship
Thursday: 9AM - 10AM Community Worship
  10:30AM - 12PM Practicum Seminar
  12PM - 5PM Duos, Electives, & Independent Study Tutorials
Friday: 9AM - 5PM Internship

How do I get an internship?

There are a variety of internship opportunities available to students of all majors. Visit the Student Internships page to view some of previous internship placement sites. The first two weeks of the semester are devoted to researching, interviewing, and securing placement sites. This coincides with workshops on resume building, interviewing skills, and professional demeanor. Because of the value of in-person interviews and visits to placement sites, students do not need to secure an internship prior to their arrival in San Francisco.

Where do I eat?

Urban house kitchenThe kitchen is stocked with fresh, organic, and fairly-traded products as much as possible. A variety of food options are provided, accommodating student requests and individual dietary needs. Students have the opportunity to cook their own meals in a state-of-the-art kitchen that has a communal vibe. A "foodie" city, there are endless restaurants to try during a semester in San Francisco.

Can I bring my car?

Students are not permitted to bring a car to the City. Only street parking is available, which is very limited.  Public transportation is a great part of the urban experience, and it is very accessible from the Clunie House and throughout San Francisco.

How much is it to ride the bus?

San Francisco MUNIWestmont in San Francisco provides each student with a map of the city, including all MUNI bus routes. Additionally, monthly bus passes (called Clipper Cards) are provided for each student. This is a $63/month value, allowing students unlimited use of public transit throughout San Francisco. At a small extra cost, Clipper Cards can be used for BART, which provides transportation throughout the Bay Area.

 

Will I be able to work out at a gym?

Students have access to the University of San Francisco's Koret Health and Recreation Center for a discounted rate of $25/month. The Koret Center has a large pool, weight room, and various exercise machines. Additionally, there are many fitness classes such as spinning, cardio-kickboxing, step aerobics, yoga, and pilates. It is located within walking distance.

Can I work part-time while at WSF?

If necessary, students may work part-time jobs while in San Francisco. However, balancing a part-time job amidst internships, coursework, and community life activities can be challenging and distracting from immersing in the city on your off-time.

An alternative to finding a part-time job is to work a student job at the Clunie house for $10.24/hour (San Francisco minimum wage). Jobs available include: assisting with food shopping, upkeeping house facilities and cleanliness, laundering dish towels, and office administrative support. Student jobs range from 5-10 hours of work per week.

Where do I do my laundry?

LaundromatLike many San Francisco residents, you will not have access to laundry facilities at home. There are numerous laundromats closeby; the closest one is a block away and has an adjacaent coffee shop. Most laundry machines require quarters, though many facilities can make change. Detergent is usually available for purchase, but for the best value it is recommended to supply your own detergent.

Do I need my own computer, printer, or printer paper?

If able, it is recommended that each student brings their own computer. There are three computers and three printers available for student use. Students are required to supply their own printer paper.

Can I leave SF and/or host visitors?

An important part of the Westmont in San Francisco experience is immersing yourself in the life of the City along with your housemates. For this reason, we ask that you do not plan to leave San Francisco for the first month and limit travels outside of the City for the rest of the semester. It is also strongly encourages to not have any visitors during the first month. Students must request approval from the Resident-Staff Assistant for any visitors staying overnight.

What are some fun things to do in San Francisco?

There is no shortage of interesting things to do and see in San Francisco.  There is always something going on, many of which are free or low-cost. Some of our favorites are:

  • Go running, bike-riding, or picnicking in Golden Gate Park, just outside the Urban house
  • Have a bonfire on Ocean Beach
  • Visit Twin Peaks, which has one of the best views of the city
  • Pick up some fresh food at the Ferry Building Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
  • Attend a Giants game at AT&T Park
  • For a spectacular view of San Francisco, ride the cable cars to Nob Hill, then have a cup of coffee or tea, or enjoy dessert, at the top of the Fairmont Hotel or the Mark Hopkins hotel
  • Hang out at Baker Beach (ranked Best Beach by SF residents)
  • Catch an independent film at the Embarcadero Movie Theater
  • See a musical at a local theatre
  • Visit Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Attend a concert in the city (Fall: Treasure Island Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival)
  • Take a Ferry to Sausalito, Angel Island or Alcatraz
  • Explore a used bookstore (City Lights in North Beach, Green Apple in the Inner Richmond)
  • Taste-test local coffees: Philz, Bicycle, Sight Glass, Blue Bottle, Four Barrel
  • Taste-test local ice cream: Three Twins, Bi-Rite, Mitchell's
  • Take one of the many free walking tours offered by Friends of the Library

For more information on current events in San Francisco, visit these links:

Clay St.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