Global Education WSF Community Life
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.
Besides class time, students and staff meet as a group twice per week. At Community Dinner, students groups rotate to cook for the entire group. Community Worship is a student-led time focused on spiritual formation, 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.
The Jackson St. House
The WSF House (also called the Jackson St. House) is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Pacific Heights, a few blocks from the historic Presidio of San Francisco. Its unique setting (only three miles from downtown and four miles from the Pacific Ocean) allows you to immerse yourself in life and culture of the city. Using nearby public transportation, you can explore the city's many attractions and commute to various internship sites. The Haight-Ashbury, Inner Richmond, Japantown, NOPA, and the Marina districts are minutes away. The Presidio is 2 blocks away and features 2 square miles of green space and areas for outdoor recreation. Pursue endless possibilities with the city of San Francisco at your front door!
Student Rooms & House Features
The house has 13 bedrooms, with many rooms having their own private bathroom. Each room houses 2-3 people, and contains an individual desk, closet and a chest of drawers for each person. The house has printers available for student use. There is a large TV with to cast to for movie watching. Additionally, there are bikes, sporting equipment, board games, and a piano available for student use. To walk through the house, use this link: WSF House tour
A Foodie City
WSF strives to be a program that helps students grow in independence, maturity, and responsibility. A large part of this is through the unique immersive city-living experience which includes taking public transportation, using a laundromat, and grocery shopping. Each student will be given a stipend to purchase their own groceries and have the opportunity to cook their own meals in a state-of-the-art kitchen that has a communal vibe. Being 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.