|I finished college in the Midwest this year, and I've decided San Francisco will be the best possible place for me to live as I build my business. I don't have any serious commitments, I paid off all my student loans and my company is bootstrapped and profitable, so moving to SF shouldn't be very difficult, and I'm not too scared of the cost of living increase. I plan to fly to SF in about two weeks and then look for a place to live once I get there.|
That said, I still need your help if you live in SF or have gone through a move like this before.
1. Where should I live? I would like to live somewhere close to the startup scene, with a vibrant neighborhood and safe enough that I don't have to worry about walking around alone at night.
I'm leaning heavily towards the Mission right now, maybe SOMA if I can find a nice place there. Is there a specific area of the Mission I should focus on?
2. Where should I stay as I look for a place to live? A hostel? Are those $150 a week hotel postings on Craigslist legit?
Or, if anyone is interested in letting me crash on their couch for a few days in exchange for marketing/SEO/PPC/getting traffic consulting that would be great :)
3.What events/meetups should I attend once I get there to meet like-minded people?
4. Any other advice about living in SF that would be helpful to a newcomer? What do you wish you had known when you moved to the bay area?
Thanks in advance for your comments. Hopefully this thread could become a good resource for others looking to move to the Bay Area. It would be great to get in touch with others doing something similar, please email me at ilya[at]unviral.com.