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Student accommodation in San Francisco

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Student accommodation in San Francisco

Can anyone advise good clean safe hostel type accomm in San Francisco for 3 young female students travelling to the US? Not necessarily wanting wild night life , just safe and not too expensive?

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1. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

A young friend of mine (single female traveling solo) stayed at the USA Hostel location on Post in the Union Square area. She did not feel afraid at all and took tours, met lots of people from all over the world, had free breakfasts and had a wonderful time. Said it was very clean and there were lockers to keep your stuff safe.


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2. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

Check the reviews for the Adelaide Hostel, just over 2 blocks from Union Square. Very friendly and safe.

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3. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

Hotel Chains like Marriott and Hilton offer hotels for under $100 a night and all 3 could easily fit and enjoy? Is that an option?

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4. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

nothing is under $200 in SF. No such thing as $100 at the Marriott nor Hilton.

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When? AYH Fort Mason routinely get good reviews here.

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6. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

When you say you need “student accommodations.” I think we need to know a bit more.

Are you a group of friends coming to San Francisco on a holiday, who happen to be students, and want lodgings suitable for young people for sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, public transit access, etc.? Or are you a group of students coming to study at a specific institution here, and need longer-term housing for a few weeks or more?

In the first case, we would probably point you to the HI hostels on Mason Street near Union Square or at Fisherman’s Wharf/Fort Mason. Not all hostels are in the finest locations, and if I had a young adult daughter traveling halfway across the world, those are the ones I would feel more safe sending her.

There are also many motels on Lombard Street, which we call “motel row.” These are less expensive than downtown hotels, with convenient access to many visitor attractions and to restaurants, shops, and public transit. A few of the Lombard motels that get good reviews here are the Del Sol, Cow Hollow Inn, and Coventry Inn. Another one that people seem to like is the Columbus Motor Lodge, which is closer to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, and the cable cars.

In the second case, my suggestion is to check with the school you’ll be attending. SF has many schools that attract international students, and their offices will have listings of affordable lodgings, some with meal arrangements. Some schools contract with specific hotels to house their students.

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7. Re: Student accommodation in San Francisco

To correct an earlier posting.

For much of the year there are dozens of hotels under $200 in SF (including the ~15% tax). Some will even be under $100 (sometimes with tax), but $100-$125 (pre-tax) is more the norm for centra, budget SF hotels.

I do agree it's rare to find major chains like those mentioned this low. You'll reallyl only see them occur when demand is really slack and/or for some other special reason (like an ongoing remodel). Similarly, when demand is high the rates on just about every hotel wiil spike and you might not even find budget hotels for under $200. This is why you dates are important.

Now the problem is that some (many?) of the budget hotels either clearly aren't "good, clean, basic/inexpensive, centrally located & safe," and should be avoided. There are, however, plenty that are.

If you're considering moving up from a hostel (and some hostels do have private rooms), you should check out the top questions. One of them links to a thread on budget hotels in the Union Square area and lists about 20 or so.


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