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Old 01-16-2011, 02:44 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Hi guys, I'm about to graduate high school this upcoming June. It is planned that I am attending Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. I've been presented with (not a big surprise) a housing dilemma! I'm well..WELL-AWARE that San Francisco is pretty expensive, but I've been considering finding an apartment and/or sharing with roommate(s). Of course, being fresh out of high school, I feel an uncertainty about my housing situation ( as well as my mom)

This past summer , I did a pre-college program at AAU, so I got a taste of the college, the dorms (which I must admit was great, because I got to meet new people), and the city itself, so I'm already somewhat familiar with it all.

I'm having second thoughts about housing ...

To be honest, I don't really like the dorms much, albeit I made many friends. But I'm afraid of getting roommate(s) that weren't as great as the ones I had before ... the meal-plan kinda sucked, seeing as though I am a healthy eater! and I enjoy an empty room to myself ...but I also hate the idea that I have to find a housing for rent, when I live in Texas ..


So, any ideas or recommendations before I make the big leap?
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Hey!

I recently moved to San Francisco back in August as I'm going to school at San Francisco State. Granted I only moved from San Jose, and before that Michigan, I think I have some knowledge that might help you out.

First of all, if you're not going to go with dorms, which really given the scary rental market here, is probably your best bet. Do it for a semester, a year even, and if you don't like it by then you'll have friends that will most likely want to pitch in and get a place together.

As for me, I had a horror story renting a unit within someones home. The in-law unit is popular here and often times it is not legal, usually rented for like 500-1000 a month. My first landlord went crazy on me because my boyfriend came over the equivalent of 3 times and then tried to evict me. It was not fun. Turns out she had done this to others, Be smart, know your tenant laws, and at least Google your landlord. If your parents are up for forking over upwards of 1200+ a month you could get an apartment. ALSO, if you're bringing a car, be prepared to pay for really expensive parking. I work at Avalon Mission Bay across from the Art University and spaces run around 300+ a month.

Anyway, this might be too much information, BUT I've been in your predicament and setting up places to look at when you're moving from out of town is crazysauce.

Good luck! And welcome to San Francisco. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Jeremy
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: San Mateo County, CA
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I'm with Jeremy. Given your age and the uncertainty of everything, the dorms seem like a safe and secure way to adjust to life away from home. At least if you were my kid, that's what I'd say! If any of your friends from the summer program want to get a place, that might be a possibility. But since the Academy offers housing, I would def. say go with them. THey'll make good landlords and security guards. Enjoy and best of luck!
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think living in the dorms is the best way to get a full college experience, and of course make a network of friends. Do it for at least a year. During that time you'll be able to explore the city, find out the neighborhoods you like and so on. Most people look back on their dorms days fondly, and make quite a few lifelong friendships. That alone is worth the small rooms and crappy food.

Most of my friends from college are all people I met in the dorms. 10+ years later we are still friends and active participants in each others lives.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: US
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Hi guys, I'm about to graduate high school this upcoming June. It is planned that I am attending Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. I've been presented with (not a big surprise) a housing dilemma! I'm well..WELL-AWARE that San Francisco is pretty expensive, but I've been considering finding an apartment and/or sharing with roommate(s). Of course, being fresh out of high school, I feel an uncertainty about my housing situation ( as well as my mom)

This past summer , I did a pre-college program at AAU, so I got a taste of the college, the dorms (which I must admit was great, because I got to meet new people), and the city itself, so I'm already somewhat familiar with it all.

I'm having second thoughts about housing ...

To be honest, I don't really like the dorms much, albeit I made many friends. But I'm afraid of getting roommate(s) that weren't as great as the ones I had before ... the meal-plan kinda sucked, seeing as though I am a healthy eater! and I enjoy an empty room to myself ...but I also hate the idea that I have to find a housing for rent, when I live in Texas ..


So, any ideas or recommendations before I make the big leap?
I recently graduated from college.
What's your budget?
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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How much per month do the dorms average out to?

If it's more than $700 a month, you could check out living with roommates. You're not going to find much of anything less than $600 in SF. It would be cheaper in Oakland though, which is 20 mintues away on BART.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Start out in the dorms. Moving from Texas to SF will be a financial shock, when you see how much everything else is besides the rent. You will make friends and by the second or third year maybe you and some others can go together on an apartment, and maybe by then have a part-time job to help.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: California
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Yup. Give those dorms a shot your first semister at least. Making friends with other students who you can THEN move out with, figuring out what streets and areas you want to live (and where you DON'T) is important! My daughter skipped the dorms and went straight into a rental becasue she wanted privacy and a bathroom etc. But she regrets it now since people really do bond in the dorms, even if it's becasue they complain about the same things. lol
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