The Clunie House
An elaborate Victorian mansion, the Clunie House is located on “The Panhandle” of Golden Gate Park, a few blocks from the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Its unique setting offers students the chance to become fully immersed in city life and culture.
The house is centrally located in the City; only three miles from downtown and four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Close to several public transportation options, Westmont in San Francisco is located is in a prime location for exploring the City's many attractions and commuting to various internship sites. The Haight-Ashbury, Inner Sunset, Inner Richmond, Japantown, Pacific Heights and Castro districts are minutes away. Directly across the street is the beginning of Golden Gate Park, which offers green space for outdoor recreation. With the city of San Francisco at your front door, the possibilities are endless!
Student Rooms & House Features
The house has eleven unique Victorian-style bedrooms, each with their own full bathroom. Each room houses 2-3 people, and contains an individual desk, closet and drawers for each person.
The house has wifi and there are computers and printers available for student use. There is a DVD/VCR player and projector available in the classroom. Additionally, there are bikes, sporting equipment, board games, and a piano available for student use.
A Foodie's Kitchen
As San Francisco is a leading city in the local food movement, the 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.
Once a week, students and staff participate in Community Dinner, when a group of students create a meal for the community.
Westmont in San Francisco strives to create space for thriving community among students and staff. Community is built upon others-centered practices. It flourishes in a place where love for God and neighbor is cultivated and nurtured. It grows strong when members practice integrity and forgiveness, strive to live in reconciled relationships, and accept responsibility for their actions and words.
Living closely presents unique challenges and opportunities. Students share housing, meals, classes, public transportation, and the joys and struggles of daily life in the city. These common experiences allow students to build close relationships and learn from one another in a nurturing environment.
Beside class time, students and staff meet as a group twice per week. At Community Dinner, students pairs rotate to cook for the entire group. Community Worship is a student-led time focused on spiritual development, honoring spiritual discipline and honest conversation. Throughout the semester there are other group events both in-house and throughout the city. Group events include attending professional theater, Giants games, and other special events.
In addition to group activities,Westmont in San Francisco has a mentoring program that utilizes our diverse network of alums who work in a variety of professions throughout San Francisco. Students can meet with our mentors to find out more about a profession of interest, or to have deeper conversations about faith in the work place, living in an urban environment, and vocational journeys.
For student seeking additional support through professional counseling, WSF can make referrals to partnering organizations within the city. Similar to on-campus counseling services, WSF sill subsidize the cost for students.