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Looking for Subletting Advice for this Summer!
Posted April 17th, 2012 - 7:32 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hey everybody! I have an internship in SF this summer, and I'm hoping to sublet a room from late May to the first week of August. Any advice on good neighborhoods that wouldn't be too expensive and have easy access to Market Street? Would it be worth trying to find a place in Berkeley/East Bay to escape some of the summer fog? Any advice is much appreciated :)

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 6:36 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Everything like that happens on Craigslist

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 6:40 pm by from Berkeley, United States (Permalink)
I thought so too..but there actually is a CSing listserv here for people looking for roomates and such. Direct your traffic there! You'll find much more receptive eyes!

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 2:14 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Max,

I'm sorry the other responses haven't been as helpful. You are asking about advice, not a room. They are right about looking on craigslist to find areas within your price range, but really what matters is what's going to make you happiest and what kind of person you are (as many neighborhood "fit" different type of people). If you are going to look in the East Bay for a cheaper place, you'll want to stay on the "BART Corridor" for easy access to Market Street. However, a lot of the places right near bart can be as expensive as cheaper places in the city.

Areas like the Tenderloin tend to be cheaper, but a bit more "gritty" and less safe. "Tendernob" the area between Tenderloin and Nob Hill tends to be a bit better. You can try areas like the Mission, which is predominately latino, hipster, and "bohemian" or places a bit further out like Glen Park (near where I live) or Balboa Park that tend to be cheaper, but still bart accessible. The last two are also more likely to produce "houses" with rooms for rent which could be more comfortable, but possibly less privacy.

If looking outside SF, look around Walnut Creek or concord, but be careful, if you are interested in the east bay, it is better to have a car.

Hope some of that helped.

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 2:31 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Max,
I'd recommend these neighborhoods: Mission, Noe Valley, Castro. They are easily accessible to Market Street, are the sunnier neighborhoods. You could look in Berkeley or parts of Oakland that are near BART Stations. If you lived in the East Bay, you'll have the added cost of BART which isn't cheap and travel time AND BART's last train runs at midnight or 12:30am.

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 5:57 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Oakland has some great neighborhoods and good restaurants, clubs, a much more vital art scene than SF, flatter bicycling, warmer weather, cheaper rents.
The expense of SF life is inspiring many folks to buy/rent in Oakland.
There are definitely some neighborhoods that are safer than others. Currently, the happening neighborhoods are Temescal and Oakland Uptown. The Grand lake and Adams point areas are very nice, as is Rockridge, which is as expensive as SF!
I live in SF, work in Oakland. I love SF, but Oakland is on the upswing.

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 4:45 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Unless you have a car, I would stick in the city since BART closes down around midnight, potentially putting a damper on a night out. If you have a car it's totally doable and will probably save you quite a bit of money. Check out craigslist, there are a lot of people that leave for the summer and rent out their places for very cheap/free in exchange for house and pet sitting. My friends did that last year and had a cser from Spain stay for 8 weeks in June in July.

Good luck, you'll have a great time in SF, it's one of a kind!