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Old 06-09-2010, 04:41 AM
 
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I would not live in Berkeley, Sausalito or Alameda without a car, especially since you will be a student. $1200 is enough for a studio apt in most districts in San Francisco, it won't be anything special, but it can be done, this is the bottom price for most studios.

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#1 - Financial District, Lower Pacific Heights, Union Square

#2 - Haight Ashbury, Russian Hill, USF/Panhandle, North Beach
Time for an update.. I moved to Berkeley, and it fits me perfectly. I do not really understand your claim that you cannot live there without a car. Thousands and thousands of UC Berkeley students seem to get by without a car. I find Berkeley to be very walkable with a good mix of nature and culture.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:31 AM
 
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Ya $1200 is not a lot of money for a studio/1 br in SF. The further out you go towards the ocean (Sunset/Richmond) the cheaper it gets, but it's a bit of a commute to the academy. I'd keep your options open and try not to be picky based on your credit scenario. You might get lucky and find something in the SOMA or Mission district that's a bit older but you may have to drop 6 months of rent. On the other hand $1200 would get you a decent studio or 1 bdrm around the Lake Merrit area in Oakland. The neighborhood isn't as young as Berkeley and has a good amount of culture. BART is about a mile from the better locations around the lake.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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What side of Berkeley did you end up on?
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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What side of Berkeley did you end up on?
I lived close to the UC campus for six months, around Telegraph and Haste. Just recently moved west of downtown towards MLK. Both are great neighborhoods, west of downtown is more quiet, found a bigger and cheaper place there.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:53 AM
 
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I lived close to the UC campus for six months, around Telegraph and Haste. Just recently moved west of downtown towards MLK. Both are great neighborhoods, west of downtown is more quiet, found a bigger and cheaper place there.
Yeah it's expensive by the campus. Have you spent much time exploring the hills and all the parks up there, like Tilden park, etc.?
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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Yeah it's expensive by the campus. Have you spent much time exploring the hills and all the parks up there, like Tilden park, etc.?
Yes, the hills and parks are a big reason why I like Berkeley so much. Tilden and Lake Anza is really nice.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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Yes, the hills and parks are a big reason why I like Berkeley so much. Tilden and Lake Anza is really nice.
I just left the area and will always miss the hiking up in the Berkeley and Oakland hills. The terrain, location and views are amazing up there. I bet you wish you had a car now huh?
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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I just left the area and will always miss the hiking up in the Berkeley and Oakland hills. The terrain, location and views are amazing up there. I bet you wish you had a car now huh?
Not really, having a car would mainly be a genuine hassle. Fun for some weekends maybe, but I can always rent.
I love walking.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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Not really, having a car would mainly be a genuine hassle. Fun for some weekends maybe, but I can always rent.
I love walking.
Walking is definitely fun, but Grizzly Peak is a really long street and it's fun to take drives up there to Skyline and keep going all around all the parks and streets up there. Have you checked out any of the other parks further down, like Huckleberry or Sibley?
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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Not yet, but thx for the tip!
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