Well worth moving to San Francisco

10 tips for moving to San Francisco

Moving to a new city can be an extremely difficult challenge that is well worth it once you've mastered it. There is so much to learn about a city and so many opportunities to discover. Here are 10 basic tips for moving to San Francisco for the first time.


As a new local to San Francisco, you can't always rely on a cab or Uber to get you everywhere. It is important to understand other modes of transportation and to be comfortable. The buses, historic trams, and cable cars can be ridden with a Muni $ 70 per month all-you-can-ride card that saves money in the long run. Getting out of downtown on public transit is a little tricky, but it's great for getting to places like Palo Alto and San Jose. The last important mode of transportation is by bike, almost everyone commutes somewhere on a bike.


There is no place quite like San Francisco when it comes to networking. It's really unique. Networks not only offer tremendous opportunities to find a job or fulfill a future business relationship, but it also enables a person to meet others with similar interests. Events are posted everywhere, most are free, and they usually have free food and drinks too.

Be a tourist

Everyone should be a tourist for the first few weeks in San Francisco. There are too many iconic structures and things in the city that one should experience at least once. Go ahead and take photos, cycle over the golden gate and spend an evening with the painted ladies. In addition, as a tourist, you can get to know the new city and familiarize yourself with everything.


Use websites like The Culture Trip and learn about the great things that happen in the city and places you want to visit. Aside from being a tourist, getting excited about a new adventure for the day is fun. Find a new park to jog in, a new place to try a cruffin, or your new favorite Sunday brunch spot.

Find your routine

One of the scariest things in a city is not knowing what you're going to do. Finding a routine allows you to find balance and comfort, but it also allows you to achieve a ton during your day. Most of the time you will be busy with work during the week and leave the weekends to explore. Getting into a routine will help take the pressure off work and you will be able to enjoy San Francisco a lot more.

Keep an open mind

San Francisco is a place where people like to be open. It's not uncommon to come across a nude bike race or take a walk on the beach and let a naked guy run past you. That also speaks for new things in San Francisco. Don't cause ideas or places to research until you actually do it. Your favorite part of town might be somewhere you thought you hated it.

Know your surroundings

It is always wise to be careful in a big city. In general, San Francisco is an extremely safe place, but there are a few areas where you should stay and be careful: Bayview / Hunters Point, Western Addition, and The Tenderloin. The tenderloin gets a bad rap but is definitely worth the experience, with some very interesting people and a couple of big companies headquartered there.

Take advice

Walking around is another great way to find places to go. It's perfectly normal to have a conversation and ask someone's opinion on what to do in the city. Don't be afraid to branch out and ask for a good brunch spot or a cool yoga place to try out. People are always ready to help and that can lead you to some great experiences.

Use apps

When you come to San Francisco, mobile apps will become your best friend. You can use apps to attend events, find out which bus to take, how long the bus is going, the weather, directions, what's going on in the city, etc. There's one app for everything in the heart of San Francisco from the start -ups. Using them will only add to your life and give you a lot of image worries.

Have fun

Life is too short not to be enjoyed. Get out there, kick butt, take names and have fun doing it.

By Jake Hoffmann