Also, as a forewarning, some people choose the cheapest costume of all, their “Birthday Suit”, on some days.As one friend told me, “You’re not a true San Franciscan until you see a naked guy walking down the street.” Pro Tip: Don’t fight it.
A light jacket is your best friend in San Francisco.People take the neighborhood you live in pretty seriously.This means you’re squeezed both on your take home pay and your expenses.To put it all in perspective, I used to take home about 75% of my pay in Boston and here it’s only 65%.Like any stereotype, it’s not always true, but you will find that yes, there are a lot hipsters in the Mission, bros in the Marina and families in Noe Valley.
Pro Tip: If you’re moving here, spend some time in different neighborhoods before you get locked into living somewhere.
From Santa Con to Fleet Week, Yerba Buena to the Academy of Science, there’s not just something for everyone; it’s impossible not to get drawn to something you didn’t expect.
I give huge credit to the city of San Francisco for how often they let streets get shut down, allow for impromptu performances and try to make it easy for people to participate by adjusting public transportation accordingly.
I moved to San Francisco 9 months ago from the East Coast bastion of Boston.
Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here. If you’re planning the move here, I hope this will help you know better what to expect.
There’s a lot of important advice on finding an apartment in San Francisco here.