I fought with my parent’s to live off campus. I didn’t care how great the views are from Lone Mountain dorm rooms, or how safe it would be – I could not accept the rules of USF dorm life.
Living in a cupboard smaller than my parent’s laundry room shared with another random (possibly psychotic) girl was not ideal. Nor was the fact that I would have to check in guests, and the opposite sex is not allowed to spend the night (what if I was a lesbian? You lose USF!). Bogus rules cramp my style. Convincing my parents that I should live off campus was easy – I showed them how much money they would be saving by granting my wish.
The only thing that isn’t beautiful about living off campus is: getting to campus.
I have to take not one, but two buses to get to and from school. I live in the Sunset, so I take the 28 bus line up through the park (as to not get robbed and killed walking through it), and then I take either the 5 or the 31 the rest of the way. Taking the bus can be a very sad thing, but sometimes it’s not so bad.
Something that makes it not so bad is the fact that I can explore the city this way. I’ve seen so many cool streets and neighborhoods, and I’ve shopped and eaten at so many awesome places. Living on campus, I would never have experienced this.
I’ve decided to document some of my travels along the public transportation routes leading to USF. The following content will include places to explore and eat at along these bus lines.
If you live down below Golden Gate Park, you may be taking the 28 bus line. Check out these restaurants: http://bit.ly/blvCs7
If you live in the Outer Richmond, you probably take the 38 bus line. Here is a good list of eats: http://bit.ly/a0McsV
If you live in the Mission, Castro, Cole Valley, Potrero Hill, or any other cool part of the city, you’ve most likely taken the 33 bus line. Here are my favorite places by the stops:http://bit.ly/bYRDZj
Balboa and Fulton Streets are also prime commuter routes for USF students. The following places have been recommended to me by other students:
Balboa Sushi House: It’s the pink restaurant with the jungle of plants outside, you can’t miss it.
The Richmond: If you’re looking for a place to take a date (or your parents), impress them by taking them to this swanky sit-down spot.
Papalote Mexican Grill: We all know Papalote’s. It’s conveniently located right across from the 5 bus stop at Fulton and Masonic.
Sushi Bistro: This is the sushi hot spot for USF students. Try the African Spider Roll, meow.
Tsunami Sushi Bar: This is Nami’s personal favorite!
Velo Rouge Cafe: You can enjoy a gourmet brunch and meet famous directors here, just get off the 5 bus line at Arguello.
Arguello Super Market: I’ve heard nothing bad about this market’s turkey sandwich. Who could resist fresh roasted meat 5 minutes from campus?
Central Coffee Tea & Spice: Just a few blocks down from the 5 bus line, Central Coffee is as quaint and cute as they come. Just adorable!
Parkside Market: If in need of a tall can, come hither my child.
Uncle Boy’s: Feeling poor and desire a better burger than offered by the Caf? Uncle Boy’s will give you 10% off.
Lou’s Cafe: Sexy good, just, sexy good. Come on, look at this SANDWICH.
Nizario’s Pizza: Right on the 38 bus line, Nizario’s offers greasy gourmet tasting pizza at the right price.